ACT Corrective Services staff recognised

Source: Government of Australia Capital Territory

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Released 15/01/2021

ACT Corrective Services staff who have completed over 10 years  continuous and meritorious service are being awarded a Shield of Recognition on  National Corrections Day.

Minister for Corrections Mick Gentleman said the Shield of Recognition  acknowledged the hard work of Corrective Services staff who help keep  Canberra safe.

“This award acknowledges the significant contribution of the recipients  and celebrates their 10 or more years of continuous service. This is a great  achievement and each recipient should feel proud,” Mr Gentleman said.

“Corrective Services is an integral part of the justice system and staff  do a challenging job helping those who need rehabilitation and support to  integrate back into the community.

“I want to ensure staff are well supporting to safely and effectively  perform their roles. The Corrections Blueprint for Change I launched before  Christmas is progressing well and we’re expecting to appoint a Chair  to the oversight committee soon.

“Over 100 ACTCS staff have completed 10-years or more service and will  receive the Shield of Recognition today. It has been introduced this year to  mark National Corrections Day celebrations that have been happening this week.

“National Corrections Day is a great opportunity to acknowledge the work  of corrections staff across Australia and particularly our professional and  diligent Corrective Services staff in the ACT.”

Throughout the  week notable buildings, bridges, national institutions, and light rail stops  across Canberra have been illuminated in blue to mark National Corrections Day  on Friday 15 January.

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Changes to public transport and access in Canberra City from 14-22 January

Source: Government of Australia Capital Territory

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Released 14/01/2021

Changes to public transport and access in the city centre will be in place while scenes from a movie are being filmed.

Filming will take place from Thursday 14 to Friday 22 January 2021 and will require road and footpath closures as well as some bus stop closures.

The movie’s producers have been working with residents and businesses in recent weeks to minimise the impact of filming and subsequent closures.

The eastern car park at Canberra Olympic Pool is currently closed until 6.30 pm on Friday 22 January 2021 for the production site compound.

To facilitate the filming and ensure the safety of all involved, full road and footpath closures are required at the following locations from Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 January 2021:

  • London Circuit from Constitution Avenue to Ainslie Avenue
  • Akuna Street from London Circuit to Cooyong Street
  • Bunda Street from Petrie Street to Binara Street
  • Binara Street from Akuna Street to Allara Street
  • Allara Street from Binara Street to Constitution Avenue
  • Nangari Street from Allara Street to London Circuit
  • Rabaul Lane from Nangari Street to Akuna Street.

In the event of wet weather during this period, the closures are also expected to be in place on Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 January 2021.

These closures will limit access to these streets for road users, pedestrians and cyclists during filming. On‑street parking on these streets will also not be permitted during filming.

Access will be managed for local residents and to local businesses.

While every business, residence and shopfront will still be accessible it might not be via the most direct route. Please allow extra travel time if you are passing through the filming areas.

Nightly road closures will also be in place on the following roads from Monday 18 to Friday 22 January 2021, between 8 pm and 6 am:

  • rolling lane closures on Parkes Way between Coranderrk Street and Clunies Ross Street.

There will be nightly disruptions on the following roads from Tuesday 19 to Friday 22 January 2021, between 8 pm and 6 am:

  • Edinburgh Avenue from Phillip Law Street to Lawson Crescent and at the Parkes Way exit ramp (westbound) will be closed periodically as required
  • full closure of London Circuit (both directions) between Northbourne Avenue and Akuna Street. Access will be maintained until 11pm before the full closure comes into effect.

Tambreet Street will also be closed in both directions from the Majura Parkway overpass to the Majura Parkway northbound entry and exit ramps from 8.30 am Wednesday 20 to 6 am Friday 22 January 2021. This includes the Majura Road northbound exit ramp to Tambreet Street and the Tambreet Street northbound entry ramp to the Majura Parkway.

Possible additional closures will also be put in place, with roadside signage to be erected ahead of all road closures. To keep up-to-date, please visit www.cityservices.act.gov.au.

Changes to public transport

Due to these closures, bus stops 3003, 3004 and 3356 on London Circuit (at Commonwealth Bank, Legislative Assembly and 221 London Circuit) will be closed during this period. The closest alternative stops are in the city interchange. Route diversions will also be in place. Customers are asked to please pay attention to signage in the area.

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Rooftop solar boom

Source: Government of Australia Capital Territory

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Released 14/01/2021 – Joint media release

Canberra’s rooftops are playing a larger part in ACT’s 100% renewable electricity supply, as the number of solar generators increased by over 17% during the last financial year.

According to the ACT Government’s 2019-20 annual Feed-in Tariff report, there are now more than 28,000 solar generators in Canberra, with over 119,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of clean energy generated in 2019-20, an increase of 18.8%.

The total installed capacity from solar generators on Canberra’s rooftops last financial year was 135 megawatts, which is more than six times what the ACT’s large-scale Royalla solar farm generates.

Rooftop solar will continue to play a valuable role in maintaining the ACT’s 100% renewable electricity supply for many years to come.

According to the 2019-20 annual report, the ACT Government’s small and medium FiT scheme supported 10,153 local solar generators last financial year, which generated 47,296 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity, an increase of 1.6%.

The cost of the scheme also declined by 1.46% to just 83c a week for the average consumer.

The ACT Government will commence the rollout of the Sustainable Household Loan Scheme through 2021 that will remove the up-front financial barrier to access cheaper forms of energy for households such as rooftop solar.

This initiative will allow households without the available capital to make the sustainable investment to reduce their power bills immediately, support more jobs in our economy, and reduce emissions.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Water, Energy and Emissions Reduction Shane Rattenbury:

“Canberrans are playing a significant part in generating the ACT’s 100% renewable electricity supply. Canberrans recognise the value solar has to our clean, green and affordable energy future.

“The FiT scheme, which was designed as an incentive to boost solar uptake when the technology was new and more expensive, has made an important contribution to renewable electricity generation in the ACT.

“Though the scheme closed to new applicants in 2011, having served its purpose to drive investment and help bring solar system prices down, I am delighted to see so many Canberrans are taking up clean, green renewable energy options.

“Installing solar at your home or business can bring your energy costs down while contributing to our 100% renewable electricity supply, so I encourage Canberrans to look how they can contribute to Canberra’s clean energy future.”

You can view the 2019-20 annual report on the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate’s energy website.

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More apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities for Canberrans through Future Skills program

Source: Government of Australia Capital Territory

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Released 11/01/2021

The ACT Government today opened grant  applications for industry projects that will deliver more apprenticeship and  traineeship opportunities and pathways into training for Canberrans.

The 2020-21 Future Skills for Future Jobs  Grants Program will provide $990,000 for innovative projects delivered in  partnership with industry to increase the uptake of Australian Apprenticeships.

Minister for Skills Chris Steel said the  projects funded through the Future Skills for Future Jobs Grants Program would  create more jobs and address future workforce needs in the ACT.

“The Future Skills for Future Jobs Grants  Program provides another important part of our plan to create and protect over  250,000 local jobs by 2025. It also complements the $16.75 million Job Trainer  fund which provides free training places for jobseekers and school leavers.

“The program will support Canberrans to attain skills that will be in  high demand in the future and skills that will provide ongoing job  opportunities here in the ACT.

“I encourage local businesses to consider innovative opportunities  through this program that will increase the uptake of Australian  Apprenticeships and address future workforce needs, particularly in growth  industries such as healthcare, community services, renewable energy and cyber  security.

The program is open to a range of organisations including employers,  industry associations, community organisations, Registered Training  Organisations and Group Training Organisations. The maximum amount of funding  that can be sought is $300,000 per project.

Further information about the Future Skills for Future Jobs Grants  Program is available on the Skills Canberra website at www.skills.act.gov.au/grants

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Prescribed burn tomorrow at Majura

Source: Government of Australia Capital Territory

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Released 08/01/2021

The ACT Parks and Conservation Service wishes to advise that, subject to suitable weather and fuel moisture conditions, a prescribed burn will start tomorrow (Saturday 9 January 2021) at Majura.

The 42 ha burn is being conducted at 540 Pialligo Avenue to reduce the fire risk in the area, and improve pasture and grazing.

See the location map of the burn site.

Experienced ACT Parks and Conservation fire managers will conduct and oversee the burning operation. Every effort is made to conduct burns in weather conditions that will minimise the impact of smoke, but temporary smoke cover is possible and may be visible across parts of Canberra.

ACT Parks and Conservation will also take appropriate precautions in line with the physical distancing and hygiene requirements that are in place due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

As part of managing the prescribed burn to its conclusion, a buffer zone of up to 20 metres is also created around the complete perimeter of each prescribed burn.

People with asthma, other chronic respiratory and/or chronic cardiac diseases, should not perform vigorous exercise and should stay inside if affected by the smoke. People with asthma in particular should continue their medication and consult their general practitioner if they have any difficulties.

You can also find more information about upcoming burns by following @ACTParks on Facebook.

Information and health advice for dealing with outdoor smoke can also be found by visiting ACT Health.

For tips on how to stay safe if there is smoke in the area, visit the Asthma Foundation website. If visible smoke in the area causes any emotional distress, please see the available resources on the ACT Health’s Mental Health website to help manage the impacts.

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Enrichment Grants awarded to young Canberra women

Source: Government of Australia Capital Territory

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Released 08/01/2021

The latest round of Audrey Fagan Enrichment Grants have been awarded to young Canberra women to progress gender equality in the ACT.

Each year the ACT Government provides a pool of $10,000 for the Audrey Fagan Young Women’s Enrichment Grants to support young women.

Minister for Women Yvette Berry said these grants aim to increase women’s participation in decision-making and leadership roles now and into the future.

“It’s great to be able to announce the recipients of the 2020 round of grants – six incredible young women who will use the funding to pursue their areas of interest,” Minister Berry said.

“Congratulations to all grant recipients, I look forward to hearing about these young women’s achievements.”

Habibat Ogunbanwo is a young woman with a dream of qualifying for the Australian Olympic swimming team; she will use her grant to train for and attend swimming trials in South Australia, and to raise the profile of the sport amongst women from migrant and Muslim communities;

Orli Baumgart wants to establish a business to make and sell hand-dyed artisan wool yarns, sourcing wool from local mills and investing the proceeds to support LGBTIQ+ young people;

Lochana Radaliyagoda will use the grant to support the development and publishing of a children’s picture book to teach young people about gender equality;

Tori Scrivener aims to develop her passion for horse riding and dressage;

Emily Hyde will use the funding to develop a supportive and resourced space for young women to develop their interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) fields by establishing a Girls STEM Club, complete with 3D printer; and

Ananya Ravi’s grant will fund a 10-day residential program at the National Youth Science Forum; she hopes to improve the representation of young women in STEM.

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Nominate outstanding women for the 2021 ACT Women’s Awards

Source: Government of Australia Capital Territory

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Released 07/01/2021

There are many women in the ACT who make significant contributions to their community and support their fellow women – and chances are you know one!

Minister for Women Yvette Berry said the 2021 ACT Women’s Awards were an opportunity for these women to be publicly celebrated and acknowledged.

“Held annually, the Awards recognise an ACT Woman of the Year, ACT Young Woman of the Year and ACT Senior Woman of the Year who improve the status and lives of women and girls,” Minister Berry said.

“I’m encouraging Canberrans to nominate women who have made a significant contribution to their community.

“Previous award winners and nominees have made great positive impacts in the ACT including empowering young women to study STEM, advocating for gender equality in the trade industry, supporting new mothers at risk of homelessness, improving the status of women with disability and supporting female soccer coaches.”

2020 ACT Woman of the Year Cindy Mitchell was honoured for her outstanding work in empowering women and girls across Canberra to take control of their future by embracing entrepreneurship.

“Perhaps like a lot of women, I believe that hard work is its own reward. I admit that I felt uncomfortable with being nominated at first with a massive case of ‘imposter syndrome’. But, I’m so glad I persisted!” Ms Mitchell said.

“The platform and opportunities as ACT Woman of the Year have been the wind in my sails in an otherwise challenging year. I’ve had so many women of colour and migrants to Australia especially come up to me and say how much it meant to them that ‘we won’. It makes me proud.”

If you would like to nominate an exceptional woman in the ACT community, you can do so through the SmartyGrants system at https://dhcs.smartygrants.com.au/2021AWA

For enquiries please contact the ACT Office for Women on 6207 2552.

Nominations close 5pm Wednesday 10 February 2021.

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Changes to public transport and access in Canberra City next week

Source: Government of Australia Capital Territory

Public Health Emergency in the ACT

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Released 07/01/2021

Changes to public transport and access in the city centre will be in place while scenes from a movie are being filmed.

Filming will take place from Thursday 14 to Friday 22 January 2021 and will require road and footpath closures as well as some bus stop closures.

The movie’s producers have been working with residents and businesses in recent weeks to minimise the impact of filming and subsequent closures.

To facilitate the filming and ensure the safety of all involved, full road and path closures are required at the following locations from Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 January 2021:

  • London Circuit from Constitution Avenue to Ainslie Avenue
  • Akuna Street from London Circuit to Cooyong Street
  • Bunda Street from Petrie Street to Binara Street
  • Binara Street from Akuna Street to Allara Street
  • Allara Street from Binara Street to Constitution Avenue
  • Nangari Street from Allara Street to London Circuit
  • Rabaul Lane from Nangari Street to Akuna Street.

In the event of wet weather during this period, the closures are also expected to be in place on Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 January 2021.

These closures will limit access to these streets for road users, pedestrians and cyclists during filming. On‑street parking on these streets will also not be permitted during filming.

Access will be managed for local residents and to local businesses.

While every business, residence and shopfront will still be accessible it might not be via the most direct route. Please allow extra travel time if you are passing through the filming areas.

Nightly road closures will also be in place on the following roads from Monday 18 to Friday 22 January 2021 , between 8 pm and 6 am:

  • Wilden Street, Murden Street and William Clemens Street in the city centre
  • a rolling road closure on Parkes Way between Wendouree Drive and Clunies Ross Street.

Possible additional closures will also be put in place, with roadside signage to be erected ahead of all road closures. To keep up-to-date, please visit www.cityservices.act.gov.au

Changes to public transport

Due to these closures, bus stops 3003, 3004 and 3356 on London Circuit (at Commonwealth Bank, Legislative Assembly and 221 London Circuit) will be closed during this period. The closest alternative stops are in the city interchange. Route diversions will also be in place. Customers are asked to please pay attention to signage in the area.

Please note: A map of the road and bus stop closures associated with the filming is below.

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Snake bite advice that could save your life

Source: Government of Australia Capital Territory

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Released 06/01/2021

Taking the right action in the moments after a snake bite before help arrives could save your life.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services Mick Gentleman said with the recent warmer weather, snakes had started to emerge from hibernation to bask in the sun and search for food and water.

“Knowing the symptoms and how to treat a snake bite could mean the difference between life and death,” Minister Gentleman said.

“If you see a snake, give them their space. All known or suspected snake bites must be treated as potentially life-threatening and you should seek urgent medical aid for humans and pets.

“The recent wet weather means longer grass, which is creating the ideal environment for snake encounters.

“If you plan to travel through bush and grass land areas, be prepared and always communicate your travels with family or friends. Travel with basic first aid equipment, enclosed shoes and a mobile phone.”

The ACT Ambulance Services (ACTAS) is urging Canberrans to know what to do in the moments after a snake bite before an ambulance arrives.

ACT Ambulance Service Chief Officer Howard Wren said if you suspect you or your child has been bitten by a snake call Emergency Triple Zero (000) immediately.

“Venom can be fatal if left untreated. Always assume the snake is venomous and apply a firm pressure bandage over the bitten area and around the affected limb, using a bandage or other suitable material,” Chief Officer Wren said.

“Do not give alcohol, food or drugs and keep the patient still by lying down. It is also critical that movement is limited in an affected limb.

“In some cases, you may experience headaches, nausea and vomiting, blurred or double vision, limb weakness or paralysis or difficulty in speaking, swallowing or breathing.

“ACTAS have responded to several snake biting incidents at Mt Stromlo over the recent weeks, thankfully Emergency Triple Zero (000) was called immediately and correct treatment was applied.”

During long, dry periods snakes may enter suburban areas in search of water coming into close contact with pets in backyards.

Keep your yard tidy and well maintained to make it less attractive for snakes to stay or return and if you do see a snake in your backyard, take pets and children inside and contact Canberra Snake Rescue and Relocation for assistance. Do not attempt to catch or kill the snake yourself.

Enjoy this summer season in the bush capital and remember to take care when outdoors.

For more information and tips to Be Emergency Ready visit the ESA website.

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Jane Campbell appointed as new Special Magistrate

Source: Government of Australia Capital Territory

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Released 05/01/2021

Jane Campbell has been appointed as a Special Magistrate of the ACT Magistrates Court, Attorney-General Shane Rattenbury announced today.

Ms Campbell, who was admitted to practice in 1990, brings a wealth of experience to the bench due to her work with Legal Aid ACT as their Deputy CEO and Head of Criminal Practice.

Ms Campbell has served as a prosecutor for the ACT Director of Public Prosecutions and as a Human Rights Solicitor at the Women’s Legal Centre ACT. She is also a long-standing member of ACT Law Society’s Criminal Law Committee.

Ms Campbell was appointed following a competitive application process, with her 12-month commission to commence on 11 January 2021.

“Ms Campbell has significant experience working across a number of legal areas in her career and brings vast expertise in criminal law, which will be of particular value to the ACT Magistrates Court,” Attorney-General Rattenbury said.

“I would like to thank Ms Campbell for her commitment to this important appointment and I warmly welcome her to the role.”

Ms Campbell’s appointment will support the ongoing operation of the ACT Magistrates Court following the temporary absence of ACT Magistrate Bernadette Boss. Dr Boss was recently engaged by the Commonwealth Government to undertake a 12-month appointment as interim National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention, which commenced on 16 November 2020.

Margaret Hunter OAM has also had her appointment as a Special Magistrate extended until 30 April 2021.

Special Magistrate Jane Campbell:

  • July 2019 – present: Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Legal Aid ACT
  • September 2018 – July 2019: Head of Criminal Practice, Legal Aid ACT
  • September 2014 – September 2018: Prosecutor, Director of Public Prosecutions {ACT)
  • October 2011 – August 2014: Human Rights Solicitor, Women’s legal Centre ACT
  • February 2011 – 0ctober 2011: Principal Legal Officer, Legal, Practice Management and Policy Branch, Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions
  • 2002 – 2010: Prosecutor, Director of Public Prosecutions (ACT)
  • 1996 – 1997: Graduate Diploma in Postgraduate Law, University of Sydney
  • 1994 – 1997: Solicitor, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (NSW)
  • 1990 – 1994: Solicitor, Blake Dawson Waldron, Sydney, NSW
  • 1985 – 1990: Bachelor of Laws, Honours Class II, University of Sydney
  • 1985 – 1988: Bachelor of Arts, University of Sydney

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