Creating a sustainable future

Released 04/06/2013

The ACT Government will fund the development of key policy frameworks to guide Canberra's transition to a carbon neutral city with a sustainable transport and affordability focus, the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development Simon Corbell said today.

Funding announced today in the 2013-14 ACT Budget delivers a focus on key policy issues to guide actions on sustainable transport, housing affordability, and urban and regional collaboration on the challenge of a changing climate.

A major collaborative effort of this Budget is funding for the Canberra Urban and Regional Futures (CURF) program - an initiative founded by the Australian National University's Climate Change Institute and the University of Canberra's Urban and Regional Planning School.

CURF will benefit from $500,000 over two years to focus on a broad range of planning and sustainability issues, undertaking research to inform ACT Government policy.

A sustainable urban environment is critical for our city's future prosperity.  CURF is a key vehicle to facilitate collaboration among governments, research, business and community organisations across Canberra and the surrounding region.

Planning for affordability

Planning processes in Canberra's greenfield areas will continue to be funded as part of the ACT Planning Strategy to manage growth and development of the city.

  • Funding of $350,000 will be provided over the next two years and will allow for planning and preliminary infrastructure investigations in greenfield areas to support government priorities, land supply and land release.

This funding will assist the Gallagher Government's commitment to meet the ongoing demand for residential land and provide more affordable housing.

In addition, the ACT Government has committed a total of $1.6 million toward sustainable initiatives in the Budget, including energy efficiency and energy concessions.

The Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme will receive funding to administer the growth and expansion of the scheme to ensure 20,000 households receive products and services in 2013-14, with 70,000 households expected to benefit over the life of the scheme.

Sustainable transport

Sustainable transport choices will be encouraged, with the ACT Government aiming to strategically manage parking demand in the ACT while ensuring equity and efficiency in parking supply.

  • A total of $25,000 will be allocated for a review of parking requirements and standards in new developments; and
  • An additional $25,000 will be allocated for the establishment of a Parking Offset Fund, which would see developers purchase permits in order to ensure adequate parking is provided on worksites across the ACT.

In addition, the ACT Government is currently implementing measures for pay parking technology including card and note accepting technology across the Territory and this work is ongoing.

The Transport for Canberra policy provides an overarching and comprehensive framework for managing parking in the ACT.

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