ACT Labor to deliver $67.2 million to make our city even better

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We all share a sense of pride in our city. ACT Labor continues to invest in Canberra to make it an even better place to live, work, study and play.

We are working hard to improve our high standard of living and ensure our city continues to thrive with more jobs and more services than ever before.

Canberrans are passionate about their local places and spaces and we want to continue to invest to make them safer and cleaner and importantly, meet the needs of our community so they are enjoyed by everyone.

ACT Labor is committed to making our city the best it can be. We have already committed to $2.9 million over four years to connect Canberrans with free Wi-Fi in all town centres, bus interchanges and on all ACTION buses.

We are investing in new facilities in growth areas and focusing on upgrading local infrastructure in existing suburb. That’s why we are investing $11 million to upgrade our local shops across Canberra, more parking spots, and more park and ride and bike and ride facilities.

ACT Labor will also deliver $200,000 over four years to establish the community gardens through a new Community Garden Funding Program, providing Canberrans with a place to grow their own fresh food and share with other locals the rewards of gardening.

We are committed to the construction of off-road cycle paths as part of our plan for more cycling infrastructure in the city and have committed up to $12 million to construct an off-road cycle path adjacent to the Majura Parkway.

We will also invest $4 million over four years to an Active Transport program for kids.

But there is more to do.

If re-elected in 2012, ACT Labor will invest $67.2 million to make our city the best it can be.

We will invest in upgrades and new essential community infrastructure.

We will give communities a direct say on improving local places and spaces through a trial of Your Voice, Your Choice program.

ACT Labor will set up two new rapid response teams to respond quickly to fix, pot holes, footpaths, maintain our trees and mow the grass.

To ensure we remain a truly Connected Capital we will also set up ‘Mobile Canberra’ to see development of local government service apps – to provide local information using mobile technology.

 

Policy costings

ACT Labor will invest $67.2 million over four years in capital funding to continue our Urban Improvement Program, and trial Your Voice, Your Choice program. We will invest an additional $5.10 million over four years in recurrent funding to establish two rapid response maintence teams in the north and the south of Canberra, operating 5 days a week and employing an additional nine staff. ACT Labor will also commit $100,000 for ‘Mobile Canberra’ – which will see the development of a number of local government service apps for mobile technology.

ACT Labor’s plan to make our city even better

 

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

TOTAL

Upgrade and improve essential community infrastructure and Your Voice, Your Choice program (capital)

$10.50m

$16.00m

$17.00m

$18.50m

$62.00m

Rapid response teams x 2 (recurrent)

$1.37m

$1.22m

$1.24m

$1.27m

$5.10m

Mobile Canberra apps

$0.10m

-

-

-

$0.10m

Total

$11.97m

$17.22m

$18.24m

$19.77

$67.2m

 

If re-elected in 2012, ACT Labor will invest $67.2 million to make our city the best it can be.

We will invest in upgrades and new essential community infrastructure.

ACT Labor will continue to upgrade and improve the wide range of the community’s municipal assets through the Urban Improvement Program (UIP).

The ACT Labor Government already provides record levels of funding that go directly to improving and maintaining our local spaces and places for both capital upgrades and important services such as mowing our parks and road reserves. Around $125 million is currently spent on municipal services and local infrastructure upgrades.

An extra $22 million was provided in the 2012-13 Budget for more parks and playground improvements, more shopping centre upgrades, better footpaths and more repairs to roads.

The UIP supports the delivery of essential community infrastructure with additional funding for works such as:

  • Playground design and safety upgrades;
  • An inner North Canberra off-leash dog park;
  • Upgrades to public toilets;
  • Footpath improvements;
  • Replacement of aged and vandalised public assets;
  • Bus stop upgrades to meet disability standards;
  • Walking/cycling infrastructure;
  • Infrastructure and other improvements at sports grounds;
  • Restoration of sportsgrounds; and
  • Your Voice, Your choice

We will give communities a direct say on improving local places and spaces through a trial of Your Voice, Your Choice program.

ACT Labor will trial a program that will give the community the opportunity to have a direct say in how and where maintenance monies are spent in their local areas.

To give the community a greater say on highest priorities for each region, ACT Labor will trial a program that will empower the community to decide where its maintenance and upgrade funds should be spent.

ACT Labor will establish a local priorities fund with an initial amount of $200,000 for each region. Initially funds will be for repairs and upgrades to local parks, playgrounds and footpaths. The trial will commence from 1 July 2013.

Consultation with each community will set up the way in which decisions will be made, for example a website where members of the community can nominate ideas and suggestions. A local priorities fund will be allocated to:

Belconnen $200,000

Gungahlin $200,000

Inner North $200,000

Inner South $200,000

Tuggeranong $200,000

Woden $200,000

Weston Creek $200,000

TOTAL $1,400,000

 ACT Labor will set up two new rapid response teams to respond quickly to issues and fix pot holes, footpaths, maintain our trees and mow the grass.

Following on from the success of the online Canberra Connect Fix My Street service, ACT Labor will, if re-elected, establish two rapid response teams to repair and respond to issues that are raised through Canberra Connect.

The ACT Labor Government currently spends $125 million to keep our city looking good; on our parks and conservation, city maintenance, roads and footpaths, and minor upgrades.

The 2012-13 Budget directed an additional $600,000 during our Centenary celebrations in 2013 for increased maintenance activities in urban open space areas. This funding has already seen more frequent mowing of arterial roads, edging of arterial roads, refurbishment of shrub beds in shopping centres across Canberra and increased control of weeds and grass around trees and obstacles in town and district parkland.

The establishment of dedicated response teams that will be dispatched for urgent matters or to make things safer and keep improving the look of the city. This will help ease the pressure on our existing teams.

The new rapid response teams will be sent to fix problems reported by our community. The top five areas that were received through the Fix My Street services are in the areas of trees, grass, streetlights, pot holes and footpaths.

The tree maintenance priority areas will include safety issues such as trees overhanging street signs and road maintenance priorities are the repair of pot holes, footpaths and signs.

The teams will also respond to requests for additional litter picking, with a focus on local shopping centres and community facilities, and to urgent graffiti removal in highly visible areas.

The establishment of two rapid response teams – one for north side and one for south side – will ensure that problems raised by the community are fixed as quickly as possible.

 

Just as our existing teams have responded to repair and make safe the damage caused by heavy rains earlier this year, the new rapid response teams will respond quickly to address issues in line with community expectations. This initiative is in addition to the services already provided.

The new rapid response teams will operate 5 days a week and employ 9 staff. Special vehicles and equipment will also be purchased to get these teams mobilised.

To ensure we remain a truly Connected Capital we will also set up ‘Mobile Canberra’ to see development of local government service apps – to provide local information using mobile technology.

As part of our move to become a Connected Capital, and to give people a greater say in local spending, we want to provide government services and access to information in a more inclusive and personalised way.

This will include the development of a number of local government services apps.

The mobile access to information and services will make life easier for both residents of the ACT as well as our visitors.

ACT Labor will, in the first year, work towards developing an initial suite of ‘Mobile Canberra’ mobile interfaces and apps that would provide a range of information such as the location of:

  • Car parks in the City, the Parliamentary Triangle, and in other town centres;
  • Disabled parking and disabled toilets;
  • Bike paths and popular bike routes around Canberra;
  • Parks and playgrounds in each suburb;
  • Shopping and other retail centres and petrol stations;
  • Major points of interest including tourist sites;
  • Taxi ranks around Canberra; and
  • Fun things to do with kids.

Work will also be undertaken to open up necessary datasets for public access, to develop an interactive tool to peruse Canberra Centenary events by location and to run a community ‘hackathon’ to encourage the development of public apps based on ACT data.

This initiative is in addition to the mobile services delivered through the bus real time passenger information system which is due to be fully delivered in 2013.

ACT Labor will commit $100,000 for ‘mobile Canberra’ which will be used for publishing the data sets, mobile interface and app design and development and to encourage public innovation in this space.