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GOVERNMENT COMMITS TO
LOW-COST HOUSING ACTION
The ACT government has announced support
for improved community housing in Canberra.
Minister for Housing Shane Rattenbury and
Minister for Economic Development Andrew
Barr said cabinet recognised that as Canberra
grew so did the need for affordable and low-
Mr Rattenbury said: "All the relevant
government directorates and ministers have
engaged in this conversation.
Cabinet has supported the acceleration,
renewal and redevelopment of ageing public
housing stock as well as a response to
Northbourne Avenue tenants and the need to
increase the availability of social housing.
ACT Shelter chief executive Leigh Watson
welcomed the government s commitment to a
new approach on low-cost housing.
"In particular we are pleased with the
enhanced opportunity these new arrangements
will make for the development of public and
community housing, she said.
"We also believe that the new approach will
pave the way for the development of more
housing that is affordable.
to be flattened,
Macquarie s sole service station is slated to be
demolished and rebuilt at a cost of $1.8 million.
A development application has been
submitted to ACT Planning and Land Authority
for the project.
Plans include installation of an underground
storage tank, a new fuel system and
replacement of the canopy covering motorists
as they fill up.
The work will require the removal of 10
existing underground fuel storage tanks.
It is expected that residents will be without
the service station for four months during the
service station rebuild.
Once completed, the new service station will
be emblazoned with BP Australia signage.
Canopy fascia signage will include BP Retail
Green fascia panels with an illuminated LED
strip on all sides of the canopy. The southern
and western sides of the canopy will each have
an illuminated BP Helios logo.
When the service station reopens there are no
plans to change the hours of operation.
FACILITIES FOR CRANLEIGH
SCHOOL TO BE READY FOR 2015
A new library, two additional classrooms and
accessible toilets will be constructed at
Cranleigh School. "The $840,000 project will
provide better access for students to library
resources as well as expanding the current
classroom space available," ACT Minister for
Education and Training Joy Burch said. Work
on the new facilities is under way and is
expected to be finished in time for the 2015
Items found in the stolen van
located at Gowrie.
Guns, ammo found in stolen van
Police seized a gun, ammunition and
balaclava after finding a van in
Tuggeranong that was reported stolen
a fortnight ago.
ACT Policing said on Saturday that
officers ran routine checks on the
white Mitsubishi Express, which was
parked in Dalziel Street in Gowrie,
after it was spotted with no front
registration plate about 11.20pm on
Police received permission from
the owner to access the vehicle and
found a shotgun, ammunition and
other items, including torches, stolen
power tools and a balaclava inside,
ACT Policing said.
The van, stolen in late June, also
held a gun safe with a cut lock.
A police spokeswoman said the
vehicle had now been returned to its
Investigations are ongoing and the
items found will undergo forensic
Police said it was still to be
determined whether the firearm was
used in committing an offence.
Anyone who witnessed any
suspicious activity in the Dalziel Street
area on Thursday or may have
information regarding the incident, is
urged to contact Crime Stoppers on
1800 333 000 or at
Information can be provided
Car park's a sticking point
Weston Creek customers may face
more melting tar and flicking stones at
their local car park when the weather
The admission is among a string of
letters and complaints responding to
the problem-strewn Cooleman Court
car park before and after a resurfacing
upgrade last year. Simon Corbell, Katy
Gallagher, Jeremey Hanson and
Alistair Coe are among residents who
have written to Minister for Territory
and Municipal Services Shane
Rattenbury about their concerns or the
concerns of their constituents in
relation to the surface.
Numerous letters highlight
problems including melting tar
sticking to shoes and tyres during
summer, the removal of trolleys from
the supermarket and an incident where
a customer tripped and fell. The
correspondence has come to light as
part of a freedom of information
request. Mr Rattenbury admitted in a
letter dated February this year that
problems linked to chip sealing could
resurface. "Given the type of surface in
the Cooleman Court car parks it is
possible that similar situations will
occur in the future. However, Roads
ACT are currently reviewing the types
of maintenance treatments to be used
in car parks."
Since the debacle Roads ACT has
started trialling microsurfacing, also
known as slurry seal, as an alternative
to bitumen and crushed stone. Mr
Rattenbury has previously said
microsurfacing might be a future
alternative at car parks, including
existing resurfaced parks.
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