Canberra is proud city that consistently rates highly on liveability reports, ranking first in last year's Regional Well-Being Report from the OECD. The 2015-2016 ACT budget outlines its plans on maintaining this high standard of liveability. One of its major goals focuses on the renewal of Canberra's CBD and suburbs.
Here's a rundown on the agenda:
Mowing and suburban maintenance
A total of $16.8 million will go into more frequent maintenance of urban green spaces, as well as municipal service delivery and the maintenance of public facilities.
Revamping south Canberra shops
A budgeted $2.1 million will be be spent on improving the public spaces around shopping centres, including pedestrian and cycling paths, lighting, and landscapes.
Better sporting venues
Over $12 million will be spent on building, upgrading and maintaining recreation facilities. This will include the creation of the FIFA-accredited Melrose Football Precinct and the upgrading of Phillip Oval. Funds will also be spent on maintaining the quality of neighbouring ovals and on supporting community sporting programmes.
Over $45 million will be spent on sustainable energy, waste management, recycling and more. Funds will be invested into a range of programmes that focus on cutting energy costs and reducing energy usage, water quality monitoring and protection, implementing fire management strategies, sustainability research, and treating and managing waste.
Inner city upgrades
The budget reveals that $5.6 million will be invested into inner city features. This includes upgrading the Canberra Theatre Centre as well as improving lighting and footpaths.
More than $1.24 million will be spent on animal welfare and domestic animal services and on supporting stray and neglected animals through the RSPCA.
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