During January, February, and March I was able to speak with hundreds of people in my electorate about their views on the revised draft Kippax Master Plan. I found that there was general support for the revised draft as a blueprint for the potentially necessary zoning changes that will facilitate future development of the precinct. Four key principles were raised with me repeatedly. These were that there should be:
I have made a submission to the Minister for Planning, further detailing community views. If you would like a copy of this, please contact my office.
Did you know that you can now renew your drivers licence online? Over 10,000 Canberrans have so far. No need to go to a service centre! You can renew online if the address details on your current drivers licence are correct, you know your drivers licence number, and you can pay with Visa or Mastercard.
You will then get an interim licence you can download or print and your new licence will be mailed out within three weeks.
You won’t be able to renew online if you are over 50 and require an eye test, or if you want to renew your licence for 10 years, if you need a new photo, if your licence is suspended, cancelled, disqualified, restricted, probationary of expired for more than 5 years, or you can’t pay by credit or debit card.
ARTS AND EVENTS
If you were among the 32,595 people who saw MAMMA MIA The Musical during its season at the Canberra Theatre, I’m sure it will be no surprise to you that it was the most successful musical in Canberra’s history with record attendance and a $6.8 million boost to the ACT economy.
Canberrans love their theatre and it we’ve shown we have what it takes to successfully host national and international productions of the highest calibre.
February and March have been such busy months in the ACT’s cultural life, I think we could lay claim to the term Adelaide uses for its big festival season – Mad March. I hope you were able to get out and enjoy some of these events – especially when so many of them are free!
I got to Enlighten and the Night Noodle Markets (twice), Art Not Apart, Symphony in the Park, the Balloon Spectacular, Liz Lea’s dance show RED, and the Tuggeranong Art Centre’s powerful exhibition of Myuran Sukumaran’s paintings.
The ACT Government will soon be responding to the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and we will be implementing comprehensive reforms for preventing and responding to abuse in a way that is survivor-focused. These reforms will contribute to building a community that is safer, stronger, and more connected.
We will be making law reforms to improve the way the criminal justice system responds to and supports victims of child sexual abuse, and others affected by sexual offences, and I am seeking community views as part of those reforms.
Information about proposed areas for legislative change and details on how to contribute to the reforms are located at www.justice.act.gov.au and https://www.yoursay.act.gov.au/criminal-law-reform. Submissions close 27 April.
VETERANS AND SENIORS
It was Seniors Week from 12-16 March and it was my great pleasure to attend the fantastic array of events held that week, celebrating the contribution of older Canberrans to the life of this city. This included the Chief Minister’s Concerts on Tuesday, the Chief Minister’s Gold Awards on Wednesday, the Seniors Expo at EPIC on Thursday, and the Positive Ageing Awards on Friday. If you missed it, look out for it next year!
My Ministerial Council on the Ageing is currently running a survey to find out how the Government can best communicate with Seniors as we continue to build an age friendly city. If you would like to participate, you can do so online or by calling my office and asking for a paper copy to be sent to you. The survey closes on12 April.
Did you know that at 4.55pm every day, there is a Last Post ceremony at the War Memorial? Each time, the ceremony tells the story behind one of the names on the Roll of Honour which lists more than 102,000 Australians who have lost their lives in war. These moving ceremonies are free and accessible in the Commemorative Courtyard.
Anzac Day is just around the corner, when we pause to remember all Australians who served and died in war and on operational service past and present.
If you would like to attend one of the commemorative events on Anzac Day, there is helpful information on the Australian War Memorial’s website: https://www.awm.gov.au/index.php/commemoration/anzac-day