26 September 2023

Pandemic prompts fast-track projects

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Infrastructure and environmental projects are being fast-tracked to create and maintain jobs as part of the ACT Government’s economic survival package in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ministers for City Services and the Environment, Chris Steel and Mick Gentleman announced details of the projects, with a focus on “screwdriver ready” works that could start immediately.

“While our primary aim is to support jobs, we are taking this opportunity to bringing forward projects which deliver much needed upgrades and maintenance to public spaces and community facilities,” Mr Steel said.

“Among the projects there is close to $9.75 million in works to upgrade and build new footpaths, improve road safety, upgrade waste and transport facilities and undertake landscaping in open spaces,” he said.

“Path and crossing improvements have been requested by members of the community or have been identified as missing links in our shared path network.”

Mr Steel said projects in fast track program included upgrades and extensions to footpaths and cycleway networks; new pedestrian crossings; building improvement packages for waste and transport facilities; and open space landscaping improvements.

Mr Gentleman said bushfire recovery works, catchment restoration and trail maintenance projects were also being fast-tracked.

He said the stimulus package had been designed with local contractors and suppliers in mind to benefit small business owners that delivered agricultural services and local fencing businesses.

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