26 September 2023

Report updates city’s program for progress

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City Services has released a progress report on its work to deliver better city services and public facilities that line up with the priorities of the Canberra community.

Announced by Minister for Transport Canberra and City Services, Chris Steel, the Directorate’s Better Suburbs Progress Update 2021-22 provides an update on works completed against the community’s 14 priority areas since the previous Better Suburbs Report was published in 2019.

“A few years ago, we brought together a diverse group of Canberrans for the Better Suburbs Citizens’ Forum, a deliberative democracy process to help inform decisions about how we can improve our suburbs and regions,” Mr Steel said.

“Through this process we worked with Canberrans to understand the community’s priorities for city services and where the ACT Government should be focusing our investments,” he said.

“Since the Citizens’ Forum provided its advice to Government, we have been progressively adapting our approach to align with this feedback about what our community values.”

Mr Steel said the Directorate’s Progress Update highlighted planned and completed work for 2021-22, including planting 54,000 more trees; improving active travel connections; piloting the Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) service; upgrading local shopping centres; building new dog parks; and upgrading play spaces.

“The Better Suburbs Progress Update 2021-22 shows the Citizens’ Forum is making an ongoing difference in shaping how we invest in services for our city,” he said.

“I encourage all Canberrans to take a look to find out what’s happening in your local region,” Mr Steel said.

The Directorate’s 16-page Report can be accessed at this PS News link.

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