Building our Neighbourhoods

Every person in Canberra deserves to live in a suburb with infrastructure and green space that encourages people of all ages to meet, explore, exercise, and play. 

While coronavirus has shown us the importance of connected, well-resourced communities, our neighbourhoods often force people off the streets and into their cars. This is leading to congestion, pollution, stress, the decline in local business, and a loss of connection to place. 

Canberrans need an alternative. That’s why we will invest heavily in local infrastructure and bring the community together to decide what their neighbourhood needs.

Map - 10 years of Greens achievements in the Legislative Assembly

Our Plan

Building a Canberra-wide walking and cycling network to ensure everyone has the option to ride and walk where they want to go More »
Build local infrastructure so everyone can enjoy their neighbourhood More »
Green our suburbs to reduce urban heat, increase local biodiversity, and make our streets and parks more enjoyable More »
Give the community control over what their neighbourhood looks like More »
Invest in local arts by establishing a local grant program to have sculptures, murals, and other art installations throughout Canberra

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Building our Neighbourhoods - Facts

 

Build local infrastructure so everyone can enjoy their neighbourhood

  • Light up our neighbourhoods by ensuring that footpaths, bus stops, and bike paths and parks have street lights so people feel safe in and around their homes - our roads should not be better lit that footpaths, which are often broken and inaccessible to many members of our community
  • Investing in shared spaces, including parks, toilet facilities, playgrounds, community gardens, and exercise equipment, to create quality public space for people to meet, exercise, and enjoy
  • Increasing the number of workers at Fix My Street, to be more responsive to community requests

Green our suburbs to reduce urban heat, increase local biodiversity, and make our streets and parks more enjoyable

  • Plant and care for tens of thousands of trees in order to reach 30% tree canopy coverage across every suburb in the ACT - our news suburbs swelter due to the mass razing of trees
  • Constructing more urban wetlands and nature reserves, to reduce urban heat, improve water quality, and increase local biodiversity
  • Expand ACT Government funding for community-initiated environment and biodiversity management 
  • Create new wildlife hollows

Give the community control over what their neighbourhood looks like

  • Establish a participatory budgeting program giving each suburb an average of $200,000 to be spent on local infrastructure programs proposed and agreed upon by the community
  • Support local community initiatives by:
    1. Removing unnecessary regulatory barriers 
    2. Improving government advice and support
    3. Clarifying to government departments on legalities of these entities
    4. Giving people aged 16 and 17 years to have the option to vote in ACT election
  • Build or repurpose community meeting spaces across Canberra to give more access for community use