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No sale for Northbourne sites

The Braddon and Turner on Northbourne tender process has concluded without sale.

The expression of interest to invite tenders, for the sale of the ex-Housing ACT sites under the Asset Recycling Initiative of Braddon and Turner, were invited late last year and closed in early October 2018. The tender was marketed nationally and three proposals were received.

Suburban Land Agency CEO, John Dietz, said while the preferred tenderer developed an impressive response to the design criteria for the redevelopment, “they have been unable to meet the reserve price for the sites”.

“The reserve price reflects independent market values, as governed by the Suburban Land Agency’s pricing policy. Negotiations to improve the financial offer were unsuccessful,” Mr Dietz said.

According to a media release, “the decision to conclude the tender is evidence of the government’s commitment to achieving a high-quality outcome for the two hallmark sites”.

City Renewal Authority CEO, Malcolm Snow, said he looks forward to continuing to work with the Suburban Land Agency to determine a new process to realise the desired outcome for these two gateway sites.


Business solar program switches on

A new energy program will support more Canberra businesses to take up solar options, aiming to help them adopt renewable energy sources and to cut energy bills.

The free Actsmart Solar for Business trial provides rebates of up to $5,000 to eligible small businesses and community organisations to install rooftop solar panels.

“Canberra households are taking up solar options in droves, doing their bit for the planet while keeping energy costs down,” ACT Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury said.

“Now, more businesses and other community organisations can reap the benefits of rooftop solar.”

Minister Rattenbury said the trial helps address the key barriers to installing rooftop solar including upfront financial costs and limited knowledge about rooftop solar, such as site requirements, how to best compare products and green financing options.

“Being able to access independent, plain-speak advice from government can help overcome these barriers, supporting more Canberra businesses to take up solar options that suit their needs.”

Since the trial formally commenced in February, over 50 businesses and community organisations are receiving tailored advice and support to help them transition to solar systems.

Two solar systems have been installed and a further eight installations are in progress.


Bushfire plan open for comment


The ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) has released a draft Strategic Bushfire Management Plan (SBMP), which is now open for public comment.

The SBMP is the document which sets out how bushfire risk is managed in the ACT and is reviewed every five years in consultation with stakeholders and the community.

The statutory consultation period started on Monday 13 May and runs until Tuesday 25 June. During this period, the draft plan will be available for review at all ACT public libraries, ACT ESA headquarters and online at yoursay.act.gov.au or esa.act.gov.au

Comments can be sent to: Commissioner ACT Emergency Services Agency, GPO Box 158 Canberra ACT 2601 or email them to [email protected]

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