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Concession travel in NSW for ACT Seniors

We have just been informed that Transport Canberra has partnered with Transport NSW which means that ACT Seniors My Way card holders are entitled to concession travel in NSW using NSW Gold Opal Card. Therefore Seniors with an early ACT Seniors Card (i.e. one that has 6 numbers as opposed to 9 on the current cards) will need to apply for a card replacement in order to apply for an NSW Gold Opal Card.

ACT Seniors MyWay Cards which have not been used to travel on ACT buses for a period of two years or more, will have expired and should also be replaced.

Please allow up to 7 days for new or replacement ACT Seniors MyWay card registration before applying for a NSW Gold Opal card. Application for a NSW Gold Opal card, can be made online: https://www.opal.com.au/en/about-opal/opal_for_senior_pensioners/, or by phoning 13 67 25.

New and replacement ACT Seniors My Way Cards are available from COTA ACT Hughes office, ACT Libraries and Access Canberra Shopfronts as suggested on the application form.

Le Couteur calls for the finalisation of the Master Plan before Curtin development

Today Ms Le Couteur has reiterated the Greens’ calls for the 2015 draft Curtin Master Plan to be finalised, before any new developments are approved.

“The whole point of developing master plans in consultation with the community is to ensure that the voices of residents, businesses and Canberrans who work and live in the area are heard in future decisions. Read more …

WVCC 2017-18 Budget Submission

The Chief Minister states, in the Act Government’s document Canberra: A statement of ambition, that cities don’t succeed by accident or by leaving things to chance – they require design, good governance and great collaboration.

The WVCC looks forward to shaping our future, in collaboration with the ACT Government, to achieve the policy outcomes of economic diversification and urban renewal to make Woden a better place to live, work and socialise.

These policy outcomes will ensure that the Woden Valley is a vibrant community that is inclusive, welcoming, and open to diverse talents and determined to help everyone reach their fullest potential.

In order to attract families to our community, Woden requires additional jobs, education opportunities, sporting and cultural facilities with bars, cafes and restaurants that are close to where people want to live.

The policy outcomes that the WVCC seeks are:

  1. A vibrant community with sustainable amenity;
  2. Available housing choices, including affordable housing;
  3. Increased job opportunities;
  4. Improved access to higher education; and
  5. Better health outcomes – improved access to sporting facilities and active living amenity.

Read more …

Murrumbidgee electorate Candidates forum

Candidates ForumThe ACT Legislative Assembly election is coming up on the 15th October 2016.

The Woden Valley Community Council (WVCC) will be conducting a candidate’s forum for the electorate of Murrumbidgee on Wednesday 5th October at 7.30pm at the Canberra Southern Cross Club in Phillip.

Issues relating to the Woden Valley area will be canvassed though other issues affecting the electorate will be discussed also. The program for the forum with be released closer to the date.
Candidates and Political parties can register for the event by contacting the WVCC secretary at secretary@wvcc.org.au

ACT Budget for Woden

budget1On Tuesday the 7th of June the ACT Government released its 2016/17 Budget.  The Government is forecasting a Headline Net Operating deficit of $94.3 million in 2016-17, a deficit of $35 million in 2017-18, and a return to balance in 2018-19 and 2019-20.

Health: The Budget will invest $99.5 Million Dollars into the upgrade and maintenance of the Canberra and Calvary Hospitals and other health facilities with an additional 54 new health staff and 21 new treatment spaces at the Canberra hospital emergency department and the expansion of trauma and neonatal care services.

Education: The Budget dedicates $41.5 million to improve facilities and administration for schools across the ACT. An additional $24.7 million to further improve the standard of education being provided to all of our students in schools across Canberra. Read more …

Updated – Woden Indoor Stadium to be demolished

Woden basketball Court Web Banner 2Update: 29th April 2016 ‘ACT Planning and Land Authority has approved the demolition of the Woden indoor courts on Irving Street Phillip.’

8 March 2016 WVCC wrote:

The Woden Valley Community Council (WVCC) has formerly made an objection to the Development Application 201528749  to demolish the Woden Basketball stadium. This is yet another facility to close in Woden‘s northern precinct that follows on from the lawn bowls, tennis courts and Pitch n Putt. The Woden Basketball courts have been used not just for basketball but also badminton roller derby, has also held markets and been a venue for live bands. Read more …

Woden CIT to close! What is the Future of Higher education in #Woden.

WodenCITAs part of the Campus modernisation program (cink for CIT PDF Attached) at the Canberra institute of technology (CIT) and the recent announcement of a new Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) campus in Tuggeranong, this will mean the closure of the Woden CIT campus. CIT Courses at Woden will be transferred to other CIT campuses in Belconnen, Reid (Civic) and Tuggeranong in semesters 1 & 2 from 2016 with the remaining course(s) being relocated out of Woden by 2017.

The Woden Valley Community Council (WVCC) believes that a health related CIT facility should remain in Woden and had sent a letter to the former Education Minister Ms Joy Burch ( clink for letter to Joy Burch) asking ‘what is the future of higher education in Woden’.

On the 3rd November 2015 ABC’s 666 radio Breakfast presenter Phil Clark interviewed Martin Miller Woden Valley Community Council President and Dr Nicole Stenlake, Executive Director, CIT People & Organisational Governance at Canberra Institute of Technology about the Woden CIT Closure.

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