ACT Budget 2018: How will it affect you?



June 05, 2018 15:10:06

Schools and hospitals across Canberra will benefit from the 2018-19 ACT Budget handed down today.

Here’s how it will impact you and your neighbourhood:

Woden and Molonglo


  • Duplicating William Slim Drive from Ginninderra Drive to the Barton Highway is designed to reduce congestion between Gungahlin and Belconnen.
  • Places for an extra 500 students will be created across Amaroo School, Gold Creek and Neville Bonner Primary.
  • A new $2.9 million walk-in medical centre will open in late 2018.
  • Rabbits will be eradicated from the expanded Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary for just under $600,000.
  • Mulligans Flat will also receive a $1.6 million eco-tourism learning centre, which will include a cafe.


  • New STEM/future learning facilities at University of Canberra Senior Secondary College will cost $5.6 million.
  • The emergency department at Calvary Public Hospital will receive $15 million worth of upgrades for treatment spaces, improved access and triage arrangements, better short stay and paediatric beds in the emergency department as part of an almost $2 billion investment in public hospitals.
  • The University of Canberra Hospital will treat its first patients in July and become the largest rehabilitation centre in the territory.
  • $10.5 million is dedicated to a new bikeway to connect the Belconnen town centre with the University of Canberra. It will also link to suburbs like Florey, the Lake Ginninderra Foreshore and, of course, Canberra Stadium in Bruce.
  • Watching and playing football at Canberra Stadium should be a better experience with the Raiders’ and Brumbies’ home ground to receive new turf and an electronic scoreboard/replay screen for the 2020 season. The match rooms will also be upgraded to meet the ACT’s guidelines for supporting women’s sport.

Central Canberra

  • $18.8 million has been committed to upgrade facilities, including new buildings, for Campbell Primary School.
  • $1.2m has been set aside to plan for a new theatre complex and the existing Canberra Theatre to receive a $1.5m upgrade.
  • $12 million will go towards a new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health centre, owned by the Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service.
  • A new Step Up, Step Down mental health clinic will be installed on the south side, which has been welcomed by some mental health advocates.
  • About $12 million is being committed to various festivals, including a new festival for design, culture, coding and gaming.


  • Tuggeranong Police Station will receive upgraded facilities as the Government commits $2 million between it and Winchester in Belconnen.
  • $4 million will be provided to improve cycling paths and footpaths in the Tuggeranong town centre, connecting Anketell Street to Lake Tuggeranong, as well as other improved leisure areas around the lake side.

Click here to see how your area fared compared to last year’s budget.






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June 05, 2018 15:03:03

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