ACT Election Announcements

Labor’s plan to create jobs through National Arboretum upgrades

October 08, 2020

A re-elected ACT Labor Government will invest more in Canberra’s much loved National Arboretum through an expansion of the fast-tracked infrastructure program. A re-elected ACT Labor Government will invest more in Canberra’s much loved National Arboretum through an expansion of the fast-tracked infrastructure program.

The program has already delivered better local infrastructure across the city in 2020, and has provided tens of millions of dollars in support for local electricians, carpenters, labourers, plumbers, plasterers, painters, cabinetmakers, bricklayers, solar installers and repair men and women.

The ACT Government will continue to focus our efforts on keeping Canberrans working over the next six to twelve months. 

Under an ACT Labor Government, around $2.2 million will invested in the National Arboretum in the next six months. This will include improved roads and trails in the facility, with a total of 4.5 kilometres of dirt roads upgraded to tarmac to allow access during wet weather. 

The investment will also be used for improved site accessibility, with new wheelchair accessible paths in Central Valley and the Himalayan Cedar Forest.

In Government, we invested $390,000 earlier this year as part of our COVID economic survival measures to provide new café servery facilities at the Arboretum.

Our city is facing a huge economic challenge and creating jobs is our number one priority.

We have a comprehensive plan to grow our employment base to more than 250,000 local jobs by 2025, and we won’t do it with magic pudding economics.

The pandemic isn’t over, and there is more work to do.

But ACT Labor has the right plan to invest in Canberrans and lead our city through the pandemic.