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1.1.17 changes

Postby Roderick Smith » Mon Jan 02, 2017 8:52 am

Condensed to those which are transport related.

Roderick

January 1 2017 Canberra fees, charges and infrastructure changes at the start of 2017.
A number of federal fee hikes and benefit cuts will also start to be noticed early in the new year.
Bus fares
MyWay concession card holders will be the big winners on public transport from January 14, when they will travel free outside peak periods in a 12-month trial.
Commuters with MyWay adult cards will see single trips rise from $2.98 to $3.06 in peak periods and from $2.37 to $2.43 for off peak trips.
Tertiary and school student MyWay holders will pay $1.53 for trips, while the latter will pay $1.16 on school days.
Weekday fares will be capped at $9.20 for adults and $4.60 for concession and student card holders.
Full-fare passengers face a new year public transport ticket price hike in Canberra, but concession holders will travel for free outside peak times Single cash fares will be $4.80 for adults and $2.40 for concession.
January will also be the first opportunity to ride one of ACTION's new blue buses.
Roads
Gungahlin residents will notice two major changes in early 2017: completion of the Barton Highway-William Slim Drive roundabout roadworks, and changes along Horse Park Drive.
The first stage of Horse Park Drive's duplication, between Well Station Drive and Anthony Rolfe Avenue, is due to be finished by the middle of the year, but motorists will notice changes in January when traffic will be moved onto the new carriageway.
Further south, Weston Creek and Woden drivers will face an extra set of traffic signals on Hindmarsh Drive at the intersection with Launceston Street and Eggleston Crescent when they are constructed this year.
Ginninderry land sales
The first blocks in the new residential development west of Belconnen are due to be released in early 2017, though a fixed date has not been set.
About 1800 of the 6500 homes planned for the ACT side of Ginninderry will be completed and ready by 2022.
First named in 2016, Ginninderry planners will announce further updates in the next 12 months, while discussions will continue about moving the border to encompass the NSW side of the development.
Travel
Australians planning on travelling overseas will be slugged, too: adult passports will be $20 more expensive, while children and senior passports costs will rise by $10.
If you need to leave the country in a hurry, you'll cop a $54 increase in fees for priority processing of passport applications.
Welfare crackdown
As part of the Coalition's $6 billion omnibus savings bill, passed in September, people who have received welfare overpayments will start paying interest of 8 per cent on their debts from January 1, unless they are complying with a repayment plan.
www.theage.com.au/act-news/canberra-fee ... tiv1q.html
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