The hurly burly of daily life can often mean we lose sight of longer term goals and what we have already achieved. This is as true in politics as in the rest of life.
So it is worthwhile to look back on what you have actually completed, and what remains to be done. To remind yourself of what is important and why you keep putting the energy into the day to day challenges.
Recently I had cause to do just this. I decided to cast back and look at what has been achieved in my portfolio areas since the most recent ACT election.
Here’s a quick snapshot of the achievements that stood out to me:
- Establishing Australia’s first large-scale solar feed in tariff law: delivering 40MW of large scale solar
- Waste and energy policies to increase recycling to over 90% and drive the uptake of renewables
- Greenhouse gas reduction targets: our aim to make the ACT the ‘solar capital’ and become a nation leader with a 40% reduction by 2020
- Energy efficiency legislation: to cut average electricity bills in homes by $300 per year
- Outreach program: helping over 1754 low income households to save money and improve the energy efficiency of their homes through education, retrofits and replacing energy inefficient fridges, washing machines and other appliances.
- A brand new state-of-the-art Belconnen Police Station for northside residents
- The establishment of a bushfire helicopter base and Emergency Services Training Centre
- Sheds for Rivers, Jerrabomberra and Tidbinbilla Rural Fire Service (RFS) brigades
- An additional seven new intensive care ambulances and 45 new paramedics
- Additional police officers: for traffic and liquor teams
- 12 Community Fire Units (annoucements from both 2010 and 2008)
- Law reform for victims of sexual assault, liquor licensing, Galambany circle sentencing court, offence of murder, jurisdiction of Supreme and Magistrates Court, human rights right of action and civil partnerships
- Forensic Medical Centre
- Street Law Legal Service
- Youth Law Centre expansion
- Establishment of WorkSafe ACT