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Village Building Co. chief Winnel retires, Doherty takes reins

By 1 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Bob Winnel, the founder and managing director of Canberra property development giant the Village Building Company, retired yesterday, handing the reins to a new Chief Executive Officer, Travis Doherty.
Village has been in operation for 28 years in Canberra. Mr Doherty, who takes over today, said Mr Winnel had been responsible for injecting affordable housing into [...]

Vibe Hotel wins Project of the Year at Master Builders/Cbus Excellence in Building Awards

By 27 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Construction Control has won the prestigious Project of the Year gong at the Master Builders and Cbus Excellence in Building Awards for the third time in four years – this time for its work on the $44 million Vibe Hotel at the Canberra Airport.
Around 1500 people celebrated the industry’s best at the gala black tie [...]

Take your dog to work day

By 24 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Today is International Take Your Dog to Work Day when employers are asked to open their doors to pet dogs to promote the benefits of pet ownership and encourage animal adoption.
Research has found the presence of pets in the workplace has a beneficial effect; they make the job more satisfying and participating workplaces report that [...]

Do you whistle while you work?

By 21 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Are you like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs? Happy in your work? Do you burst into song to help you set the pace?
Given that adults spend about half their waking hours at the coalface, enjoying our time in the workplace, feeling enriched and rewarded, is critical to our overall health and peace of mind.
Several Canberra workplaces that [...]

Tourists flock to capital in record numbers

By 15 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Australians are flocking to Canberra in greater numbers than ever before, with the capital smashing the record for domestic visitors for the year ending March 2016.
The Tourism Research Australia national visitor survey released on Wednesday showed the ACT welcomed 2.3 million domestic visitors in that period.
This represents the highest ever annual number of visits for [...]

UC study finds local news is king

By 15 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Australian consumers are more interested in news about their region than sport, entertainment or celebrity information, and are primarily accessing news via screens, a University of Canberra survey on media use has found.
The University of Canberra News and Media Research Centre’s Digital News Report: Australia 2016 study found that most Australians are accessing news via [...]

Awards to recognise export success

By 14 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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ACT businesses succeeding on the world stage will be recognised by the Chief Minister’s Export Awards, which were launched on Tuesday.
“Canberra region businesses have demonstrated there is strong demand from overseas markets for their products and services,” Canberra Business Chamber chief executive Robyn Hendry said.
“For a region of our size, the private sector punches above its weight [...]

Because life’s too short to wear boring jewellery…

By 11 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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While the name LLL Designs may not ring an immediate bell in your head, you have probably come across their bright and funky stalls pretty much all over Canberra, from the Night Market in Barton to the Fash’n’Treasure Markets in EPIC, to the awesome free jewellery-making workshops for kids at Belconnen Mall.
LLL Designs is a [...]

Five start-ups to get expert leg-up

By 9 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Five Canberra start-ups have been chosen to receive expert advice and support as they strive to make a success of their fledgling businesses.
GRIFFIN Accelerator is a three-month intensive program run by a group of seasoned Canberra entrepreneurs who invest in, host, teach and mentor selected start-ups to create successful businesses.
This year the Accelerator will invest [...]

Currong Flats come tumbling down

By 8 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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There’s a dinosaur like beast-machine attacking the Currong Flats and the former public housing buildings are tumbling, chunk by chunk, to the ground.

The serious phase of the wrecking is now underway, some months after notices first appeared outside the Ainslie Avenue complex alerting passers by to the impending demolition.

All bonded and friable asbestos was due [...]

Phillip traders maintain rage over paid parking

By 6 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The Phillip Business Community claims the ACT government lied to it about having a consultation process before installing paid parking metres in the Canberra suburb.
The community says it remains outraged over the government’s actions, saying the $45 weekly cost of parking ($9 per day) will represent almost 10% of an apprentice’s wage.
Local business owners and an apprentice interviewed last [...]

Creating a Cafe: The build is over … almost!

By 4 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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So my dad had left, it was now close to the end of December and we were in a mad scramble trying to book in our well-organized mess of tradies. Most tradesmen were kind enough to squeeze us into their busy schedule before the Christmas break; most of them had been contracted since the very [...]

642 million Tumblr, MySpace, Fling passwords stolen

By 3 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Not even a fortnight has gone by since it was revealed that 177 million LinkedIn passwords had been made public, confirming that the 2012 breach of LinkedIn’s database had stolen effectively 98% of all users passwords from that time. The 177.5 million password hashes for 164.6 million users in the LinkedIn database reportedly align perfectly [...]

Top tips for getting more clients in Canberra

By 2 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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While helping a friend run a stand at Summernats in 2010, Rachel Ziv fell completely in love with Canberra. Coming from Sydney, and never having been here before, she was amazed by the lack of car fumes and pushy people, and delighted by the beauty, friendliness and abundance of services in a town that still [...]

Canberra welcomes record international visitors

By 1 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Andrew Barr has welcomed a tourism survey that indicates Canberra recorded its highest ever number of international visitors in the year to March 2016, with almost 200,000 overseas travellers visiting the capital in that period.
In a statement, the chief minister said the international visitor survey prepared by Tourism Research Australia showed the ACT recorded its highest number [...]

Ask RiotACT: Canberra entrepreneurs?

By 27 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi Canberrans.
Does anyone know of startups in the ACT, particularly firms that aim to grow beyond the ACT, begun by folks with a vocational education background of any sort? Or are they all by university and research types.

Safety inspectors to audit electrical goods

By 24 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A range of electrical products, including many household items, will be the subject of a safety audit by Access Canberra inspectors in retail shops.
The audit is being carried out to ensure that products being sold meet Australian safety standards.
Justice and consumer affairs minister Shane Rattenbury, announcing the audit on Tuesday with workplace safety and industrial relations [...]

Venture capital scheme for Canberra start-ups

By 24 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A venture capital scheme launched on Tuesday will enable Canberra entrepreneurs to access funds to build their business.
Significant Capital Ventures is a joint venture between the Australian National University and the Hindmarsh Group, and is also supported by the University of Canberra. It will receive funding from the ACT government.
The new fund aims to drive innovation in Canberra [...]

$7.3m to promote #CBR to NSW, NZ, Asia

By 24 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The ACT Government will in next month’s Budget commit $7.3 million promoting Canberra domestically and internationally as a business and leisure destination, and $1.5 million to supporting the growth of significant events such as the Enlighten and Canberra Day celebrations.
The tourism push will focus on enticing the residents of Sydney and regional NSW and priority [...]

Canberra Data Centres sells $400m stake

By 19 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Infratil has agreed to acquire a 48% shareholding in Canberra Data Centres for $392 million.
Subject to Foreign Investment Review Board approval, the sale is expected to be finalised in late July.
“The acquisition of CDC provides Infratil with a meaningful exposure to the emerging data and related telecommunications infrastructure sector, which we have been following for [...]

Report says economic activity on the rise in ACT

By 18 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Economic activity in Canberra increased in the month of March, according to the ANZ Bank’s Stateometer report.
The latest report reveals only New South Wales and Victoria are growing at an above trend pace. All other states and territories, including the ACT, are growing at a below-trend pace.
However, the ACT, along with South Australia and Western [...]

See Richard Branson live in Sydney next week

By 18 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Ticket holders of the World Business Forum Sydney are in for a treat next week as the event comes together for its eleventh year on the 25th and 26th of May – and RiotACT readers will receive a 10% discount.
Discussing everything from perseverance to management and marketing, the Forum brings together a collection of business [...]

New book chronicles ACT business successes

By 16 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Who are the successful business owners in Canberra? It would be hard to name them all, and coming from a new book penned by Suzanne Kiraly, entitled, “Canberra Business Success Stories”, indications are that there are plenty. They are the “quiet achievers” out there, who are contributing to our local economy and helping to change [...]

ACT entrepreneur wins big on Shark Tank

By 9 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Mick Spencer was the talk of the town last night as he took on a panel of shrewd investors on Channel Ten’s return of its hit show Shark Tank, walking away with $600,000 for his custom sportswear company ONTHEGO.
ONTHEGO, which was founded in 2011 from the 25-year-old’s parents’ garage in north Canberra, has quickly grown [...]

Ask RiotACT: Electrician for small job?

By 5 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

I’ve just converted my garage into an office, and need an electrician to add a new powerpoint and data point. Can anyone recommend a reputable sparky who would do a small job like this, preferably this week?
Thanks!

Founders sell Bus Depot Markets

By 5 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The Old Bus Depot Markets at Kingston have new owners, effective immediately, after co-founders Diane Hinds and Morna Whiting sold the business to Iconic Markets and Events Pty Ltd, headed up by Anthony Niravong.
Mr Niravong, who is managing director of Iconic Markets and Events, is a Canberra local who comes from a Lao and Thai [...]

Hoyts preferred operator for Gungahlin cinema, with construction due to start early 2017

By 14 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The developer planning to build Gungahlin’s first cinema, Krnc Group, has told a meeting of the Gungahlin Community Council that Hoyts is now the preferred operator for the facility, to be built on the corner of Hibberson Street and Hinder Street from early 2017 if a development application in mid-2016 is successful.
Hoyts currently operates the [...]

Crowds look on as 4 of first 5 Fluffy blocks sell at auction

By 13 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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There was so much interest in last night’s auction of the first five remediated Mr Fluffy blocks that several attendees standing outside the venue were heard complaining about a lack of room.
There were more than 120 people in attendance at the Ray White Woden event with 30 registered bidders.
Four of the five properties up for [...]

US giant buys CBR firm eWay for $US50m

By 8 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Canberra-based and founded digital success story eWay has been acquired by US payment technology services giant Global Payments for $US50 million.
Global Payments (NYSE: GPN) is a Fortune 1000 company based in Atlanta, Georgia with merchants and partners in 29 countries.
Its CEO, Jeffrey S. Sloane, announced the acquisition during a third quarter earnings call to [...]

Being an innovator (Part 2: Doing)

By 4 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Process. A way of thinking is the core that underpins great innovation, but the active part of that process is just as important. The way any idea travels from conception to realisation is what will make it great, or not so great.
Good innovation is about taking an idea to do more than is being done, [...]

Redundancies as Canberra Times goes tabloid

By 31 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The Canberra Times will cut 12.6 full-time equivalent staff via voluntary redundancies as its print edition moves from broadsheet to tabloid format in coming months.
The paper has published an article announcing the move on its website and briefed staff today.
The journalists’ union, the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) has called on Fairfax to [...]

Shortlist for Kingston Arts Precinct development named

By 29 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The ACT Government has shortlisted three local developers for the Kingston Arts Precinct renewal project: Doma Group, Englobo Group and Geocon (the latter with co-bidders from outside the ACT, Fender Katsalidis and Oculus).
The shortlisted proponents will now develop their concepts into detailed plans to develop the five-hectare site near the Canberra Glassworks into a creative [...]

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