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First sod turned on Canberra IKEA store

By 29 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Chief Minister Katy Gallagher today joined IKEA Australian Country Manager David Hood to turn the first sod on the IKEA Canberra store.
The turning of the sod marks the start of construction on the much-anticipated store which is due to open in late 2015.
“It is exciting to see construction of this new IKEA store is now [...]

Local Leaders – Nik Bulum (Lonsdale Street Traders)

By 29 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Nik Bulum is credited with transforming Braddon’s Lonsdale Street from a grungy strip filled with car yards and empty buildings into a buzzing city hub.
He is the founder of Lonsdale Street Traders, founder and owner of Unit Concepts and creative director at Bulum Group, which is the property development company behind Braddon developments Ori and [...]

Samantha Kourtis named ACT’s top business woman

By 29 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A woman who established a national model for community pharmacies extending their services beyond traditional medicine dispensing was named tonight the Telstra Australian Capital Territory Business Woman of the Year.
Samantha Kourtis, Managing Partner at Capital Chemist Charnwood, also won the Private and Corporate Sector Award and the Business Innovation Award at the 20th Telstra [...]

Canberra & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 26 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The below real estate market snapshot has been compiled based on the last week’s activity throughout Canberra and Queanbeyan. Percentages represent the increase/decrease from the previous week.
SALES

Highest Sale: $2,330,000
Lowest Price: $251,500
Average Sale Price: $612,251 (+ 10.31%)
2,703 properties currently for sale
56 sales properties had price reductions
105 properties went under offer
112 properties SOLD!
262 properties have come onto [...]

Local Leaders – Jack Taylor (The Jack Taylor Group)

By 22 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Canberra entrepreneur Jack Taylor is proof that you don’t need an MBA or years of experience to start a successful business (or four).
The 22-year-old, who started his first business at age 14, is the owner and principal of JT Events, JT Sports Tours, JTG Management and King Kreative, which operate under the Jack Taylor Group umbrella. [...]

RiotACT Face Off: Should funded tertiary education be subject selective?

By 20 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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It’s time for another RiotACT Face Off. This week, we asked Kate Carnell and Steven Bailey to share their thoughts on government funding of tertiary education. Both were given the following question and their responses are below.
Should tertiary education directly align with the business needs of the nation in order to [...]

Canberra & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 19 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The below real estate market snapshot has been compiled based on the last week’s activity throughout Canberra and Queanbeyan. Percentages represent the increase/decrease from the previous week.
SALES

Highest Sale: $1,150,000
Lowest Price: $96,000
Average Sale Price: $555,026 (+1.68%)
2,662 properties currently for sale
72 sales properties had price reductions
109 properties went under offer
94 properties SOLD!
267 properties have come onto the [...]

Why not keep it local, Chief Minister?

By 15 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The experienced Australian elector realises that we are simply stepping stones to International Greatness for our politicians.
Once installed in office, the interests of the people who put them there become secondary to mingling with those they imagine to be their global peers while they discuss grand plans and mighty projects.
Of course, as a country we [...]

The Moonlight Bus is back

By 15 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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After an eight-year hiatus, Canberra’s most-loved party bus is back.
Many Canberrans will have fond memories of Craig Petroni and the Moonlight Bus, which ran for 23 years and retired in 2009.  Since returning to the nation’s capital earlier this year with a new name and a new vehicle, Moonlight Stretch Limo promises to make your [...]

Seeing Machines named 2014 ACT Exporter of the Year

By 14 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Canberra-based technology company Seeing Machines has been crowned ACT Exporter of the Year at the 2014 ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards today at the Hyatt Hotel.
Seeing Machines is renowned for developing state of the art fatigue and distraction monitoring technology, including the Driver Safety System (DSS) which is already being used by mining, commercial road-transport [...]

September 2014 – Monthly Property Market Wrap

By 14 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The busier-than-usual winter property market provided a great starting point for the spring selling season, with the total number of listings and sales during September being higher than in 2013.
This flourish of activity has certainly given the market a ‘spring’ in its step, however it seems consumers are still feeling pessimistic.
Consumer confidence takes a dive
Despite interest rates [...]

Local gift givers get a surprise present for their Birthday

By 12 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Young mother of two and founder of Hamperart, Fiona Allardyce is used to seeing a look of surprise and delight on the faces of Canberrans. After all, she has been creating and delivering hampers for years, with this week marking her fifth anniversary.
And what better way to celebrate this achievement, than with recognition as a [...]

Canberra & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 12 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The below real estate market snapshot has been compiled based on the last week’s activity throughout Canberra and Queanbeyan. Percentages represent the increase/decrease from the previous week.
SALES

Highest Sale: $1,200,000
Lowest Price: $280,000
Average Sale Price: $545,853 (- 8.74%)
2548 properties currently for sale
38 sales properties had price reductions
77 properties went under offer
47 properties SOLD!
222 properties have come onto [...]

Local Leaders – Peter Cursley (Newborn Intensive Care Foundation)

By 8 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The death of their newborn daughter Hannah in 1993 led Peter (pictured) and Susan Cursley to start a foundation to raise much-needed funds for the Canberra Hospital’s Centre for Newborn Care. The Newborn Intensive Care Foundation was their way of saying thank you to the medical and nursing teams who had supported them during the [...]

New Canberra based boutique publisher

By 7 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

PENDRAGON PUBLISHING & DESIGN is a Canberra-based boutique publishing house and graphic design business.
Pendragon started out about a decade ago concentrating on logo design, print based graphics, website design and business identity creation. Because the creative directors also love books and authors and feel that a lot of good stories miss out on being told [...]

Make money from your spare car space with Parkhound

By 7 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The days of free parking in the Parliamentary Triangle are officially over. At the same time, finding a reasonably priced long stay car space in the CBD or Braddon is becoming an increasingly frustrating and time consuming exercise.
What’s a commuter to do? Enter Parkhound, an online community that connects drivers with spare car parking spaces [...]

Canberra and Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 5 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The below real estate market snapshot has been compiled based on the last week’s activity throughout Canberra and Queanbeyan. Percentages represent the increase/decrease from the previous week.
SALES

Highest Sale: $3,400,000
Lowest Price: $157,000
Average Sale Price: $598,125 (2.18%)
2475  properties currently for sale
36 sales properties had price reductions
68 properties went under offer
86 properties SOLD!
128 properties have come onto the [...]

Flip Out these school holidays

By 30 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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As school holidays kick off this week, there’s plenty for parents and children to love about Hume indoor trampoline arena Flip Out.
With giant trampolines, foam pits and no age restrictions, Flip Out Hume’s Meredith Hetherington says the bright green, 1800 square metre facility is the perfect way to keep kids entertained, healthy and active over [...]

Canberra and Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 28 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The below real estate market snapshot has been compiled based on the last week’s activity throughout Canberra and Queanbeyan. Percentages represent the increase/decrease from the previous week.
SALES

Highest Sale: $2,080,000
Lowest Price: $172,500
Average Sale Price: $585,345 (- 0.58%)
2,491 properties currently for sale
52 sales properties had price reductions
91 properties went under offer
124 properties SOLD!
185 properties have come onto the [...]

And the 2014 Canberra BusinessPoint Business Award winners are…

By 26 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Canberra photo booth business Red Robot has been recognised for its innovation and growth in design and manufacturing of single operator photo booths by winning the 2014 Canberra BusinessPoint Business of the Year award.
Hosted by Canberra innovation champion and CEO of ANU Enterprises Sarah Pearson at the National Portrait Gallery last night (25 September), the [...]

Tanning Beds – Major Parties Destroy another Small Business

By 25 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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We’re all going to die, actually, many of us already have. In fact, I think my life is going to be rather short compared to others but regardless of that, Betty Gobin owns a small tanning salon business.
One day it was worth $280,000, now, after last year’s announcement to ban commercial tanning salons in the [...]

$140 million investment for Canberra Data Centres

By 24 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Canberra has again proved that it punches above its weight when it comes to technology, with local data centre company Canberra Data Centres (CDC) selling a 45 per cent stake in its business for $140 million last week.
The Australian Financial Review reports that the investor is Sydney-based private equity firm Quadrant. CDC, which was founded by Ken Lowe [...]

Local Leaders – Dr Priya Dev and David Elliot (Qhopper)

By 23 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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It’s half-time at a Brumbies home game and you’re craving a meat pie and a beer. The problem is that 20,000 hungry football fans also have the same idea, and you risk missing the start of the second half if you join the end of the queue.
Local mathematician Dr Priya Dev and IT entrepreneur David [...]

Powering greater energy choice in the ACT

By 23 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Canberrans have greater energy choices from today with Origin – Australia’s largest integrated energy company – now selling gas and electricity to ACT homes and small businesses.
Until now, the ACT has had only two energy retailers to choose from – while customers in other states have enjoyed the benefits of much greater competition. Victoria has [...]

Executive Drivers chauffeur services a cut above the rest

By 22 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Steve Cotter, the founder of Canberra-based luxury chauffeur service Executive Drivers, is better known to clients as Driver Steve.
He chauffeurs overseas dignitaries, businesspeople and celebrities around the nation’s capital, and describes himself as a butler on wheels.
“It’s one man, one car and lots of white hair,” he says.
The former Commonwealth car driver started Executive Drivers [...]

Canberra and Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 21 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The below real estate market snapshot has been compiled based on the last week’s activity throughout Canberra and Queanbeyan. Percentages represent the increase/decrease from the previous week.
SALES

Highest Sale: $1,350,000
Lowest Price: $249,000
Average Sale Price: $588,766 (+ 5.96%)
2,477 properties currently for sale
66 sales properties had price reductions
98 properties went under offer
102 properties SOLD!
190 properties have come onto [...]

Canberra Startup Snapknock – looking for feedback!

By 20 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hey guys!
I would like to introduce to you a new Canberra startup company, it is a recently created social auction website named Snapknock.
We are celebrating this launch by giving away a Brand new PS4 with 4 games to the person who sells the most items on the site!
To know more about the team and the journey [...]

Local Leaders – Bobby Graham (BG Publishers)

By 15 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Bobby Graham, principal of Canberra-based digital publishing consultancy BG Publishers, has always had an eye for innovative technologies. Long before Amazon released the first Kindle e-reader in 2007, she was convinced that ebooks had enormous potential to transform the way people consume information.
“I went to an electronic media conference in Frankfurt in 1993, and even [...]

Canberra and Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 14 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The below real estate market snapshot has been compiled based on the last week’s activity throughout Canberra and Queanbeyan. Percentages represent the increase/decrease from the previous week.
SALES

Highest Sale: $1,701,000
Lowest Price: $ 179,999
Average Sale Price: $555,626 (- 1.43%)
2,486 properties currently for sale
39 sales properties had price reductions
93 properties went under offer
100 properties SOLD!
199 properties have come [...]

August 2014 – ACT & Queanbeyan Monthly Property Market Wrap

By 12 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Spring has arrived and with it comes the much-celebrated spring property market!
The Canberra market is off to a great start. Median property prices grew over the winter quarter, activity was relatively strong and interest rates remain at an all-time low.
So exactly where has the traditionally quiet winter market left us?
A good time for consumers
For the 13th [...]

Moves and Appointments

By 12 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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There are a few moves going on this week. We’ve listed some of the highlights below.
Former Basketball ACT boss Tony Fraser will be leaving his post to take up the role of Senior General Manager of the future Next Generation Health and Racquet Club in Lyneham.
Elias Hallaj is moving on from his post [...]

What’s to become of the Lonsdale Street Traders?

By 10 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

We knew it wasn’t permanent, while Canberrans have come to love the Lonsdale Street Traders, we’ve known all to well it was just temporary and it seems the end is nigh.
Lonsdale Street Traders helped give Braddon a new edge, it showcased locally made, vintage and specialty imports. It was the place to find a unique [...]

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