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Northbourne flats, ex-visitor centre sites up for auction in August

By 22 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The territory’s Land Development Agency has appointed Knight Frank the sales agent for three ACT Government-owned blocks set for retail, commercial and residential development on the Dickson side of Northbourne Avenue: the former ACT Visitor Centre site vacated when the facility moved to Regatta Point and the public housing blocks on either side of it.
At [...]

New partnerships program proving a success

By 20 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The ACT’s new Innovation Partnerships Program is in full swing, facilitated in large part by former local Senator Kate Lundy, who was appointed the Territory’s Local Industry Advocate last December.
The program, which is part of a series of local business initiatives from Chief Minister Andrew Barr, gives Canberra-based small to medium enterprises a direct opportunity [...]

‘Nige’ Johnson quits Mix106.3 for ESA Media

By 19 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Nigel Johnson is leaving Mix 106.3 after almost 19 years in Canberra FM radio and only months after he switched from 104.7 to Mix following the controversial axing of his then long-time co-breakfast presenter Scott Masters.
Mr Johnson will join the ACT Emergency Services Agency’s media and communications team. He has worked in various roles at [...]

Surveys says ACT business remains upbeat

By 14 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Industry confidence fell in the September 2016 quarter according to the ANZ/Property Council Survey but the ACT continues to perform above the national average, according to  the council’s ACT executive director Merlin Kong.
“The ACT currently ranks third nationally in business confidence along with South Australia, and this is in a quarter where almost all jurisdictions, [...]

Business chamber welcomes casino redevelopment

By 13 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Canberra Business Chamber has backed plans to redevelop the capital’s casino into a major new entertainment precinct, saying it will help revitalise the city centre.
“The chamber feels strongly about the need to revitalise the city centre,” Canberra Business Chamber chief executive Robyn Hendry said on Wednesday.
“It is not something government can do alone and it is encouraging to see private [...]

Record entries for 2016 hospitality awards

By 12 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Canberra’s best hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, bars and cafés – and their employees – were recognised at the 2016 Australian Hotels Association (AHA) ACT Hospitality Awards on Monday night.
Following a record number of entries, more than 440 industry, political and hospitality leaders attended the black-tie event hosted by ABC political reporter Anna Henderson to mark the outstanding achievements [...]

Apartment glut to dampen unit prices further

By 12 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The price of units in Canberra will drop 4 per cent in the next three years – representing a 12 per cent decline in real terms – after falling 4 per cent last financial year due to an oversupply, according to industry analyst and economic forecaster BIS Shrapnel.
“There is still a significant pipeline of apartment [...]

New Commissioner to coordinate ACT’s global push

By 12 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Andrew Barr with NZ PM John Key

The ACT Government will appoint a Commissioner for International Engagement with support staff as the city prepares for direct international flights to Singapore and Wellington in September.
ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr (pictured with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key) led a delegation to Wellington last week and finalised a sister city relationship with the New [...]

Tourism players convene to plan for direct flights

By 5 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Over 80 tourism operators and sector experts met in Canberra this morning to examine the ACT’s capacity to build on opportunities created by direct international flights when they begin in September.
The Canberra Business Chamber’s Tourism Industry Advisory Council convened the International Flights Forum to bring all key industry players together to explore visitor expectations and [...]

Wellington to host Canberra Week in November

By 5 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Residents of Wellington will be able to celebrate all the good things about life in the Australian capital during the inaugural Canberra Week in the New Zealand capital this November.
A delegation of territory representatives from the government and business sectors is in Wellington for three days this week to promote to the special event in November [...]

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
Ask RiotACT

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 [...]

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