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ACT solar farm project moved from Uriarra to Williamsdale

By 24 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The ACT Government has shelved plans to build a solar farm near Uriarra. Following opposition from residents, the 26,000-panel solar farm will instead be built in Williamsdale.
Here’s the media release from Simon Corbell’s office:

The ACT Government has agreed to license parts of blocks 1470 and 1471 District of Tuggeranong (Williamsdale) to Elementus Energy as an alternative [...]

Canberra & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 22 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The below real estate market snapshot is based on the last week’s activity throughout Canberra and Queanbeyan. Percentages represent the increase/decrease from the previous week.
SALES

Highest sale: $1,710,000
Lowest sale: $80,000
Average sale: $598,208 (+ 0.91%)
2725 properties currently for sale
55 sales properties had price reductions
114 properties went under offer
145 properties SOLD!
208 properties have come onto the market
44 properties [...]

International building firm invests in Canberra

By 20 March 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Canberra home buyers will have greater choice when it comes to selecting a builder from this weekend, with Japan’s largest homebuilder, Sekisui House, opening its first ACT display home in Wright today.
The display home was officially opened by Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Sekisui House managing director Kazunari Takayanagi.
Minister Barr said he was pleased that [...]

Canberra innovator launches Australian first

By 19 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Canberra innovator James Long has this month launched what he believes is Australia’s first crowd funded hacking prize.
It’s called Hack the Lobby, and it offers a $500 prize for the best hack that brands the lobby TV and LED of startup co-working space Entry 29′s venue with a startup’s logos and brand colours prior to meetings.
James explains [...]

Local leaders – Tracy Keeley (Bookplate, National Library of Australia)

By 18 March 2015
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If you visited Canberra’s recent Night Noodle Markets and found yourself enjoying salt and pepper calamari at the National Library instead of doing battle with the crowds for meat on sticks, you’ll know that the Library’s Bookplate café is doing things a little differently than in the past.

Just weeks after Canberra hospitality veteran Tracy Keeley won [...]

Local leaders – Michael McGoogan (UberGlobal)

By 4 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Canberra technology prodigy Michael McGoogan founded what would become one of Australia’s largest cloud service providers, UberGlobal, in his Rivett bedroom when he was just 14.
It was the early 2000s and Michael, a self-confessed computer geek, had identified an opportunity to make money hosting and designing websites for businesses. Within six months, he had 500 [...]

Chic Henry and the tram to nowhere?

By 2 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I’ve had a couple of long conversations with Summernats’ Chic Henry, who is tossing up whether to run in the 2016 ACT election.
He told me that the Liberals want him to stand but one of the reasons he hasn’t yet committed is his age. If he were fifteen years younger he’d have no hesitation, but [...]

Local leaders – Andy and Bec Losik (Anchor & Bliss)

By 25 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Andy and Bec Losik are the creative entrepreneurs behind tattoo-focused skincare brand Anchor & Bliss. While they’re public servants during business hours, like many in the sector they’ve dedicated their spare time to building a microbusiness that better reflects their passions and interests.
“No matter who’s in government, cuts in the public service tend to hit [...]

Abode Hotels and Canberra Hospital Foundation join forces to help families

By 23 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Minister for Health Simon Corbell will attend a partnership event at Abode Woden today to celebrate the partnership between Abode Hotels and the Canberra Hospital Foundation that will ease the burdens placed on families of patients receiving care at nearby Canberra Hospital.
The Canberra Hospital Foundation supports families that find themselves [...]

Canberra & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 22 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The below real estate market snapshot is based on the last week’s activity throughout Canberra and Queanbeyan. Percentages represent the increase/decrease from the previous week.
SALES

Highest Sale: $1,670,000
Lowest Price: $237,500
Average Sale Price: $594,759 (- 4.38%)
2645 properties currently for sale
52 sales properties had price reductions
112 properties went under offer
132 properties SOLD!
215 properties have come onto the market
57 [...]

Local leaders – Ché Baker and Dallas Bland (Blue World Order)

By 18 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Local filmmakers Ché Baker (pictured right) and Dallas Bland (pictured left) believe that Canberra has the potential to become one of Australia’s most sought-after filming destinations.
The pair are currently filming their debut full-length feature film, a post-apocalyptic sci-fi flick titled Blue World Order, on location in Canberra. They hope to use the film to help [...]

Canberra & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 15 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The below real estate market snapshot is based on the last week’s activity throughout Canberra and Queanbeyan. Percentages represent the increase/decrease from the previous week.
SALES

Highest Sale: $1,490,000
Lowest Price: $200,000
Average Sale Price: $569,783 (+ 6.04%)
2553 properties currently for sale
52 sales properties had price reductions
113 properties went under offer
108 properties SOLD!
236 properties have come onto the market
41 [...]

GRIFFIN Accelerator launches 2015 program

By 13 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr will today launch the GRIFFIN Accelerator 2015 program intake at the Canberra Innovation Network.
“I look forward to watching a new group of innovators progress through GRIFFIN this year,” said the Chief Minister.
“The ACT Government has placed the acceleration of innovation central to its economic development agenda. We know that entrepreneurs and [...]

Local leaders – Andrew Senti and Alex Cannell (Sennell)

By 11 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Andrew Senti and Alex Cannell started Canberra IT services firm Sennell during the peak of the global financial crisis. Their accountant was their only client and they had no idea what was involved in starting a business, but Alex says he and Andrew were confident the business would succeed.
“We were starting an IT services business, [...]

Architects selected to design new Convention Centre

By 10 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Chief Minister Andrew Barr has today announced the selection of architects to create a reference design for a new and significantly expanded Canberra Convention Centre.
Local firm Guida Moseley Brown (GMB) and Rome-based architect Massimiliano Fuksas have been appointed to develop a reference design for the centre. A nine-member judging panel unanimously chose the ‘poetic and [...]

Canberra & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 8 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The below real estate market snapshot is based on the last week’s activity throughout Canberra and Queanbeyan. Percentages represent the increase/decrease from the previous week.
SALES

Highest Sale: $2,090,000
Lowest Price: $120,000
Average Sale Price: $537,346 (- 11.81%)
2453 properties currently for sale
48 sales properties had price reductions
106 properties went under offer
89 properties SOLD!
245 properties have come onto the market
38 [...]

Canberra accounting firm Joyce|Dickson joins MGI alliance 

By 4 February 2015

Local accounting firm Joyce|Dickson Accountants has today announced it has joined one of the world’s largest alliances of independent accounting firms, MGI alliance.
Joyce|Dickson managing partner Lorin Joyce said the firm, which specialises in providing support and advice to family and private business clients, chose to join MGI as it has similar areas of expertise.
“We now operate in [...]

Local leaders – Robert Leticq (Privileges Card Pty Ltd)

By 4 February 2015
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Canberra businesses interested in learning about international expansion could do far worse than take advice from the founder and managing director of Privileges Card Pty Ltd, Robert Leticq.
Since starting the Privileges Card business in Canberra in 1991 (which he says makes it the longest surviving product of its kind), Robert has successfully taken the concept [...]

Canberra & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 1 February 2015
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The below real estate market snapshot is based on the last week’s activity throughout Canberra and Queanbeyan. Percentages represent the increase/decrease from the previous week.
SALES

Highest Sale: $2,400,000
Lowest Price: $205,000
Average Sale Price: $609,273 (+ 2.94%)
2273 properties currently for sale
41 sales properties had price reductions
95 properties went under offer
53 properties SOLD!
190 properties have come onto the market
20 [...]

Local leaders – John Marshall (Frugii)

By 28 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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When Canberra’s own artisan ice cream brand, Frugii, won RiotACT’s Best of Canberra ice cream taste off earlier this month, I knew I had to meet the man behind the most delicious ice cream in the capital, John Marshall.
I meet John at his home in O’Malley, which has a basement commercial kitchen for making ice [...]

December 2014 – Monthly Property Market Wrap

By 27 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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2014 brought us many ups and downs within the sales market, an uncharacteristic rental market and generally unsteady consumer confidence.
The year ended on a resilient note with December’s sales activity showing a particularly strong performance and encouraging signs of recovery for the rental market.
Consumer sentiment has been pessimistic for the majority of 2014 and continued [...]

Canberra & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 25 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The below real estate market snapshot is based on the last week’s activity throughout Canberra and Queanbeyan. Percentages represent the increase/decrease from the previous week.
SALES

Highest Sale: $1,200,444
Lowest Price: $280,000
Average Sale Price: $591,863 (+ 13.64%)
2138 properties currently for sale
42 sales properties had price reductions
102 properties went under offer
48 properties SOLD!
187 properties have come onto the market
0 [...]

Canberra & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 18 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The below real estate market snapshot is based on the last week’s activity throughout Canberra and Queanbeyan. Percentages represent the increase/decrease from the previous week.
SALES

Highest Sale: $1,075,000
Lowest Price: $120,000
Average Sale Price: $520,821 (- 4.05%)
2174 properties currently for sale
51 sales properties had price reductions
66 properties went under offer
61 properties SOLD!
168 properties have come onto the market
5 [...]

Local leaders – Emma Grey (WorkLifeBliss)

By 14 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Before founding life-balance consultancy WorkLifeBliss, Emma Grey spent a decade working in the public service. She was on long service leave in 2009 when she made the decision to resign and start her own business.
“I’d written a book in 2005 called Wits’ End Before Breakfast! Confessions of a Working Mum, and as a result I [...]

Casino Canberra to be redeveloped following acquisition

By 12 January 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The sale of the Casino Canberra site to Aquis Developments has triggered the a major redevelopment of the City South precinct, with the new owners set to turn the current casino into a broader leisure, entertainment and nightlife destination.
Aquis Developments, which is owned and managed by the Hong Kong-based Fung family, purchased the site and [...]

Super Sparky to the rescue – again!

By 11 January 2015

I posted a recommendation for Super Sparky Electrical way back in 2013. He delivered prompt, friendly and efficient service.
Today, on one of the hottest, busiest times of the year I had to call Super Sparky again after a partial power failure.
He said he was absolutely flat out until next Monday or Tuesday and could I [...]

Canberra & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 11 January 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The below real estate market snapshot is based on the last week’s activity throughout Canberra and Queanbeyan. Percentages represent the increase/decrease from the previous week.
SALES

Highest Sale: $1,600,000
Lowest Price: $162,500
Average Sale Price: $542,823
2224 properties currently for sale
26 sales properties had price reductions
40 properties went under offer
34 properties SOLD!
74 properties have come onto the market
0 properties [...]

Mechanic recommendation – A&D under new ownership

By 10 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A&D Automotive has changed hands so it was with a bit of trepidation that I booked in with the new guys there, with former owner Darren a difficult act to follow. (A&D is at 301 Canberra Ave Fyshwick next to the music shop).  I didn’t have time to clean my car and it was dusty [...]

Local leaders – Joanna Allebone (YWCA Canberra and Martial Women and Girls)

By 7 January 2015
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A passion for community storytelling inspired Joanna Allebone, director of corporate relations and communications at YWCA Canberra and co-founder of Martial Women and Girls, to start working in the not-for-profit sector over a decade ago.
“In 2004 I had the opportunity to go out and do a broadcast internship at Goolarri Media, which is an indigenous [...]

Local leaders – Billy Giampaolo (Elite Physique)

By 31 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Billy Giampaolo is an elite level powerlifter, a former Mr Australasia body building champion and the founder and executive director of one of Canberra’s most successful gyms, Elite Physique.
Billy started lifting weights when he was 13 and has an overseas world class deadlift personal best of 372kg. He says that he decided to open a [...]

Local leaders – Mitchell Harmer (SignOnSite)

By 24 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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On a construction site, there are few things more important than ensuring that workers are safe. Canberra entrepreneur Mitchell Harmer and the team at SignOnSite have developed a smartphone app with the potential to save lives during a work site evacuation or building collapse.
Mitchell cofounded SignOnSite with Peter Marshall, David Linsell and Alexandria Garlan in [...]

Canberra & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 21 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The below real estate market snapshot is based on the last week’s activity throughout Canberra and Queanbeyan. Percentages represent the increase/decrease from the previous week.
SALES

Highest Sale: $1,850,000
Lowest Price: $226,000
Average Sale Price: $583,874 (- 7.47%)
2589 properties currently for sale
49 sales properties had price reductions
84 properties went under offer
140 properties SOLD!
59 properties have come onto the market
12 [...]

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