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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 [...]

Local leaders – Nip Wijewickrema (GG’s Flowers)

By 17 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Since founding socially sustainable florist GG’s Flowers with stepmum Geetha and sister Gayana earlier this year, Nip Wijewickrema has made it her mission to promote local businesses that employ people with special needs.
“My sister Gayana is 15 and has Down Syndrome. We see that it can be hard and that businesses are less likely to [...]

Canberra & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 14 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: $2,450,000
Lowest Price: $159,000
Average Sale Price: $631,043
2,770 properties currently for sale
57 sales properties had price reductions
113 properties went under offer
121 properties SOLD!
103 properties have come onto the market
61 properties [...]

Canberra elevated to another level

By 12 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The first Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Canberra will open its doors on Friday, 12th of December allowing residents of the ACT to defy gravity. The $2.5 million trampoline park, which occupies 1800m2 of Westfield Belconnen, is taking trampoline parks to another level.
Sky Zone Belconnen will be the first trampoline park in Australia to [...]

First look – Akiba

By 8 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The words “eclectic electric” are printed on the back of the chopsticks at Canberra’s latest culinary sensation, Akiba, and it’s an apt description for the restaurant itself.
Owned by Peter and Michael Harrington and partner Dino Jugovac, this is a quirky and innovative restaurant that pulls out all the stops.
Situated at the former Dieci e Mezzo [...]

Local leaders – Melissa Gelonese (Entourage Productions)

By 4 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Entertainer Melissa Gelonese has beat Canberra personalities including Andrew Barr MLA and Kevin Phelan from The Good Guys Fyshwick to win the Heart Foundation ACT’s Canberra Celebrity Heart Challenge 2014.
Melissa, who raised $9375 during the 12-week fundraising challenge, says the win was unexpected, with many of her donations coming through at the last minute. She plans to [...]

Think before you drink at the office Christmas party

By 4 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Welcome to the silly season. And they don’t call it silly for nothing. It’s that time of year where all of our emotions seem to overflow and we dangle dance between the line of aggression and elation at the thought of the end of the year finally approaching and heading off on summer holidays.
But before [...]

GEOCON’s Abode hotel sells for $28.8 million

By 3 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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GEOCON’s Abode Hotel at Woden, Juliana House, has sold for $28.8 million in a deal negotiated through JLL & CBRE. The sale is a milestone for the group and will be influential in GEOCON taking its development and hotel businesses to the next level.
GEOCON is the owner and operator of Abode Apartment Hotels in Canberra [...]

Female Politicians Inspire Young Women on ‘Power Trip’

By 3 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Female politicians and executives are flocking to events across Canberra today to welcome the winners of Country to Canberra’s inaugural essay competition and to combat gender inequality.
“Kicking off with an exclusive ‘Powerful Women’s Breakfast,’ the ‘power trip’ to Canberra is an amazing opportunity that brings teenage girls from rural areas to Canberra to empower them [...]

The East Hotel: Best rated in the ACT according to latest hotel rankings

By 1 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Trivago have released its 2014 Australian Hotel Rankings. The East Hotel is the best rated hotel in the ACT with a rating of 89.73. The Aria Hotel Canberra comes in second with a rating of 87.81. The Hyatt Hotel Canberra ranks third with a rating of 85.65.

The 2014 Australian Hotel Rankings are based on user [...]

The 360 story

By 1 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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What a year! A relatively new comer to the Canberra building scene (10 Years) and a first time entrant into the HIA awards, 360 Building Solutions was awarded best CUSTOM BUILT HOME for $350,000 – $500,000.
Dean, the director of 360 Building Solutions is a proud Canberra man who is a qualified Carpenter by trade. Dean [...]

Canberra & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 30 November 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: $2,000,000
Lowest Price: $152,000
Average Sale Price: $626,705 (+ 5.55%)
2934 properties currently for sale
62 sales properties had price reductions
119 properties went under offer
162 properties SOLD!
187 properties have come onto the market
56 [...]

Southquay SQ1 Greenway Tuggeranong – Empire Global

By 28 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

We’re thinking of buying a unit in the new Greenway development Southquay SQ1 across from Bunnings (Tuggeranong).  The developer has a number of large unit block projects in progress, but where interested in looking at any of their completed projects. Can anyone provide information about any of their ‘completed’ projects/developments?Thanks.

Record nominations for Inclusion Awards

By 24 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A record number of people and businesses have been nominated in this year’s Chief Minister’s Inclusion Awards, which recognise the contributions made to welcome, encourage and support people with disability in our community.
This year 79 nominations were received across four categories for a range of people, businesses and organisations, including healthcare provider Aspen Medical, local [...]

Strict safety regulations no good for creative businesses, says The Hamlet owner Nik Bulum

By 24 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
A photo posted to Facebook last week shows officials at The Hamlet as they prevent the venue from hosting a student exhibition on site.

Entrepreneur and property developer Nik Bulum has called on the ACT Government to relax building safety restrictions, claiming that overly strict regulations are impacting creative businesses.
Nik is the founder of The Hamlet, an urban village of designers, food trucks and a free gallery scheduled to open on Lonsdale Street in Braddon in early December.
He had [...]

Canberra & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 23 November 2014 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: $1,300,000
Lowest Price: $180,000
Average Sale Price: $593,730 (- 10.90%)
2,935 properties currently for sale
78 sales properties had price reductions
109 properties went under offer
120 properties SOLD!
221 properties have come onto the market
57 [...]

Local startup Hardcotton launches Kickstarter campaign to develop world first in 3D printing

By 22 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hello fellow Rioters.
Canberra has a record of invention and local tech startup Hardcotton continues to take up this challenge and make an impact in the 3D printing world. We at Hardcotton have launched our Kickstarter crowdsourcing campaign for the innovative pressure controlled 3D printer called Elemental.
Hailed as one of the biggest innovations seen from the consumer side of [...]

One of Australia’s most widely adopted Executive MBAs to launch in Canberra in 2015

By 19 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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One of the leading Executive MBA programs in Australia will kick off its February 2015 Canberra intake with an information evening for aspiring leaders on 25 November 2014.
Over the past six years, Queensland University of Technology’s Canberra-based Executive Masters Program has been tackled by senior people in the Department of Defence, the Defence Materiel [...]

Reload – Canberra’s First Gaming Bar

By 18 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I’m in a bar on Northbourne Avenue drinking an Asahi and trying to operate a plastic guitar.  I’ve watched other people play Guitar Hero but this is my first-time hands on.  I get the hang of strumming while hitting the coloured buttons and it looks like I might be able to save some of my dignity, but [...]

Reduced red tape for ACT businesses

By 15 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Businesses in Canberra that sell low-risk foods or pose a low risk to community health including hairdressers and boarding houses are set to benefit from new rules that will reduce red tape and business costs Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher announced yesterday.
“The government is looking closely across a range of areas to [...]

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