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ACT & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 1 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
allhomes

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: $1,000,000
Lowest Price: $120,000
Average Sale Price: $522,522 (- 11.34%)
2,424 properties currently for sale
59 sales properties had price reductions
89 properties went under offer
93 properties SOLD!
154 properties have come onto [...]

ACTTAB to be sold to Tabcorp

By 30 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The ACTTAB shareholders have announced today that following a competitive tender process Tabcorp has been chosen as the successful purchaser of ACTTAB. The sale of ACTTAB and associated issue of licences has achieved a sale price of $105.5 million.
Tabcorp has an extensive history operating as a successful wagering operator. Tabcorp operates totalisator and fixed odds [...]

Helping local business develop IT skills

By 29 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Chief Minister Katy Gallagher is inviting Canberra’s business and not-for-profit community to participate in free Digital Business Capacity Building Workshops to accelerate business engagement with the ACT digital economy.
The free workshops are part of the ACT Government’s Digital Canberra initiative, in partnership with Canberra Business Council, and focus on building the Information and Communication Technology [...]

Gender Agenda

By 29 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Do women really lose out in the workplace on account of their gender?
It has been said that if a woman was always available to do the same work as a man for less money, why would a capitalist ever employ a man?
Glib aphorism maybe, but does it make a point?
The same claims continue to be [...]

ACT & Queanbeyan Weekly Market Wrap

By 25 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
allhomes

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: $1,900,000
Lowest Price: $127,500
Average Sale Price: $589,364 (+ 5.98%)
2,451 properties currently for sale
59 sales properties had price reductions
90 properties went under offer
92 properties SOLD!
151 properties have come onto [...]

Local Leaders – John Bale (Soldier On)

By 22 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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In 2012, two Canberra-based military colleagues with no not-for-profit experience founded a charity to support wounded soldiers returning from Afghanistan. CEO and co-founder John Bale explains how Soldier On grew from grassroots charity to national heavyweight.
John Bale joined the Australian Army in 2002 with a schoolmate, Michael Fussell, who was later killed by an [...]

ACT & Queanbeyan Weekly Market Wrap

By 18 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
allhomes

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: $1,555,000
Lowest Price: $150,000
Average Sale Price: $556,092 (+ 3.10%)
2,462 properties currently for sale
71 sales properties had price reductions
71 properties went under offer
97 properties SOLD!
136 properties have come onto [...]

Canberra’s Crowd-funding success story

By 17 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The story advances as Pat and Sancho from The Chop Shop rack up their target of $10,000 within 5 days of launching on crowd-funding website Kickstarter. As you can imagine they are over the moon.
Sancho says, “It has easily etched no.1 in my top 5 moments in life that will flash before my eyes if [...]

New charity to deliver accounting and governance services to not-for-profits

By 14 July 2014

Long-time CPA and volunteer director Ted Sherwood has started a Christian charity, Business by The Book, a CPA accounting practice.  Based in Canberra, the practice offers not only financial management and audit services, but also help with governance.  Business by The Book is willing to partner with any not-for-profit helping those in need of care or [...]

ACT & Queanbeyan Weekly Market Wrap

By 12 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
allhomes

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: $1,975,000
Lowest Price: $179,000
Average Sale Price: $539,397 (- 5.92%)
2,487 properties currently for sale
53 sales properties had price reductions
83 properties went under offer
94 properties SOLD!
153 properties have come onto [...]

Fairfax obtain local website Allhomes for $50m

By 10 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Fairfax Media Limited have announced The Domain Group’s acquisition of Canberra-based online property portal, All Homes Pty Ltd, subject to regulatory approval. Total price is believed to be $50 million.
Allhomes was founded in 2000 and has carved out a successful business over [...]

2014 Telstra Business Awards

By 8 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The annual Telstra Business Awards, hosted by QT Hotel, was a luminous event for the who’s who of Canberra business.
With five award categories to be decided there was high tension in the air as finalists nervously awaited the results. Andrew Daddo hosted the evening and helped to lighten the mood with his off-screen charm as [...]

Software innovator named ACT Business of the Year

By 5 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
intelledox

A Canberra-based global software company that is revolutionising business processes and competing with some of the biggest names in IT was last night named the 2014 Telstra Australian Capital Territory Business of the Year.
Founded by Australian National University science graduates Phillip Williamson and Michelle Melbourne in 1992, Intelledox has attracted more than one million worldwide [...]

Win two free tickets to “Turn Your Passion Into Profit” Seminar valued at $80

By 5 July 2014
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An exciting event for business owners, entrepreneur’s and anyone wanting to break-free from boredom, live a happier life and create extra income based on their expertise or passion.
Do you want to create more income, enjoy more time off and make real change in the world?
Do you believe that if you keep working the way you’re [...]

ACT Businesses Shine at the Telstra Business Awards

By 4 July 2014

I just came home from the 2014 Telstra Business Awards ACT and again there were an inspiring selection of nominations and winners. The winners were the Cogito Group (identity protection technology), Solace Creations (energy efficient housing), Today’s Homes (custom built housing) and Intelledox (data managers). These awards are hard won, and deserving of acclaim. All [...]

ACT & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 4 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
allhomes

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: $2,200,000
Lowest Price: $142,000
Average Sale Price: $573,345 (- 11.01%)
2,489 properties currently for sale
65 sales properties had price reductions
86 properties went under offer
109 properties SOLD!
150 properties have come onto [...]

Wielding the axe over the Public Sector

By 3 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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It feels a bit like most of Canberra is walking a tightrope at the moment.  Wide Public Sector cuts have been coming for a long time.  I have heard talk of departure lounges and reapplying and testing for jobs.  Whether departments are facing heavy cuts or not, there seems to be a consistent sense of [...]

Pialligo Farm Smokehouse ‘Australia’s Best Artisan Bacon’

By 30 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Pialligo Farm Smokehouse at Pialligo Estate in the ACT has taken out top honours at Australian Bacon Week.
Pialligo Farm Smokehouse full rasher smoked and dry cured bacon was voted Australia’s Best Artisan Bacon by fleishmaster Horst Shurger, who has a Masters degree in butchering and smallgoods; and top chefs, Paul McDonald and Simon Bestly, [...]

Payroll tax changes hit Canberra families and businesses

By 27 June 2014
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Even with the government’s announcement on the 24th of June that it will extend the commencement date of the Payroll Tax Amendment Bill to the 1st of October 2014, there is still widespread confusion in the ACT market. Shadow Treasurer Brendan Smyth has called on the government to give greater certainty to affected businesses and [...]

ACT & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 27 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
allhomes

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: $3,160,000
Lowest Price: $176,000
Average Sale Price: $644,252 (+ 10.75%)
2,519 properties currently for sale
69 sales properties had price reductions
79 properties went under offer
97 properties SOLD!
168 properties have come onto [...]

Locals snap up rare waterfront blocks at Kingston Foreshore

By 25 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Two unique mixed-use sites on the Kingston Foreshore both sold under the hammer this morning to local developers.
Block 3 sold for $6.95 million to Boris Planinac of Pavillion Homes. Block 4 sold for $7.35 to David O’Keefe of Madison Constructions.
Both blocks allow for a range of residential and commercial uses, with a [...]

Applications open for Young Women’s Enrichment Grants

By 24 June 2014

Applications open for Young Women’s Enrichment Grants
Girls and young women with a particular passion – be it sports, music or beekeeping – are encouraged to apply for the 2014 Audrey Fagan Young Women’s Enrichment Grants program.
Applications for the grants program are open to girls and women aged 13-18 who are residents of the ACT and [...]

Capital Metro to boost local industry

By 23 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A Capital Metro local industry policy released today will pave the way for local businesses and local workers to take advantage of the 3,500 jobs that will be created during construction of the project.
Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, said the policy demonstrates the intent of the government to use the momentum [...]

ACT & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 20 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
allhomes

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: $3,022,000
Lowest Price: $171,000
Average Sale Price: $581,730 (+ 11.15%)
2,546 properties currently for sale
67 sales properties had price reductions
92 properties went under offer
92 properties SOLD!
163 properties have come onto the [...]

The Practice of the Art of Miserablism

By 17 June 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
protest

I attended a protest rally outside Parliament House yesterday along with about 250 other people. We were protesting at the latest assault on the low paid workers in Australia.
Under the guise of reining in expenditure, Eric Abetz and Joe Hockey have signalled that they are going to change the goal posts for wages earned [...]

A test for Shane Rattenbury on free-range egg standards

By 17 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

So, the states and territories are going to get together and agree on a national standard for the definition of “free range eggs”. Currently the animal welfare advocates nominate 1500 birds a hectare, while the industry would like 20,000 birds a hectare labelled free range.
These days Shane Rattenbury doesn’t have a lot to say on [...]

Most contractors employed via a recruitment agency to face around 7% pay cut from 1 July

By 14 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The ACT government proposes to implement a retrospective change to the payroll tax system which will apply from July 1 (although it is not expected to be passed until later in the year).
This is the details of the change, as best I understand it.
The change will affect most contractors who are employed via a recruitment [...]

ACT & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 13 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
allhomes

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: $945,000
Lowest Price: $220,000
Average Sale Price: $523,369 (- 12.22%)
2,579 properties currently for sale
67 sales properties had price reductions
85 properties went under offer
66 properties SOLD!
157 properties have come onto the [...]

Combining forces in local private business advocacy

By 12 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Canberra’s two peak private industry advocacy bodies voted to unite under one banner on Wednesday, in a move that an ACT business leader has described as ”the best possible outcome for business in the ACT”, according to the Canberra Times.
An almost unanimous vote from members of both bodies will see both organisations dissolve and combine [...]

Campbell blocks exceed expectations with the LDA pocketing $63.75m

By 11 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
lda-campbell

I was listening to 666 this morning as they discussed the section of Campbell up for auction today. Five blocks, located on the corner of Constitution Avenue and Anzac parade were going under the hammer with an expected figure of $40m hoped to be achieved. I must confess, I’m not a massive fan [...]

Increase to minimum pay

By 10 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The Fair Work Commission has announced an increase to minimum pay rates from July 2014. Minimum pay will be increased by 3% which equals an extra $18.70 per week.
According to the

Canberra Business Council – ”Budget Banks on Tourism”

By 4 June 2014

Investments in tourism made as part of yesterday’s ACT Budget will help underpin future economic
growth, according to Canberra Business Council.
“Tourism is a vital sector for the ACT,” Canberra Business Council Chief Executive Officer, Chris
Faulks said. “As the nation’s capital it is important we are positioned as such and become a
priority destination for international and domestic [...]

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