I am calling these guys the Compassionate Air Conditioning Guys and I have so much gratitude for them.
My mother was discharged from hospital post-surgery on the Monday and we returned home to discover that her air-conditioner was broken.
I did a Google search and called around and eventually got a hold of Nick at Southern Air [...]
Worksafe have noticed it’s bloody hot outside:
Climbing temperatures this week have prompted an urgent warning from the Work Safety Commissioner, Mr Mark McCabe, reminding employers of the risks associated with extreme heat.
ACT employers are being urged to consider thermal comfort and sun safety in assessing the risk associated with business as usual.
“People who [...]
The Property Council/ANZ Property Industry Confidence Survey has got the local moguls feeling good:
Property Council ACT Executive Director, Catherine Carter, says the latest survey shows ACT property industry sentiment has jumped into positive territory for the start of 2014.
ANZ Head of Property Research, Paul Braddick, says property confidence in the ACT rebounded back into [...]
Simon Corbell has announced the ever expanding airport precinct is going to keep doing its thing:
A draft variation to free up a large a block of land near the airport for bulky goods retailing, warehousing, freight and distribution has been approved by the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell.
Draft variation 324 [...]
One has to admire the way that George Gregan surveyed the post-retirement world, realised that coffee concessions in large office blocks are a licence to print money, and used his star power to wow board room fanboys into giving him those concessions.
Hospitality Magazine informs us that the big guy (where it matters, so we hear) [...]
Andrew Barr has released new estimates of the ACT Population growth.
While still expanding it’s slower than last projected which is going to have some big bad effects on the local economy and anyone who’s leveraged to take advantage of the old figures:
New official population projections for the ACT are being issued today. The ACT Government [...]
After some argie bargy through the week Mayor Rattenbury has made a joint statement with the Kingston Traders on the vexed issue of returning the green grass to Green Square despite the best efforts of some in the bureaucracy to throw spanners in the works:
A meeting between ACT Government officials and representatives from the Kingston [...]
I see a temporary fence has recently been erected around the derelict Aranda shops. Presumably something to do with the ACT government’s notice of intention to terminate the Crown lease held by the current owner/developer.
Any inside story on this?
On a related note, I’ve been told by the owners of the IGA at Cook that the Cook [...]
Our quick and dirty tracking of rental listings on allhomes doesn’t have too many surprises this week.
As one would expect there were very few new properties listed over Christmas week (although one landlord found the time to trouble the scorers on Christmas day), while around 200 properties came off the market.
On the other hand the [...]
The Australian is running with glee on news of a crackdown on sickies in the public service:
Senator Eric Abetz, the Minister assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service, said “taxpayers are entitled to expect that their money is spent efficiently and effectively, with minimum waste on excessive sick leave”.
“Managing unscheduled absence is a [...]
It seems to have missed everyone that on the 19th of December Jamie Briggs announced the appointment of Malcolm Snow to be Chief Executive of the NCA:
I am pleased to announce that Mr Malcolm Snow has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the National Capital Authority (NCA)—Canberra’s key agency for planning and development [...]
Word reaches us of new management taking over at Corin Forest with the big slide running from boxing day:
Corin Forest Mountain Resort will reopen on Boxing Day (26th Dec) with new management. After closing last winter due to a large rockslide on the Corin Dam Road, the timing seemed appropriate for a change.
The new management [...]
Safety Culture has an interesting story of a charity coffee maker getting quite badly injured by years of working with a machine not set up well for her.
A $600,000 payout should get everyone thinking about the conditions their workers are in.
Andrew Barr has announced the outcomes of his review into ACTEW Corporation Limited (Aka “Power and Water”):
The key findings of the Review include:
– integrating responsibility for the complete delivery of water services, including stormwater services and secondary water projects through a single publicly owned entity;
– that the Government should consider establishing two separate [...]
Simon Corbell has announced his grand vision for a new ACT Supreme Court building:
The Government will replace the ACT Supreme Court building, with preliminary procurement work to commence in early 2014, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, announced today.
“The Supreme Court is a landmark building in the Territory and an important symbol of the judicial arm of [...]
Andrew Barr has announced he’s going to use Public Private Partnerships to fund his grand plans:
The Government has released a new procurement framework to help engage the private sector to help deliver major infrastructure projects. These performance driven contracts will help ensure major projects are completed on time and on budget.
PPPs typically include a capital [...]
The Financial Review is doing some serious cheerleading for Canberra property prices.
After a year of cherry picking numbers to say things are OK there is finally in hindsight a recognition that the last year was not good.
But never fear! Cherry picking the numbers again we can promise happy times are here again in 2014!
Simon Corbell is kicking off a consultation on Canberra’s construction industry:
The ACT Government is calling on interested parties to contribute to a discussion paper on the regulation of construction design and inspection practitioners as part of the government’s commitment to improving building quality in the ACT, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, [...]
By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra
Joe Hockey has delivered a bleak MYEFO. AAP/Alan Porritt
The big message out of the updated, gloomy budget figures released today is: prepare for some shocker spending cuts to come.
The strategy is obvious, learned from forebears. Present a black picture. Heap blame on your predecessor. Have the answers. But make it [...]
Government News is running concerns that the Commission of Audit is going to recommend large swathes of the public service be handed over to private sector groups like Serco and G4S:
The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) has ratcheted up pressure on the Abbott government to resist a push to hive off thousands of [...]
Simon Corbell has the intriguing news of this appointments to the ACT Climate Change Council:
The ACT Government is pleased to announce the appointment of two new members to the ACT Climate Change Council.
“I am delighted to announce that Toby Roxburgh and Dorte Ekelund will be taking up positions on an expanded Climate Change Council,” [...]
Joy Burch has announced a new agreement on the future of racing in the ACT:
The ACT Government has today signed an inaugural Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Canberra Racing Club, the Canberra Harness Racing Club and the Canberra Greyhound Racing Club, outlining the strategic agenda for the local racing industry over the next four [...]
Photon Energy are planning to build three mid-sized solar power plants in the ACT, because they realise we’re already living in the future and thatit’s insane that we don’t have solar power plants everywhere.
Sometimes it feels like I’m the only person who payed attention to Sim City 2000.
Only days after launching its Australian unit [...]
For too long Canberra’s builders have gone without the recognition they deserve, comforted only by their enormous amounts of money.
Now Andrew Barr has announced an end to this historic injustice:
This evening I launched The Master Builders that Built Canberra, a book that chronicles the history of the contribution made by members of the local building [...]
The Chief Minister’s Inclusion Awards have attracted record numbers of submissions this year. Tomorrow night the awards will be handed out to people and organisations that have worked to create better and more inclusive environments for people living with disability.
Congratulations to the winners.
Here’s the list.
“We received a record 63 nominations this year in the nine [...]
Andrew Barr has announced extra money for the community sector:
The ACT Government has agreed to bring forward payments for non-government community and disability organisations so workers can receive pay increases sooner.
This agreement comes after months of detailed discussions between the ACT Government and the Australian Services Union.
The agreement will have no impact on [...]
The SMH has a story on the fruit wars in the public service with Blackberry on the way out as Apple, years late, is slowly adopted.
One wonders what will be supplanting Android by the time it starts to gain traction.
Simon Corbell has announced Draft Variation 318 to make Tuggeranong the Paris of Southern Canberra:
Draft variation 318 to the Territory Plan proposes amending the Greenway precinct map and code to raise maximum building heights in the town centre.
“While allowing greater building heights the variation will protect and accentuate key views of the distant hills [...]
The ABC has the intriguing news that the ACT Public Service expanded by 2,000 jobs in the last year while Commonwealth employment contracted by just 1,500 places:
Currently the ACT PS is home to 25,500 workers.
Exciting developments today from the wild world of tourism bureaucracy!
Government support for tourism, it should always be noted, being money spent on hotel owners.
Andrew Barr is getting us going by announcing the ACT’s 2020 Tourism Strategy:
The ACT’s 2020 Tourism Strategy aligns with a national 2020 framework which aims to double overnight visitor expenditure in Australia [...]
Five awards and three accolades were given tonight to commend the important work of several organisations in the fight to prevent violence against women at tonight’s Partners in Prevention Awards.
“The ACT Partners in Prevention Awards recognise the contribution of best practice in strategies, programs and activities that create awareness of gendered violence,” Minister for Women [...]