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Chief Minister Gallagher and Simon Corbell have this morning unveiled their draft city plan, which has it’s own website and the draft plan as a snapshot pdf and a full report.
The draft City Plan sets a vision for the development of the city centre, including improved public spaces, transport choices and opportunities for growth.
Shane Rattenbury has announced a brave new world of animal sales regulation:
Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today announced that a new enforceable code of practice for the sale of animals will begin in the ACT on 21 October 2013.
“This new Animals Sales Code is an important milestone in animal welfare reform [...]
Canberra’s Labor Representatives are voicing concerns about Coalition plans to lose 6,000 public servants by June 2014, or one every single hour.
The APS will be reduced by 6,000 staff in the nine months to June 2014. That’s one public service job lost every single hour until the end of the financial year. A further [...]
IT Wire is calling game over for the 2K Marin Canberra studio:
Several different sources have told tech media today that 2K Marin, a studio based in both California and Canberra, has been effectively reduced to zero following the release of The Bureau earlier this year, which was widely panned on its release.
Polygon is reporting [...]
Mother Groper was poking around the second hand filing cabinets at Mugga Lane and discovered Westpac hadn’t bothered to check if the office furniture they were discarding was empty.
It’s not difficult to check if the furniture you’re discarding is empty or not, and as an organisation dealing with sensitive information a bank should have procedures [...]
My grapevine is now into day 3 of not working. T
he phone contact recording say they are working on it.
Have been with them for some time and I reckon this would be the longest it has not burbled along happily. I was with Bigpond before this and don’t remember any 3 day no service. [...]
Simon Corbell and the National Capital Authority (a band name unlikely to ever get up) have announced they’re hard at work to increase development at Terry Snow’s Canberra Airport:
The National Capital Authority (NCA) and the ACT Government are working together to open a block of land near the airport for industrial mixed use, with public [...]
The Property Council have announced their Centenary Declaration:
The Declaration calls for catalyst infrastructure projects to deliver economic, social and environmental benefits to the community, including an agreement with the Commonwealth on funding for High Speed Rail.
“We are calling for the revitalisation of our city centre under the stewardship of a new, well-resourced and professional Civic [...]
The ABC has a report on Morris Property Group’s grand plans to transform the corner of West Row and Alinga Street in Civic:
The 12 levels of residential apartments would include one, two and three bedroom units, as well as a gymnasium, pool and courtyard.
The shopfronts to Canberra House, the Alinga Bridge to Canberra Club connection, [...]
The ABC is trying to convince us that there’s value where angels fear to tread:
Charnwood has been identified as Canberra’s cheapest suburb for housing, followed by Crace and Ngunnawal.
The RP Data guide shows Canberra house prices rose 3.7 per cent in the past year, taking the median house price in Charnwood to $385,852, with [...]
The Property Council is gloomy:
Concern about declining demand for office space and domestic economic conditions are suppressing confidence in the ACT property industry.
The latest Property Council/ANZ Property Industry Confidence Survey shows a shift in sentiment from 94 on the index for the September 2013 quarter to 99 for the December 2013 quarter. A score of [...]
This just in from Elaine at The Green Shed:
The Green Sheds located at the Mitchell and Mugga Resource Management Centres are calling on Canberra-based charities and not-for-profit organisations to contact them to be placed on their fundraising list.
The last Wednesday of each month is charity day at the sheds – where 100% of the total [...]
The ACT Australian Hotels Association has expressed their displeasure that the publicly funded Floriade has not been sufficiently set up to enrich their members.
“While the sector strongly supports the annual Floriade festival as a major tourist drawcard, industry believes the event could be reinvigorated to maximise economic returns to the ACT and help boost the [...]
Beyond Bank posts $23 million profit and over 12% growth in ACT for 2012/13
The ABC has word of court action against Murrumbateman’s infamous Wally’s Piggery:
Owner Wally Perenc has now been served with 53 court notices to attend Yass Local Court under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.
Last year Perenc was named in the New South Wales Parliament as having been convicted of animal welfare offences in [...]
WorkSafe is banging the drum about the need for licence holders to keep their skills up to scratch:
ACT Work Safety Commissioner Mark McCabe is advising people who hold a high risk work licence under Work Health and Safety legislation that they must have and maintain the competencies the licence indicates they hold.
“WorkSafe ACT will [...]
Late on a public holiday friday the ACT Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission (ICRC) has slipped out a media release announcing an issued paper on retail electricity prices from 1 July 2014:
“This investigation is the eighth time the Commission will be responsible for setting the retail price of electricity for franchise customers. The issues paper [...]
The Australian National University has announced that after much student agitation they’re going to be socially responsible in future:
The Council of The Australian National University today approved a Socially Responsible Investment Policy.
The policy says the University will aim to “avoid investment opportunities considered to be likely to cause substantial social injury”, and “positively promote [...]
The National Gallery have announced the results of this year’s blockbusters:
The National Gallery of Australia today announced that the Turner from the Tate: The Making of Master exhibition attracted 153, 627 visitors from all over Australia to Canberra, bringing the total number of visitors to the Gallery’s two major exhibitions this year to 323,828.
The exhibition [...]
The Liberals Brendan Smyth has finally responded to Friday’s news that ACTEW are appealing the ICRC determination on water price rises:
The Canberra Liberals are calling for answers after ACTEW made an application to the ICRC to review its water and sewerage price determination made on June 26 Shadow Treasurer, Brendan Smyth said today.
“This comes [...]
By Kath Hall
Last night it was claimed in a joint ABC Four Corners /Fairfax Media investigation that the Australian Companies and Securities Commission (ASIC) missed an important opportunity in not investigating key directors of Securency and Note Printing Australia (NPA) for breaches of directors’ duties under the Corporations Act.
It is claimed that NPA board members [...]
The Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission has announced the ACTEW Corporation is unhappy with the recent decision on water and sewerage prices and has asked for a different decision.
They’re now going to conduct a review.
The Hindmarsh Group have announced their patronage of the Canberra Theatre Centre for the next three years:
Hindmarsh, one of Australia’s leading property and construction companies, will become a principal sponsor of the Canberra Theatre Centre in 2014 with a three year commitment to help kick-start the Centre’s vocational education and training program.
ACT Arts Minister Joy [...]
We’re waiting for the media release but the Chief Minister has tweeted she’s thinking of getting rid of the local betting agency:
ACT Govt will be considering the sale of ACTAB following PWC report into future options #canberra #actpol
— Katy Gallagher MLA (@KatyGMLA) September 26, 2013
Hopefully they think hard and fast and do it while the [...]
It’s often said you don’t need to read books if you read book reviews.
In that spirit Canberra’s Member for Fraser has blogged an interesting review on Ian McLean’s “Why Australia Prospered: The Shifting Sources of Economic Growth”.
Interesting to see how often we’ve been saved from ourselves.
The ABC has the somewhat reassuring news that public servants in axed agencies will keep their pay and conditions while efforts are made to find them work.
The Public Service Commission has announced public servants will continue to have the same pay while the changes take effect.
“In the case of an agency that has been [...]
By Andrew Podger
Prime minister Tony Abbott’s decision to sack three departmental secretaries within hours of his swearing-in earlier this week has not attracted the same shock John Howard’s decision to sack six secretaries caused in 1996.
At that time, Paul Keating’s removal of secretaries’ tenure in 1994 was yet to be exercised. However, 17 years later, [...]
By Ian Winter, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute
The historically low interest rates being enjoyed by Australian households are fuelling talk of a housing bubble, despite efforts by the Reserve Bank of Australia to hose down what it calls “unrealistic alarmism” around these dangers.
Many of these hopeful buyers – particularly first home owners on [...]
Simon Corbell is expressing concern that real estate agents don’t seem to have had any enthusiasm for learning about their obligations to inform potential buyers:
“Recent months have shown a general lack of awareness by some people in the real estate industry about their obligations to disclose information to potential buyers when selling property or land [...]
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