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Live in Canberra charges ahead in 2011

By johnboy - 21 January 2011 7

Chief Minister Stanhope has announced he’s going to keep pouring resources into the Live In Canberra program trying to entice more people into a Canberra in the grip of a major housing crisis.

“The Live in Canberra team will work with the ACT Government’s Skilled and Business Migration Unit to attend an international migration expo in the Netherlands in February.

“The team will return to London and South Africa to promote the recently-announced State Migration Plan to eager migration agents and skilled workers already in the process of migrating to Australia.

“Live in Canberra seminars will be conducted in London in partnership with Downunder Tradies, which is facilitating skills assessments for trades people who wish to migrate to Australia.”

Building on a successful campaign in New Zealand in June 2010, Live in Canberra will return to Auckland in February 2011 to attend the Oz Jobs Expo which specifically promotes opportunities in Australia to skilled workers.

“The expo in Auckland is focused on attracting health professionals, in particular GPs, who will be invited to attend an exclusive Live in Canberra seminar where they will hear about the employment and lifestyle opportunities on offer in the capital,” Mr Stanhope said.

Within Australia, employment expos will be attended in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide with several Live in Canberra supporters expected to accompany Live in Canberra to these events as part of their recruitment initiatives.

One has to wonder how many people would come if the cost of housing was in any way sane?

But where’s the junket opportunities in that?

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Live in Canberra charges ahead in 2011
jasmine 10:45 am 25 Jan 11

Developers have to much influence on government policy in Australia and Canberra is no exception. It is all very well to increase a population but it happens consistently in Australia without any corresponding improvements or increases to infrastructure. Canberra will need another major hospital at some time no matter how many renovations and extensions they do to the Woden hospital. Will there be the same mistakes as in Gungahlin with undersized roundabouts (that the buses could not navigate) and small access roads in the interests of cutting costs.

What is motivating this growth push?

Felix 4:00 pm 21 Jan 11

On the whole, migration has done a lot for the culture of this country (and the bloody cooking as well!) but you’ve got to wonder about spending money on active programs to promote migration to Canberra at th emoment. As noted, the developers make money out of expanding populations, and it saves bad employers the cost of developing their own staff, but the impact on the rest of us is much more problematic.

There’s an interesting American study on the economic impacts of rapid population growth online: http://www.phaa.net.au/documents/email/Growth__Prosperity_in_US_MSAs.pdf

By the way, there’s also an interesting ‘mora’l question about us poaching highly educated/trained individuals from much poorer countries that can ill afford to lose them.

bitzermaloney 2:06 pm 21 Jan 11

Does this mean he’s goign to stop advertising in Afghanistan, Iraq and Sri Lanka?

Diggety 1:47 pm 21 Jan 11

Is Stanhope living in a dream world? Get your priorities sorted!

EvanJames 1:42 pm 21 Jan 11

hmm. Perhaps the enterprising among us could stock up on cardboard and old roofing iron to sell the Gungahlin Grasslands Shantytown residents, at grossly inflated prices.

Chop71 12:05 pm 21 Jan 11

EvanJames said :

Anyone with a spare paddock who can set up a shanty town for all the new arrivals will clean up big time. I wonder if the real estate developers are bank rolling the Live In Canberra campaign, to keep property values way above their real value?

Already done ….. it’s called “Gungahlin Grasslands” and is owned by the LDA

EvanJames 11:00 am 21 Jan 11

Anyone with a spare paddock who can set up a shanty town for all the new arrivals will clean up big time. I wonder if the real estate developers are bank rolling the Live In Canberra campaign, to keep property values way above their real value?

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