Robberies highlight why lockdown is the ideal time for a business insurance health check
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Following a spate of break-ins and robberies, Canberra business owners are being urged to take a close look at their insurance policies during the COVID-19 lockdowns. With many shops and offices left vacant, the insurance risk to business has increased, with the possibility of more break-ins, damage to property, and failing freezers or power outages leading to spoilage of stock. Allinsure managing...
Leading Canberra lawyer encourages women to talk about birth-related trauma
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Championing causes and speaking for people without a voice is something of a family trait for Canberra lawyer Kate Waterford. As the daughter of Jack Waterford, the legendary former editor-in-chief of The Canberra Times, Kate has inherited a desire to help people and also acquired her father's love of books. Kate recently purchased the Waterford's family home from her parents, and...
Canberra’s James Palmer counts down to space tourism lift-off within 18 months
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Space tourism could lift off from Australia's first large-scale, multi-use spaceport within 18 months, according to Canberra visionary James Palmer. Plans are well underway for the development of the $350 million Space Centre Australia facility at Weipa in Queensland, led by Mr Palmer's ACT-based Palm Branch Group and its subsidiary, SpaceOz Pty Ltd. The cutting-edge facility will offer lower cost access to...
Improved outcomes for joint replacement patients as short-stay program rolled out
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Healthy patients can expect to go home just one or two days after knee or hip replacement surgery following the introduction of an Enhanced Recovery Joint Replacement (ERJR) program in Canberra. Orthopaedic surgeon Dr Damian Smith and his team from InMotion Orthopaedics and Physiotherapy are working with hospitals to offer patients the short-stay option. Dr Smith says patients are keen to...
Increased financial support flagged for business as lockdown to drag on
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Chief Minister Andrew Barr has flagged an expansion to the previously announced business support measures, given the extension of the lockdown to 2 September. Many businesses across various sectors, including construction and non-essential retail, now face the prospect of being unable to operate at all or with extremely diminished turnover until at least early September. Businesses with employees are now...
Snedden Hall & Gallop Lawyers welcomes three new directors
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In a sign of significant generational change, Snedden Hall & Gallop Lawyers has announced the appointment of three new directors to the experienced leadership team of the 60-year-old Canberra law firm. Julia Bridgewater, Emily Shoemark and Amber Wang are all senior lawyers currently practicing at Snedden Hall & Gallop. Julia has a wide range of expertise in all aspects of...
Big-spending Budget to focus on jobs and skills, says Barr
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Chief Minister Andrew Barr has promised another big-spending Budget to support the Territory's economic recovery from the impacts of the pandemic and create more jobs. Mr Barr also told business leaders in his State of the Territory address today that the government would be doing all it could to attract skilled workers to the capital while overseas migration is on...
New executive hire boosts Canberra IT firm’s public sector links
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Rising Canberra-based IT outfit The Factor has boosted its public sector credentials with the addition to its leadership team of former Microsoft and Citadel Group executive Robert Hartley, who has strong defence and intelligence connections. Former Veritec chief executive Keiran Mott founded The Factor last year to provide business design, digital advisory and transformation and app development services to federal...
Project Independence heads into a new decade with a new CEO
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Recently celebrating 10 years since inception, a milestone for any organisation, Project Independence has a new CEO to usher the organisation into its next decade. It is her first role in the community sector but Dianne O'Hara comes to Project Independence with a wealth of experience. She brings to the organisation business development skills and experience working with government and...
Little changes to keep The Food Co-op viable well into the future
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When it was announced the National Health Co-op went into voluntary administration earlier this year, the team at the member-owned and operated The Food Co-op Shop and Cafe in the Canberra CBD didn't feel any jitters. The Food Co-op is all about sustainable, organic food for a good price, and runs largely off volunteer support. In return for their time...
ACT’s peak plumbing body urges Canberrans to check first to avoid costly problems later
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We have all heard the awful tales of dodgy plumbers. From leaking taps to flooding floors, and the dishonesty of those who take payment but disappear without finishing the job. The ACT plumbing industry was hit particularly hard in the wake of an ACT Supreme Court finding against a Canberra company for false and misleading representations in 2019. Master Plumbers ACT...
ACT’s economic ranking dips following unemployment spike
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The ACT has dropped to third in Australia's economic rankings following a spike in unemployment against the national trend, CommSec's new State of the States report has revealed. The Territory's unemployment rate jumped 1.3 percentage points in June to 4.9 per cent, the ACT's second consecutive monthly increase. While the ACT's unemployment rate is on par with the national rate, and...
Another round of innovative startups given a funding boost
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Innovative businesses doing everything from airport artificial intelligence and quantum sensors, to telehealth for chronic pain and online fashion, have been awarded the combined funding of around $260,000 in a recent round of grants. A partnership between the ACT Government and Canberra Innovation Network (CBRIN) has seen nine diverse startups secure funding through the aptly named Innovation Connect (ICON) Grant....
Dedicated mentorship and funds to grow for local startups through GRIFFIN Accelerator
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Are you building an innovative business that will make Canberra a better, more amazing place to live and work? From your business model through to accessing capital, an accelerator program will fast-track your business while connecting you to important networks and a supportive ecosystem. The GRIFFIN Accelerator is a three-month intensive program run by a group of seasoned Canberra entrepreneurs...
New tourism support measures for ACT businesses
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Water and sewerage rebates of up to $75,000 for accommodation providers and $15,000 for small private tourism companies will be offered by the ACT Government under new tourism support measures. Businesses will be able to claim the rebates for the first two quarters of 2021-22, with around 90 accommodation providers and up to 20 tourism venues able to apply for the...
Small business owners now eligible for government nominations for migration
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The ACT Government has recently introduced a new 'Small Business Owner' pathway through which Canberra business people can apply for a government nomination for either a 491 or 190 visa for people who can fill skill shortages. While an ACT nomination does not guarantee the individual's migration outcome, it does trigger a formal visa invitation letter from the Department of...
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