Georgia is a plumber of the future and a Rheem Apprentice Grant recipient
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Tarago resident Georgia Ugov is wasting no time getting on with her career. The 17-year-old is a first-year apprentice plumber with Queanbeyan-based Simmo's Plumbing who applied for the Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants to help pay for her tools and tuition fees. She is one of only 10 people to receive the grant, which is given to chosen apprentices who demonstrate commitment to...
AI tool gives tech pioneer Castlepoint keys to the data kingdom
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A home-grown IT start-up that is pioneering the management of records using artificial intelligence is poised to spread its wings overseas after rapid growth in Australia. CEO Rachel Greaves and partner and Chief Technology Officer Gavin McKay launched Castlepoint Systems about 18 months ago. Since then the company has grown from just them to a 16-strong outfit with 20 clients...
“He can do my books with me”: Business slams Barr for stimulus missing the mark
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The president of the Phillip Business Community called on the ACT Government to provide more fiscal stimulus through grants to help struggling industries that have fallen through the cracks during COVID-19 restrictions. Tom Adam said the ACT should follow in the footsteps of Queensland, NSW and Victoria by providing cash grants of up to $10,000 for struggling businesses. He emphasised the...
Winning touch for pharmacy intern of the year
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You could say Capital Chemist Calwell has a winning touch, with one of its staff members, Lucinda Kenny, being named as the best intern in Australia. Lucinda, better known as Lucy to her colleagues and friends, also has a passion for skin and dermatology and says ailments with the skin are one of the most common reasons patients come into a pharmacy....
Siblings look to breathe life into Isaacs shops opening a new IGA
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Locals flock to the leafy southside suburb of Isaacs to make use of the beautiful cycling and walking trails full of lush pine forests and views over the Brindabella Range. But when it comes to amenities, the suburb has long been lacking in a vibrant local retail district. The infrastructure is there but aside from a handful of successful accounting...
Expand your skills with online mediation training
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Conflict Resolution Service (CRS) has joined the ranks of online trainers with their accredited mediation training now available in the comfort of your own home. Mediation for dispute resolution is being increasingly incorporated in state and commonwealth legislation to move disputes away from adversarial processes into more collaborative systems. CRS Lead Trainer Ros Lockley says the course is designed to...
It took a lot of bottle, but Matt’s cracked the perfect business model
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It's almost a year since Matt Farrah launched his disruptor liquor retail model on an unsuspecting Canberra public and things are looking sweeter than a vintage port. Conceived on a commitment to shake up a “broken” model that saw small producers of wine, beer and spirits struggle to compete for retail shelf space against bigger, cashed-up market players, Farrah’s Liquor...
Bianca Way joins the team at home.byholly
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https://youtu.be/CeQs3lGjQIw With a passion for storytelling, a lifelong obsession with property, a secret side hustle as a writer, a sprinkling of TikTok fame and years as a wedding celebrant, Bianca Way has the most well-equipped skill set for real estate. She's also home.byholly's new superstar agent. She is a born and bred Canberra girl who grew up in Tuggeranong, and...
My Gungahlin joins the Region Media stable in our next phase of growth
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Mark Scarborough’s engagement on the internet with his My Gungahlin site goes back to a time when Yellow Pages were his main competition – in digital terms, back when dinosaurs roamed the earth. My Gungahlin is a fixture in the community, devoted to providing information about the Gungahlin region to residents, businesses and visitors to Gungahlin. We’re pleased to announce...
Experts warn of ongoing problems for property leasing
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Governments have recently moved to clarify procedures for negotiating residential and commercial tenancies during the COVID-19 shutdown, but property managers and lawyers say there are still problems for all parties. The ACT Government, for example, recently released new information to clarify changes to residential tenancies disrupted by the COVID-19 lockdown. The changes include encouraging landlords to reduce rent by providing...
First-aid trainer gets up close with social distancing
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Providing resuscitation to someone gasping for air is one thing you may think twice about during the COVID-19 pandemic. With current social distancing laws in effect, ensuring first-aid responders have the best training to administer the breath of life has also been a challenge. One of Canberra’s leading first-aid training providers, ACTWell First Aid Training, has also had to hold its...
Lift the lockdown too quickly and business owners will give up, says small business lobby
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The way out of the pandemic needs to be sensible and staggered or else small businesses will suffer twice, according to the country’s peak small business lobby, the Council of Small Business Australia (COSBOA). COSBOA CEO Peter Strong says the government needs to make sure any lifting of social distancing measures and business lockdown requirements is permanent, lest it breaks...
Canberra recruiter shares tips for finding employment during COVID-19
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As job losses outpace the spread of COVID-19, Canberrans are finding themselves registering with recruitment agencies or applying for JobSeeker Payment in disbelief at their current situation. Finding work during a time of upheaval and high unemployment is difficult, but not impossible. Recruiters say that to be successful, job seekers need to be both strategic and realistic. Dean Hill, CEO...
Local developers call for rates and land tax relief to keep economic engine rolling
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Canberra developers have called for rates and land tax relief as part of a stimulus package for Canberra's economy, saying that it is critical that construction continues to keep the local economy rolling. Property Council CEO Adina Cirson said she has been in talks with the Canberra Business Chamber and the Master Builders Association about construction's role in the post-COVID-19...
How farmer Jock built a superhighway to the world
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Atop hill or down valleys, for many farmers and residents living in south-west NSW, there was always looming exasperation when it came to mobile phone and internet coverage. It seemed that once a black spot, always a black spot. And that felt a bit like the cart, led by a blinkered horse, lumbering clumsily along a rough track while just...
Stop the presses: The Canberra Times cancels Fyshwick printing, non-daily ACM titles suspended
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In a sign of the deeply troubling times for legacy media companies, Australian Community Media, which now owns The Canberra Times, has announced today that they'll cease local printing operations for at least the next two months. The print editions of ACM's 14 daily newspapers, including The Canberra Times, Newcastle Herald and The Border Mail, are not affected by the...
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