Beating heart of business in Kingston alive once again
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Businesses in Green Square, Kingston, are bouncing back as shoppers and specialty stores return the precinct to its former glory. Long-term retailers such as Stephanie's Boutique Lingerie, Joe's Boots, and Honeysuckle and Lace have ridden the ebbs and flows, but a new wave of businesses are helping the area boom again when just 12 months ago some were facing going...
Hey Fritz launches sharing platform to make the world a better place
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Admiring the Andes Mountains in Chile while jogging, Mick Fritschy’s foot slipped down a pothole, breaking his ankle. Later recovering on a couch, his mind turned to renting caravans, sowing the seed of a greater adventure that would ultimately make the world a better place. That adventure began later at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra, where world-class start-ups...
ACT Budget: Business needs ongoing support, social housing boost missing
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According to the Canberra Business Chamber, Canberra businesses impacted by the COVID-19 economic downturn were still in need of support from the ACT Government. Canberra Business Chamber CEO Graham Catt said the Budget could have done more for businesses hit hard by COVID-19 to help them recover. ''Now we’re in a recovery phase we need a focus on initiatives that...
ACT Budget: Red ink for years but Barr confident of strong economic recovery
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The ACT faces a long period deep in the red despite the ACT Government's delayed Budget for 2020-21 showing a better than expected bottom line but big deficits, albeit reducing, stretching out to 2023-24. While the 2020-21 deficit is $300 million less than the nearly billion dollars forecast in the August update, at $603 million, deficits will persist over the...
Fiona Allardyce: Ending the stigma of epilepsy
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In this century, it's difficult to understand why epilepsy still carries a stigma, and why those people who have the condition feel they need to hide it from others. Many famous and talented people throughout the ages have had epilepsy: Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Charles V, Joan of Arc, poet Lord Byron, artist Vincent van Gogh, the artist formerly...
No end to finish line as Viva Leisure expands in Victoria
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Viva Leisure, Canberra’s health club success story, is continuing its national expansion, acquiring six Victorian health clubs for more than $6 million. The latest move will add a minimum of 6,500 members and strengthen Viva Leisure’s presence in Victoria from eight to 14 locations. Viva Leisure’s Chief Executive and Managing Director Harry Konstantinou said acquiring Pinnacle health clubs continues to...
Can employers enforce mandatory vaccinations?
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On 7 January, 2021, at Parliament House, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that COVID-19 vaccinations will begin rolling out in Australia as early as next month, with health and aged-care workers to be among the first in line to receive the jab. The Federal Government previously mandated flu vaccines for all aged-care workers and visitors to aged-care facilities in Australia in May...
Is your mediator accredited?
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Conflict Resolution Service (CRS) has been providing dispute resolution services to the Canberra community for more than 30 years and continues to ensure its staff are qualified and accredited by the Mediator Standards Board in family dispute resolution. CRS chief executive officer Melissa Haley says knowing your mediator is qualified before beginning the mediation process is crucial. "If you find...
Canberra startup Ethitrade wins Canberra Innovation Showcase
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Ethitrade International founder and managing director Zoe Piper competed against nine other startups in Canberra to win the 2020 Canberra Innovation Network Innovation Showcase. Competing pitches for the showcase flew thick and fast, but Zoe’s was a standout for the approach that her startup has taken, to empower microbusinesses in emerging markets and provide reputable information to consumers about where a product...
New Ainslie & Gorman board members herald an era of change for Arts Centres
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They're among the city's oldest buildings, and they're thriving hubs for the arts, housing dozens of artists and arts organisations. Now the Ainslie & Gorman Arts Centres are also pioneering a new governance model for the city's arts facilities. Formerly the Gorman House Arts Centre Inc, the new company and registered charity is called Arts Capital and has appointed four...
Thousands of businesses and workers hit by cuts to JobKeeper and JobSeeker
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Thousands of Canberrans had their JobKeeper supplements cut on Monday (4 January) as the Commonwealth Government reduced the payments by $200 to $1000 a fortnight. JobSeeker was also reduced by $100 per fortnight from 1 January. In the ACT, the changes to both supplements will affect more than 9,000 businesses using JobKeeper and 28,000 Canberrans on JobSeeker and other income support...
Take Flight competition helps promote business innovation
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Rohan Thomas always had a dream of starting his own business. But when he set up his current company more than 10 years ago, little did he know that he would end up pursuing his passion full-time and be preparing to open a second store in Canberra a decade later. "I have always loved designing clothes and set up a small...
Live music brewing at Capital
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Live music has been given another home in Canberra after Capital Brewing Co received a $35,000 Federal Government grant to put on events in 2021. The Fyshwick brewery will start to host more live music shows from around April or May next year once the upgrades are complete, allowing musicians to perform out from the brew deck. Capital Brewing Co...
Massimo Di Maio joins Meyer Vandenberg’s commercial law team
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Massimo Di Maio, a franchising law expert, brings a wealth of experience to Meyer Vandenberg's commercial law team where he has recently joined as special counsel. He has worked on many substantial matters including developing the Australian franchise for US Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) gyms, negotiating a major private equity acquisition of 35 franchised businesses, and sharing his legal expertise...
Leading Australian public servant puts retirement on hold to give back
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One year ago, Glenys Beauchamp was Secretary of the Department of Health, preparing for her upcoming retirement after nearly 40 years in the public service, including nine at Secretary level. It had been a stellar career: as one of the first women to head a Commonwealth department, Beauchamp is the recipient of the Public Service Medal for her work co-ordinating...
Celebrating 60 years of service to Canberra
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Sixty years ago, Canberra was a very different place to the modern thriving city it is today. Just 50,000 people lived in the nation's capital, Lake Burley Griffin was still an idea, and the town centres of Woden Valley, Belconnen and Tuggeranong were yet to be planned. In a city full of promise, one of Canberra's long-standing law firms opened its...
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