Best friends at work: the rise of Canberra’s office dogs
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A couple of months ago, Region Media made a real "hero hire". He's already had a major impact on morale, and his input was ranked highly by staff in our annual performance review cycle. Those achievements have been recognised with a plum HR role and a headshot in our media kit. His name? Mr Smiggle. Sure, he spends much of...
Adult learning takes a COVID-19-style twist with Mill House Ventures
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The Mill House Ventures' flagship program Social Enterprise Accelerator has recently welcomed a new batch of 10 Canberra region business ventures to learn about business models, using trade for impact and changing the face of capitalism. A new online learning space to explore the entrepreneurial skills needed to change the world using social enterprise is a part of the program. The Mill...
Enterprising girls on a mission to build business
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If the number of businesses owned by women matched those owned by men, the economic opportunity for Australia would be worth between $71 and $135 billion, according to 2019 research by the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women. With that in mind, the Canberra-based Academy for Enterprising Girls is on a mission to help girls aged 10 to 18 Australia-wide learn how...
Data shows ACT economy is holding up better than other states
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Despite dire predictions of the largest economic contraction in 80 years, the ACT economy is faring considerably better than many other states and regions, and unemployment has actually fallen in the Territory this year despite disruptions due to COVID-19. In figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday, the headline national unemployment rate increased to 7.5 per cent but...
Another COVID-19 shutdown could wipe out more than half the businesses in Braddon
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A survey of 300 businesses in Braddon has revealed that more than half face the prospect of closure before the end of the year if another lockdown were to occur due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey also found that 68 per cent of businesses experienced revenue loss during restrictions of between 50 and 100 per cent, and 17 per cent continue...
Dr Robert Wei wins the 2020 Milton R Sims Award
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When this year’s Australian Orthodontic Congress was cancelled a week before it was to start in Cairns because of COVID-19, Dr Robert Wei of Embrace Orthodontists simply got on with helping patients create beautiful smiles. Then he received an email. Despite the event's cancellation, the Australian Society of Orthodontists Foundation for Research and Education was still granting its 2020 Milton R...
Canberra Times to be printed by the competition as ACM closes presses
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After consultations with their printing staff in Canberra and several other sites, Australian Community Media has announced that they will cease printing permanently here in Canberra, at Ballarat and Murray Bridge. The Canberra and Murray Bridge sites will close at the end of August, while the Ballarat plant will cease printing on 2 October. There will be redundancies associated with...
New lawyers admitted to the bar after clearing final COVID-19 hurdle
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Everyone has a story about how life has changed with COVID-19. For many young people, the pandemic has meant missing traditional graduation ceremonies and celebrations after years of hard work completing their degrees. For graduates entering professions that have an additional entrance hurdle, like the legal profession, COVID-19 has been even harsher. In Canberra, law graduates must complete additional training...
Mill House provides the grist for businesses who want to do good
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The global change in direction towards more ethically grounded business has found its way to Canberra, and the results are grist to the mill for community good. The Mill House Ventures is the social innovation node of the Canberra Innovation Network, and the vision behind the venture is to support, nurture and grow people who want to use business as...
Program moves online to support workplace mental health
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With one third of our adult lives spent at work, and work-related stress estimated to affect around 32 per cent of all Australians, mental health in the workplace is a significant issue. The ACT's new Work Health and Safety Commissioner, Jacqueline Agius, said that workplace mental health matters, and it should be addressed the same way as other workplace health...
Viva Leisure’s remarkable trajectory goes global
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After sweeping across Canberra and the eastern states of Australia, health and fitness leader Viva Leisure’s rapid rise continues apace - this time across the world. Viva Leisure is acquiring Australian Fitness Management Pty Ltd, which operates as master franchisor of Plus Fitness health clubs at 197 locations across Australia, New Zealand and India. AFM’s Australian presence comprises 190 centres, including...
If the cap fits, share it: how a Gungahlin sports fan used lockdown to build a side hustle
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Working from home has given many of us the chance to live in our old clothes, but one Canberran has decided to instead use the lockdown to sell clothing. After returning from the United States, Tom Falco knew there was a market for fashionable clothes from many of the top US sporting teams. "It's a business idea that I've had...
Kim Treasure joins Region Media’s growing team
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Senior regional journalist and editor Kim Treasure is joining Region Media in the role of content director as the media group continues to expand across the NSW South East. Most recently, Kim was Australian Community Media's managing editor for NSW South with responsibility for around 40 mastheads. Her role will be to oversee content and staffing across the RiotACT, About Regional,...
Canberra Times’ presses likely to be permanently mothballed
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The Canberra Times has been named as one of four Australian Community Media sites where printing is likely to cease permanently. Print production last took place at Fyshwick in April. ACM announced then that operations would be paused for at least two months, at the same time as large numbers of regional newspapers were shelved until the end of June....
Region Media among the winners in Public Interest News Gathering grants
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Region Media has successfully accessed a grant via the Federal Government's Public Interest News Gathering program, which is designed to assist media businesses serving regional and remote parts of Australia. The grants come at a time when the future of many regional news mastheads remains uncertain. A total of 107 publishers and broadcasters will share the $50 million in Federal funding...
First responders and ADF veterans are the most Effective People for civilian jobs
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Kris Milne served in the Australian Army for 14 years. Despite the toughness and fortitude required to go on deployment to places such as East Timor, the most difficult thing he’s done is leave the army and adjust to life in a civilian job. He knew the minute he left the army he would lose his security clearance and have...
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