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Social entrepreneur named ACT’s Westpac Social Change Fellow
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Twenty-six-year-old Nipuni Wijewickrema is still reeling from the news that she is one of the ten recipients of this year's Westpac Social Change Fellowship, recognising her as an inspirational individual committed to creating positive change in Australia. "I'm just really touched," she says, "to know an organisation like Westpac supports you, and with such a substantial sum of money." The money...
The capital market with David Robertson
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Each quarter, David Robertson, Head of Economic and Market Research for Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, keeps us updated on the state of the ACT economy with a quarterly market update drawing on statistics from the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), and Real Estate Industry of Australia (REIA). October to December, 2018 quarter Happy New Year!...
Japanese speedboat racing and competition between the sexes
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The link between Japanese speedboat racing and gender gaps in performance and aggression is probably not an obvious one for most, and yet ANU College of Business and Economics academic Professor Alison Booth has been investigating the relationship. What is Japanese speedboat racing? Japanese speedboat racing is a tightly controlled sport, in which racers receive exactly the same intensive training...
The Red Robot: Capabilities limited only by your imagination
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If first impressions are anything to go by, the Red Robot factory in Fyshwick has the potential to change the world. This design and manufacturing hub is the virtual meeting point for ideas to meet reality. Nothing, it would appear, is out of the realm of possibility. In practice, this means that designers and innovators come up with a concept,...
How Canberra vet Karen Viggers became an international bestseller
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Canberra author Karen Viggers is probably as surprised as anyone about how she went from being a suburban veterinarian to selling 800,000 copies of her last novel in France. "That's like every single person in Canberra having two copies of The Lightkeeper's Wife," she laughs. Sales exploded after a French publisher championed the book, set on Bruny Island. In her...
Viva Leisure sets a cracking pace in 2019
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Viva Leisure, Australia’s fastest-growing health club owner is set for a stellar 2019. After beginning in Canberra in 2004 with a clear mission to open more clubs and get more people fit and healthy, Viva Leisure is on track to be the largest and most frequented health club operator in the markets which it serves. Already 17 new locations are...
Canberra’s SMEs battling to find and keep skilled staff, survey finds
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Finding skilled staff at an affordable price and the increasing costs of doing business remain key concerns for the ACT's small to medium enterprises (SMEs) seeking to grow, according to a new survey. The results of the latest Canberra Business Chamber - Deloitte SME Survey show that while many businesses continue to expand and have taken on new workers, signing skilled...
New Singapore tourism appointment a game-changer for the ACT
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Canberra’s international visitor numbers are set to rise following an exciting new appointment in Singapore aimed at luring more South East Asian travellers to the ACT region. In a major first for the tourism sector, VisitCanberra has employed a full-time tourism professional in Singapore to promote Canberra as a leisure and business destination. It’s also the first official appointment by...
Australian of the Year awards presentation at the National Arboretum
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Date: Friday 25 January 2019. Venue: National Arboretum Canberra. Photography: Karen Widdowson. Canberra paediatrician Dr Sue Packer AM has been named the Senior Australian of the year for 2019, recognising a lifetime of advocacy for the rights of children, with a focus on working with the victims of child abuse and on championing the importance of early education and development. Her accolade follows the...
Briolette jewellers bring sparkle to Kings Highway
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Braidwood now has an extra shine. The heritage-listed town has long been known as the jewel in the crown of the Kings Highway, but now Braidwood is really sparkling with the arrival of the Thompson family jewellery store in the main street. Having closed their famous Manuka store ‘Briolette’ last year, Diana Thompson, son Travis and his partner Jodie have...
Women, employers urged to make breast screening a team event
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Getting a breast check can be daunting for a woman, but the moral support to be drawn from a group mammogram booking can take the edge off the experience. BreastScreen ACT is encouraging Canberra women to make group bookings with friends or workplace colleagues, after the recent success of a major Canberra employer organising a staff booking. The Director of...
61 years in television and counting…
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1957. It's a year that many of us weren't born or would barely remember, but for those who love their morning shows, nightly news, or Netflix binge sessions, it's a year that made a lot of it possible. At the time, television was a rare commodity in Australian households, even though it was already mainstream in the United States. Perry...
It’s all coming up roses for Manuka Gardens
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Colouring Canberra with beautiful gardens. It's a dream job for Simon Davies. Simon is the Managing Director of Manuka Gardens and some of his fondest childhood memories are of he and his grandmother mucking about in her garden and of working alongside his parents in their beautiful gardens in Wagga Wagga. Simon has always loved being outdoors, getting his hands...
A man of influence, generosity and compassion: Peter Munday
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Peter Munday left school at the age of 14 years, nine months. To clarify his departure from school, he was asked to leave Marist College. To say he lacked focus is an understatement. In Peter's own words, he had trouble concentrating and connecting with the education system. He was also bullied because he struggled with the basics. In his early...
CBR Brave winning coach signs on as partner with Meyer Vandenberg
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Canberra ice hockey hero and commercial lawyer Robert Starke will bring a strong work ethic and team culture to Meyer Vandenberg Lawyers as the firm's newest partner. The coach of Canberra's premiership-winning CBR Brave, Mr Starke has worked as a commercial lawyer in the public and private sectors for over a decade, and will head the firm's corporate and commercial...
Professional services success is all about relationships, says Rubik3
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After a year of stunning growth, Rubik3 director Guy Earnshaw is sitting in a Braddon cafe, reflecting on what went so right. The owner of Australia's top start-up on the Australian Financial Review's annual list and a finalist in the MyBusiness Optus Awards comes to an interesting conclusion about his professional services firm as he stirs his latte: he thinks...
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