It’s been 45 years since ClubsACT first stood up for Canberra’s community
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This year marks 45 years since Canberra's community clubs received a united voice, and there's no sign of it losing its strength. ClubsACT is the peak association representing the interests of the ACT’s not-for-profit licenced club industry, with aggregate memberships well above 500,000 across the local region. It was established on 12 July, 1976, as the Licenced Clubs Association of...
CommSec reports ACT second-best economy despite weak employment
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The ACT has come second in the race for the best-performing economy in Australia, according to a new report by CommSec. The last few months have been far from normal for the states and territories, with COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns wreaking havoc on business. But it turns out that all is not as bad as it might seem. Now in...
Take a walk down Rosella Street to see what all the chirping is about
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A walk along 'Rosella Street' is a little different than most. It's not actually a street, but rather an online community allowing users to buy, rent and sell in a sustainable way and ultimately reduce waste and the impact of consumerism on the planet. Despite this lofty ambition, the ethos that guides Rosella Street and the team of two behind...
Canberra creative team takes on Gruen’s The Pitch to convince Australia that all kids should go to boarding school
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If there is one thing COVID-19 lockdown taught many of us, it's that everyone being at home together, all day every day, day after day, may not be the path to the best of happy family memories. Juggling work from home, Zoom school, seemingly endless nights of television and meal preparation has tested even the most patient of us. So...
Lawyers welcome power of attorney law reforms to protect victims of financial abuse
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Reforms to power of attorney laws, which give the ACT Civil & Administrative Tribunal (ACAT) the power to order compensation or damages to victims of financial abuse, have been welcomed by Canberra lawyer Tanya Herbertson. A partner at Meyer Vandenberg Lawyers, Tanya says up until now ACAT has been "a bit of a toothless tiger" with no power to fully remedy a wrongdoing. She...
Does Mal Meninga really work at MEJ? An investigation
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He's a rugby league legend, both as a player on the field who broke countless records throughout his career, and as a former coach of the Canberra Raiders, Queensland State of Origin team and Australian Kangaroos. Off the field, Mal Meninga is well-known around Canberra as the face of local personal injury lawyers, Maliganis Edwards Johnson (MEJ). In the ads,...
Insurance companies win test case on COVID business interruption payouts
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Businesses intending to rely on their insurance policies to cover the impact of COVID-19 have been dealt a significant blow in a test case that means insurance companies may avoid paying billions of dollars in claims. As the pandemic broke out in the early months of 2020, interrupting everything from travel to trade, many businesses went looking to see if...
CPS Concrete has been pouring Canberra’s foundations for more than 40 years
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It started as a conversation over some salami, Italian bread and homemade wine and resulted in constructing what was Canberra's tallest building some six years ago, Wayfarer. Since building the Wayfarer apartments in Belconnen, CPS Concrete Group and Geocon have worked together to pour five more of the tallest structures in the ACT, accounting for more than 3,000 homes. CPS...
What the first day out of lockdown looked like for Canberra businesses
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With COVID-19 lockdown in the ACT finally loosening its grip, many local businesses opened their doors on Friday, 15 October, and dusted off their equipment for the first time since 12 August, 2021. Cafes, bars, barbers and gyms are among the businesses allowed to recommence operations under current guidelines, with more substantial changes coming on 29 October, when the ACT...
Craft ACT’s new director has a colourful vision for Canberra
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Jodie Cunningham has always seen herself as something of a flamingo and the handle fits - tall, elegant, colourful and enquiring, the new director of Craft ACT says she is honoured to lead one of Canberra's longest-running membership organisations. An artist her entire life, Jodie loves colour, geometry, symbolism and Canberra, where she was born and bred. She's also a collaborator...
This week in Canberra business: A rush to apply for grants, welcome budget measures but issues remain
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As the Territory readies for a resumption of business, with fingers crossed for a smooth transition and no further lockdowns, financial advisors have reported a last-minute rush of businesses and sole traders applying for the ACT's Business Support Grant by the 7 October deadline. RSM Australia senior advisor Young Han said there has been a mix of businesses rushing to claim...
Capital businesses going green and cutting costs with new commercial solar solutions
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From small family operations to large commercial buildings, Canberra business owners are embracing the benefits of installing their own power stations. Whether it's a commercial rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) system, or battery storage solutions, businesses are harnessing the sun's energy to reduce their carbon footprint and slash operating costs. ActewAGL group manager of strategic partners Sean Davis has seen a significant increase in...
Diamonds are a computer’s best friend when it comes to world-first project
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While it may not be what immediately springs to mind when you think of diamonds, a project at the ANU is harnessing the power of synthetic diamonds to create the world's first quantum computer which can operate at room temperature. Quantum Brilliance, which is attracting international attention, is the brainchild of Canberra-born and bred Dr Andrew Horsley and his business...
Ombudsman says telcos still failing Australian small business
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Complaints by small business about internet and telephone services reached a three-year high, the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman Judi Jones has said in her annual report issued on 22 September.  For all service types, poor customer service and problems with a bill were the most common complaints. For small businesses in regional and rural areas in particular, an inability to contact...
No, the office is not done yet, but it’s going to be different
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The office may never be the same after COVID-19. Not only is the hybrid workplace likely here to stay, but the layout, fitout and facilities of the traditional office are going to have to change. Canberra's COVID-19 lockdown has hit the national capital's office occupancy worse than other Australian cities, plummeting from 73 per cent to 8 per cent of pre-COVID occupancy,...
This week in Canberra business: Extension payments and choosing the best cross border business support
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Tuesday (14 September) saw the widely anticipated announcement of an extension to lockdown to 11:59 pm on 15 October, and with the Barr Government yet to reveal a specific roadmap out of lockdown, many Canberra businesses are still facing weeks of uncertainty. In response, business support grants have been topped up with eligible businesses receiving up to an extra $30,000....
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