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Barr to push for direct flights to Canberra on visit to China
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Direct flights from China to the ACT will be on the agenda this week when Chief Minister Andrew Barr leads a Government delegation to Guangzhou and Canberra's sister city Beijing. Mr Barr said growing the ACT's largest international tourism market and more international flights were the key objectives for the delegation. He will meet with China Southern Airlines and representatives from...
How to be part of Canberra’s biggest night out
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On Friday 29 March, business leaders, influencers, media and avid supporters will come together at Hotel Realm to support the Menslink Big Night Out. Now in its third year, the annual event has become a crucial part of Menslink’s fundraising calendar, with monies raised going directly to support the important work Menslink do. According to Menslink CEO, Martin Fisk, the...
What an end to mortgage broking could mean for your mortgage
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Would you pay a mortgage broker upfront to find you the best home loan? Even if it meant using some of the funds from your hard earned deposit? This is one of the recommendations from the Hayne Royal Commission into the financial services sector, detailed in a final report released last month. The report concluded months of investigation and thousands...
Dexar’s real estate stars show their winning ways
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Anyone entering a sales profession, in any field, would do well to follow the winning ways of John Warren, one of the big winners at Dexar Group’s Stars of Real Estate awards. After all, that is what John did. He chose mentors at the top of their game and followed their winning formula intently. Vowing to learn and train as...
Creating a better balance for women’s work and life
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The theme for International Women's Day 2019 is #balanceforbetter, an idea that draws together finding balance in the workplace, the home and throughout our community. But balance is as tricky to achieve in the working world as it is on the playground see-saw, because everyone's lives are a different shape. In a profession where old standards about the work-family balance...
ANU’s new Club Lime is sparkling with possibilities
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Pretty much everything is sparkling at the ANU's new Club Lime, from the swimming pools to the wraparound trees on the university campus, framing the array of state of the art fitness equipment. But while the atmosphere is relaxing, the pace can be as tough as you want it to be. A 25m lap pool and a smaller program pool...
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...
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