Invitation for submissions: Canberra BusinessPoint Review (closing 20 November 2009)

The Chief Minister’s Department has commissioned an independent mid-term review of the business advisory service known as Canberra BusinessPoint. Following a tender process, G J Wall and Associates has been selected to conduct this mid-term review. The review is to: assess the efficiency and effectiveness of the Program, including value for money; determine the continuing appropriateness of the Program in the light of recent economic developments; analyse the level of awareness and degree of penetration to the Program’s target group; evaluate the Program’s connections to other complementary services in the ACT against the background of a desire to create an

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Majura Festival (10am to 10pm) 24 October 2009 – Woolley Street, Dickson

The Majura Festival will take place on 24 October 2009 10am to 10pm in Woolley Street, Dickson The Majura Festival has been run as an annual event by NCS since 2000.Since then, it has evolved to a visible cultural event signifying the close linkages that have developed between NCS and the local community. An emphasis has been to actively engage local community and businesses in such a way that more ongoing, sustainable relationships continue to be established and celebrated. The festival activities will include live music and performances running all day, a jumping castle and children’s activities, petting farm, street

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Concern regarding new ASIO building

If you are concerned about the construction of the ASIO building adjacent to Campbell on Parkes Way and Constitution Avenue, whether because of its size, because of the inappropriateness a security agency in such a symbolic location, or because of the almost total lack of public consultation, then please look at some of the suggestions below as to what you can do, to either turn the tide or to help guarantee better consultation in future.

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ABC News: Curfew only solution to airport noise: residents

ABC News is reporting that the Canberra Airport is reacting defensively knowing that it has issues regarding noise from its proposed 24 hour freight hub. Whilst the Canberra Airport has published selective information regarding the effects of aircraft noise on a number of areas affecting Canberra and local region, the information is deliberately misleading as it is for newer passenger aircraft and not older, noisier aircraft that are most commonly used for actual freight operations. Aircraft used for freight operations, for the most part, are older aircraft that are converted after they have served out their useful life in passenger

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Supermarket competition in the ACT Review

The ACT Government has released the outcomes of the review into supermarket competition policy in the ACT which will help to achieve greater competition and diversity in Canberra’s retail grocery sector. The document is reproduced below:

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WIN News: Wildfire Welfare

On Tuesday 06 October 2009, WIN News ran a story confirming separate concerns held by the Friends of Grasslands (reported in the news story from the ABC) that proposed expansion of the Airport would have a detrimental effect on local endangered and threatened grasslands and fauna. In this story the ACT Commissioner for the Environment – Maxine Cooper also confirms that she holds grave concerns about the proposed expansion of the Airport and a proposed northern road. The Canberra Airport claims it has “approval with conditions” for the road in their Draft Environmental Strategy for this road when in reality

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Satis satisfies

As I chat with Sher Ward in the new back courtyard of cafe Satis, the space is being decorated by a night-time city skyline and the beginnings of a soil-less garden. Sher says that she wants to keep her cafe small scale but is having to expand to cater for customer numbers. “Originally I thought it might be just myself most of the day,” she says. “I was pretty overwhelmed when things did keep picking up.” These are impressive results for a business passionately committed to vegetarian and organic cuisine, which competes with three other eateries and relies exclusively on

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Dickson Centre Planning Project – Design Workshop (24 September 2009)

The Dickson Centre Planning Project is now in progress. This project will guide the future of urban planning in the Dickson centre. Details of recent and upcoming opportunities for you to have your say are outlined below. The design workshop: When: Thursday 24 September 2009 (5.30pm – 8.00pm) Where: Dickson Tradies (Housie Hall), off Dickson Place, Dickson RSVP: To assist with catering please RSVP by COB Tuesday 22 September 2009 to Purdon Associates on 02 6257 1511 or purdons@purdon.com.au The design workshop is open to lessees, business owners, local residents, community organisations and anyone with an interest in the centre.

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Free small business conference at CIT (21 September 2009)

Build your small business – marketing and procurement strategies to maximise growth. A mini-conference for small business owners featuring well-known small business expert Rob Hartnett as key note speaker, followed by presentations on ‘marketing ACT small businesses’ and ‘winning government contracts – procurement techniques for small business’.

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ACT Government aware of negative impacts from Airport freight hub development

The ABC News is reporting that ACT Government expressed strong concerns in its submission to the Canberra Airport Draft Masterplan about the impact that a 24/7 freight hub would have in terms of impact on the community. Submission outlines ACT Govt’s airport fears The ACT Government says it is unclear how Canberra Airport’s role as a 24-hour freight hub will affect the quality of life in nearby suburbs.

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