Dickson Centre Planning Project – Community Information Session (8 September 2009)

ACTPLA has engaged external consultants Purdon Associates to manage the Dickson Centre Planning Project. The study will guide future urban planning in the Dickson centre. It will include consultation with the community, community groups, business representatives and other stakeholders to develop a vision for the future of centre. The public are invited to attend a community information session at the Dickson shops on Tuesday 25 August 2009 (any time between 4.00pm and 7.00pm). This information session provides you with the opportunity to drop by and have your say on the draft vision developed at the earlier Dickson vision workshop. Community

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Canberra Airport Master Plan approved: Aircraft noise a noted issue

ABC News Online and iPrime Canberra are reporting that today (28 August 2009) the Federal Minister for Transport, Anthony Albanese, has approved the Canberra Airport’s Master Plan including the establishment of a 24 hour freight hub. However it has been clearly noted, that despite the Canberra Airport claims and protestations otherwise, noise remains a significant issue that needs to be addressed. The ABC article clearly articulates that the Minister’s position. The Minister has formally¬† has acknowledged that Aircraft noise remains a major issue and action will need to be taken to address the problem as it grows: The Infrastructure Minister

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September is Business in Focus Month

Business in Focus Month is a new month-long program that will feature almost 70 events and highlights include the opportunity to speed date with master entrepreneurs and a weekend camp which will allow companies to brainstorm and develop new business strategies. During the month, Canberra businesses will be able to access information and service providers as well as attending networking opportunities that will assist them in building better businesses.

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Small and Micro Business Forum (16 September 2009)

An opportunity for small or micro business owners to give their views to Government. The ACT Government is hosting an open business forum for small and micro businesses. Expert facilitator Jenny Brockie will guide business owners through an open conversation about the challenges of being in business in the ACT. This is an opportunity for you to put your ideas on the Government’s forward agenda. 

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Dickson Centre Planning Project – Initial public workshop (25 August 2009)

ACTPLA has engaged external consultants Purdon Associates to manage the Dickson Centre Planning Project. The study will guide future urban planning in the Dickson centre. It will include consultation with the community, community groups, business representatives and other stakeholders to develop a vision for the future of centre. The public are invited to attend an initial visioning workshop on Tuesday 25 August 2009. This workshop is open to lessees, business owners, local residents, community organisations, and anyone with an interest in the centre. The Visioning Workshop will: discuss the project approach review research undertaken to date work towards creating a

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Canberra Times: QIC airs $350m proposal for Civic

On Saturday 1 August 2009, the Canberra Times ran an article alleging that QIC, owners of the Canberra Centre, had been land-banking prime real estate in the City. QIC have subsequently revealed  plans for a $350million mixed-use development including a tower of apartments facing Cooyong Street. [googlemaps http://maps.google.com.au/maps/sv?cbp=11,157.52,,0,-4.41&cbll=-35.276122,149.132315&v=1&panoid=&gl=au&hl=&w=425&h=240]

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Public Forums & Consultation: Supermarket Competition Policy Review (closing 24 July 2009)

On the 16 June 2009 the ACT Chief Minister announced the appointment of Mr John Martin to conduct a review of the current ACT Supermarket Competition policy. Mr Martin is a former Commissioner of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and was involved in the ACCC‚Äôs 2008 Retail Grocery Inquiry. Mr Martin will examine a range of issues as part of his review including the relevance of the ACT Government‚Äės supermarket competition policy in light of the outcomes of the ACCC Inquiry in to the competitiveness of retail prices for standard groceries.

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Invitation for Submissions: Inquiry into ACT Government Procurement

The ACT Legislative Assembly Standing Committee on Public Accounts is seeking public submissions for their Inquiry into ACT Government Procurement. The¬†Legislative¬†Assembly‚Äôs¬†Public¬†Accounts¬†Committee¬†has¬†resolved,¬†on¬†its¬†own motion,¬†to¬†conduct¬†an¬†inquiry¬†into¬†ACT¬†Government¬†procurement. Government¬†procurement¬†comprises¬†a¬†significant¬†part¬†of¬†the¬†economy¬†and¬†in¬†the case¬†of¬†the¬†Australian¬†Capital¬†Territory,¬†constitutes¬†a¬†significant¬†part¬†of¬†the¬†ACT Government‚Äôs¬†expenditure. The¬†Committee‚Äôs¬†inquiry,¬†amongst¬†other¬†things,¬†will¬†examine:¬†the¬†pursuit¬†by¬†ACT Government¬†agencies¬†of¬†the¬†procurement¬†principle‚ÄĒvalue¬†for¬†money;¬†the integration¬†of¬†sustainability¬†considerations¬†that¬†encompass¬†environmental,¬†economic and¬†social¬†aspects¬†throughout¬†procurement¬†processes;¬†and¬†the¬†effectiveness¬†of¬†recent reforms,¬†including¬†amendments¬†to¬†the¬†Government¬†Procurement¬†Act¬†2001 in¬†2007.

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Reminder: Canberra Airport Draft Master Plan submissions close on 8th May 2009

In accordance with the Airports Act 1996, Canberra International Airport is required to prepare and submit a draft Master Plan for the approval of the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, for a 20 year horizon every five years. An integral part of that process includes the Airport accepting and considering submissions from the public and engaging in community consultation. In November 2008, the Federal Transport Minister Anthony Albanese rejected Canberra International Airport’s draft master plan on the grounds that it did not provide enough detail on the proposal to develop the airport into a freight hub and the airport’s

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