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Light Rail Business Link Newsletter – Summer 2017/18

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How’s your 2018 marketing road-map looking? 

Could you use ten hours of tailored specialised marketing support in February, fully subsidised?

Small businesses along the Stage 1 light rail corridor have access to this Marketing Masterclass Series.

Presenter and specialist consultant, Chris Edwards and Southern Region Business Enterprise Advisor, Janine Linklater, will assist you to refine or develop a clear, cohesive marketing plan to strengthen your business in 2018.

No-one knows your business better than you. We realise that you are busy working IN your business and don’t have lots time to spend working ON your business.

We have designed this marketing workshop to be flexible and personally tailored for practical marketing outcomes specific to your business.

REGISTER NOW

This support is available at no cost for qualifying businesses, through the Light Rail Business Link Program, and consists of:

Two evening group sessions over two nights (8 hours total)
MONDAY Feb 5th and 19th 5:30pm – 9:30pm  (must be available for both nights)

You will have dedicated time with experienced support to develop or refine your individual 2018 marketing strategy, including practical and inexpensive marketing solutions and actions for you to implement.

1-1 marketing coaching (up to three hours, to booked individually during the first workshop)

Expert marketing consultants give you a perspective on ways to improve all aspects of your marketing strategy, including a review of measuring ROI and marketing budget: someone to bounce ideas off, keep you on track and accountable for your business marketing goals.

Promo videos to profile businesses along the corridor

As part of the Light Rail Business Link Program’s support for businesses along the light rail corridor filming has begun! We are excited to be working with 24 Mitchell business owners, helping them develop a tailored promotional video for their business. Here’s a behind the scene peek at Gumnut Dance, first cab off the filming rank with Overall Photography. Keep an eye out on social media for the videos as they become available, and like or share them to support our local business communities.

Help your customers stay up to date on construction

Have you thought about how to best help your clients and customers navigate light rail construction? One way is to regularly update details of roadworks around your business in your communications including on your social media pages to help with finding the easiest routes and parking options.

Canberra Metro make it easy to view and re-post road and intersection closures, including after hours works during Stage 1 of light rail construction – Click here to check it out.

City Renewal Authority to develop places people wan to be

From 1 January 2018 responsibility for administering the $1.8 million City Centre Marketing and Improvements Levy will transfer from ‘In the City Canberra’ to the City Renewal Authority (CRA).

CRA is tasked with renewal of the City and Northbourne Avenue corridor and delivering a vibrant city centre, with high-quality urban renewal delivering places where people want to be.

“Canberra is a wonderful city and the precinct is already undergoing significant transformation and growth, with a large amount of development already happening in the city centre, along Northbourne Avenue and in Dickson. We need to take advantage of this opportunity to make sure this development results in a precinct that is sustainable, attractive, vibrant, connected and accessible to even more people than it is today.” said the CRA Chair, Dr Michael Easson.

Current City Renewal programs include developing a Haig Park masterplan, progressing City to the Lake with stage two of the West Basin boardwalk, city activation and the continuation of the Asset Recycling Initiative.

Award winning urban thinker and planner, Malcolm Snow was appointed Chief Executive of the City Renewal Authority in late August this year. Mr Snow previously headed the National Capital Authority for five years.

He will lead the organisation as it commences work on improving the liveability and vitality of the city centre through the planning and delivery of a diverse range of events, capital works upgrades, public realm and amenity improvements and stakeholder partnerships.

Support for your business

Did you know the Light Rail Business Link Program is here to assist you, to mitigate any impact light rail construction might have on your business and to help you adapt.

As one element of that support, the Light Rail Business Link Program will cover the costs for business along the corridor to access an ASBAS Business Advisor and get tailored feedback, advice and training across the following business streams as relevant:

  1. Funding avenues and financial analysis
  2. Building your business
  3. Making the most of your talent and team
  4. Management capabilities
  5. Digital engagement implementation

This includes an introductory support consultation and up to six sessions. Additional or specialised support may then be available and funded by the Light Rail Business Link Program depending on need and availability.

If you are interested in accessing this support please contact the Light Rail Business Link Program Manager.
P: 6247 4199
M: 0429 385 705
E: lisa.morisset@canberrabusiness.com

Well-being and mental health for business owners

As a small business owner, or sole trader, you can face a range of unique challenges that can affect your well-being and mental health and the mental health of your staff.

Running your own business can be hugely rewarding, but for many small business owners having sole responsibility for the company’s success or failure can take its toll on your health. Stress, depression or anxiety can have a negative impact on your quality of life and ability to run your business. This can affect the people who are involved with your business including employees, contractors, partners and clients.

While it can be tempting to focus all of your time and attention on your business, it’s also essential that you take care of yourself. Your mental health is essential , so it’s important to learn how to recognise warning signs or ‘red flags’ that may suggest you need to reach out for support. Common warning signs include:

  • finding it hard to concentrate
  • avoiding necessary day-to-day tasks and obligations
  • feeling irritable, stressed or teary
  • constantly thinking of work, even during personal time
  • being unable to sleep
  • disconnecting from friends and family
  • changing eating and/or drinking habits

There’s a number of organisations that can provide information and support to help you with your wellbeing and mental health:

The ATO understands circumstances can sometimes affect meeting your tax and super obligations and details support options available. You can speak with them directly, or ask someone to speak with them on your behalf. They encourage business owners to speak with them as early as possible to solve the problem before the situation escalates.

Heads Up – a Beyondblue and Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance initiative that provides business owners with free tools and resources to look after their mental health at work and achieve a mentally healthy workplace.

Business in Mind – a program developed by the University of Tasmania focusing on mental health especially tailored to small and medium business owners.

Mates in Construction – a charitable organisation focused on reducing the high level of suicide among Australian construction workers.

EveryMan Australia – Counselling for men aged 18+.

Beyondblue – learn more about anxiety, depression and suicide prevention, or talk through your concerns with their support service.

Lifeline Australia – a national charity providing Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24-hour support and suicide prevention services.

Suicide Call Back Service – provides free national telephone and online counselling for anyone affected by suicide.

Let the CBR Resources Hub help your business 

We all know that Canberra is an incredible place to live, work, study and do business. On the CBR Resources pages on canberra.com.au you can find logos, images, videos and the latest flyer to help you promote your business as well as Canberra.

CBR RESOURCES

Canberra’s First Light Rail Vehicle arrives!!!

An early Christmas present for Canberra arrived last week….. Check it out!

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ABOUT LIGHT RAIL BUSINESS LINK

Light Rail Business Link is a program delivered by Canberra Business Chamber (CBC), working closely with the ACT Government’s Transport Canberra to build links between Government, the local business community, and Canberra Metro during the construction of Light Rail in Canberra. Acting as a conduit between stakeholder groups, CBC ensures opportunities for local business are maximised and any concerns are communicated. CBC works proactively to mitigate impacts to business along the light rail corridor through ongoing communications, industry collaboration and business support programs.

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Christmas is coming, the hoarding is down, but there’s still work to do until light rail comes to town…!

Lisa Morisset, Program Manager of the Light Rail Business Link Program at the Canberra Business Chamber (CBC) will join ‘My Gungahlin’ at their November networking event to outline how 2018 looks for businesses in Gungahlin, as light rail construction reaches its peak and the Light Rail Vehicles begin to run late in the year. She will also share support initiatives available to businesses and detail activities underway to activate the Gungahlin Town Centre precinct. Lisa’s brief is to help Canberra businesses capitalise on the diverse opportunities light rail presents across the business community; as well as assist businesses during construction

Thursday 23 November 2017 at 6:00pm
$25 per person
Gungahlin Lakes Golf & Community Club, Cnr Gundaroo & Gungahlin Drives, Nicholls

REGISTER HERE

Support for your business

Did you know the Light Rail Business Link Program is here to assist you, to mitigate any impact light rail construction might have on your business and to help you adapt.

As one element of that support, the Light Rail Business Link Program will cover the costs for business along the corridor to access an ASBAS Business Advisor and get advice and training on the following business streams:

1. Funding avenues and financial analysis
2. Building your business
3. Making the most of your talent and team
4. Management capabilities
5. Digital engagement implementation

This includes an introductory support consultation and up to six sessions. Additional or specialised support may then be available and funded by the Light Rail Business Link Program depending on need and availability.

If you are interested in accessing this support please contact the Light Rail Business Link Program Manager.
P: 6247 4199
M: 0429 385 705
E: lisa.morisset@canberrabusiness.com

Drop in for a coffee with Canberra Metro

Businesses along the light rail corridor are encouraged to meet informally with Canberra Metro at one of their upcoming Business Drop In Sessions. Enjoy a free coffee, get the latest construction updates, and ask all your questions! The Light Rail Business Link Program Manager will also be there to provide advice and hear how things are going for your business.

Gungahlin Retailers
30th November
11am to 12pm
Winyu House
125 Gungahlin Pl, Gungahlin

Mitchell/Dickson Retailers
5th December
8am to 9am
Trev’s Dickson
20 Challis St, Dickson

City Retailers
12 December
8am to 9am
Espresso Code
108 Alinga St, City

Tours of the Corridor

Canberra Metro is offering free guided bus tours to view works progressing along the light rail corridor. Leaving every Wednesday morning from Gungahlin village until Christmas. Bookings essential.

VIEW DETAILS HERE

Collaboration Trains Next Generation of Engineers

A collaboration between the University of NSW, construction giant John Holland, and Canberra Metro is giving engineering undergraduates valuable work experience.

Under the arrangement, students from UNSW’s Australian Defence Force Academy campus are spending part of each week working with Hollands on the Canberra Metro project.

All three are undertaking engineering degrees through UNSW which has 3200 students enrolled at its ADFA campus. While most of those are military cadets undergoing officer training the university also enrols students from civilian life.

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Guides for Businesses in the Building and Construction Industry to Help Reduce Risk

Entering into a new working relationship in the building and construction industry can feel like a big risk. Being proactive and knowing how to safeguard your business can give you peace of mind and help you get paid for the work you’ve done.

The Australian Government has consulted with businesses and representatives in the industry to create guides with simple steps you can take to protect your business.

You’ll find out:

You can learn how to protect your finances, recover money owed to you and deal with debt in these new guides:

For more information specific to the building and construction industry, read the fact sheet.

The Train has left Spain!

Our Light Rail vehicle is on its way across the sea!

WATCH HERE

Construction Updates Online

Canberra Metro have made it easy to view the out of hours works and intersection closures during stage 1 of the light rail – Click here to check it out.

Marketing support for Mitchell Businesses

Mitchell businesses interested in being a part of a pre-­Christmas marketing initiative are asked to register initial interest with the Light Rail Business Link Program by COB Monday 20 November.

Call 0429 385 705 or email lisa.morisset@canberrabusiness.com

Rapid Bus Network 2018 Consultation

As light rail comes into being business input into how other public transport modes can best serve your precincts is vital. The ACT Government is seeking feedback on the Rapid Network public transport changes it has announced for 2018. Consultation on phase one closes on 15 December 2017.

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Dickson Precinct Makeover

A 7-day makeover is planned in Dickson for 19 – 25 November and will be showcased as part of the Design Canberra Festival 2017. Come and be part of transforming the Dickson Courtyards into places to linger, play and connect. The Dickson Traders Association is planning to demonstrate what is possible in just 7 days, with community initiatives such as pavement stencilling, yarn-bombing and installing new seating, planter boxes and lights.

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A Bird’s Eye View

From Gungahlin Place to the City, the construction of Canberra’s Light Rail is well underway. From the air and from the ground, this brilliant video shows the already significant transformation of the 12 kilometre corridor. Each working day, and sometimes at night, traffic is re-routed, services relocated and concrete foundations poured. This time lapse video reflects and recognises how much has already been completed.

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Collaboration Trains Next Generation of Engineers

A collaboration between the University of NSW, construction giant John Holland, and Canberra Metro is giving engineering undergraduates valuable work experience.

Under the arrangement, students from UNSW’s Australian Defence Force Academy campus are spending part of each week working with Hollands on the Canberra Metro project.

All three are undertaking engineering degrees through UNSW which has 3200 students enrolled at its ADFA campus.  While most of those are military cadets undergoing officer training the university also enrols students from civilian life.

UNSW’s civil engineering degree is part of its plan to expand its presence in the nation’s capital. Only a month ago the university announced it was in talks with the ACT Government about plans to develop a new campus at Reid in the inner city.  Those plans envisage development of an ‘innovation precinct’ at the proposed Reid campus that could cater for as many as 10,000 students and which would work closely with industry.

UNSW is the only one of the four universities in Canberra that offers a degree course in civil engineering.  That suits 20-year-old Joshua Daniel well.  He said he ‘jumped at the opportunity’ when a careers advisor told him UNSW was launching its civil engineering course at ADFA.

“I enjoyed maths and science as a secondary student and civil engineering seemed like a sensible way to study for me,” he said. ‘ADFA is a great way to study locally. Small class sizes are one of the best things and it’s very easy to ask questions. There is really personal experience from lecturers.”

The opportunity to combine study with work experience at Canberra Metro came earlier in the year.

“Studying civil engineering, the opportunity to work on one of the biggest infrastructure projects that Canberra has seen was really exciting,” Josh said, “I signed up straight away when I was told about it”.

Josh’s work at Canberra Metro has given him interesting involvement in project management, an area he particularly enjoys. “It’s really good to be working with top engineers on an important project and to see what type of role I could have as a qualified engineer,” he said. “I’m really thankful for the opportunity John Holland and Canberra Metro has given me.”

For Braydon Clarke, another 20-year-old who took to maths and science as a secondary student, news of the UNSW engineering offering came at just the right time.

“It was about November of Year 12 when I found out UNSW was going to offer engineering courses here in Canberra,” he said. “Until then you couldn’t do civil, electrical, mechanical and aeronautical engineering in Canberra. I jumped at it straight away.

“At ADFA the student-staff ratio is one of the best in the country. Access to lecturers is easy.”

But he was a little hesitant when the opportunity to take up work experience at Canberra Metro came about. “Canberra Metro is a civil project, not an aeronautical one, so I was a bit concerned about whether it was a good fit.  But I thought it’s still engineering work experience and it’s an opportunity you wouldn’t get anyway else so I thought why not go for it. Working on the light rail project is a different experience – I’ve never had any construction experience so it’s been good to have exposure to different environments.  It’s been good to be involved in something that is so big in this community.  I’m keen to see it through,” he said.

For Troy Miles the student experience at UNSW is not his first. The 25-year-old was first at ADFA as an Officer Cadet but left before he was commissioned. Unfortunately when he rejoined the Army as an Artilleryman he was seriously injured and medically discharged.  But every cloud has a silver lining: during his recovery he was asked what he would like to do and he decided to go back to ADFA as a civilian student.

“Studying at ADFA is different to other unis,” he said, “The staff are fantastic.  They have the time to dedicate to helping you understand what you’re learning a bit more. I was actually still in the Army when this opportunity came up for work experience at Canberra Metro, and I was lucky enough to start pretty much the day after my discharge.

“The best part of the work here is being able to interact with those engineers who have the experience that you just can’t get at a university.  My time here is important for me – it will help me understand what types of work I can do with my injured knee and where I might be able to work in the future.”

 

Local business looks for new ways to drive customers to store

Since 2010, Cold Rock on Hibberson Street in Gungahlin has been a popular spot for Canberrans to treat themselves.

Cold Rock offers a family-friendly, fun atmosphere in which to make a selection from around 35 ice-cream flavours and over 45 mix-ins, try a famous supershake, or in the colder months their range of hot waffles with your choice of ice cream and toppings, and thick hot chocolates.

Open from morning until late, Cold Rock Gungahlin is also an after-dinner dessert destination of choice for people dining at local hospitality venues.

The idea of customising a snack or dessert has proved popular in the ACT and around the world, with the Cold Rock brand spreading across the globe.

The owner of the Gungahlin Cold Rock franchise, Ben Meek says the concept has been warmly embraced in Canberra, particularly on warmer days.

“We are very busy in summer,” Mr Meek said. “But we look for ways to attract customers all year and demand doesn’t drop off as much as you might think in winter.”

This winter, Cold Rock Gungahlin is offering indulgences such as hotrock fantasies, hot fudge sundaes and waffles, as well as its crowd-pleasing hot chocolates that range in flavour from the classics through to bugglegum or cake batter.

Ben’s marketing savvy is proving important to the business following the closure of Hibberson Street to traffic due to light rail construction.

Through the Light Rail Business Link Program, Ben undertook marketing training to help his business adapt during the construction period.

“A longer closure notification period would have been good and there are still things we don’t know. For example, the closure has seen my business lose most of its outdoor seating and I don’t yet know if I will get it back.

“The challenge from the construction work is that it can discourage people from simply wandering down the street and stopping into shops. We have to position ourselves to draw people to the Gungahlin Marketplace and then encourage cross-pollination,” Mr Meek said

Cold Rock has already seen this pollination in action and is keen to maintain it during construction. “We get families coming to do their grocery shopping and they will come in and have a coffee together and then one parent will spend some more time here with the kids, while the other parent does the weekly food shop. It means the morning out is fun for the kids and the family gets to spend time together.”

Cold Rock has also cleverly offered deals to the light rail construction workers to encourage them to drop in.

The advocacy of the Light Rail Business Link Program for Hibberson Street businesses helped Canberra Metro prioritise and address the specific needs of businesses on the Hibberson Street retail strip in their construction implementation.

Mr Meek said Canberra Metro has fulfilled its role and done everything that can be expected of them to date, including working with businesses to design signage that has been hung on construction fences to direct people to stores in the Marketplace.

Ben does see potential for light rail to contribute to his business once it is completed. “While I don’t imagine a big uptick in trade from commuters,” Mr Meek said, “Light rail will lead to more people living in the Gungahlin area and that will have a flow-on effect. I also think it will help attract greater commercial activity, including the cinema in the next couple of years, and in turn this will be a drawcard which will bring more customers to the town centre.”

One goal of the Light Rail Business Link Program is to keep businesses operating throughout the construction process so they are able to reap the benefits light rail will offer. If any local businesses require support due to light rail construction, please get in touch with Program Manager Lisa Morisset on 6247 4199.

Light Rail Business Link program helping local companies go for ‘Gold’

Gold Leaf Tree Services

Light Rail Business Link program helping local companies go for ‘Gold’


One goal of the Light Rail Business Link program is to help ACT businesses be ‘project ready’ to take advantage of major infrastructure investment by ensuring they have appropriate skills to participate where possible. It has provided specific training opportunities and information sessions to provide Canberra based businesses with the knowledge to effectively seek out opportunities related to light rail.

Gold Leaf Tree Services may be a small, local business but it didn’t stop them taking an active interest in the project early on through the Light Rail Business Link information sessions. They then successfully bid for work to assist with light rail corridor preparation.

“The training offered by the Light Rail Business Link program gave us confidence to bid for work on major infrastructure projects, like light rail,” Director Gold Leaf Tree Services, James Macpherson said.

“It helped us have realistic expectations, understand the process, and be sufficiently prepared to bid if the opportunity presented itself.

“We learnt how to minimise risks, highlight our strengths, and who to seek tailored advice from when we needed it.”

Gold Leaf is committed to highlighting the role arboriculture plays in Canberra’s urban renewal and felt it could offer local insight to the light rail project.

“While our initial contract related to safe, timely tree removal along the corridor,” Mr Macpherson said, “we’ve also been able to liaise with Canberra Metro and provide strategic advice on tree management based on our extensive local knowledge.

“We look forward to seeing the new trees planted and professionally nurtured for the enjoyment of everyone along the corridor.”

Removal of trees along the busy corridor required application of tree felling techniques that would enable the work to be completed efficiently and safely.

“We’re proud of our staff who demonstrated their specialised skills on this project. There’s a shortage of skilled arborists in the ACT and we believe this high-profile project will remind people this is an interesting job and a qualification worth seeking.”

To learn more about Gold Leaf Tree Services visit: www.goldleaftreeservices.com.au

6 April 2017

Business and Investment Benefits of Light Rail

investment benefits light rail

BUSINESS AND INVESTMENT BENEFITS OF LIGHT RAIL


Since light rail construction became fact, the Light Rail Business Link Program has been highlighting the returns an efficient and attractive public transport system can offer our city.

There are already real indicators of how light rail will attract investment and business to the corridor as detailed by Program Manager Lisa Morisset at the recent Light Rail Business Link Quarterly Forum.

Development along the corridor, led both by government and private companies, is already underway.

A collection of public housing and government-owned offices, including the Dickson Motor Registry and the tourist visitors’ centre are being sold for redevelopment.

Local developer Art Group, purchased the first parcel of ACT Government land along the corridor. It spent $40 million to acquire a 2.9-hectare estate with a half-kilometre Northbourne Avenue frontage, which it plans to develop as a mixed-use precinct.

Canberra-based Amalgamated Property Group plans to build a 12-level office building in the city’s centre; GeoCon has bought the site of the old NRMA Building, positioned right at a light rail stop, for a mixed-use precinct; and the planned Midtown project will be located next to the Macarthur Avenue tram stop.

Owners of the Kamberra site, currently home to the Kamberra Function Centre and the Palliative Care ACT Tom Elvin Centre, are investigating opportunities to enhance health and well-being services on the property. Kamberra on Federal aims to be a socially inclusive, sustainable and integrated urban village.

In addition, there is significant development occurring around Gungahlin, including a new entertainment centre and retail precinct due for completion by the end of next year.

15 March 2017

Market your Business to your Market

market your business

MARKET YOUR BUSINESS TO YOUR MARKET


Once operational, light rail could increase sales for many Canberra businesses along the corridor, while during construction it may require businesses to think outside of the box to attract customers. Both scenarios require potential clients to know your business exists.

The Light Rail Business Link Program is holding a series of workshops to help businesses think about how they might better market their business and work with neighbours to draw people to their precinct.

These two-hour workshops, presented by ThreeSides Marketing, will provide attendees with valuable practical marketing tools and assistance to identify the best initiatives for their business and local area.

Participants will be asked to think about whether they should you spend time fixing their website or posting to social media, how to grow their email list, and how can they can work with other businesses to attract more customers through the door. Attendees will be challenged to take one idea back to their business, put it into action and experience the positive outcomes.

The workshop will be followed by a one-hour session where attendees will receive advice specific to their own marketing plan.

To register your expression of interest in attending one of these workshops, please email the Light Rail Business Link Program Manager lisa.morisset@canberrabusiness.com.

14 March 2017

Talk with us about how to adapt and prosper during Light Rail construction

Light Rail Business Link

Light rail construction is gearing up and moving along at a very efficient rate. Now that the schedule and works are clearer, if you have any questions about the effect of construction, please contact the Light Rail Business Link Program.

The Light Rail Business Link Program acts as a liaison between business, the ACT Government and Canberra Metro to help identify measures to minimise impact. This might include ideas and support for marketing initiatives, development of signage, or helping organise timing to ensure the best outcome for all.

One upcoming stage that will require a cooperative approach between all stakeholders is the planned closure of Hibberson Street in Gungahlin. Hibberson Street is the current termination point for light rail, making this a vital branch of the network.

It is currently anticipated that Hibberson Street from Kate Crace Street to Gungahlin Place will be permanently closed to vehicles from Monday 10th April 2017. Businesses in Gungahlin Town Centre are being invited to attend a meeting with Canberra Metro, the ACT Government and the Light Rail Business Link Program to discuss anticipated disruptions and proposals to assist businesses.

“Our goal is to help businesses adapt throughout the construction process so that they are able to reap the benefits light rail will offer once it is running past their front doors,” Light Rail Business Link Program Manager, Lisa Morisset explained. “If there are any local businesses with concerns about immediate business impacts due to light rail construction, please get in touch – sooner rather than later.”

To contact the Light Rail Business Link Program call Lisa on 6247 4199 or email lisa.morisset@canberrabusiness.com.

 

14 March 2017

Lisa Morisset joins the Canberra Business Chamber team to head up the Light Rail Business Link Program

A Ticket to Ride

ticket to ride on

Wherever major transit infrastructure is built, large-scale urban redevelopment is generated along the corridor.

Along Canberra’s light rail corridor, new urban villages will complement garden suburbs – giving a real choice in places to live, work, play and do business.

According to research undertaken by the Center for Economic Development and Research at the University of North Texas in 2007 on the DART light rail system in Dallas, the total value of projects attributable to the presence of a DART light rail station since 1999 was US $4.26 billion. The total local and state fiscal impact of development associated with DART is estimated at US$127 million per year.

Light rail can potentially reduce congestion and pollution and encourage more Canberrans to embrace an active lifestyle.

In its position paper: The Benefits of Light Rail, the Tourism and Transport Forum argued, “light rail is conducive to urban regeneration projects, providing permanent infrastructure and frequently attracting a high ratio of associated investment”.

The paper also stated, “From a city-branding perspective, light rail is attractive to residents, commuters, tourists and other visitors – an appeal that can be enhanced further by private sector marketing expertise”.

It is this branding and marketing potential the next Light Rail Business Link Quarterly Forum will explore.

Tania Parkes is a social planning consultant with 20 years experience in successfully delivering strategic communication, community consultation, social research, and social and economic impact assessments for government, commercial and community property developments and infrastructure projects.

Tania will share with Forum attendees insight on how light rail can impact on communities, the anticipated urban renewal and potential to change how people live and do business.

Also addressing the Forum, will be Todd Wright from Threesides Marketing. Todd will offer ideas for businesses on partnership marketing – ways Canberra’s new transport network provides unique opportunities to business to attract visitors and customers through collaboration.

The Forum will also include a construction update.

Light lunch and networking opportunities will be provided following the presentations.

8 February 2017

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ACT needs more than one One of a Kind

One of a Kind Director, Stuart Forsyth

A local accommodation provider has brought a new kind of serviced apartment to Canberra, creating a sustainable, ‘eco-chic’ home away from home for visitors.

The first One of a Kind Apartments are located just off Northbourne Avenue in Dickson. One of a Kind Apartments offer environmentally-friendly, award winning serviced apartments in Canberra, unlike any other.

The apartments are family owned and run, and designed to provide a distinctive, urban eco-tourist experience for guests visiting Canberra.

One of a Kind Director, Stuart Forsyth says the environmental credentials of the accommodation have helped make them popular with international tourists.

“Because we are different, we have quite a following online and through social media. Many travellers are specifically looking for a unique experience, and we give them that. There is an enormous appetite for businesses that do something different and do it well,” Mr Forsyth explained.

Each of the seven apartments are spacious, generously appointed and can comfortably accommodate both individual travellers and family groups alike, and are perfect for a business or pleasure stay. There is art throughout the complex and each apartment is individually and stylishly furnished.

“Sustainability was core to every decision we made when building the apartments, from energy and water efficiency to material choices like glazing, cladding and floor covering,” Mr Forsyth said. “We were committed to innovative design, construction and finishes.”

The result is One of a Kind being the first apartment complex in the ACT to achieve an EER of eight.

One of a Kind opened three years ago and its occupancy has continued to grow as it has become established.

Light rail construction has provided new potential guests for Canberra accommodation providers and a number have chosen to lay down their head at One of a Kind.

“Because the apartments have kitchens and other amenities, like a laundry, they are perfect for people coming to Canberra for an extended stay, for example some of our recent guests have included technical experts from overseas or interstate who have come to Canberra to work on the light rail project.”

New arrivals at One of a Kind get outstanding service. Before they arrive, they are asked what foods they like and will find this, along with all the basics, in their well-stocked fridge and pantry.

Keyless keypad entry allows guests to arrive at any hour and provides absolute security with a minimum of fuss.

The One of a Kind group is now turning its minds to their next accommodation project. Mr Forsyth said they are interested in establishing another accommodation offering and building on all they have learned to make it even more innovative and sustainable.

While light rail has already brought custom to his business, Mr Forsyth believes there will long-term benefits of light rail for the entire accommodation sector.

“When people visit somewhere overseas, or even interstate, they want to be able to easily get around. Public transport, like light rail, will help people move more easily around Canberra and I believe this will increase the number of people choosing to visit our city and region.

“You have to remember, that many people around the world live in cities where they don’t drive and have never learnt to do so. So visiting a city where you are likely to need to hire a car and drive in order to visit sites is not only unattractive, but actually not possible for them.

“Having a transport system that will help tourists move around will improve their experience and increase the likelihood of them recommending Canberra to others.”

With One of a Kind apartments located very close to the light rail corridor, it is in the heart of the construction. “Whenever there is change there is going to be some disruption,” Mr Forsyth said. “The trick is to manage the disruption as well as possible to minimise impacts. Our experience with light rail to date has been that the change is being managed very well.”

8 February 2017

Territory Traffic Engineering keeping Canberra moving

Territory Traffic Engineering

12 December 2016

Territory Traffic Engineering keeping Canberra moving


Major infrastructure projects often impact traffic movement and the better this is managed the less driver frustration there will be over delays and the more efficiently a project can be completed.

Anyone driving along the light rail route where construction is now underway, will likely appreciate the amount of effort required for traffic management and the amount of planning behind it.

A large portion of the credit for traffic management along the corridor can be attributed to Canberra’s own Territory Traffic Engineering (TTE).

Territory Traffic Engineering Pty Ltd (TTE) is an engineering consultancy providing temporary traffic management planning in ACT & NSW, traffic control training and a variety of drafting services. The team provides temporary traffic management services including concept planning, staged works planning and local authority approvals, utilising their skills and the latest software to ensure information accuracy and quality of presentation.

“Every time you see a roadworks sign on a Canberra street, it has been planned and approved,” TTE Managing Director Mark Ritchie explained.

TTE is engaged by the contractor to plan out the road works needs and schedule them in advance, they then arrange all approvals.

The company’s expertise and experience enables them to help contractors assess traffic management requirements, devise a plan that will minimise impact and allow work to be completed as quickly as possible.

“We provide our clients with an independent overview of the traffic management plans that will be required for each project. Resourcing to implement the plans is managed by the contractor,” Mr Ritchie said.

TTE is now assisting with design of traffic management plans for construction of Canberra’s light rail.

“We were very proactive and introduced our company to Canberra Metro as soon as they were announced as the preferred contractor,” Mr Ritchie said. “This ensured we were in the mix when it came time for them to look for a traffic management partner.”

While TTE was involved with construction of Majura Parkway, Mr Ritchie believes light rail will be the biggest project for the ACT in terms of traffic management planning.

TTE expects to expand due to its involvement with light rail. It has already employed an additional staff member since beginning work with Canberra Metro.

Mr Ritchie encourages other local businesses to explore opportunities presented by light rail. “Our experience with Canberra Metro has been very positive. Staff are always helpful and seem highly committed to involving Canberra businesses in this project.”

TTE has utilised Light Rail Business Link to attend activities where it has been able to network and connect with key stakeholders.

ACT Community & Canberra Metro Support Local

9 November 2016

ACT Community Comes out in Support of Light Rail

With uncertainty regarding light rail lifted in the wake of the ACT election, Canberra businesses should pursue opportunities with confidence, according to the Canberra Business Chamber.

Canberra Business Chamber CEO, Robyn Hendry said the role of the Chamber and its Light Rail Business Link Program is to ensure local businesses are aware of what is coming up the pipeline and have every opportunity to secure work.

“Light Rail Business Link is a pioneering program we are delivering in partnership with the ACT Government,” Ms Hendry said.

“It is about helping Canberra Metro meet its local industry targets and enabling local business to take full advantage of the expenditure and investment.”

“Light rail offers a diverse opportunity for businesses of all scales and types. While it may seem light rail construction is purely about transport and tracks, really we are building a legacy for the city. It’s a chance to develop great capacity in Canberra, capacity that will help businesses expand and export in the future.”

Canberra Metro kicking local employment goals

Since it was awarded the Canberra Light Rail Stage One, Canberra Metro has stated its commitment to source as much of its suppliers and labour from the local market as reasonably possible.

According to latest figures, Canberra Metro is striving to keep investment in the Canberra Region. Seventy per cent of people directly employed through the consortium are from our community and the total workforce consists of 75 per cent of ACT workers.

The large bulk of light rail packages are now out or will be released over the coming months. Businesses should stay informed on potential opportunities for them to participate in this major infrastructure project.

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Commercial terms and safety covered at session

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L-R: Peter Middleton (Woden Contractors), Glenn Hobbs (Hindmarsh Construction), Jason Grieves (MBA ACT), Martin Pugh (Canberra Metro)

The Master Builders ACT and the Canberra Business Chamber Light Rail Business Link program hosted an information session on 2 November 2016 to provide advice to potential light rail subcontractors.

The well-attended session helped local businesses who are considering light rail opportunities understand the terms and safety requirements of a subcontract arrangement.

“We feel very strongly that any business involved or thinking about participating in light rail needs to be as informed as possible to ensure they get the most from this project”, Light Rail Business Link Program Director, Lisa Morisset said.

“We congratulate the MBA for putting this event on with us.

“Light rail construction and operation can help local businesses expand and increase their capacity. This information session was one of a series the Light Rail Business Link program offers, all designed to arm business with knowledge to ensure they are best placed to capitalise on these opportunities.”