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What’s happening in Gungahlin Place and Hibberson’s Street?

Construction in Gungahlin continues towards completion of the new bus station alongside the Light Rail stop. This terminus area will provide a single transfer point for all bus and light rail patrons passing through Gungahlin.

As part of the construction of the Gungahlin Bus Station and Hibberson Street shared zone projects, the following works are planned in early March 2018 (weather permitting):

  • The southbound section of Gungahlin Place, currently under construction, will be opened to traffic in early March 2018.
  • The northbound section of Gungahlin Place between Hibberson Street and Efkarpidis Street will then be temporarily closed, from early March until early April 2018.
  • The Gungahlin Bus Station is programmed to be completed in early April 2018
  • Reconstruction of the Hibberson Street shared zone, between Gozzard Street and Gungahlin Place, will commence in early March and continue until August 2018.

Reconstruction of this northbound section of Gungahlin Place is necessary to widen the existing single road lane to accommodate bus access to the bus station, currently under construction north of Hibberson Street.

Closure of this section of Gungahlin Place, in coordination with the current bus station construction; will efficiently manage the reconstruction of the road and minimise the construction time for completion of the bus station.

Bringing forward the construction of the Hibberson Street shared zone while the bus station construction is underway will work towards an early opening and coordination of both projects.

The Hibberson Street one‐way shared zone will provide a safer pedestrianised streetscape with reduced car access and speeds and one‐way travel.

Full pedestrian access will be maintained while these works are underway.

For enquiries and information please contact the Guideline Project Manager on 0401 606 985 or alternatively Transport Canberra and City Services through Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

Your chance to revitalise the City Centre – apply for a City Grant

The City Renewal Authority is offering funding of up to $80 000 to eligible organisations, groups and individuals, to support place-making projects in Canberra’s city centre.

2018 City Grants are open for applications and close on 14 March 2018.

Applications for activities taking place up until 30 April 2018 close on 28 February 2018.
Details and apply here >

The City Grants will encourage creativity, innovation and diversity. A year-long curated program of activity across the city centre will be developed, supporting and driving economic activity for businesses.

Funded projects could include events and activations; arts activities; short-term installations; marketing and promotion; and research and development.

City Grants is funded by the City Centre Marketing and Improvements Levy (CCMIL), a fee paid by property owners in the city centre. As a result, all projects funded through the program must occur within the CCMIL area.


Help strengthen local business

LRBL recently offered a Marketing Masterclass Series to Small businesses along the Stage 1 light rail corridor, to assist them to refine or develop a clear, cohesive marketing plan to strengthen their business in 2018.

“Many of business owners are so involved in the process of delivering business, sometimes it’s useful for them to stand back and think about things in a helicopter way so that’s why we’re offering marketing programs and 32 businesses have subscribed to those, they’ve decided they’re worth the time and effort” said CBC CEO Robyn Hendry.

Ten hours of tailored specialised marketing support was provided and participating businesses received dedicated time with experienced support to develop or refine their individual 2018 marketing strategy, including practical and inexpensive marketing solutions and actions to implement.

This support was made available at no cost for qualifying businesses, through the Light Rail Business Link Program. The 32 available places were fully subscribed.


Can small business beat the Facebook algorithm change?

It’s time to “get real” in your Facebook marketing, to work with their new algorithms and keep your marketing efforts going strong. By creating posts that naturally invite conversation and shareability, small business owners can reach new levels of connection. The minor alterations in your strategy can lead to more user engagement than ever before.

Here are some tips: Click here >


Employers must regularly check-in on their compliance with workplace laws

For small businesses in particular, the recent findings by the Fair Work Ombudsman highlight the importance of regularly reviewing your compliance with workplace obligations. Remember there are companies who can provide professional advice if your business needs assistance.

Read more details on the report here >


Provincial Plants and Landscaping is flourishing

The plant supplier for Canberra’s largest landscape project ever is a resilient business owner whose business is going from strength to strength. Read more about Lisa Roberts, Director of Provincial Plants and Landscaping Click here>


2018 Telstra Business Awards

ACT businesses are encouraged to make this year ‘that’ year by nominating themselves and others for the 2018 Telstra Business Awards. Nominations are now open. The Telstra Business Awards offer entrants, finalists and winners a range of benefits and opportunities including a comprehensive Business Benchmark Report with actionable advice and insights, as well as access to exclusive masterclasses and networking events. Make this year ‘that’ year by heading to the website and nominating today: Find out more >


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.