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Blink Pavers part of Canberra’s foundation

For more than half a century, one Canberra business has been locally manufacturing concrete pavers that are today part of the city’s very fabric as they can be found in landscapes across the Territory ranging from private homes, to commercial centres, apartment buildings and even new light rail platforms.

Bink Cement Pavers and Precast Products has been family owned and operated for four generations and its current management includes John, Cecil and David Bink.

As a business whose owners call the ACT home, Bink Cement Pavers and Precast Products is committed to creating local jobs and opportunities. Not only does it make its pavers and products in the ACT, but it sources its materials from the Canberra Region.

“We are the only business of this type manufacturing here in the ACT,” John explained. “Seventy per cent of all our products are produced here in Canberra and the rest we resell from other manufacturers from the surrounding region.”

“Pavers are very practical for large scale projects like Gungahlin because unlike other landscaping options they can be easily and cheaply lifted up and laid back down when access to services is required. You don’t need to jackhammer out large sections, making a mess and shutting down areas for extended periods of time. As a result, pavers have been embraced for commercial products in other cities and around the world.”

“Pavers are very practical for large scale projects like Gungahlin because unlike other landscaping options they can be easily and cheaply lifted up and laid back down when access to services is required. You don’t need to jackhammer out large sections, making a mess and shutting down areas for extended periods of time. As a result, pavers have been embraced for commercial products in other cities and around the world.”


Light Rail Business Link (and great coffee) boost Jindebah Coffee in Mitchell

Great working with Jindebah Coffee and their new marketing initiatives, as part of our Light Rail Business Link Program. PS their coffee is great! www.jindebah.com

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Gungahlin Business giving Canberras a health start

With so many conflicting messages out there, people can be overwhelmed when it comes to making informed decisions about their diet and wellbeing. For 12 years, Healthy Start in Gungahlin Village (opposite Coles) has been helping Canberra families take better care of their health by providing quality advice and products.

“Sharing our knowledge about products and answering customer’s questions about what is right for them and their families is one of the main things we find ourselves doing, and we love doing it,” Healthy Start owner Linh Phan revealed.

“Our staff are very friendly and happy to help. We want people to feel they can come in and ask us for advice and information.”

“We certainly see more people being diagnosed with health issues that require a change in diet, such as removing gluten, and they come in to learn about their best options,” Linh explained.

“Another area we are often asked for advice in is in diet and care of babies. Mothers come in concerned about how often their baby is sick and it can be as simple as changing from a silicon dummy to a rubber one – which we stock.

“A mentor came out to Healthy Start and spent time with us in the store to look at how we could further promote the products and services we provide. Some of the advice we have already implemented, such as refreshing the store’s look with a new colour scheme and improving our window displays. Customers have been very positive in their feedback about the changes.”

Healthy Start is located at Shop 21, 46 Hibberson Street, Gungahlin. It is open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 6 pm, Saturdays from 9 am to 5 pm and Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm.


 

Canberra company makes bug savings

A local company is supplying construction material that will dramatically cut the volume of concrete needed to build the track slab for stage one of Canberra’s light rail network.

The product is a glass fibre reinforcing material that removes the need for traditional metal concrete reinforcement.

The reinforcing material on the Canberra Metro project is manufactured in New Zealand by Pultron Composites. Its Australian distributor provides the Canberra connection – local company IRC Pty Ltd.

As Ian Cumming, Director of IRC, explained, the product is quite versatile: “Technically the product we’re supplying is called glass fibre reinforced polymer. It’s basically a fibre glass bar, if you like, one that can be supplied in varying dimensions to fit different needs.

“The bars can be as small as 2mm in diameter, although that’s not what we’re using here. We can supply bars from 8mm up to 37 or 42mm in diameter.

“For the Canberra Metro project there are two main advantages in using it and they relate to its fundamental property – it’s an inert bar. It’s electro-magnetically neutral. That means it can’t rust and it has no electric or thermal conductivity,” he said.

“Every 180 metres we have a fibre glass bar to act as a break in the electrical potential in the job. The reason for the 180-metre lengths is to help from a repair and maintenance point. If there ever is an issue we will know where to go rather than have to chase it along the length of the track slab,” he said.

Ian Cumming believes infrastructure developers in Australia have been slow to adopt the new type of reinforcing. “It’s been around for six or seven years in Australia, not only from Mateen, but from three or four other international suppliers. In the meantime it’s been very well received in Western Europe and the US and Canada. In Ontario, for instance, where ice is such a big issue, it’s probably the number one reinforcing for bridges, crash barriers and road surfaces, because they have such problems with concrete cancer.”

Mark Larkan says there is very little difference working with the fibre glass reinforcing or steel, except for the need for workers to use robust gloves. That’s little to ask for a product that is a quarter the weight of steel and twice the tensile strength.

And in a project such as Canberra Metro, the saving in the volume of concrete needed, makes entire sense.


 

March constructions along light rail corridor

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Did you know

You can receive Canberra Metro’s Construction Update via SMS by texting ‘YES’ to 0428 446 028. This is a free service. Remember to share this number with your customers and clients to help them navigate the changing roadworks as construction ramps up.


 

Reminder: What’s happening in Gungahlin Place and Hibberson 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.

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.


 

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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.