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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


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.