Category: Australian Capital Territory

State News: Australian Capital Territory


Budget 2017: What the tourism industry gets

Editorial

Picture: Treasurer Scott Morrison. The $20k asset write-off has been extended for another year, and real wage growth is on track. Tourism News readers are enouraged to contact their local federal member to ask that the planned inland rail between Melbourne and Brisbane be expanded to include passengers, not just freight. Read more of our Tourism Industry 2017 Federal Budget Breakdown here. Continue reading

$190 fee to tourists must go: Osmond

Editorial

“If you want less of something, you tax it more” – Tourism and Transport Forum chief Margy Osmond quotes Malcolm Turnbull when she says that high tourist visa costs and Australia’s $55 ‘holiday tax’ hinders tourism industry growth. Continue reading

Bad layout blocks retailers from 250k festival-goers

Editorial

Image: Canberra retailer Mal Briggs’ comic book shop is blocked by tents for the entirety of the National Multicultural Festival. The Canberra festival lines up stall holders in front of existing shops, turning a 250,000-strong event into a loss for the usual shop-owners. Festival organisers, instead of conceding a new layout would be appropriate, says business owners need to compromise. Jane Easthope, chief executive of Canberra CBD Ltd, suggested to the ABC that the festival is not for shop-owners – which is funny because the group’s marketing company says the event is funded ‘out of a levy of property owners’. Continue reading

Canberra says yes to Uber and share economy

Editorial

ACT has allowed ride-sharing phone application Uber to operate legally in Canberra and the ACT. ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said that the government’s objective is to make transport in the territory more affordable and effective, and that in markets where Uber has been operating, competition has driven down prices to the consumer by 20%. Continue reading

Canberra bans age-inappropriate ads from buses

Editorial

The ACT has banned gambling, alcohol and junk food ads from certain buses in the territory, buses that are particularly used by school children. The move is a precedent for other advertisements displayed on school-heavy bus routes being banned across the country. Continue reading

There’s more to this than a new commuter route

Editorial

Ostensibly, Newcastle NSW just gained a crucial commuter and tourism route when Aeropelican starts flying Newcastle>Canberra in June 2015. Cheers all round. Except from Jetstar, who were running a monopoly on the Newcastle > Sydney route, which Aeropelican will now fly. Jetstar have been the monopoly operator in and out of Newcastle since NSW regional carrier Brindabella folded in 2013. But there’s a lot more to this story. The Mid-Western Regional Council, which has jurisdiction over Mudgee, paid $670,000 to Aeropelican directly – even though ensuring the route is serviced is the responsibility of the state government. Continue reading

Tradition muscled out by ‘precinct’ works in Canberra

Editorial

The Gorman House Markets – a Canberra folk art staple, running on the heritage site for the last 29 years – have been bullied out of their site by Arts ACT, breaking a licence agreement with the marketeer. The house’s board told the ABC that ‘Gorman House Markets did not fit in with the future vision for ACT arts precincts.’ The ABC are reporting that management ‘chose not to renew’ the markets licence – but proprietor and single mother Cathy Lippmeier says she still has a year left on her current licence. Continue reading

Perth redirects sport focus out of the capital

Editorial

The $34m Western Australia Institute of Sport has opened in the Perth suburb of Mount Claremont, and hopes to replace Canberra’s Australian Institute of Sport as the foremost sports training facility in the hearts and minds of Australians. The AIS made a $9.27m operating loss in FY13/14, with one key reason given being ‘an underspend in grant expenditure’. Continue reading

Turrell + NGA invite us to experience nudity + light

Editorial

Always keen to make a splash, the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) is inviting viewers to experience a light exhibit in the nude. Far from being a gratuitous dropping of clothes though, the artist, James Turrell, is world-renowned for his manipulation of light in his exhibits – and the effect light has on the body. Continue reading

Hobart installing $200k in… maps

Editorial

Hobart City Council have spent $200k on maps. 61 signposts dotted around the city give tourists directions. The only suspicious part though is the Hobart Mayor’s insistence that the QR code ‘technology’ is worth 200k. A QR code is just a barcode that takes users to a different website. Continue reading

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