Wednesday, 26 July 2017 Sydney

Invest In Australia Blog::

  • Local infrastructure to support Stronger Country Communities

    Applications are now open for the $200 million Stronger Country Communities Fund.

    Announced in the 2017-18 budget, the fund is part of the Regional Growth Fund and will help rebuild and refurbish local infrastructure projects in regional communities.

    The fund will support projects between $100,000 and $1 million, or higher with financial co-contribution, across 92 local government areas (LGA) in regional NSW, as well as Lord Howe Island and the Unincorporated Far West.

    Projects include:

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  • Government investing in keeping Canberra community safe

    Minister for Police and Emergency Services Mick Gentleman today unveiled his key priorities for ACT Policing for 2017-18, including a focus on responding to domestic and family violence, and preventing terrorism in the ACT.

    “The key priorities I have issued today as part of my Ministerial Direction are focused on keeping the Canberra community as well as our frontline Police officers safe,” Minister Gentleman said.

    “The ACT Government is committed to the safety of all Canberrans, and these priority areas will build on the community’s confidence and trust in ACT Policing.”

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  • ACCC appeals Tribunal decision in Tabcorp-Tatts merger

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has applied to the Federal Court for judicial review of the Australian Competition Tribunal’s decision to grant authorisation for Tabcorp Holdings Limited (ASX:TAH) to acquire Tatts Group Limited (ASX:TTS). 

    The Tribunal’s reasons for its decision found that the proposed acquisition was likely to result in substantial public benefits and no material detriment.

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  • Melbourne reaffirmed as Australia’s cultural capital in BCG report

    Boston Consulting Group's new report has ranked Melbourne as the top cultural destination in Australia, third in the Asia Pacific and twelfth in the world, by a new report.

    The report investigated Melbourne's cultural strengths – from the number of creative events and venues to the number of residents employed in the creative sector – to assess how the city compared locally and globally.


    Video: Melbourne ranked as the top cultural destination in Australia.


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  • Customers and tourists travelling between Manly and Circular Quay on a Sydney Ferry can use their Mastercard at the Opal gate to pay for their trip.

    In an Australian first trial, customers can tap a credit or debit Mastercard, or a mobile device linked to a Mastercard, at the Opal Card readers for the Manly to Circular Quay ferry.

    The cost of a journey using contactless payment will be the same as an Adult Opal single trip ticket.

    Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said it made sense to trial contactless payments for public transport customers.

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  • Canadian connection builds on international experience

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is pleased to announce that Ms Jeanne Pratt of the Canadian Competition Bureau will be acting Executive General Manager of its Merger and Authorisation Review Branch as part of a 12-month interchange.

    Ms Pratt will be replacing Mr Rami Greiss, who will take on the position of Senior Deputy Commissioner, Cartels and Deceptive Marketing Practices Branch at the Canadian regulator, where Ms Pratt is currently Senior Deputy Commissioner, Mergers and Monopolistic Practices Branch.

    “The ACCC is looking forward to Ms Pratt sharing her knowledge, experience, and expertise,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.

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  • A 3D map of Melbourne’s future skyline

    Melbourne's future streetscape can now be viewed for the first time as an interactive 3D model that shows its building development activity.

    Melbourne City Council's colour coded model lays out existing buildings, those approved, under construction or under application.

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  • Thousands of bus services to support Sydney Metro upgrade

    New buses, extra routes and additional bus services will keep customers moving during the upgrade of the Epping to Chatswood line in late 2018.

    Customers will be able to catch seven new bus routes connecting them to stations affected by construction of the Sydney Metro Northwest, including a dedicated shuttle service to Macquarie University.

    More than 30 bus services will be added in the morning peak hour from Epping to the Macquarie Park precinct and Chatswood.

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  • Setting the story straight on ATO systems

    ATO systems are back up and running with full functionality, following a disruption this afternoon.

    The issue experienced today does not relate to the ATO’s capability and capacity to deliver for Tax Time 2017. It is not related to recent hardware issues or our storage area network (SAN). No data has been lost and our systems were not compromised or subject to a cyber-attack.

    We identified intermittent system issues early this afternoon affecting our mainframe and impacting on our services to the community. This was caused by applications running incorrectly. We took controlled action to reboot our mainframe and resolve this issue.

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  • May retail stats confirm continued growth

    Tasmania’s retail sector has registered yet another month of consecutive growth, bringing the total to a record-breaking 31 months of month-on-month growth.

    Statistics released by the ABS today show the nominal value of retail trade in Tasmania was estimated at $516.6 million in trend terms for the month of May, up 0.4 per cent compared to the previous month.

    Nationally, retail turnover was estimated to have increased by 0.3 per cent from the previous month.

    Today I joined Debbie Hingston, founder and proprietor of Nurture by Nature, one of the North-West Coast’s recent success stories.

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