POP-UP VILLAGES, TOURISM AND THE PRICE WE PAY FOR FREE PARKING

Have you ever tried to find a place to park your car during a weekday at the National Library or Questacon? It’s next to impossible. Judging by how full the car parks are, you’d think that these venues would be packed full of people. They’re not.

Take a closer look at the car park and you’ll find that nearly all the licence plates are from the ACT. Of course, local Canberrans have every right to enjoy the attractions in the parliamentary triangle, but in the majority of cases these people aren’t stopping by to check out some delightful watercolours, stylish Incan carvings or breathtaking displays of science in action – they are just leaving their cars there while they go off to work.

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THE CUBBY HOUSING MARKET IS HEATING UP

Everyone dreams of owning a high quality home, something that really stands out from the crowd and makes their friends just a little be jealous… even little kids.

Of course for some reason, lenders just aren’t prepared to offer home loans to children. The systemic ageism against Australians under the age of 10 that is plaguing the home finance industry means that many children will have to wait years before they have an opportunity to enter the property market.

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CAN YOU OWN WORDS THE SAME WAY YOU OWN REAL ESTATE ?

If you had to guess, how many businesses in Australia do you think have the words “real estate” in their name or use it in their advertising?

While we don’t have exact figures, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics there were over 35,000 businesses operating in Australia in June 2013, and a large proportion of those businesses use the phrase “real estate” as part of their name or branding.

That could change though, if a trademark attempt by the REA Group is successful.

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RESTORING BALANCE TO CANBERRA’S OFFICE VACANCY RATES

Office vacancy rates in Canberra are the highest they have been since 2010.

They have risen from 12.9% to 13.6% over the last 6 months, but despite that, the ACT Government has decided to push ahead with their plans for a new office block in the City Centre that will house 3400 public servants.

Critics from the Liberal Party have nicknamed the building the “Death Star” which actually makes it sound pretty awesome, but as an analogy doesn’t really hold up under scrutiny – unless the energy efficiencies that Andrew Barr talks about are achieved by incorporating onsite trash compactors complete with weird look garbage monsters? They’ve also been comparing Andrew Barr to Jar Jar Binks (which seems like a horrible thing to say about a person, even a politician) and Han Solo, which actually sounds like a compliment.

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