Page 2066 - Week 06 - Wednesday, 6 June 2018

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practice in managing throughout major infrastructure projects. In addition 225 people have participated in workshops and round tables on issues such as business strategy for a changing environment, contracting obligations and construction implications for businesses.

The light rail business link program informs and seeks feedback on emerging issues through regular briefings and presentations to businesses, reference groups and public forums, such as the business information session hosted by My Gungahlin. The light rail business link newsletter is published at least every second month with the latest published at the end of May this year.

Businesses along the light rail corridor have been offered tailored assistance through strategic marketing programs funded through the light rail business link program. One-on-one coaching and individual, tailored support have been provided for 31 businesses.

Building business capacity by the light rail business link program has involved the business chamber membership and outreach, as required, to ensure broad engagement across the relevant sectors of the business community. The light rail business link program coordinates information provision and referral to the business community to build awareness of services and support available to maximise business benefit from the project.

Regular updates are provided to businesses along the corridor to inform them of construction progress, likely impacts, emerging opportunities and business support. These updates are provided through business reference groups, Canberra Business Chamber networks and the light rail business link newsletter. Quarterly business forums are held in conjunction with Canberra Metro for the Gungahlin, Dickson and city precincts. I know that they are mindful of operating conditions for business owners and look to reach out to them regularly with people on the ground every week talking to local businesses.

There have been positive light rail project stories from many local businesses. Key people interviewed are also included in business marketing and communications. The business engagement activities undertaken by the light rail business link program identify opportunities and strategies to mitigate adverse impacts on business. The program then works with Canberra Metro and Transport Canberra to implement these.

Street and precinct activation, as construction moves towards completion, is a key focus at the moment and will be finalised for Hibberson Street in the very near future. This will include promoting local businesses and activities to attract visitors to the precinct and to increase local spending in the town centre.

It is important to note that, in conjunction with the broad business support activities provided to all businesses in the light rail corridor, there have been a range of specific business support activities during construction that have focused on Hibberson Street in Gungahlin and in Mitchell.

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