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Volume 17 No. 2
TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2012
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A.C.T. LIFESAVERS SHOW OFF
NEW WINE-MAKING COURSE
GOES BEHIND THE SCENES
Businesses await big boost
Early Doors Cafe Owner, Torben Bilney is looking forward to the extra business that the ACT Government office block will bring. Picture: Elesa Lee
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GUNGAHLIN businesses are
applauding the ACT Government's
decision to move 500 public servants
to the area.
The staff will relocate from the
Treasury Department's Shared
Services building in Woden in 2014.
Torben Bilney says he's looking
forward to the extra business his cafe,
Early Doors, will no doubt experience
once the staff arrive.
"It's great news ... it's absolutely
fantastic," he said.
"A core of workers during the week
would really boost our business.
"You don't expect to get everyone,
but just a work force in Gungahlin
would make a big difference."
The cafe attracts a broad range of
customers from tradesmen to mothers
groups and employees from the town
centre, but Mr Bilney said additional
business would be welcomed.
"It'll probably attract more busines-
ses to Gungahlin as well ... it's almost
like it's growing up as a place, so
people are taking notice a bit more," he
"As far as a town centre goes,
[Gungahlin is] sort of half way there."
Gungahlin Community Council
planning spokesman Alan Kerlin, who
has spent years lobbying for the move,
was pleased to receive confirmation
from the Government.
He said the change would benefit
not only the people of Gungahlin, but
also the rest of Canberra.
"It puts local jobs into Gungahlin
which means there's less pressure on
the roads network," he said.
"Having a good employment base in
Gungahlin means there's commuting
traffic coming the other way ... the
public transport system becomes more
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