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European Australian Business : 2008
73 Space Sciences Canberra has a growing space science and space industry capability covering areas as diverse as earth observation technologies, satellite communica- tions, defence systems, debris tracking and interdiction technologies, and deep space observation. According to an Australian Space In- dustry Chamber of Commerce study, 59 space science organisations are headquartered in Canberra, around one third of Australia’s total space organisations. Key institutions include the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Australian National University, the significant space science expertise embedded in CSIRO, the Defence Science Technology Organisation and Geosciences Australia. NASA’s Canberra Deep Space Com- munication Complex is also located at Tidbinbilla near Canberra, and is managed by the CSIRO and Raytheon Australia. Environment Industries Environment management and related services is a growing activity in Can- berra, and throughout Australia. Canberra’s capabilities are derived from the presence of key national research institutions and a growing number of private firms specialising in some aspect of environment manage- ment and service delivery. The major players include: the Cooper- ative Research Centres for Greenhouse Gas Technologies, e-Water and Inva- sive Animals; CSIRO’s Canberra based capabilities in atmospheric research, land and water, and sustainable eco- systems; and the Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies at the ANU. The ACT Government is also partnering with the ANU to establish a National Climate Change Adaptation Centre later in 2008. Retailing Canberra is a significant retail hub for the broader region. It services not only its direct population of 340,000 people, but another 200,000 people in the regional retailing catchment. The total annual value of retail spend- ing in Canberra to November 2007 was A$4.5 billion. In year-on-year terms, retail trade in Canberra has grown at 6.9 per cent, marginally behind of the Australian growth figures. Canberra’s buoyant retail sector can be easily traced to the relatively high disposable income characteristics of Canberra households. Act Government Business Programs The ACT Government provides ser- vices and support to assist business development in Canberra, including investment attraction and skills at- traction initiatives. Business and Projects The Business and Projects Division of the Chief Minister’s Department deliv- ers a range of development programs to the ACTbusiness community. The Division also houses the ACT Govern- ment’s Strategic Project Facilitation Group, who provide a single entry point to government to expedite ma- jor projects and investments. The Business and Projets Division is also responsible for managing the govern- ment’s relationship with the Canberra business community, local business policy issues, and ACT Government involvement in broader national policy initiatives. For further information visit: www.business.act.gov.au Canberra Connect Canberra Connect is a gateway to the full range of services provided by the ACT Government—what they are, how much they cost, where to pay for them, and who to contact. Visit www.canber- raconnect.act.gov.au Business Advice and Mentoring Support In 2007, the ACT Government launched ACT BusinessPoint, a new business information and mentoring program providing advice, information and sup- port in areas such as tax compliance, regulatory information, commerciali- sation support, innovation strategy, trade development and business growth strategies. For more information visit www.canberrabusinesspoint.com.au Image courtesy of Invest Australia. australian capital territory