Home' In The City : In The City - Spring 2011 Contents In Australia same-sex marriage is still not possible. Australian marriage laws don t
even recognise as valid same-sex marriages properly entered into overseas.
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same-sex couples. For example:
In the ACT and some of the Australian states, same-sex couples can enter into
a "civil partnership" or a "civil union" and have that relationship registered.
Since March 2009 same-sex couples have had the same legal rights and
obligations as heterosexual couples under the Family Law Act.
Like heterosexual couples, same-sex couples who conceive children using
assisted conception procedures will usually be regarded as the parents of those
children. Separation gives rise to issues such as paying child support.
Some commentators suggest that the changes are sufficient to meet the rights and
needs of same-sex couples, arguing the legal reforms amount to "virtual" equality
before Australian law. However, others argue that denying same-sex couples the
deep symbolic importance that marriage carries is a denial of human rights.
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Stephen Gregory says thinking back, his fate
living in Gundaroo was sealed the moment
he laid eyes on his Canberra-raised wife.
"One day as we were driving back to Sydney
from visiting her family in Ainslie she said 'I want to
move back to Canberra'," he says.
They sold their three-bedroom house in Leichhardt
in the inner-west of Sydney, figuring that they may as
well live their dream of a tree change now rather than
waiting for retirement.
"Afterall, Canberra is one of the few places you can
literally have everything," he says.
From inner Sydney congestion to 200 acres in the
Canberra District Wine region it was a bit of a culture
shock. "I had to learn to deal with all sorts of things....
it's been a steep learning curve."
In Canberra, Mr Gregory is best known for his
roles as general manager Commercial Operations
for Brumbies Rugby and CEO of SnowyHydro South
Care. But he actually started off his professional life
with a lucrative career in accounting. From what he
found a rather dry area in business services within
leading chartered accountancy firms, he moved into
the more morbid business of insolvency and business
"The negative side of that was the "undertaking
role" involving businesses that couldn't be saved,
dealing with employees who overnight lost all of their
annual leave or who were too old to get other jobs,
elderly people you had to foreclose on --I didn't want
to spend the rest of my life doing that."
So he went back to the books and secured his
marketing qualifications from Macquarie University
-- an area of interest he had only touched on in his
undergraduate studies at Wollongong University. For
onlookers, it seemed a haphazard choice.
"People would say 'You're just a confused
accountant, take a Panadol you'll be fine in the
morning'," he laughs.
Following a successful post accountancy career, it's
clear the itch to be in the front line of business was no
Now in charge of Canberra CBD Limited which
administers funds raised through the City Centre
Marketing and Improvements Grant Program, there
is a big responsibility to bring his marketing and
business skills to the fore. "I hadn't had any contact
with Canberra CBD Limited in my previous roles," he
For him, an important focus is on getting the
city centre prepped for its part in Canberra 100
celebrations in 2013.
"That was one of the key reasons I took on the
role," he says.
"I was CEO of Snowy Hydro SouthCare for two
years, the incremental impact I could make over
the next three years compared to what I could do
with this new role was the clincher... It's just such
an exciting time for Canberra CBD Ltd and the city
A great believer in the Canberra city centre and its
role as the bubbling hub of the nation's capital, it's Mr
Gregory's insistence, and quite rightly so, that "there's
no need to go anywhere else".
"You can buy anything you want in the city centre,
you can also eat at world class restaurants and cafes,
catch up for a drink, bring visitors to the casino, catch
a concert or show, attend a conference or just enjoy
some good retail therapy," he says.
Canberra is the local "major city" for a huge area of
regional New South Wales.
As the Canberra population also grows and as more
mixed use development occurs in the city centre, Mr
Gregory believes there will be a natural increase in
foot traffic through the city centre. The city will always
be a special place, it is afterall the heart of Canberra
with many areas of cultural and heritage significance.
People will naturally be drawn to the city centre," he
"There needs to be facilitation and a collaborative
approach to make sure everyone is working towards
the same goal. "If nothing else, this is Canberra CBD
Ltd's purpose -- if we can keep the city centre on
people's radar and through that, keep them coming
back to really explore all that is on offer, then we're
doing our job.
For a Sydney-raised accountant-come-marketer, a tree-change to the outskirts of Canberra
might seem drastic -- but that's exactly the move that brought new Canberra CBD Ltd CEO
Stephen Gregory to town. BY DIONE VAN-HEER
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