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  • 18-Jul-2018 17:59 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    The investment in transport infrastructure and the development of a second airport at Badgery’s Creek promises to be a catalyst for economic growth in Western Sydney. The new-found connectivity provides unique opportunities for businesses to compete locally and on a global stage. Do you agree? Share your views and insights by completing our short 10 minute online survey.

    Our latest survey targeted to Western Sydney business owners and managers has been released.

    Complete the survey before 8 August and go in the draw to win 2 tickets to the 2018 Bledisloe Cup and watch the ultimate trans-Tasman rivalry at ANZ Stadium.

    In this latest edition, we focus on the benefits and obstacles of a strong digital marketing strategy, the impact of better connectivity and new transport networks, and take a look at growth and employment outlook for businesses in Western Sydney.

    Making Western Sydney Greater is a collaborative project between William Buck, St.George Bank, Western Sydney University and Western Sydney Business Connection.

    Analysing the experiences of business owners and managers in Western Sydney, helps us to identify the important issues and priorities for businesses in Western Sydney and driving positive change for you and the region. 

    Join the conversation and be part of Making Western Sydney Greater.

    To access a copy of the MWSG Competition Terms & Conditions, please click here.

  • 18-Jul-2018 16:51 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    HSBC Sydney 7s is back and better than ever before, this time taking over Olympic Park in Western Sydney. Experience rugby like you’ve never seen before; fast paced, full of flair and on your doorstep. Its non-stop, long passes, fast running, try scoring RUGBY SEVENS! The Aussies took out the Men’s and Women’s titles in 2018 and will be back for more glory – share the moment and experience that winning feeling!

    Sydney 7s is the ultimate weekend experience. Three days of high energy entertainment, live music and amazing rugby that is unrivalled in any sporting arena. Get your mates together for an epic weekend. Visit SYDNEY7S.COM.AU and join the waitlist to hear more about our early bird ticket prices, the entertainment line-up and secret after party!

  • 18-Jul-2018 16:08 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    We’re all aware of the direct costs associated with workers’ compensation insurance, however it’s the indirect costs that also impact your business when an injury arises. Workers’ compensation costs can be controlled and reduced through three key considerations….

    1. Many injuries are preventable

    The most effective way to reduce workers compensation costs is to reduce or eliminate injuries from occurring in the first place. Although it may sound challenging, this can be achieved with some simple strategies…

    • Stop injuries coming through your door with effective pre-employment medical screening.
    • Undertake injury risk profiling to identify why and where injuries are occurring within your business.
    • Create a positive workplace culture – workers exhibiting warning signs of not coping at work should be supported with proactive health and well-being strategies to help them better manage financial, health and emotional effects.

    2. Early intervention is key

    Unfortunately, not all injuries are preventable. If an injury has occurred, employers must ensure that the injured worker is supported to either remain at or return to safe and sustainable work.

    An effective early intervention framework is crucial to reduce the impact of injuries to your business. Early intervention practices have proven to be more effective in fostering a happy and healthy workplace as it promotes a workplace that is supportive and committed to the health and wellbeing of its workforce. This in turn generally supports improved productivity and employee morale.

    Research also supports that with early intervention, workers are more likely to be back at work within 6 months, and 50% more likely to return to work at 12 months.

    So what are the key elements to effective Early Intervention…

    1. Early Intervention begins before an injury occurs.

    2. Prompt reporting of injuries is critical – early reporting of injuries result in less expensive claims.

    3. Ensure that you have an effective Return to Work (RTW) program including early access to evidence-based interventions delivered by experts.

    4. Flexible workplace solutions including the provision of Suitable Duties.

    Why invest in Early intervention…

    Under an Early Intervention model, less time off work results in less wage reimbursements, and further indirect savings such as improved productivity. When factoring in the reduced costs for time off work, the overall benefit to cost ratio is approximately seven. This means that for every dollar invested the ROI is approximately $7 – a significant savings to your business!

    Managing a workforce, regardless of the size of your business, is a balancing act between costs and employee wellbeing. However, when that balance is achieved, the benefits go well beyond the bottom line.

    3. Simple tips for consideration

    • Ensure line managers are provided education and ongoing support.
    • Invest in evidence-based strategies with a proven record in effectively reducing and managing injuries.
    • If RTW resourcing or experience within your business is a concern, consider outsourcing the role of RTW Coordinator.
    • Consider appointing a preferred Rehabilitation Provider whom in time and partnership understands your business, as depending upon your premium scheme, their RTW services are often provided at no additional cost to your business.

    “Prudence Rehab have been pivotal to the Spotless workers compensation program in reducing claims costs and durations, providing strategy and direction, with clear and concise communication.”

    Want to know more?

    For expert advice please contact Prudence Rehabilitation on (02) 9283 5552 or submit your online enquiry to

    Prudence Rehabilitation is an iCare approved provider based in Harris Park with one of the most experienced Consultant teams in NSW. We are committed to providing Western Sydney with industry leading injury prevention & RTW services, supporting employers to return their valued employees to the workplace, and remain at the workplace in good health.

  • 18-Jul-2018 16:03 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Thousands of residents will now benefit from a new 21st century library and community centre, after it was officially opened today at Oran Park Town.

    Landcom Chief Executive Officer John Brogden and Greenfields Director Mark Perich joined the Minister for Planning and Housing Anthony Roberts, The Member for Camden Chris Patterson and Camden Council Mayor Lara Symkowiak to celebrate the opening at a community fun day.

    Mr Brogden said the library and community resource centre was the latest facility delivered by Landcom and its project partner Greenfields Development Company as part of the Oran Park Town project.

    “Many people would remember Oran Park as a racetrack, but it has undergone a dramatic transformation over the past decade into one of the fastest growing towns in Sydney,” Mr Brogden said.

    “Landcom prepared a masterplan to guide delivery of Oran Park Town and Landcom is also responsible for delivering a number of major public facilities.

    “The library is the latest piece of community infrastructure, with several parks already open and more to come, such as a leisure centre, skate park, parkour facility and basketball courts.

    “It is great to be here today to see the library open its doors to the public after years of hard work and planning, and this facility is a fantastic example of a 21st century library.

    “The library was a collaborative effort between the council, Landcom and architects Brewster Hjorth and is designed to be a fun place of knowledge and learning, and its facilities are interactive, which encourages collaboration.

    “This project is a great example of what can be achieved through long-term planning, and Landcom, Greenfields Development Company, and Camden Council have worked hard together to achieve great things for this community.”

    Mr Perich said the library and community resource centre was located in the heart of Oran Park Town and formed an integral part of the Civic Precinct, a unique master planned centre that included the recently opened council building, a shopping centre, commercial space and a smart work hub.

    “The library is designed in zones to enable different stages of learning, and includes performance spaces, interactive screens and walls, and folding doors to open the building to outside activities,” Mr Perich said.

    “The library’s interior design celebrates the town’s history as a race track, incorporating artworks made from car and motorcycle parts and grid motifs on the carpet and walls.”

    The 2,500m2 multi-purpose library building also includes a community resource centre, providing of a new place for people and community groups to meet. The facility was built by ADCO Constructions and includes sustainable items, such as a 90,000 litre rainwater tank.

    It was delivered as part of a Voluntary Planning Agreement that will fund more than $200 million of essential infrastructure to ensure Oran Park Town is a cohesive and attractive community.

    Oran Park Town is one of the largest master planned communities in NSW, and will provide 10,000 lots for 30,000 residents over the next 20 years. Landcom has delivered 2,700 lots and Greenfields will deliver more than 7,000 lots.

  • 17-Jul-2018 14:26 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Soak up the atmosphere of Sydney 7s experience with premium seats, amazing views and great hospitality! Choose from one of Rugby Australia's custom made packages and let them take care of everything to ensure your group has a fantastic day out.

    Rugby Australia are excited to be hosting the Sydney 7s event at Sydney Olympic Park this February and for a limited time they would like to offer 10% off their Social Club packages. Contact Luke Jennison and quote the code WSBC to redeem this discount.


    Spotless Stadium Grand Parade

    Olympic Park NSW 2127


    Friday to Sunday

    1 – 3 February, 2019


    Luke Jennison

    Ph: 02 8005 5574



  • 17-Jul-2018 13:57 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Following last year’s successful collaboration between Laser Wizard and Western Sydney University (WSU), the distinguished Laser Wizard Innovation Award is once again open to all SCEM students at WSU. Award co-founders Paul Bingham of Bingardi Design and Brett Kingham of Ideal Future, along with Professor Simeon Simoff, Dean SCEM for WSU, continue to build on their unique partnership by creating a two-year approach for the award process with individual entries welcomed for 2018 while multi-disciplinary team entries are sought for 2019.

    The theme for this year’s award is ‘Smart Sustainable Health and Human Comfort in Western Sydney,” in line with a report by Greening Australia which highlights the Urban Island Heat Effect adversely affecting Sydney’s western suburbs. The Urban Heat Island Effect has the potential to adversely impact the city's public health, air quality and energy use. This disturbing development has prompted WSU to seek to improve the health and well-being of people residing in Western Sydney.

    WSU has aligned itself with The Global Goals for Sustainable Development, a result of the 2015 agreement of world leaders to work towards 17 goals for a better world by 2030. These goals have the power to end poverty, fight inequality and stop climate change. Global Goal 3 zeroes in on good health and well-being to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

    Recognising the need for talented students to apply their valuable skills in today’s competitive commercial environment, the Laser Wizard Innovation Award provides young people with the platform to turn their visionary ideas into practical reality while making a valuable contribution, ensuring the local community benefits from this exciting initiative.

    The Laser Wizard Innovation Award challenges students to develop ground-breaking sustainable solutions in the fields of Engineering – incorporating Civil, Construction, Electrical, Mechanical and Robotics & Mechatronics – Industrial Design, Computing and Construction Management.

    Brett Kingham, Executive Consultant at Laser Wizard, a family-owned laser cutting business based in St Marys, recognised the need for tech-savvy students to utilise their newly-learned skills in a real-world setting. ‘I believe it’s essential to engage the next generation in a process which encourages them to use their expertise to transform a local community while realising their global responsibility.’

    Laser Wizard is at the forefront of providing innovative services in a highly competitive environment with a focus on performing precision CNC laser and waterjet cutting, advanced folding, welding, fabrication and assembly of bespoke products. Established in 1999, the company has experienced steady growth due to its commitment to superior quality and standard of excellence.

    More information regarding the Laser Wizard Innovation Award can be found at

  • 17-Jul-2018 09:02 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    World Class Teams is delighted to become a Platinum Partner of the Western Sydney Business Connection (WSBC).

    World Class Teams is a CHANGE company, not just a training company. They provide leading-edge programs, tools and techniques to help you boost productivity, reduce wastage and create a high-performance culture in your business.

    Working with clients such as Commonwealth Bank, Cathay Pacific, Merlin Entertainments and Linfox, they use the latest research in fields such as neuroscience to deliver customised programs that are practical and immediately applicable.

    Many WSBC members would have already met World Class Teams CEO Diana Tapp. She was the highly regarded keynote speaker and moderator at June’s Leading Change Business Leader Luncheon.

    World Class Teams are valued contributors to the WSBC community and will be hosting two upcoming Leadership Masterclass Breakfast Workshops.

    The first will take place on Wednesday 29th August, 7.30 - 9.30am on the topic of Critical Conversations. In this practical workshop you will learn:

    • How to give honest feedback without needing to be worried about the person’s reaction
    • How to manage your emotions well, especially in stressful situations
    • How to resolve disagreements or complaints with genuine agreement and dignity
    • The power of giving regular performance feedback, not just once a year in formal appraisals

    Click here to learn more and book your seats.

    The team at World Class Teams welcomes the opportunity to say hello and discuss how they can help your business.

    Contact Ramsina McCully via email or call 1300 085 248.

    To learn more about their services, visit

  • 16-Jul-2018 17:16 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Storytelling is the best way to promote your business. People are hardwired to like stories. Stories connect emotionally human to human; they build trust; they build memory and they drive action.

    But what stories should you tell?

    Four essential stories are key to forming the brand message of any business. They are your personal story, your business story, your product or service story and your customer story.

    The customer story is the most important of all. It should focus on the main problems that your target market face and how you can solve them. The trick to engagement is to weave the problems and solutions into the digital content.

    The classic place for the business story is the About Us page. It’s not about you though… A business story must focus on the customer. It must explain why your business solves your customer’s problems and begin to introduce how you do that.

    Story three is the service or product story. The messaging at the top of the page introduces the problems your customer faces day in and day out which deepens the emotional connection. And then you can go into detail of exactly how you deliver your service or process further down the page.

    And finally personal stories. These fit perfectly into something that will never change – people do business with people. Show the ‘why’ – the personal journey that took you to the place of starting your business. Or show the passion behind the key members of your team. People will start to connect with the team and your business as people they want to do business with.

    The trick to successful digital storytelling is to weave those 4 stories together into a consistent brand message you can repeat and share over and over again. That’s how people start to understand and connect with your great business and your great brand.

    Learn more about the four stories every business should tell here

  • 16-Jul-2018 11:50 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    The countdown is on to Ronald McDonald House Charities Greater Western Sydney’s two biggest events of the year, the annual Charity Golf Classic and the annual Spring Carnival Race Day!

    This August, bring a team of clients or colleagues to the pristine Lynwood Country Club for 18 holes of golf, a leisurely lunch, and more. Or why not book a table for the Golden Rose Race Day at Rosehill Gardens?

    Thanks to the generosity of the major events partner, Dyldam, all the proceeds from Race Day and Golf Day will go towards #KeepingFamiliesClose.

    The 20th Annual RMHW Charity Golf Classic

    Date: Tuesday, 14 August

    Location: Lynwood Country Club, Pitt Town

    Registration: 7am

    Shotgun Start: 8am

    Lunch and Presentation: From approximately 1.30pm

    Team of 4: $800 per team

    Individual Players: $200pp

    Don't miss one of Ronald McDonald House Charities Greater Western Sydney’s favourite days of the year at one of NSW's premier links courses! From breakfast through to your sit-down catered lunch and presentations, host your friends, team or clients at a picture-perfect day of golf.

    Lynwood golf course is set on 230 acres, perfect for a relaxed, enjoyable day of Ambrose-style play, and the annual Golf Day has become one of the most-loved events on the Ronald McDonald House calendar.

    Click here to book tickets

    Spring Carnival Race Day at Rosehill Gardens

    Date: Saturday, 22 September

    Location: In the Grand Pavilion Rosehill Racecourse

    Time: 12.00pm-5.30pm

    Includes: Buffet Lunch and Beverage Package

    Table of 10: $2200

    Individual ticket: $220pp

    Enjoy the best of Spring Carnival racing, as you take in the Golden Rose and Golden Pendant in style from Rosehill Gardens' Grand Pavilion.

    Overlook the winning post at our exclusive VIP function, complete with networking opportunities, guest speakers and private bookmaking facilities. No guarantee you'll back a winner, but there is no better location anywhere in the course to enjoy the day.

    Click here to book tickets

    Also on the calendar for 2018

    Laugh for the House 

    Stand-Up Comedy Night starring Akmal and the Stevenson Experience

    This is absolutely a social night of nights, and set to be another hilarious evening in 2018! This year, Laugh for the House is headlined by Akmal's funniest show ever, and introduces you to The Stevenson Experience, a unique musical duo of bickering identical twins. Please note: due to the unpredictable nature of comedy, this is an 18+ event.

    Date: Saturday, 20 October

    Location: Riverside Theatres, Parramatta

    Time: 7.30pm-10pm

    Tickets: $49.90pp*

    *Booking fee applies

    Click here to book tickets

    Christmas Carnival at the House

    Save the Date to ring in the festive season at our Christmas Carnival, with family fun zone activities, performances and more! Each year, Christmas at the House is a time for families and the community to come together for an evening of music and entertainment, before the switch to turn on the Christmas lights is officially flicked.

    Date: Saturday, 1 December

    Location: "The Oval", Ronald McDonald House Westmead, 1 Labyrinth Way, Westmead

    Time: To be confirmed

    Save the Date

    Supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities Greater Western Sydney is as simple as buying a ticket and coming along to the events.

    For further information on the events or for any events sponsorship opportunities please contact Ana on 02 9806 7111 or

  • 13-Jul-2018 10:04 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Book your Christmas event* by 1st October for each guest to receive a signature cocktail on arrival plus your choice of:

    2 x Member’s Reserve race day tickets for every guest attending


    A table of four to dine at Royal Randwick or Rosehill Gardens (non Carnival).

    *event min 200 pax

    Contact Events By ATC for further information:

    P: 1300 729 668



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