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  • 11-Aug-2022 16:07 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    The City of Parramatta is a proud supporter of Parramatch, an innovative project providing five local not-for-profit groups with fundraising skills, promotional opportunities and financial support for their community projects.

    Parramatch allows the community to raise money for issues they care about.

    Give back to the community by helping the organisations raise money for their projects and contributing to their crowdfunding campaigns.

    Parramatta Children's Orchestras

    Organisation: Symphony For Life Foundation

    Fundraising Goal: $20,000

    The Symphony For Life Foundation believes every child should have access to the benefits of playing a musical instrument regardless of socioeconomic or cultural backgrounds. To support this mission, they are creating Parramatta Children’s Orchestras, a highly engaging community-based program.

    Your support will help to fund:

    1. A string of orchestras based at the Reg Byrne Community Centre.

    2. Weekly individual tuition for children and rehearsal with an orchestra.

    Pledge now: https://www.startsomegood.com/symphony-match


    Support The Girls Morning Tea and Bra Gifting Event

    Organisation: Support The Girls Australia

    Fundraising Goal: $5000

    Support The Girls Australia are running a Morning Tea and Bra Gifting Event to help women in our community who are either homeless or dealing with financial hardship, social isolation, trauma, or domestic violence.

    Your support will help to fund:

    1. A safe place to get together for morning tea

    2. A professional bra fitting for participants

    3. Bras, new underwear, toiletries and menstrual hygiene/incontinence products

    Pledge now: https://startsomegood.com/support-the-girls-bra-gifting-morning-tea


    The Heart of the Community

    Organisation: Dundas Area Neighbourhood Centre

    Fundraising Goal: $6000

    Dundas Area Neighbourhood Centre are running a series of programs for families and children called Heart of the Community. These programs will provide the opportunity to meet new people, build social networks and decrease social isolation.

    Your support will help to fund:

    1. Activities such as meditation, confidence building for women, art classes for kids and parents, walking groups and more!

    2. Childcare for participants when required

    Pledge to support: https://startsomegood.com/heart


    The Stitches Challenge Parramatta

    Organisation: DRG Stitches Collection Limited

    Fundraising Goal: $10,000

    The Stitches Challenge Parramatta is a project raising awareness around mental health and social justice issues in the local community. Participants will go on the hunt for 12 dolls around Parramatta, each doll with an important message to empower and inspire children.

    Your support will help to fund:

    1. A hunt featuring 12 dolls in the Parramatta area – each doll will have its name, story and clue to the next doll as well as an empowering message.

    2. A free mini doll for participants after completion of the hunt.

    3. 100 dolls donated to Westmead Children’s Hospital Aboriginal Unit.

    Pledge to support: https://startsomegood.com/HealthyMindsandHearts


    Confidence, Comfort and Coping

    Organisation: All Hands

    Fundraising Goal: $15,000

    Students and professionals from international backgrounds experience loneliness, stress (financial and performance) and identity crisis on a regular basis. The Confidence, Comfort and Coping project by All Hands provides coping skills and improves their quality of life.

    Your support will help to fund:

    1. Group workshops on key concepts

    2. Live chats with lived experience individuals

    Pledge to support: https://startsomegood.com/life-skills-for-young-adults


  • 08-Aug-2022 17:09 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    From spicy street food, to beating drums and colourful dance, the tastes, sounds and spirit of South Asia are set to be celebrated across Parramatta as the City marks 75 years of Indian independence.

    On Monday 15 August, City of Parramatta Council will host a flag raising ceremony at Jubilee Park in Parramatta’s CBD, with Lord Mayor Cr Donna Davis to be joined by the Consul-General of India, Manish Gupta for the special event.

    Cr Davis said the City of Parramatta is home to the largest population of Indian and South Asian people in Australia, with more than 29,000 residents identifying India as their country of birth in the 2021 Census.

    “Our South Asian communities are an integral part of our City,” Cr Davis said.

    “This year is a special one for our Indian community with it being 75 years since India’s independence. The event allows our communities to connect with their homeland and embrace the traditions of their Indian culture. We are proud to fly the Indian national flag to mark this momentous occasion.”

    Council’s Parramatta’s Heritage and Visitor Centre has also created an Indian Independence Day online experience which features photos and local stories. Free video resources on the history of Indian Independence Day are also available through City of Parramatta Libraries.

    From 12 August, Council will switch on an electrifying lighting installation through Harris Park and along the banks of the Parramatta River as part of a six-month program supporting local South Asian businesses and culture.

    Marion Street will feature two decorated arches while an array of colourful lights will illuminate Parramatta River from the Ferry Terminal to Lennox Bridge until October 30. Extra elements will be added to transform the foreshore for Diwali celebrations, including a run of flags with peacocks and elephant motifs and a series of lighting installations on the Barry Wilde Bridge.

    In the lead up to Indian Independence Day, Riverside Theatres will be hosting two ticketed events – Spicy Fusion, a colourful blend of dance and music, and Indian musical Simha the King. The festival also features a free event in Prince Alfred Square with live music, food, dance, rides and family fun on Sunday 7 August.

    “I encourage everyone to come along and celebrate the rich heritage, culture and warmth of our dynamic Indian communities,” Cr Davis said.

    Indian Independence Day

    When: Monday 15 August, 12.30pm – 1.30pm

    Where: Jubilee Park, Parramatta (public entry via Jubilee Lane (off Marion St)

    For more information: cityofparramatta.co/indianindependence


  • 08-Aug-2022 17:00 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    City of Parramatta Council has scooped a prestigious accolade for its flagship food, music and art festival, Parramatta Lanes, at this year’s Local Government Week Awards.

    The annual Local Government of NSW event, now in its 36th year, celebrates the achievements and positive impact local governments have on their communities through creative solutions.

    Council’s 2021 Parramatta Lanes was awarded the RH Dougherty Award for Innovation in Special Events, recognising its creative approach to adapting the event post lockdown.

    Parramatta Lanes is one of NSW’s most popular festivals, connecting communities with a celebration of food, music and art. Last year’s event welcomed people back to the city with live music and comedy shows at local bars and restaurants, as well as a ‘COVID-friendly’ interactive augmented reality art trail that led visitors on a unique journey through the CBD streets and showcased the creative work of some of Australia’s top emerging artists.

    Lord Mayor Cr Donna Davis said Parramatta has a wonderfully diverse range of night-time offerings and it’s an honour to be recognised among some of the state’s most outstanding events.

    “Last year’s Parramatta Lanes was a fun and vibrant event that brought people safely back into our great City to reconnect over food, art and culture after two challenging years,” Cr Davis said.

    “Congratulations to our hardworking staff for creatively adapting to the challenges in the face of COVID-19. The City of Parramatta continually strives for excellence in our events, and we’re honoured to be recognised at this year’s coveted Local Government Awards.”

    Last year, Parramatta Lanes was awarded the Best Cultural, Arts or Music Event at the Australian Event Awards for Council’s 2020 hybrid event, which combined home-delivered meals with online live-streamed entertainment.

    This year marks the 10th anniversary of Parramatta Lanes, with a return to an exciting program throughout the CBD’s streets and laneways in October. 


  • 03-Aug-2022 11:01 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    The City of Parramatta is set to spend more than $200 million on important community projects over the next twelve months, including Council’s new community and civic hub and aquatic centre.

    Council has endorsed its Operational Plan and Budget for 2022/23, with $209 million allocated for capital works projects, on top of the $311.4 million to be spent delivering vital services to the community.

    Community projects include $33.9 million for the Parramatta Aquatic Centre; $15.8 million for revitalisation of the Town Hall and $6.7 million for upgrades to Charles Street Square.

    Lord Mayor Cr Donna Davis said it was important that Council continued to invest heavily in community infrastructure to support the City’s growing population, as the recovery from COVID-19 continues.

    “The pandemic highlighted the important role Council plays delivering critical services to our residents and businesses as well as building and maintaining the open spaces and public facilities that our community needs and uses every day,” Cr Davis said.

    “Sound financial planning over the past two years has allowed us to put forward a strong capital works program that includes revitalisation of local roads, parks, sport and community centres. This budget is our blueprint for the future so we can flourish and evolve while continuing to deliver a high level of infrastructure and services for our communities.

    “The City of Parramatta is rapidly transforming and growing. We need to ensure our City remains a sustainable, liveable and productive place for present and future generations.”

    The Operational Plan and Budget 2022/23 is part of Council’s Delivery Program 2022-2026, outlining how Council will implement its core services, activities, programs, projects, fees and charges, over four years.

    Council reviews the Operational Plan and Budget annually to ensure activities are on track with its Delivery Program and priority goals. The Plans can be viewed on the City of Parramatta website.


  • 03-Aug-2022 10:30 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Australia’s best airport terminal is coming to life with work continuing on what will be the gateway welcoming passengers from across the world to Sydney’s west in only a few short years.

    Western Sydney Airport Chief Executive Officer Simon Hickey said the terminal is now coming to life, with the airport’s future customers helping to shape what will be Australia’s new global gateway.

    “This will be the people’s airport, designed from the ground up for our customers and with our customers,” Mr Hickey said.

    “Piling of the terminal basement is now complete and concreting has passed the halfway mark. We’ve also started the concrete pour for what will eventually be the entrance to international and domestic departures.

    “This terminal will be Australia’s newest and most exciting airport experience, offering a smooth, seamless connection from Sydney to the world.

    “Every element of this airport is being designed to deliver the most seamless and reliable experience possible for customers. We will get passengers on their way sooner, whether that’s getting to your meeting on time or arriving home to loved ones.”

    Mr Hickey said thousands of Australians have now signed up to the Western Sydney International Panel, regularly contributing their opinions on different elements of the airport experience, from their dream travel destinations to the retail and dining choices they want to see in the terminal.

    A group of WSI Panel members, as well as some of Australia’s leading airlines, were recently invited to an exclusive viewing of the airport terminal plans, projected in real-life scale at LifeSize Plans in Western Sydney, to hear their feedback on different mock-ups and options for the terminal’s detailed layout.

    Mr Hickey said the terminal is being designed with the customer at its heart – from passengers, airlines, airport staff and air cargo operators.

    “Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport will set a new benchmark for what Australians will expect when they fly and the input from the WSI Panel members is already helping to bring that to life,” Mr Hickey said.

    “We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build an airport from the ground up with consideration for emerging technologies and sustainability at the forefront.

    “We’re committed to ensuring the design pays tribute to Western Sydney’s rich Aboriginal heritage, connecting visitors arriving in Australia at Western Sydney International to more than 60,000 years of First Nations culture.”

    WSI is on track to open to international, domestic and air cargo services in late 2026.

    To join the WSI Panel click here.


  • 25-Jul-2022 10:06 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)


  • 21-Jul-2022 13:44 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Riverside Stables showcases a touch of old and a lot of new and is embarking on a new journey into hosting a series of concerts showcasing some of Australia’s best talents.

    The inaugural Winter concert series showcases a line-up of some of the best of Australian pop and rock artists including:

    6th August 2022 – Daryl Braithwaite

    13th August 2022 – Kate Ceberano

    19th August 2022 – Richard Clapton

    27th August 2022 – Kasey Chambers

    All headlines are supported by The Voice 2022 top 12 contestant – Robbie Dolan.

    Tickets are only $165 per person and include a 3 course dinner and concert. These are 18+ events with beverages available for purchase at the onsite bars.

    You can also make a night of it and stay in the luxury onsite accommodation at a discounted price!

    These intimate and exclusive events will sell out fast as tickets are limited to only 400 guests. This is a chance to get up close and personal with these iconic stars while enjoying the luxury of Riverside Stables. Parking is complimentary or if you are catching public transport we are only a 900m walk from Warwick Farm train station.


  • 20-Jul-2022 14:16 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

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  • 20-Jul-2022 12:15 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    With the commencement of a new financial year, it brings with it important changes and new rates which will apply from 1 July 2022.

    NEW! National Minimum Wage (NMW)

    With the NMW:

    • this is applicable to employees to whom neither a Modern Award or enterprise agreement applies
    • the NMW increases by 5.2% to become $812.60 per week or $21.38 per hour
    • the increase to the NMW will come into operation on 1 July 2022
    • in addition:

    a) special NMW rates apply to employees with disabilities, junior employees, apprentices, and those on training arrangements

    b) the minimum casual loading remains unchanged at 25%

    NEW! Modern Award Increases

    • minimum wages to most modern awards increase by the higher of $40 per week or 4.6% (starting on the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2022)
    • delays apply to the minimum wage increases in certain aviation, hospitality and tourism-based modern awards, which will take effect on 1 October 2022
    • absorption of wage increases into over-award payments remains permissible (subject to the terms of the relevant employment agreement and what other amounts are being absorbed into any annualised wage arrangement)
    • increases to the minimum wages of junior workers, apprentices, trainees, piece workers and employees on the supported wage system will occur
    • expense-related allowances in Modern Awards will increase as set out in the Modern Award (eg, by the applicable CPI index figure)
    • annualised salaries will need to be reviewed to ensure they continue to properly absorb/include all relevant minimum Modern Award amounts and that they continue to meet any technical notification and reconciliation requirements applying to annualised wage arrangements in certain Modern Awards

    NEW! Impact on Enterprise Agreements

    With enterprise agreements:

    • they must always meet or exceed the minimum wage of:

    a) the relevant Modern Award (ie, the Modern Award that would have applied had the enterprise agreement not been in existence)

    b) the NMW (ie, where a Modern Award would not apply even if the enterprise agreement was not in existence)

    • thus, pay rates in enterprise agreements may need to be increased (even if the enterprise agreement has its own wage increase regime)

    NEW! The Sting

    Be mindful that wage increases may have flow-on effects such as increasing:

    • the value of leave loading, penalty rates, overtime and superannuation contributions
    • the value of accrued leave entitlements
    • the cost of wage related expenses such as payroll tax and workers compensation premiums

    NEW! High Income Threshold (HIT)

    With the HIT:

    • it increases to $162,000
    • it impacts:

    a) who can make a claim for unfair dismissal (for those not covered by a Modern Award or to whom an enterprise agreement does not apply)

    b) the maximum amount of compensation payable in an unfair dismissal claim (which increases to $81,000)

    c) those on a ‘guarantee of annual earnings’ (a Modern Award does not apply to an employee whenever this guarantee is in place provided it continues to meet the relevant legislative requirements)

    NEW! Redundancy

    The tax-free component of a genuine redundancy payment increases to be:

    • a base amount of $11,951
    • an additional amount of $5,797 for each completed year of service

    NEW! Superannuation Contributions Base

    With superannuation:

    • the maximum superannuation contribution base increases to $60,220 per quarter ($240,880 per annum)
    • an employer is not required to make superannuation contributions on behalf of employees on earnings in excess of that maximum contribution base

    Questions/Assistance

    If you have any questions in respect of the above or would like any employment related assistance, please contact a member of the Matthews Folbigg Workplace Solutions employment law team on (02) 9635 7966 or pdoughman@matthewsfolbigg.com.au

    Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

    DISCLAIMER: This article is provided to readers for their general information and on a complimentary basis. It contains a brief summary only and should not be relied upon or used as a definitive or complete statement of the relevant law.


  • 20-Jul-2022 11:55 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Since the beginning of the year, the greater Sydney area has experienced multiple severe flooding events, in one case receiving eight months of rain over four days. These events have caused devastation and distress throughout the region, with tens of thousands displaced.

    The Rotary Club of Blacktown City are raising funds for the victims of these floods, and need your help.

    Join them for a night of fundraising to the backdrop of comedy. Find an astounding piece at the silent auction or try your luck with the lucky door prize and raffles.

    The event details for Flood Relief for Greater Sydney with Comedy are as follows:

    Date: Friday 19th August 2022

    Time: 7.00pm

    Location: Diamond Showroom, Blacktown Workers

    Tickets: $60.00 - available soon via Comedy for a Cause

    If you would like to donate a Raffle, Silent Auction or Lucky Door prize please contact:

    Paula Jesse

    M: 0471 1234 64 

    E: pjesse@live.com.au


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