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  • 14-Nov-2013 10:06 | Anonymous

    At yesterday's WSBC Sporting Codes Business Leader luncheon we heard Raelene Castle, Canterbury Bulldogs CEO, answer a question on how they are enhancing the 'fan experience' at ANZ Stadium. She referred to the Stadium's investment into new Wi-Fi access, which we detail below ...

    THE event experience at ANZ Stadium will be transformed forever following a ground-breaking partnership with Telstra and Cisco to provide free Wi-Fi access to the Stadium from 2014. 

    The internationally renowned Cisco Connected Stadium Wi-Fi solution will turn the State’s biggest venue into an interactive playground where, as part of a phased project, fans will be able to use their mobile devices to access rich digital content like replays and statistics, order food and beverages from their seats, and be rewarded for their game-day loyalty. 

    The new network will also simplify ticketing, help fans find the quickest way to their seats, and enable them to participate in and share live event action over social media from anywhere in the Stadium. 

    ANZ Stadium, at Sydney Olympic Park, has entered into a partnership with Telstra to supply a five-year, customised network solution to deliver in-stadium wireless connectivity. 

    A crowd of 81,491 packed ANZ Stadium on Sunday 6 October for the NRL Grand Final – taking the year’s fan visitation at the Stadium past 1.5 million. Future major events at the Stadium will have the benefit of a Wi-Fi network. 

    While other venues in Australia are preparing to roll out Wi-Fi solutions in exclusive Members areas, ANZ Stadium will be the first to extend the technology to public areas of the Stadium. 

    Further, the NSW Government – through the Sydney Olympic Park Authority – has facilitated this Wi-Fi coverage to extend around the outside of the Stadium to further enhance the visitor experience. 

    Kathy-Anne McManus, Media Practice Lead, Telstra Enterprise & Government, said Telstra would provide ANZ Stadium with a robust and reliable solution, as well as providing the option for additional digital media functionality – creating a whole new experience for spectators. 

    “This technology will further enhance ANZ Stadium’s reputation as one of the world’s great sports and entertainment venues,” Kathy-Anne said.  

  • 12-Nov-2013 11:37 | Anonymous

    Join us for Lunch with Aussie Cricket Legends!

    Northcott’s 18th Annual Cricket Legends Lunch will
    be held on Friday 31 January 2014 at the Sydney
    Cricket Ground, with renowned cricket commentator
    Mike Coward as Master of Ceremonies!

    Proudly supported by our charity partner Cricket NSW,
    this Lunch has raised more than $900,000 for children
    and adults with disabilities over the last five years.

    In 2014, our target is to break the $1 million mark for
    funds raised but we cannot do this without your support.

    All proceeds raised from the event will go towards
    Northcott’s Recreation service, which gives hundreds of
    children and adults living with disabilities, the chance to
    take part in sporting and social activities.

    Since Northcott’s inaugural Cricket Legends Lunch in
    1997, cricketing greats that have attended include Richie
    Benaud OBE; Allan Border AO; Ian Healy; Glenn
    McGrath; Geoff Lawson OAM; Frank Misson; Mark
    Taylor AO; Doug Walters MBE; Mike Whitney and the
    Chappell and Waugh brothers to name a few.

    We hope you can join us for what is sure to be an
    amazing afternoon!

    Date: Friday 31 January 2014

    Where: Sydney Cricket Ground

    Time: 12pm – Pre-match drinks
      (Hallowed turf of the SCG)
      1pm – Lunch
      (Steve Waugh Room)
      4pm – Stumps

    Cost: Individual – $250 inc. GST
    ($110 tax deductible)
    Table of 10 – $2,500 inc. GST
    ($1,100 tax deductible)

    Dress: Smart Casual

    Enquiries: Annette Sneyd
           02 9890 0131
  • 12-Nov-2013 10:00 | Deleted user

    Another Win for MatthewsFolbigg - Congratulations Fay Calderone

    Following our recent win as the 2013 CBA Business of the Year in the Western Sydney Awards for Business Excellence, I am delighted to announce that Fay Calderone, Director in our Workplace Solutions Group, was awarded the ‘Highly Commended’ Special Judging Panel’s Award at the 2013 NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards which was held recently at Darling Harbour, Sydney. 

    The 2013 Judging Panel for the Awards comprised representatives from the Attorney General & Justice Department of NSW, the Bar Association, the Law Society of NSW, the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association and the WLANSW and after having considered Fay’s achievements, they recommended this Award in addition to the Awards in the 5 standard categories.

    As reported in Lawyers Weekly “the event drew high-profile judges, including the president of the NSW Court of Appeal, Justice Margaret Beazley AO; Federal Court Justice Anna Katzmann; Acting Justice of the NSW Supreme Court Jane Mathews, and head of the NSW Administrative Decisions Tribunal, judge Kevin O’Connor”.

    On behalf of all of the Firm and our clients, we congratulate Fay on receiving this Award.  It is a true testament of Fay’s commitment and passion to not only MatthewsFolbigg but women in the legal industry and we are proud of all her efforts.




  • 07-Nov-2013 12:08 | Anonymous

    Parramatta City Council - Futuristic commercial office towers vie to win 
    Parramatta Square design competition! 

    A pair of futuristic, conical commercial office towers wrapped in photovoltaic panels and topped with wind turbines has become one of four proposals being considered for construction in Parramatta Square.

    Parramatta City Council’s Parramatta Square Stages 5 and 6 design competition jury yesterday confirmed those in contention to design towers in the Square are: Sydney-based Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp, Johnson Pilton Walker, Bates Smart and Italy-based Mario Cucinella Architects.

    The four teams were chosen from a field of 73 designs from firms across the United States to Uganda, and Perth to Sydney, submitted to Council last month. Concepts ranged from contemporary interpretations of the traditional office block, to futuristic and sculptural towers.
    When constructed, the commercial towers will add up to 140,000 square metres of office space to the Parramatta CBD and function as two of the key centrepieces of the vital three hectare Parramatta Square site in the heart of the CBD.

    Lord Mayor Cr John Chedid said: “We’re delighted to see such forward-thinking, innovative solutions. Without question, this creative range of designs, submitted by many of the leading architecture firms across the world today, will help us meet our future business, cultural, entertainment and tourism needs, and signpost Parramatta in a distinctive, unique way.”
    “Council is very confident in the strength of the four proposals selected, and looks forward to the construction of signature buildings for the city of Parramatta in the near future,” Cr Chedid. 

    “We thank our jury for their expertise - NSW Government Architect Peter Poulet, City of Sydney Director of City Planning, Development & Transport Graham Jahn, NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure urban design team leader Elisabeth Peet, and Parramatta City Council’s Director of Property Development Scott Gregg.”  

    Each proposal was assessed in terms of its sustainability, design, urban design, feasibility, and innovation.

    Describing the four finalists, the jury said the Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp proposal was for “two elegant, connected, tapering geometric towers that have the potential to become signature buildings in Parramatta Square”.

    Of the Johnson Pilton Walker proposal, they said it created links between Parramatta Square, Darcy Street and the Parramatta Station concourse, extending open public space over the two levels. They added: “The rectilinear towers hover high above the new open space, which is a grand gesture to Parramatta Square.”

     The Bates Smart scheme “proposes a differentiated active podium that addresses Parramatta Square, activating it with a mix of retail uses. Two rectilinear towers with deep recesses form a backdrop rather than an iconic gesture”.

    Commenting on the Mario Cucinella Architects proposal, they said: “This environmentally-focused scheme proposes a pair of conical towers whose surface is animated by a breathable photovoltaic system. The roof plane features sculptural wind turbines signalling the sustainable emphasis of this design.”

    Each of the four chosen teams will now compete in a design excellence competition closing on 6th December. Each will receive $30,000 on submission of a complying scheme, with Council announcing the winning design before the end of the year.

    The firm appointed for Stages 5 and 6 will join a range of internationally recognised architecture firms already appointed to design other landmark buildings within the Parramatta Square precinct.

    Stage 1, a commercial building at 169 Macquarie Street, was awarded to Architectus; Stage 2, the Aspire residential tower at 160 Church Street, was awarded to Grimshaw Architects; and Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp was appointed to design community/Council facilities and commercial space for Stage 3.

    From left: Parramatta Square Stages 5 & 6 competition design concepts by Mario Cucinella Architects, Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp, Johnson Pilton Walker, and Bates Smart.

    For interviews or more information contact:

    Trish Croaker, Acting Media and Communications Advisor 
    Work: (02) 9806 5676 Mobile: 0408 756 789 Email:  

  • 06-Nov-2013 12:07 | Anonymous

    Increasing the Number of Women in Senior Executive Positions

    Among the goals put forward in the Business Council of Australia Action Plan for Enduring Prosperity, which was released in July this year, was a goal to see the number of women in senior roles within BCA member companies increase to 50 per cent in the next decade.

    To help our members and the wider business community work towards this goal, the BCA commissioned the development of a best practice resource kit,Increasing the Number of Women in Senior Executive Positions: Improving Recruitment, Selection and Retention Practices.

    BCA President Tony Shepherd has written to all BCA member company CEOs encouraging them to use the kit within their organisations.

    Read more

  • 31-Oct-2013 12:06 | Anonymous

    Raise the profile of your business at the same time and have your team engage with attendees as we assist you in lead generation.

    WSBC is offering you the opportunity to dine with our three speakers at the upcoming "Sporting Codes of Conduct" Business Leader Luncheon on 13th November as our event partner.

    As well as your seat at our head table with our speakers, you and your team will have the opportunity to profile your business as one of our "Ask the Experts", an initiative we successfully launched at our last event and that generated new business leads for both our participants.

    By emphasising your business profile at this event, (with a table top display, your banner, “ask the expert” categorisation for all attending staff and official recognition by the MC), we aim to connect you with those attending, promoting your business and enhancing the opportunity for new business relationships with key influential business leaders.

    There are ONLY three available partnerships for this event. Please contact our General Manager, Michael Sugg via email or via phone on 02 9687 2788

    The 'Sporting Codes of Conduct' Business Leader Luncheon is a unique opportunity to hear from three of the largest sporting organisations in Western Sydney. Hear first hand from three amazing leaders as we compare and contrast the unique challenges they face in each code and how they connect sport and business using basic business principles we can all use in our businesses. How do they manage the competition between each code in the region and what can we learn from this to drive for business success and work together to improve the investment attraction of Western Sydney.
  • 30-Oct-2013 12:05 | Anonymous

    Moore Stephens - Self-Managed Super Fund (SMSF) Seminar 

    Investing in the property market, using your-self managed super fund

    A free update provided by industry leaders from the banking, accounting and real estate sector combining to provide you with a clear picture of the current trends and requirements with SMSF’s
    If you are considering setting up your own self-managed super fund or already have a fund and are looking at investing in the property market, this seminar is for you. Attendees will receive current and relevant advice, tips, contacts and special offers from industry experts. 

    Key Questions answered:

    What are the advantages of a SMSF?
    Is property a sound investment option?
    Where is the property market heading?
    How do I manage a property?
     How do I set up a SMSF to allow borrowing?
    How do I borrow in a SMSF?


    350 Church Street 
    Parramatta NSW 2150 


    5:30pm for a 6:00pm start 
    13th November 2013 

    How to Register: 

    RSVP by 8th November 2013 
    Phone: 02 8898 6713 

  • 23-Oct-2013 12:04 | Anonymous

    Parramatta City Council - No longer a town, a City!

    To mark the 75th anniversary of Parramatta being declared a City – a status bestowed by the State Government on October 27 1938, Parramatta City Council held a small reception on the lawns of St John’s Church, Parramatta today.

    Among the attendees were Council’s first Lord Mayor, Alan Hyam, former Lord Mayor John Haines, Parramatta Leagues Club President Alan Overton, and David Shakespeare from the Historical Society.

    Lord Mayor of Parramatta Cr John Chedid said today’s event was an opportunity to mark a special occasion in Parramatta’s history.

    “It was a major symbolic event for the people of Parramatta that elevated it from being a suburb to a city,” Cr Chedid said.

    “The elevation didn’t come without a fight however, with numerous requirements and red tape thrown at previous leaders threatening any attempts to classify it a city”, Cr Chedid said.

    The Cumberland Argus newspaper, a key campaigner for Parramatta's elevation to city status wrote:

    “Whatever red tape may have required, common sense and justice demanded due recognition of Parramatta's historic importance and of the great part it played in laying, as it were, the foundation stone on which this great Commonwealth has been built,” October 26, 1938.

    “I’d like to recognise the Council at the time for its dedication and persistence in achieving the city status, in particular the Mayor, William John Irwin, who was the driving force behind its success,” Cr Chedid said.

    Serving on Council during 1936-1939, Irwin first became mayor in 1938, holding the title for one year. He was also the first Parramatta Mayor to wear the Robe and Chain of Office, a custom that continues to this day.

    In his Mayoral minute, following the official declaration made by then NSW Governor Lord Wakehurst, Irwin announced:

    “It is my pleasing duty to formally report that on the 27th day of October last, from the Official Platform opposite this Hall at 12.8 in the afternoon, His Excellency, The Lord Wakehurst, stated that he had that day, as the Representative of His Majesty the King, signed the assent to an Act entitled Local Government (City of Parramatta) Bill 1938 passed by the Parliament of this State whereby the Municipality of Parramatta was proclaimed a City.”

    Fifty years later, on Parramatta's 200th birthday, Queen Elizabeth II, in response to a recommendation by the State Government, elevated the title of Mayor to Lord Mayor.

    Media contact:

    Catherine Orzinski, Communications Officer, Parramatta City Council, Tel: 9806 5669 Email:

  • 23-Oct-2013 12:03 | Anonymous

    The formal establishment today of the Commission of Audit provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity to fortify Australia’s budget foundations and set in train a much-needed reform agenda to keep our economy strong.

    It’s a chance to reset Australia’s budget priorities, remove inefficiency and duplication with the states, improve the performance of public services and begin setting aside funds to withstand economic volatility around the world and unfolding pressures at home, including our ageing population.

    There’s no magic pudding for delivering these things. It comes from doing the hard work of examining where taxpayers’ dollars are going currently, where efficiencies can be achieved and where we can remove duplication between levels of government.

    The Australian community expects government to deliver value for money and to ensure that we are living within our means as a country. We expect them to keep our economy resilient against global volatility, and to plan and provision for the future.

    These are the perspectives people in business bring to their roles every day, and the appointment of Tony Shepherd to head up the Commission of Audit will ensure they are brought to bear on this important national endeavour. 

    With a wealth of experience in the private and public sectors, and in organisational transformation, Tony is exceptionally well placed to oversee the task with distinction. Tony will be supported by an outstanding group of commissioners with vast cross-portfolio experience and credibility.

    We commend the government for making this a genuinely independent process through these appointments. With BCA Chief Economist Peter Crone working alongside the commissioners as executive officer, the approach will be systematic and highly professional.

    The last five years have proven that piecemeal savings and ad hoc revenue grabs are no way to shore up the fiscal position and ensure we can afford the services Australians will need over the long term. The community should welcome this review as an act of responsible government and we call on the Opposition to give it bipartisan support.

    For further information contact:
    Scott Thompson, Director, Media and Public Affairs
    Business Council of Australia
    Telephone (03) 8664 2664 | Mobile 0403 241 128

  • 22-Oct-2013 12:02 | Anonymous

    WESTERN SYDNEY BUSINESS INNOVATION ROUNDTABLE supported by the Western Sydney Business Connection as a part of our member services.

    The Western Sydney Business Innovation Roundtable was established for non-competing business leaders to facilitate each other’s informed decisions through shared innovative thinking. It is powered by Executive Accelerators who specialise in Roundtables focused on assisting you to capture value from your business model through innovation.

    Themes for discussion are chosen by the participants and are often associated with practical solutions to innovation issues such as:

    • How do we build innovation into our strategy? What have been the experiences of others?
    • How do we deliver our innovation strategy and embed the change? How do we overcome the resistance factors?
    • How might diversification (or acquisition) offer us opportunities for new innovation? What are the risk factors?
    • What information data systems do you own, have access to, that you could generate revenue from? Who has done this and how?

    The Roundtable is currently accepting new members so if you’d like to join us for an introductory session to see how it works for you, please contact Executive Accelerators or register your interest via choose Introductory Session. 

    "Hi Frank. I remain most thankful for all your support and guidance as the Chairman for our CEO group and your valuable insights that you share with us each month. My success over the past years have been fuelled and in many instances initiated by the many shared conversations and challenges presented by you and our fellow members. Many thanks to you all. Albert". (Transport Logistics Company)

    The  WESTERN SYDNEY BUSINESS INNOVATION ROUNDTABLE meet between 7.00 and 9.30am over a cooked breakfast.

    Whilst there is a fee for participating, if we are costing you money then we’re not being successful in focusing you on opportunities from business model innovation.

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