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  • 10-Mar-2014 15:46 | Deleted user

    Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr John Chedid today welcomed confirmation that the State Government is seriously considering the Council’s proposal for a Western Sydney light rail network as a 2015 election commitment.

     

    “This is great news for Parramatta and western Sydney – I’m delighted this much-needed project for our region is attracting vital support from the State Government,” Cr Chedid said.

     

    “I plan to meet soon with Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian to discuss how we can work together with the Government and private sector to deliver the network as soon as possible  

     

    “As Lord Mayor, I have been campaigning for this project for several years. Our Council has conducted a detailed feasibility study which shows the project is viable at a total cost of $1.7 billion.

     

    “The network will link two of the nation’s fastest growing CBDs, Parramatta and Macquarie Park, and also the Hills district, which supplies 60 per cent of Parramatta’s workforce.”         

     

    Cr Chedid said the network would be fast and frequent, with services coming every 10 minutes and every five minutes for stops within the Parramatta CBD

     

    “It will address the two main challenges facing Western Sydney: creating jobs and catering for a fast growing population. By 2031, the network will support 180,000 jobs and 50,000 homes.

     

    “The feasibility study has identified potential stops and routes along the network, which consists of two lines – the Macquarie Park Line and the Castle Hill Line.

     

    “The Macquarie Park Line will connect Westmead, Cumberland Hospital, through Parramatta CBD, the University of Western Sydney, Dundas, Eastwood and Macquarie Park. “From Parramatta, the Castle Hill Line follows Windsor Road, to Baulkham Hills and through the Castle Hill Trading Zone to Castle Hill and interchange to the North West Rail Link.

     

    “Both lines travel between Rydalmere and North Parramatta, across Parramatta CBD. This will strengthen the connections between employment and education, and support Parramatta’s growth.

     

    “Our study recommends that the Macquarie Line be constructed first as it is expected to have strong patronage throughout the day and evening, from students and health workers at Westmead and the University of Western Sydney,” Cr Chedid said.

     

  • 10-Mar-2014 09:15 | Deleted user

    As part of its commitment to local business Bankstown City Council cordially invites you to attend the first of its 2014 series of industry forums, Manufacturing the Future. This forum will feature a keynote presentation by Professor Goran Roos, one of the most influential economic thinkers of the 21st Century, and a key advisor to governments, industry and academia on how our manufacturing sector can compete through innovation and productivity.

     

    If you are a manufacturer, this is a must attend event. The only investment is your time - registration and a sit-down breakfast are complimentary, courtesy of Bankstown City Council and our event sponsors.

     

    PLACES ARE LIMITED - CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR PLACE TODAY 

     

     

    When:

     

    Wednesday, 2 April 2014

    Time:

     

    7:30am-9:30am

    Where:

     

    Bankstown Sports Club, 8 Greenfield Parade, Bankstown

     

     

    The event will provide you with: 

    • An overview of the trends facing Australian manufacturing
    • Insights into the challenges and opportunities facing your manufacturing business
    • "How to" advice on improving innovation and productivity within your business
    • Important and practical information on the assistance available to promote skills, innovation and competitiveness
    • A valuable opportunity to network with other manufacturing industry leaders from across south-west Sydney

      

    Following the keynote presentation will be a facilitated panel discussion, moderated by respected industry facilitator, Ian Frame. Besides Professor Goron Roos, this will feature:

     

    • Prof Scott Holmes, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research & Development), University of Western Sydney
    • Thor Morris, Assistant Director, Manufacturing & Transport Faculty, TAFE SWSi
    • Peter Gustafson, MD Australis Engineering & Board Member of Southern Strength Agile Manufacturing Network (SSAMN)
    • John Murray, State Director, Enterprise Connect

     

    CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR PLACE TODAY

     

     

    If you have work colleagues, associates, suppliers or customers who you think would like to attend simply click here to forward this invite.

     

  • 05-Mar-2014 09:16 | Deleted user

    Lord Mayor of Parramatta Cr John Chedid today welcomed the release of a white paper by PwC Australia which shows Parramatta has had higher economic growth than Sydney’s CBD.

     

    The new research found Parramatta recorded 1.6 per cent growth compared to 1.1 per cent last financial year for the Sydney CBD.

     

    “This result confirms Parramatta and Western Sydney’s place as an economic powerhouse, finding that growth in Western Sydney has outstripped that of Greater Sydney and the Sydney CBD for much of the past decade,” Cr Chedid said.

     

    “Our growth rate of 1.6 per cent and gross output of $7,610m is a strong result for Parramatta and the wider economy of the region,” he said.

     

    The research shows that Western Sydney’s economic growth outstripped the city centre for much of the past decade.

     

    The white paper, which takes a suburb-by-suburb view of the economy, found that economic growth in Australia is uneven with key drivers including population growth and transport infrastructure.

     

    “Parramatta’s population is forecast to grow by more than 40 per cent over the next two decades and Council is investing in key infrastructure to support this expansion,” Cr Chedid said.

     

    “I am continuing to lobby for government and private sector support for our much-needed Western Sydney light rail project which will provide even greater potential for future growth.

     

    “Work is already underway to complete a 12 km off-road pathway between Westmead and Meadowbank which will link key residential areas to the University of Western Sydney and Parramatta.”

     

    Parramatta was last week ranked as the state’s most liveable suburb by an Urban Development

    Institute of Australia (UDIA) report.

     

    With a population of more than two million people, Western Sydney is home to one in 10 Australians, while Parramatta is the busiest transport hub in NSW, outside of the Sydney CBD.

     

    PwC’s white paper can be downloaded here:

     

    http://www.pwc.com.au/consulting/publications/australia-uncovered.htm

     

  • 23-Jan-2014 13:25 | Deleted user

    Smart Work Hub Pilot Program

    The NSW Government is currently inviting expressions of interest from organisations or consortia that are in a strong position to establish and operate pilot Smart Work Hubs. 

    A 'Smart Work Hub' is a facility or space which offers workers an alternative to either working in their normal place of work or working from home. 

    Smart Work Hubs are distinct from a serviced office in that they aim to offer workers an alternative office space close to their home residence, and provide space for workers from different organisations which allow users to connect with each other.

    The pilot projects will explore how modern management practices and innovative work cultures can help grow knowledge based industries, support flexible work practices and offer commuters an alternative work location closer to home.

    Financial assistance will be made available to successful applicants or consortia to establish and operate a pilot Smart Work Hub, to be determined by a two-stage competitive public process.

    The Smart Work Hub Pilot Program will prioritise funding for Smart Work Hubs located within the Western Sydney and the Central Coast regions due to the potential benefits to large commuter populations.

    For more information on the program and competitive public process, please follow this link and download the two documents.

    Applications close 9.00 am Tuesday, 28 January 2014.

    Questions regarding the Expression of Interest (EOI) documents will be responded to by the contact officer in writing until 5pm Friday 24 January 2014.

    For urgent enquiries after this time please call 0409 211 659.

    The Smart Work Hub Pilot Program is an initiative under the NSW Economic Development Framework. 

  • 23-Jan-2014 13:23 | Deleted user

    The second North West Rail Link Business Connect Forum will be held on 31 January, 2014.

    This forum, hosted by tunnel builders Thiess John Holland Dragados (TJHD), will focus on what is happening on and around the construction sites at the new Bella Vista and Norwest railway stations.  The forum will outline changes to traffic and pedestrian access when Brookhollow Avenue closes from 7 February for about four months.

    Forum Details:

    8-9am
    Friday 31 January 2014
    The new Hills Shire Council Chambers, 3 Columbia Court, Norwest Business Park.

    To confirm your attendance, please contact tunnelling@northwestrail.com.au by Monday, 29 January.

    The North West Rail Link is Australia's largest public transport infrastructure project and a priority rail project for the NSW Government.  TJHD has been contracted to build the 15km twin tunnels and civil works for five of the eight new stations and two services facilities.

    Engaging effectively and proactively with businesses across the Hills district is a priority for TJHD.  If you are unable to attend but would like more information about planned works at Bella Vista and Norwest or across the broader project, please visit www.northwestrail.com.au or call 1800 019 989. 

  • 22-Jan-2014 13:12 | Deleted user

    Outstanding client feedback has won WSBC Platinum Partner, Moore Stephens a place as a finalist in the BRW Client Choice Awards.

    This year’s finalists were selected by more than 42,000 respondents from a pool of 87 professional consulting firms, 38 of which fell into the government and community category.

    As one of four finalists in the category, ‘Best provider to the government and community sector,’ Moore Stephens Not for Profit sector has been ranked ahead of any of the big four professional consulting firms.

    Marco Carlei says, “This industry-driven accolade is tangible proof that Moore Stephens is achieving its vision to be a leading mid-tier financial advisory services firm and first choice in our target markets.

    “We have been a finalist twice in the past three years, which clearly shows we’re on the rise when it comes to the important job of fulfilling client expectation, but still a way to go to reach consistent results.”

    The BRW Client Choice Awards are compiled in conjunction with leading professional services consulting group Beaton Research + Consulting.

    Now in its 11th year, Australia’s most prestigious professional service awards are a shining symbol of client service excellence.

    Mel Anderson, director of Benchmarks at Beaton Research + Consulting, says, “The Client Choice Awards are unique in that, unlike most other awards programs, they are not based on carefully constructed submissions from firms designed to highlight their best – and hide the worst aspects of their performance.

    “Rather the Client Choice Awards are judged on the basis of feedback provided directly and independently by clients who have used the firms in the last 12 months. This method of judging gives the Client Choice Awards their great credibility; more than any others for professional services firms. What better way to judge client service excellence than to directly ask those who have experienced it?”

    The winners of this year’s Client Choice Awards will be announced at a cocktail function in Sydney on Wednesday 19 February. Coverage of the winners will be run by BRW and the Australian Financial Review online and in print in the Financial Review and other Fairfax media.

  • 16-Jan-2014 13:02 | Deleted user

    Are you aware of the new rules and regulations regarding Australia's "transfer pricing rules" and more importantly the consequences to your business of getting it wrong? These refer to the prices charges between related parties for goods and/or services where the parties are operating in different countries and will impact on your level of profits and therefore the amount of tax you will have to pay in the respective countries. 

    Our Platinum Partner, Moore Stephens Sydney West, in conjunction with ANZ would like to invite you to a free seminar to explain the new rules and regulations. Full details are listed below including booking instructions.

    To whet your appetite you may wish to read the attached article on 'Australia's Transfer Pricing Maze' written by Stuart Edwards.

     

    Transfer Pricing Reform - A new world order…

    Seminar Details:

    Date: 13th February 2014

    Time: 7.00am registration for 7.30am start
    seminar concludes at 9.30am.
    Venue: Park Royal Parramatta, 30 Phillip Street, Parramatta NSW 2150
    RSVP: 6th February 2014 to Moore Stephens Sydney West on 02 9890 1111 or email ngoss@moorestephens.com.au.

    How can the seminar benefit your business or client base? 
    Does your company have transactions with overseas related parties?
    Are you the Public Officer or involved in the management of the company?

    If you answer 'yes' to these questions, you may wish to attend our seminar to better understand your obligations and the key issues arising from the shifting transfer pricing landscape.

    Presenters: 
    Michael O’Neil, Assistant Deputy Commissioner (Profit Shifting Practice) of the Australian Taxation Office along with Stuart Edwards and the transfer pricing team at Moore Stephens will take you through the key issues that are going to affect you, including a consideration of:

    §  The key changes to Australia’s new “self-assessment” transfer pricing regime

    §  The increased documentation requirements including:

    §  The practical implications of the changes

    §  Risk-management approaches to compliance

    §  The Global transfer pricing stage – what’s happening and possible implications

    §  The ATO transfer pricing compliance focus and matter for your consideration.

    We would be delighted if you are able to join us for the seminar. In the meantime, please contact one of our Transfer Pricing Team members for an obligation-free discussion about your issues or concerns.

    Kind Regards,

    Marlon Fraser, Partner

    mfraser@moorestephens.com.au

     

     

  • 06-Jan-2014 12:55 | Deleted user

     

     

    Applications close 5pm Friday 28 February 2014

    The Textile, Clothing and Footwear (TCF) Small Business Program offers grants of up to $50,000 for projects to improve the business enterprise culture of small businesses manufacturing textiles, clothing or footwear in Australia, or designing for manufacture in Australia.

    AusIndustry invites applications from established small businesses or consortiums, who have not received grants from other TCF programs, for projects to be undertaken in 2014/15.


    Up to $2.5 million funding is available,
    to eligible small businesses.

    Applicants must:

     

    §  have fewer than 20 employees

    §  undertake eligible textile, clothing and footwear activities

    §  make a minimum cash contribution of 25% of proposed budget

    §  have a turnover of at least $100,000, and must be solvent and not under any administrative arrangements.

    For an application to be competitive, the project should be designed to support an improvement in business systems, production processes and/or management strategies, to make it more creative, sustainable and internationally competitive.

    Refer to the Customer Information Guide for advice on writing a competitive application. Projects should be up to 12 months in duration, commencing from July 2014.

    AusIndustry will conduct workshops nationally commencing 28 January 2014, focused on how to write a competitive application.

    For more information visit our website at ausindustry.gov.au and follow the links to the TCF Small Business Program. To obtain the word-fillable application form, phone the AusIndustry hotline on 13 28 46 or email hotline@ausindustry.gov.au

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • 04-Dec-2013 15:29 | Anonymous

    Author: Di Bartok, Parramatta Advertiser


    Western Sydney Business Connection's last lunch of the year gave business people a chance to network before the start of another year as well as raise money for Northcott Disability Services.


    Held at Oatlands House in Dundas on Wednesday, the business leader lunch featured popular Northcott ambassadors Ben Keyte and Shirley Wong who both spoke of how Northcott had helped their lives.


    Both wheelchair bound and Ms Wong communicating via an iPad voice, the young ambassadors told of the support Northcott had given them.


    "If not for Northcott, I, we would not be talking to you today," Mr Keyte told the audience.


    Both he and Ms Wong spoke of the work Northcott does in supporting people with disabilities to lead full lives.


    Mr Keyte gave an impressive account of his active life, in the performing arts as well as wheelchair soccer with the Wanderers.


    More than $4000 was raised through a live and silent auction and a raffle.


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