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  • 31-Mar-2014 16:27 | Deleted user

    OPPOSITION Leader John Robertson is pledging $20 ­million for a study into the ­proposed Parramatta light rail project to Castle Hill and Macquarie Park if elected, putting pressure on the O’Farrell ­government to do the same.

    Parramatta Council has been calling for the funding and Mr Robertson is also promising the establishment of the Western Sydney Economic Development Authority (WSEDA) if elected to work on building jobs in the west and with the Commonwealth on the “delivery of a second ­airport in western Sydney”.

    The pledge comes after Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian confirmed earlier this month a Parramatta light rail project was “in the mix” for the government ahead of the next election but did not commit to any funding. Her comments came after plans announced by Urban Growth NSW included a map showing light rail through Parramatta.

    Under Parramatta Council plans, one line would operate from Westmead through ­Parramatta to Macquarie Park and another from Parramatta to Castle Hill, with hopes a Parramatta-Bankstown line could be added.

    Mr Robertson’s office said Labor would commit $20 million for a “detailed feasibility study into the Western Sydney Light Rail Network undefined a project that would connect Sydney’s major development centres, universities and new urban communities”.

    “Importantly, the network will address the lack of cross-regional transport links in Sydney, especially north-south connections,” a spokesman said.

    The Opposition claims the project could generate $5 ­billion in construction activity and 2500 jobs. It is also promising to ­establish WSEDA which would oversee economic, jobs and infrastructure growth across western Sydney and ­co-ordinate government agencies to deliver infrastructure.

    “Western Sydney is a region of immense potential undefined but one that faces challenges,” Mr Robertson said. “Labor has already called for a western Sydney airport at Badgerys Creek undefined a project that will be a catalyst to transform the region. A western Sydney light rail network is an exciting project that will ­provide much needed transport links across the region.’’

    Source: The Daily Telegraphy by Andrew Clennell. Original article.

  • 28-Mar-2014 17:56 | Deleted user

    The $4 billion sale of Medibank Private will be used to partly fund Sydney’s future infrastructure, ­including an airport at Badgerys Creek, it has been revealed.

    The federal government announced yesterday it planned to sell the government-owned private health insurer by next year.

    But rather than use the ­proceeds to help with what ­Treasurer Joe Hockey has ­described as the debt crisis left by Labor, the government confirmed it would put the money into building things.

    While many of the infrastructure projects being planned for western Sydney will require more immediate funding, larger projects such as the second airport undefined which has yet to go to cabinet undefined will now be partly funded from the proceeds of the Medibank Private sale.

    Tomorrow Mr Hockey will meet state and territory treasurers to broker a deal in which he will tie future infrastructure funds to the sale and ­recycling of state public assets.

    Sources said the federal government had set an example before the meeting by ­announcing it would use the money from privatising its own assets undefined such as Medibank Private undefined to put into the ­national infrastructure funding pool.

    The Daily Telegraph revealed last month that the federal ­government would announce a $200 million-plus infrastructure package for western Sydney to ­accompany the airport.

    However, it is expected that the infrastructure package to be announced in the May budget will now be significantly larger for western Sydney.

    Finance Minister Mathias ­Cormann confirmed yesterday that the Medibank Private sale would go ahead in the 2014-15 financial year.

    He said a scoping study had confirmed there was no longer a compelling case for the federal government to own the insurance provider.

    He said the study also showed the sale would not necessarily result in higher ­premiums for its members.

    “Medibank Private is a ­commercial business operating in a well-functioning, well-regulated competitive private health insurance market with 34 competing funds,” he said.

    “There is no market failure in the (private) health insurance market.”

    “The sale of Medibank Private will remove the inherent conflict currently in place where the ­government is both the market regulator and the owner of a large participant in the market.”

    The federal government has appointed three new board members undefined Clayton Utz corporate lawyer David Fagan and experienced company directors Linda Nicholls and Christine O’Reilly undefined to oversee the sale.

    The federal opposition has said it is opposed to the Medibank Private sale but admitted it was powerless to stop it because legislation already existed that would allow it.

    Labor’s manager of opposition Tony Burke said the sale would wipe out dividends paid by the insurer to the government and reduce the ability to return the federal budget to surplus.

    Source: Original article

  • 27-Mar-2014 14:08 | Deleted user
    Liverpool is one of three western Sydney cities set to receive 3000 state government jobs in the next five years.

    Premier Barry O'Farrell said the jobs would be in new government offices and would boost western Sydney's economy.

    He said the government would seek expressions of interest for 5000 square metres of commercial space in each of the three centres, which equates to between five and 10 storeys in additional office space in each.

    "The NSW government will not own the new office accommodation but will instead become an anchor tenant for new investment," Mr O'Farrell said.

    He says the move "makes economic sense and has the added benefit of ensuring that public servants are based in the communities they serve".

    A spokesman for the Premier said the Community Relations Commission and divisions within the Family and Community Services would move from Sydney's CBD and Ashfield to Liverpool.

    "Relocation will begin as existing office leases are approaching renewal," the spokesman said.

    He said he could not confirm how many of the 3000 jobs would be going to Liverpool.

    "Individual agencies are still consulting with their staff," the spokesman said.

    "Exact numbers have not yet been finalised.

    "However, staff will be relocated in accordance with their conditions of service."

    Liverpool mayor Ned Mannoun said he was "over the moon" about the announcement.

    "It's a wonderful achievement, which we've all been working towards for a long time and I'd like to thank Menai MP Melanie Gibbons in particular, because she was always in the ear of the Premier," he said.

    "Not only is this great news in terms of jobs it will bring directly to the region but it will also act as a catalyst for further commercial development and send a strong signal to investors."

    Ms Gibbons said the relocation would provide more opportunities for Liverpool residents to work closer to where they live and would bring lots of life to Liverpool's city centre.

    Source: Liverpool City Champion by Anne Tarasov. Original article

  • 25-Mar-2014 09:14 | Deleted user

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  • 25-Mar-2014 09:11 | Deleted user

    The 2014 working year is back into full swing but despite research showing many Australians struggle to return to work after a break, few bosses do anything to jump start their enthusiasm.

    And while money heads the Top Ten Motivators list for Aussie professionals, work/life balance and being valued and recognised at work come in a close second and third.

    The national survey of 1,000 professionals was undertaken by Alliance Recruitment part of The Clarius Group, one of Australasia’s largest white collar recruitment groups, to identify hurdles to workplace motivation - as seen by professionals at the coal face.

    According to the research, more than half of white collar workers find it hard to return to work after the Christmas/New Year shutdown and when they do return, less than 30 per cent of managers make an effort to motivate them.

    Clarius Group CEO, Kym Quick, said employers who fail to motivate staff early in the New Year risk productivity and will lose key staff if they don’t tackle motivation.

    “Most of us struggle to get back into a work rhythm after the holidays and come February we will see a dramatic spike in those looking for a new role,” Ms Quick said.

    “The survey indicated that one-third of workers will look for a new job when they return to work so setting the tone for the New Year is critical and the best way to get some quick wins is to understand what motivates employees and find ways to enthuse and incentivise them.”

    Ms Quick said while offering financial incentives to staff at the beginning of the year is unrealistic for many companies, bosses can inspire staff with other non-financial incentives. She suggests three actions employers’ could take.

    • Organise early team event to kick-start team bonding and energise people
    • Offer bonus ‘free time’ off
    • Establish clear set of goals for each staffer

    “Traditionally most companies celebrate with team events at the end of a year but we recommend holding an event at the beginning of the year where people can bond and start working together as a team again,” she said.

     “Managers should also ensure each staff member has set goals for the year ahead, has a professional development plan, and has some interesting milestones the employee can look forward to along the way.”

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  • 24-Mar-2014 17:29 | Deleted user
    Tunneling work for the North West Rail Link will begin in October, Premier Barry O’Farrell announced today.

    Mr O’Farrell joined transport minister Gladys Berejiklian at the project’s Bella Vista construction site today to announce the boring machine would be in the ground by October to commence the twin 15km tunnels to Cherrybrook, which will take about two years to complete.

    “The $8.3 billion North West Rail Link is on budget and moving forward rapidly,” Mr O’Farrell said.

    “This project is no longer just a glossy brochure and lines on a map. Construction is underway, jobs are being created, the first of the four massive tunnel boring machines will be in ground ahead of our end of year commitment and the people of NSW can be sure this vital piece of infrastructure will be delivered.”

    Ms Berejiklian said this stage of the project would see the creation of 900 jobs.

    “It’s also great news for the local community that this part of the project will mean 900 jobs will be created,” Ms Berejiklian said.

    “We will be sourcing most of those jobs from the local community, from the north west and from western Sydney. I’m really looking forward for this site taking shape in the next few months.”

    Ms Berejiklian said tunnelling consortium Thiess John Holland Dragados is targeting Western Sydney in its recruitment of workers and had started a massive recruitment operation to source the construction workforce to join the project over the coming months,” she said.

    The workforce includes trades such as boilermakers, carpenters/formworkers, TBM operators, road header operators, tunnellers, electrical and mechanical trades, steel fixers, concreters, riggers, general labourers, scaffolders, traffic controllers, shotcreters, tunnel lining builders and truck/special vehicle operators.

    Source: Hills News by Vanessa Watson. Original article

  • 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.







    Wednesday, 2 April 2014






    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





    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:



  • 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. 

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