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  • 14-Nov-2022 12:19 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    The world of work has changed. And so has the wants and expectations of our workers.

    51% of businesses have had to pay more in wages to attract the right candidate in the past 12 months. How can small businesses compete on increased wage growth? By upskilling their workforce offering:

    • Professional and Career Development
    • Enhanced in demand skills
    • Higher job satisfaction
    • Flexibility

    Would it surprise you to know that Millennials now make up the largest age demographic in the workforce? On average a Millennial only stays in a job role for 18-24 months. They are not afraid to take risks and completely change the industry they are in. How did they become so comfortable with ‘change’? By realising that skills are transferable.

    Core skills such as:

    • Communication
    • Collaboration
    • Critical Thinking
    • Cyber Security Awareness

    These skills once learnt can be transferred across a range of industries and roles with ease. So, what does this shifting workforce mean for employers? With change comes opportunity, that you can leverage to stack the deck in your favour and build a fresh resilient workforce. A dynamic culture based on mentorship, flexibility and learning is what workers are looking for. Become a leader of the upskill movement.

    The world of work has changed, have you?

    My Skills Australia RTO#91037 has its final student intake for 2022 starting 28th Nov:

    • Digital Marketing
    • Web Development
    • Systems Admin Support
    • Work Health and Safety
    • Forklift Licence

    For course information email: hello@myskillsaustralia.edu.au


  • 14-Nov-2022 11:29 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Matthews Folbigg Lawyers have been providing legal assistance to companies and private clients in western Sydney and across Australia for over 60 years. Their office is conveniently located in the heart of Parramatta and they are one of the largest law firms outside of the Sydney CBD.

    Matthews Folbigg are always keen to take advantage of opportunities to strengthen their already strong commercial law team and they are delighted to announce through The Connection's e-News, that Geeti Chawla has joined the commercial law team at Matthews Folbigg as a Senior Commercial Lawyer.

    Geeti is an experienced commercial lawyer who understands when a client needs a lawyer to take control and solve complex commercial and legal problems, but is equally comfortable working with clients to provide legal reassurance that they are on the right track.

    Geeti has a focus on complex commercial contracts and deeds as well as compliance and corporate governance. Both are of critical importance to successful companies irrespective of the industry in which they compete.

    Geeti completed a double degree of Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce at Macquarie University. Her ability to understand commercial problems and find legal solutions sets Geeti apart, and offers clients the opportunity to work alongside a lawyer who will help them to achieve their goals.

    Geeti has led a team of commercial and corporate lawyers as head of a commercial practice and understands the demands of SMEs, national and multinational corporations. Geeti has worked on a diverse range of commercial transactions, corporate and governance issues, business restructuring issues.

    Geeti believes that understanding client needs and goals should drive the provision of practical and effective legal advice. She is passionate about working with clients to help them achieve those goals.

    Geeti can be contacted on:

    P: 9635 7427

    E: GeetiC@matthewsfolbigg.com.au


  • 14-Nov-2022 10:56 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    J&J Metro Air Conditioning are always looking to advance and offer their customers expertise and skills to ensure they exceed expectations, no matter the size of the project.

    They continue to provide a complete turn-key solution to your heating-ventilation-air conditioning needs from the initial concepts and engineering designs through to sourcing equipment, manufacturing parts, installation, servicing and preventative maintenance programs.

    As a Bronze Member of the Fire Protection Association Australia, J&J Metro are pleased to announce that they now also offer Mechanical Fire Services including:

    • Certification of installation for:

    o Fire Dampers

    o Smoke Dampers

    o Mechanical Handling Systems

    o Stair Pressurisation Systems

    o Smoke Management Systems

    • Repairs and rectification for Annual Fire Safety Statements (AFSS)

    Be sure to get in touch for more on this and other services they offer, by calling 1300 883 153 or visiting jjmetroairconditioning.com.au

    J&J Metro - Proudly doing whatever it takes for over 28 years!

              

  • 09-Nov-2022 10:48 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    By Sue Lawrence, President, NWBC

    The North West Business Chamber (NWBC) continues to advocate for investment in the North West Growth Area.

    The area is at the pinnacle of change and resourced correctly offers benefits too big to ignore.

    During Small Business Month the NWBC would like to take the opportunity to prepare their members and the businesses of the wider community with a glimpse of the future posibilities and pitfalls.

    On Friday 25 November 2022 they are hosting a business networking lunch “Foundation Stone – a glimpse into the future of Sydney’s North West”.

    The centrepiece of the event will be a presentation by research-based futurist and social researcher Mark McCrindle.

    Mark has an international following and is recognised as a leader in tracking emerging issues and researching social trends, he will be focusing his presentation on the future of the North West Growth area.

    This not to be missed event is essential for any business or individual operating in Sydney's North West.

    Registration to this free catered event is essential and can be done by clicking here.



  • 02-Nov-2022 12:20 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Mid-tier accounting firm, William Buck has accelerated its growth in Western Sydney through a strategic merger with Champion’s Business Growth Advisers. The merger creates the largest SME focused accounting and advisory firm in the region.

    Since William Buck opened its offices in Parramatta, Western Sydney has seen significant change. It’s now home to almost 230,000 SMEs and represents 25% of NSW’s Gross State Product. The merger, effective from 1 November 2022, will consolidate William Buck’s position as the ‘go to‘ advisor for these SMEs.

    William Buck NSW Managing Director Nick Hatzistergos says that building the firm’s service quality and capabilities in Western Sydney was a key pillar of the firm’s strategic plan.

    “Western Sydney plays a vital role in all sectors of the economy. This merger represents our long-term strategy of delivering ‘a whole of firm’ service to the West including expanded tax and wealth advisory services.

    We’ve known Champion’s for a long time, and they’re an obvious fit. They’ve built a formidable firm based on a great culture amongst their people and outstanding client relationships. Their unwillingness to compromise on client service is a value shared by William Buck.”

    Stephen Champion and David Freney, Directors at Champion’s said joining forces with William Buck is a win-win for both their clients and people.

    “Our clients will gain access to William Buck’s deep expertise across Audit and Assurance, specialist Tax Services, Corporate Advisory and Wealth Advisory. Our team will benefit from William Buck’s expansive training and development and wellbeing programmes.”

    The firm will operate from William Buck’s existing Parramatta premises which will now be home to over 50 full time professionals. Further investment in Western Sydney together with ambitious growth plans will see the firm deliver continued benefits to the area through specialist services and greater employment opportunities.


  • 31-Oct-2022 11:38 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Aboriginal students are making their mark on Sydney’s new airport with a flag celebrating First Nations culture proudly flying atop a crane building what will be Australia’s best airport terminal.

    The flag, designed and painted by First Nations students from neighbouring Luddenham Public School as part of Western Sydney Airport’s School Engagement Program, will fly 75 metres high on the Western Parkland City skyline.

    Western Sydney Airport CEO Simon Hickey said the airport was committed to ensuring Australia’s new global gateway reflects and respects the region’s rich Aboriginal heritage, with First Nations people consulted throughout the airport design process.

    “From 2026, Western Sydney International will welcome millions of visitors from across Australia and the world and we want the airport to celebrate more than 60,000 years of First Nations’ culture with every one of them,” Mr Hickey said.

    “But we’re not waiting until 2026 – we’re celebrating and embedding First Nations culture into everything we do here at Western Sydney Airport from construction to opening.

    “These young students will be able to drive past the airport construction site and proudly see their flag flying high on what will one day be Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport.

    “We want to engage students in what will be one of the most transformational projects in Australia’s history and hopefully one day see them working at Sydney’s new airport.

    “We are committed to ensuring that Western Sydney International makes a meaningful difference to the lives of First Nations people, providing jobs and economic opportunities now and into the future once the airport is operational.”

    Construction of the airport terminal is charging ahead with work underway to build the baggage handling system platform. The departure and arrival levels are also underway with more than 450 tonnes of structural steel installed to date and 365 supporting columns now poured.

    Luddenham Public School Education Support Officer Krystal Player said flying the flag was an important representation of the school community, where more than a fifth of students are Aboriginal.

    “The flag features fifty dots to symbolise each student in our school and around the dots are the artworks created by each student along with their handprints,” Mrs Player said.

    “This is a great opportunity for students to really connect with the airport and be part of its journey.”

    Since construction began, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers have accounted for an average of 2.6 per cent of the Western Sydney Airport team, exceeding the project’s target.

    Earlier this year, Western Sydney Airport launched its inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan, outlining its commitment to honouring First Nations communities


  • 24-Oct-2022 10:17 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Western Sydney Wanderers FC would like to offer all local businesses a 20% discount across all Corporate Hospitality packages for the match this Friday night against Newcastle Jets.

    Corporate Hospitality can be used for a range of occasions, whether you are entertaining clients, hosting a team event, or attending with family, we have the perfect package for you.

    All packages include 3.5 hours of food and drinks, including beer, wine, and soft drinks.

    With the match taking place on a Friday night, it’s the perfect opportunity for businesses to take their team out, have a few drinks and watch the Western Sydney Wanderers FC take on Newcastle Jets FC.

    Round 4 – Western Sydney Wanderers v Newcastle Jets

    When: Friday 28th October

    Where: Commbank Stadium

    Time: 7:45pm kick off

    Corporate Hospitality can be purchased through the link below, apply code WSBC20 during the checkout process.

    https://wsw.football/2223WSWCorporate


  • 17-Oct-2022 14:55 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Celebrate Melbourne Cup at The William Inglis Hotel and:

    • Indulge in luxury with a glass of sparkling served on arrival
    • Enjoy a delicious hot buffet lunch, accompanied by antipasto and dessert stations.
    • Watch the race that stops the nation on large plasma screens with onsite TAB Machines, live entertainment and hotel giveaways

    Book your tickets today.

    Melbourne Cup at The William Inglis Hotel

    Date: Tuesday 1st November 2022

    Price: $95pp

    Time: 12pm-5pm

    Inclusions: Glass of Sparkling on arrival + hot and cold buffet lunch + live coverage of the races + entertainment and TAB machines.

    Ticket sales close: 28/10/22

    Ticket Link: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/415742867107


  • 17-Oct-2022 12:24 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    On Tuesday, 25 October Treasurer Jim Chalmers will hand down an updated 2022-23 Budget. With rising interest rates, increased inflation and a volatile global environment it’s challenging economic times. Meanwhile, a deep skills shortage intensifies its threat on middle market businesses, impacting some of our most critical industries.

    How will the Albanese Labor Government’s first Federal Budget respond to our economic challenges?

    Join William Buck tax specialists Todd Want and Danielle Constantine the morning after Labor’s Federal Budget announcement as they explore the key measures and the impact on you and your business. Click here to register.


  • 04-Oct-2022 13:58 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    One of Sydney’s most significant pieces of new public art, Place of the Eels, has been officially unveiled in the heart of Parramatta’s CBD.

    Created by Western Sydney artists Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro, the gleaming eight-metre tall, aluminium replica of a vintage bus is now permanently parked in Parramatta Square.

    “All great cities have great public art, and Place of the Eels ticks that box. It will be a conversation starter,” City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Donna Davis said.

    Place of the Eels captures the spirit of our City through its intriguing stories. It is a wonderful representation of some colourful moments in Parramatta’s history. This sculpture connects our past with the present while reflecting on the waves of people who make our City so exceptional.”

    Artists Claire and Sean said it was surreal to see the larger-than-life artwork at its final home in Parramatta Square. Place of the Eels is a culmination of more than two years’ hard work and took more than 50 people and 7,500 hours to bring it to life.

    “We really are proud to play a part in creating an artwork that is so central to this City and really champions it. We hope this artwork will act as a meeting spot and talking point for the community,” Sean said.

    “It’s a deceptive artwork in a way – on the surface is a bright, shiny exterior which belies just how multilayered it is, just like this City,” Claire said.

    “The City of Parramatta has had such a rich and diverse history; we’ve captured a small cross-section of it and now it belongs to the community. It’s open to interpretation by all the residents, visitors and commuters who cross its path.”

    The stories encapsulated in Place of the Eels include:

    Premiership-winning Parramatta Eels

    The artwork is a replica of the 1960s Leyland Worldmaster bus used by the Parramatta Eels rugby league team to hold meetings in during the 1980s. Coach Jack Gibson bought the bus after the team’s home base at Cumberland Oval was burnt to the ground by overenthusiastic fans celebrating the 1981 premiership victory. Despite the team losing their home ground for four seasons, the Parramatta Eels went on to win two more consecutive premierships.

    The Flying Pieman

    William Francis King, also known as ‘The Flying Pieman’, was recognised for his feats of speed and endurance. According to local legend, King would sell pies to people embarking on the ferry journey from Circular Quay to Parramatta. Once they were on board and traversing the Parramatta River, King would pack up his stand and race on foot to Parramatta, ready to sell his baked goods to the now disembarking passengers.

    Rosie Bint Broheen

    The story of Rosie Bint Broheen is a nod to Parramatta’s long and layered history of migration and in particular its connection to Kfarsghab, Lebanon. In 1890s, Rosie Bint Broheen migrated to Sydney after a three-month voyage from her village of Kfarsghab, Lebanon, leaving her husband and children behind in a country experiencing political turmoil.

    When she reached Australia, a customs officer misinterpreted her name as Rosie O’Brien. She was granted a hawker’s licence and eventually became one of the first Lebanese women to purchase property in Parramatta in 1922. Today there are more than 20,000 people living in Parramatta who can trace their ancestry back to Kfarsghab.

    Parramatta Industrial School for Girls

    The artwork references coded messages of love and support passed between girls living at the Parramatta Industrial School for Girls, also known as the Parramatta Girls Home. The messages were etched into everyday items like toothbrushes and combs, so the girls could communicate without fear of punishment.

    Ms Broheen’s great grandson Len Norman was present at today’s official launch and was touched to have his relative’s story immortalised in the sculptural artwork.

    “My great grandmother, Rosie Bint Broheen became Rosie O’Brien, and she was buried as Rose O Norman. To have her true name so proudly displayed on this artwork in the middle of Parramatta, it’s a homage to the real Rosie and all migrants that come to Australia for a better life,” Mr Norman said.

    “She was a true pioneer and trailblazer being one of the earliest people to make that long journey from Kfarsghab to Australia. We have such a lovely connection to that village, and it continues to this day through an Australian-based village association.”

    Place of the Eels is one of two public artworks chosen for the $2.7 billion Parramatta Square precinct following a competitive worldwide selection process. An independent panel chose from more than 110 submissions including those from international artists from USA, Japan and Spain.

    The second artwork, Where Eels Lie Down by Reko Rennie, is expected to be installed in 2023.

    Interesting Stats

    • More than 7.6 tonnes of Australian aluminium and steel was used to create the artwork
    • The artwork was fabricated by Urban Art Projects in their Brisbane workshop
    • More than 50 people worked to design, fabricate and install the artwork
    • More than 7,500 hours to create, transport and build the artwork in Parramatta Square

    Artists' Bios

    Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro are Western Sydney-based artists who first met at the University of New South Wales while completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts. They have been exhibiting collaboratively since 2001 and are known for their extraordinary sculptures and installations, including their public work Cloud Nation, which is in the Green Square Library Tower. They have held solo exhibitions locally and internationally in China, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Switzerland and the USA. In 2009, their installation Life Span was part of the Australian representation at the 53rd Venice Biennale. They were recently awarded the 2022 Sir John Sulman Prize for their artwork, Raiko and Shuten-dōji.


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