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  • 20-May-2019 17:00 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Growing up in Dubbo, Molly was your ordinary sporty, happy-go-lucky, 11-year-old girl. Following in her big sister, Maddison's, footsteps, she played representative netball, hockey and basketball. Living in country New South Wales, sport is a way of life, and Molly was kicking some amazing sporting goals.

    But during a trip Sydney to play netball, her leg was sore, her shin was hurting, and as the days went on it was obvious something wasn't right.

    On Molly’s twelfth birthday, it wasn't with her friends in her home town of Dubbo. She was hours away, in Sydney, and doctors from The Children’s Hospital Westmead were preparing to begin treatment for osteosarcoma: bone cancer.

    Over more than 10 months, she underwent surgery, and a total of 30 weeks of chemotherapy. During that time, Molly and her family had to make a new home, at Ronald McDonald House Westmead.

    Throughout the journey, the Croft family stayed close to Molly, supporting her, and also receiving support from the other families at the House, who understand how challenging a serious illness or injury can be.

    On the 9th of April, 2019, Molly had her last round of chemo, meaning her treatment protocol is done. More importantly, it means that Molly and her family are heading home to Dubbo.

    Molly and her want to help raise funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities Greater Western Sydney and Pay it Forward to help families just like theirs.

    Your support means that other families like hers can also stay together during some of the toughest times imaginable.

    To donate, go to

  • 16-May-2019 18:54 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    There has never been a better time to be a private company.

    Advances in technology have brought private businesses closer to their customers, globalisation has granted greater access to once remote markets, and a new generation of cutting-edge talent is bringing fresh thinking into strategy. However, market changes like cyber-attacks, trade tensions and geopolitical uncertainty can pose significant risks to growth.

    How are private companies and their leaders tackling these challenges? Learn how today’s private company business leaders are facing uncertainty with confidence in Deloitte’s latest global study.

  • 16-May-2019 18:27 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Enjoy BAR 30 & Bistro's Lunch on the Deck for only $19.90. Choose from a selection of signature mains, from a variety of fresh local producers.

    Available Monday to Friday from 12:00pm to 2:30pm, this great deal includes a glass of selected wine, beer or soft drink.

    PARKROYAL Parramatta would also like to offer WSBC Members and contacts the following special offer:

    Quote ‘WSBC’ upon booking and receive 10% off the total bill when dining for lunch at BAR30 and Bistro.

    Valid when dining before July 26th 2019. Monday-Friday only

    For reservations and enquiries, please contact the PARKROYAL Parramatta team on:

    P: 9685 0377


    Click here for further information

  • 13-May-2019 09:01 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    7 things you need to check on every dubious email

    There was a time when fake emails were easy to spot. They usually announced a million dollar prize in a lottery we never entered or requested urgent access to your bank account on behalf of a long-lost relative. That’s no longer the case.

    Click here to read the full article.

    Macquarie has been providing Business Banking solutions for over 30 years and provides SME clients with tools and strategies to grow and develop their business. You can get regular updates by subscribing to the monthly newsletter, Strictly Business by visiting If you would like to find out more about how Macquarie can support you to take your business further, call Sam McCarthy at our Parramatta office on 0417 518 724 and be connected with one of our banking specialists.

    This information has been prepared by Macquarie Bank Limited ABN 46 008 583 542 AFSL and Australian Credit Licence 237502 (“Macquarie”) for general information purposes only. This information does not constitute advice. Opinions expressed are subject to change without notice. No member of Macquarie accepts any liability whatsoever for any direct, indirect, consequential or other loss arising from any use of this information.

  • 30-Apr-2019 09:30 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Special corporate offer for conferencing when you book your meeting at The William Inglis Hotel over the Winter months.

    Receive a complimentary coffee cart and barista for the duration of your event when you book a full day delegate package and hold your event prior to 30 September 2019. Valued at over $900 our delicious Will & Co coffee will keep your delegates buzzing throughout the day.

    Book the Day Delegate Package for only $75.00 per person and receive:

    - Complimentary Wi-Fi

    - Complimentary parking

    - Complimentary breakfast for single delegates staying overnight

    Keep yourself warm this Winter with a hot coffee or Herbal Tea.

    Click here for more information. 

  • 23-Apr-2019 17:20 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Book your Christmas celebrations with Events by ATC by 1 December 2019 to receive your choice of:

    • A Race Day Experience* – Table for four in either the Winning Post Restaurant at Rosehill Gardens or the Grandview Restaurant at Royal Randwick, including lunch and beverage package,
    • 2 x General Admission Race Day* tickets for each of your event attendees, or
    • 6 bottles of Möet & Chandon

    *Excludes Carnival race days

    Contact the Events by ATC team today for further information:

    P: 1300 729 668


  • 23-Apr-2019 14:56 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Mana – the mystical gem of the Mamanucas

    Location: Mana Island Resort & Spa is positioned in the heart of the 27 islands that make up the Mamanuca archipelago, about 30 kilometres west of Nadi. The cluster of islands are a tropical paradise, each encircled by white sand beaches, rocky outcrops, coral and pristine crystal-clear water.

    Mana Island Resort & Spa is accessed by scheduled ferry service from Port Denarau, water taxi, or air. Mana Island is one of only two islands in the Mamanucas that has an airfield, serviced by Pacific Island Air.

    Getting there: For overseas visitors, the closest international airport to Mana Island Resort & Spa is Nadi International Airport. Fiji’s national carrier Fiji Airways, Qantas and Virgin Australia operates regularly scheduled services to Nadi International Airport from Australia (Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide).

    From Nadi International Airport it is approximately a 20-minute drive to Port Denarau Marina.

    Mana Mania: You’ll need a week or more at Mana Island Resort & Spa to fully immerse yourself in the variety of land and water activities on offer. In the Mamanuncas, it’s all about doing as little, or as much as you please – the choice is yours.

    A rotating roster of events and activities are held weekly, ensuring no two days are alike. Immerse yourself in the culture of the locals, learn how to weave a hat and basket, get involved with Mana Island’s reef rejuvenation program, try your hand at windsurfing or diving and encourage family members as they join staff for the interactive night time entertainment – and that’s all in one day! Or slow down the pace, spread the fun across several days, infused with ample relaxation time.

    Elite Travel is proud to offer a 5% discount to all WSBC members from the lead-in-price of $1,499 per adult. This is an additional discount on top of a saving of $843 per adult. Do not miss out on this great value.

    Elite Travel has partnered with HSBC to offer all WSBC members (for a limited time) a twelve-month interest free term for approved customers. Conditions apply.

    Please note the offer expires on 18 May 2019 unless sold out prior. Availability is limited.

    How to book: Contact Elite Travel today 

    P: 1800 627 746



    Elite Travel: ‘Providing a better business travel management solution with value to the businesses in Western Sydney and supporting your local community’.

  • 23-Apr-2019 14:44 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    By Michael Page

    The Federal Government has not dedicated any funding for the $20 billion Western Sydney Metro West rail, due for delivery in the late 2020s and expected to generate tens of thousands of jobs.

    While Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s 2019 Federal Budget included spending for multiple road and transport initiatives in the region, this significant project missed out.

    “Western Sydney contributes more than 8 per cent of Australia’s GDP and within the next decade will be home to more than half of Sydney’s population. The Sydney Metro West has a vital role in supporting this growth and we will continue to promote its importance, particularly with the Western Line now at breaking point,” Adam Leto, Executive Director of the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue told Michael Page Australia.

    “Regardless of the Federal Government’s latest budget, or whoever wins the Federal Election, there is no denying that Metro West is the steel spine of one the country’s fastest growing regions and it demands federal, state and local support, especially when you consider the economic outcomes it will deliver.”

    The Dialogue said it is still confident Sydney Metro West will be planned, funded and built on time.

    “As we’ve seen through the Western Sydney City Deal, the Federal Government can play an important role in the development of our cities, and our hope that it will continue to invest in the region’s growth centres, particularly within the Greater Parramatta and Olympic Park Corridor,” Leto said.

    RELATED: Federal Budget pledges 1.25 million more jobs on the horizon

    Greater Western Sydney is forecast to grow from 2 million-plus people to 3 million-plus by 2036.

    In the next 25 years, the region will generate 15 per cent of Australia’s population growth, and 60 per cent of Sydney’s.

    Christopher Brown AM, Chairman of Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue said the decision not to include funding for the Metro West rail project in the budget was a missed opportunity for the Morrison government to demonstrate its support for the economic development of the region.

    Brown said Metro West will be Sydney’s most transformative transport project, and upon completion of the first link, will generate tens of thousands of jobs by unlocking the potential of the city’s two CBDs – Sydney and Parramatta.

    He acknowledged the government’s continued support for the North-South rail, which will link St Marys to the Western Sydney Airport.

    RELATED: Western Sydney housing, construction lead policy talks

    The NSW government has allocated $6.4 billion for the Sydney Metro West rail.

    As part of the 2019 Federal Budget, the Western Sydney region was earmarked:

    • $3.5 billion for the North-South Rail Link
    • $405 million in additional funds for the M12 Motorway
    • $50 million to upgrade King Georges Road
    • $95 million to improve The Horsley Drive
    • $50 million will be spent on improvements for Homebush Bay Drive
    • Commuter parking at Panania will be upgraded
    • $200 million will go toward a new Hawkesbury River Crossing at Windsor

    To find out more about current and upcoming Western Sydney job opportunities, contact Michael Page.

    RELATED: The future of Western Sydney lies in its opportunities

  • 23-Apr-2019 14:25 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Business leaders from across Western Sydney have supported Blacktown City Council to launch Trade Mission India 2019.

    Council has partnered with Austrade to invite businesses from Blacktown and Western Sydney to join a trade delegation to India later this year.

    Blacktown City Mayor, Stephen Bali MP, said: “Blacktown City has one of the fastest growing economies in Australia, while India has one of the fastest growing economies in the world.

    “Trade between our city and cities across India is a perfect fit.”

    More than 100 business leaders from Western Sydney, and officials from neighbouring councils, Austrade and the Indian Consulate attended the launch. There was immediate interest in joining the trade delegation.

    Mayor Bali said: “We have partnered with Austrade so we can tap into their vast experience, expertise and network of offices across India. It will dramatically cut the time and effort needed to establish business-to-business connections.”

    “Blacktown is home to 360,000 people from 188 birthplaces representing 182 different language groups.”

    “Our community is one of the most diverse in NSW and possibly the country, we know that a very large percentage of our population are from the Indian diaspora so it makes sense to build links with India,” said Mayor Bali.

    He said there are more than 20,000 businesses operating in the City and Council supported businesses ready to grow.

    Council led a similar Trade Mission to Korea in 2017. My Home Living Care Business Development Manager, Fred Cloos, joined the Korean Trade Mission.

    “Joining the Blacktown City Council Trade Mission to Korea in 2017 opened a lot of opportunities for our business that we never thought of exploring before.

    “We established some key relationships and pursued a business plan which is totally new to our business model.

    “I wish Council all the very best on the upcoming Trade Mission India 2019,” Mr Cloos said.

    Mayor Bali said Blacktown’s economy is $17.4 billion and Council is determined to support businesses to grow this economy.

    “Leading a business delegation to one of the fastest growing economies presents a platform for our businesses to grow beyond our City and the Australian economy,” he said.

    Council has called for expressions of interest from Western Sydney businesses to join the delegation.

    Expressions of interest can be accessed at and close on Friday, 3 May.

    For more information email:

  • 23-Apr-2019 13:57 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    A new NSW Brain Clot Bank initiative led by Dr Sonu Bhaskar and Professor Murray Killingsworth has just received four-years funding from the NSW Ministry of Health.

    This grant will enable the establishment of an NSW collection for thrombectomy samples to be housed at the NSW State-wide Biobank Facility. The underlying cause of stroke in individual patients may soon be unravelled thanks to this new research initiative from the Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research and Liverpool Hospital.

    This is a world-first initiative that will establish an important resource for fast-tracking stroke research. The group have committed to providing brain clot data on an “open source” collaborative basis that will be available for use by stroke research groups worldwide.

    A new procedure called endovascular thrombectomy (EVT) means that stroke-causing blood clots can now be safely removed from the brain of stroke patients for analysis by pathology. Analysis at the single cell and molecular level will be used to identify the source of the clot blockage, advise stroke survivors of their ongoing risk factors and allow precision targeted therapy to prevent disease recurrence. Previously, only low-resolution clinical imaging of the blockage site was available to clinicians for prognostic evaluation.

    “Thanks to the ‘game-changing” treatment for patients who have suffered an ischemic stroke – we now have a unique window of opportunity to examine the brain clots, retrieved after the surgical procedure, to study the underlying causes of stroke. This offers hope to find new ways to correctly diagnose and treat stroke”, said Dr Sonu Bhaskar, Chief Investigator of NSW Brain Clot Bank.

    Associate Professor Murray Killingsworth who Heads the Correlative Microscopy Facility at Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research and is a co-Chief Investigator of the project adds, “I’m excited about this initiative which will allow us to study the composition of brain clots using cutting-edge advanced microscopy and pathology techniques.”

    Prof Les Bokey, Director of Research at Ingham Institute and South West Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD), said, “Bringing together leading team of vascular neurologists, neuro-interventionists and pathologists from major tertiary care hospitals in NSW, this biospecimen bank led by Dr Bhaskar and Prof Killingsworth would allow improved diagnostic support systems in stroke. SWSLHD and Ingham Institute are proud to support the translational stroke research program designed to drive cutting-edge innovations in stroke.”

    The Chief Executive Officer of Ingham Institute, Darryl Harkness, said, “The grant from the Ministry of Health will provide a valuable opportunity to clinicians and/or researchers who can use this new knowledge to prevent stroke and identify causes. This may lead to further significant improvements in the way we treat acute stroke.”

    “I am very encouraged by the multi-site collaborative network across major NSW hospitals. This will put NSW on the international map as a leading player in this field of research.”, said A/Prof Greg Kaplan, Chief Operating Officer at Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research.

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