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  • 23-Jun-2020 11:35 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Would you like to experience the thrill and beauty of country Australia in your 4WD or AWD while supporting people with disability?

    Join the Drive4Life 2020 Tour - but hurry, there are only 10 places left!

    Northcott is a dynamic and innovative not-for-profit organisation that provides support and services to more than 14,000 people with disability, their families and carers across NSW and the ACT.

    For 15 years Drive 4 Life, a non-profit fundraising organisation, has supported Northcott through its scenic “tag-along” 4 wheel drive event, which has raised over $830,000. Now, they want you to come and join the adventure, but you will need to be quick as there are only ten spots left.

    Participate in this "tag-along" four wheel drive tour and see parts of Australia that are off the beaten track and not on the "shopping list" of many peoples four wheel drive itineraries. Tours are open to both novice and experienced 4WD enthusiasts and are tailored to those who have either not had the opportunity to be expertly guided when driving off-road, or who do not have the experience to navigate the areas that Drive 4 Life visits.

    This year is the Iconic Outback Hotel Tour which will take you from:

    Broken Hill to Broken Hill, via Flinders Ranges, Maree, Mungerannie, Birdsville, Innamincka, Cameron Corner, Tibooburra and Silverton.

    This tour is open to both 4WD and AWD vehicles. Please see the website for full requirements.

    The tour will start and finish in Broken Hill. The tour will commence with registration, introductions and a pre-trip briefing at 3.30 pm on Saturday 26 September 2020 and end on the afternoon of Saturday 3 October 2020. Drive 4 Life will host a dinner for all participants in Broken Hill on the Saturday evening.

    Please visit the Drive 4 Life website: for full tour information and booking forms or contact:

    Annette Sneyd  l  Community Fundraising and Projects Co-ordinator


    P: 1300 378 243


  • 22-Jun-2020 13:51 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Blacktown City Council is very pleased to announce its continued collaboration with the Australian Racing Drivers’ Club and their development of a multifaceted multi-stakeholder Innovation, Technology, Racing, Education and Advanced Manufacturing precinct at its Sydney Motorsport Park Eastern Creek headquarters. Headlining the precinct will be the high-profile Motorsport Australia Centre of Excellence.

    The Australian Racing Drivers’ Club (ARDC) has managed and operated Sydney Motorsport Park since 1996. Over the past decade, the ARDC’s venue masterplan has driven a $45 million capital investment programme with valuable co-investment by the NSW Government. This has provided significant improvements to key infrastructure, the physical racing circuit and allowed for a landmark permanent circuit lighting project to proceed this year.

    The new precinct will be home to variety of motorsport organisations and associations, race teams, auto manufacturers, educators and industry innovators. The ARDC’s plan is to capitalise on learnings from the UK’s Silverstone Circuit and adjoining University Technical College and Silverstone Innovation Precinct. A key learning from Silverstone was that a place-based model takes full advantage of utilising clusters of like-minded businesses, facilities and educational facilities to accelerate innovation.

    Blacktown City Council is also helping the ARDC engage with the tertiary education sector in forming an educational/technical component to the precinct. Council is also facilitating links with NSW and Australian Government agencies to raise the profile of advanced manufacturing opportunities at the Park.

    The ARDC envisions Sydney Motorsport Park acting as a bookend with the western Sydney Aerotropolis, forming a major logistics and technology corridor, between these two centres.

    Blacktown City Council looks forward to building off the successful 2019 Advanced Manufacturing Symposium and co-hosting with the ARDC future technology events at the Park in the year ahead.

  • 22-Jun-2020 13:44 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Western Sydney Parklands and Parramatta Park Trusts and their consultants have scooped a record six gongs at this year’s 2020 AILA NSW Landscape Architecture Awards.

    The awards acknowledged 33 projects over 14 categories in a virtual ceremony celebrating leading projects of all sizes across regional and metropolitan New South Wales. In the NSW Awards, Western Sydney Parklands and Parramatta Park Trusts and their consultants won:

    Award of Excellence:

    • Play Spaces – Paperbark Playground with Phillips Marler
    • Parks and Open Space – Shale Hills Dog Park with Tyrell Studio
    • Land Management – Your Parramatta Park 2030
    • Cultural Heritage – Your Parramatta Park 2030

    Landscape Architecture:

    • Cultural Heritage – Mays Hill Masterplan with Tyrell Studio
    • Landscape Planning – Horsley Park Urban Farming Masterplan with Group GSA

    The Award of Excellence is given to the work judged as most significant for landscape architecture in each category.

    Western Sydney Parklands Executive Director Suellen Fitzgerald said the awards are testimony to the hard work of the Parklands staff and consultants.

    “It’s an honour to have the hard work of our staff and consultants so comprehensively recognised,” Ms Fitzgerald said.

    “We are committing to offering innovation and design excellence for the community across our parks, playgrounds and facilities. For this to be publicly recognised at these prominent awards is a rewarding acknowledgment and fantastic celebration of landscape architecture.”

    The Parks and Open Space Award of Excellence went to Tyrrell Studio for the Shale Hills Dogs Park, in collaboration with Western Sydney Parklands.

    Shale Hills Dog Park in Western Sydney Parklands opened earlier this year offering five hectares of open space and state-of-the art dog agility, training facilities and a sensory garden.

    AILA judges said the bold design sets a new benchmark for dog parks in Australia and praised the extensive on-site community consultation “elevating the humble dog park from a low budget affair to an iconic piece of landscape architecture”.

    The Plan of Management and Conservation Management Plan, Your Parramatta Park 2030, won two Awards of Excellence in the Land Management and Cultural Heritage categories.

    The Plan sets goals for the next decade to ensure the Park remains protected and preserved for current and future generations.

    The Plan’s vision for Parramatta Park is a place for community and celebration in the green heart of the River City. The vision includes long-term goals for the Park as a space where people can be healthy and active and embrace the site’s rich heritage.

    AILA judges said the Plan successfully integrates a culturally significant 85-hectare landscape spanning Cumberland Plain Woodland, the Parramatta River, open grasslands, sporting fields and heritage structures – ‘no easy task’.

    “The Parramatta Park 2030 Plan is a rare breed of documentation - informative, educative, practical and accessible,” judges said.

    “Deserving of an Award of Excellence the jury found the joint plans to be an easily digestible guide for park users in the ongoing care and development of a much loved and important city green space.”

    The four Awards of Excellence for Paperbark Playground, Shale Hills Dog Park and Your Parramatta Park 2030 will enter the AILA National Awards held later this year.


  • 22-Jun-2020 13:05 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Before this year, most parents had never worried about their children being diagnosed with a deadly disease that had no vaccine, treatment or cure – but now the world has experienced exactly what so many families live with every day.

    This month, as we launch the 2020 Jeans for Genes campaign, and Australians start to return to their normal lives – the families of the 1 in 20 children who live with a genetic disease or birth defect can only dream of what that must feel like.

    Their kids must always stay home from school if their classmate has a sniffle or they could end up in intensive care. They cannot just sign up for the school soccer team when their legs are barely strong enough to hold their weight. Their parents have given up jobs just to be able to offer the care they need.

    Julie Gravina is mum to Charlize, who lost her twin brother to the same genetic disease she lives with, and she feels a strange sense of relief that people have had a glimpse into her life.

    “Everyone is now getting a taste of what we’ve lived,’’ Julie said. “We’ve had to create a world in a bubble for her.’’

    Charlize had a liver transplant to save her life, but it has only bought her time.

    “The liver transplant has saved her life, but we live in fear of rejection, and she still has a limited life span,” Julie said. “If she could be given gene therapy, her life span would be normal. We hope now most importantly, maybe people will understand the importance of research.’’

    Kate New is mum to Lachlan who has never walked nor talked like his sister. She also hopes that Australians now value research in a renewed way.

    “I hope this experience shows people how important research is,’’ Kate said. “The only way life will return to normal after COVID-19 is a vaccine. For us, I feel so strongly that people need to value research. I look at scientists that dedicate their lives to this research, and they are superheroes in my eyes.’’

    The importance of medical research has never been more evident to the world but when the pandemic is over, the battle continues for these families.

    Jeans for Genes is the iconic fundraising campaign behind Children’s Medical Research Institute (based at Westmead), which aims to find cures for children’s genetic diseases. Our researchers are taking ideas from the labs all the way to the patient in hospital to shrink the timeline from diagnosis to cure – which could mean the difference between surviving or not surviving the disease.

    Sign up here to fundraise now. You could fundraise online as an individual, have an event in workplace, sell merchandise in your shop or office – and don’t forget to encourage local schools to wear denim and fundraise on August 7. Find out more at

  • 22-Jun-2020 10:13 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    City of Parramatta Council is calling on the NSW Government to support a suite of ready-to-go projects that will help stimulate Sydney’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis and create more jobs.

    Council has asked the NSW Government to prioritise both public and private investment in the Central River City, including through its new $3 billion Infrastructure and Job Acceleration Fund.

    “Parramatta is fast emerging as the economic powerhouse at the centre of global Sydney,” City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Bob Dwyer said.

    “With a rapidly growing number of residents, workers and visitors, Parramatta is going through an unprecedented period of growth and is in a unique position to lead Sydney’s economic recovery.

    “We have a long list of construction and infrastructure projects already underway, from Parramatta Light Rail to Parramatta Square, and many more in the pipeline that will benefit not just Parramatta but Sydney as a whole.”

    Council has asked the NSW Government to consider several key priorities, including:

    • The delivery of more than $6 billion worth of city-shaping projects, plus the $20 billion Sydney Metro West, which combined will create almost 21,400 jobs in the short term and upwards of 6,000 jobs in the long term.
    • The acceleration of State Government-funded projects, including Parramatta Light Rail Stage 1 and planning for Sydney Metro West and Powerhouse Museum, as well as a commitment to projects such as Parramatta Light Rail Stage 2.
    • Support with financial assistance and approvals, the acceleration of Council’s works programs – worth more than $500 million, including the new Parramatta Aquatic and Leisure Centre and Riverside Theatres.
    • Working with the private sector to identify and remove barriers to help accelerate the $1.7 billion worth of approved private developments in the Local Government Area.
    • Support the immediate start of City of Parramatta’s shovel-ready projects, including 42 projects worth $64 million that can be delivered in the next 12 months and employ 180 locals, through additional funding and fast-tracked approvals.

    Please click here for the list of shovel-ready projects identified by City of Parramatta Council.

  • 18-Jun-2020 10:55 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Plans for an iconic new walk in Western Sydney Parklands with views from the Blue Mountains to the CBD and showcasing some of NSW’s most beautiful bush and natural beauty is set to open next year.

    The 12-kilometre walk will start adjacent to Middleton Grange in the Liverpool area of the Western Sydney Parklands and wind north to Cecil Hills.

    Western Sydney Parklands Executive Director, Suellen Fitzgerald said the Walk’s positioning is truly spectacular, highlighting some of Western Sydney’s outstanding natural beauty.

    “Visitors will be able to enjoy incredible views and pause to catch their breath along a number of well-designed resting areas,” Ms Fitzgerald said.

    “This Walk will be the hugely popular, not only with locals, but visitors from all over Sydney and beyond. We are talking to residents and community groups in coming weeks about our new destination walk in the heart of Sydney’s West.” The Parkland’s existing tracks and trails are used by around 250,000 people annually and feature spectacular sites including Moonrise Lookout, The Dairy, Plough and Harrow, Sugarloaf Ridge and Lizard Log. “Our tracks and trails are hugely popular, with options for beginners through to advanced bush walkers,” Ms Fitzgerald said. “We are looking forward to adding this Walk to our network of existing tracks and trails to offer another great option to keep fit and healthy while enjoying the Parkland’s stunning natural bushland.”

    Concept plans for the Walk have been developed under the Southern Parklands Framework, a long-term plan for the Parklands’ Liverpool precincts. The Parklands is Sydney’s biggest backyard and the largest urban park in Australia, spanning 27 kilometres across 5,280 hectares - almost the same size as Sydney Harbour - with an existing 60-kilometre network of tracks and trails. To find out more about the Walk and view the most recent designs, map and artist impressions please go to:

  • 17-Jun-2020 13:36 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    The pandemic has triggered unprecedented challenges. Many businesses have been fortunate enough to be able to stabilise their operations to weather the pandemic storm. Now more than ever, it is important for businesses to stop and consider how they can recover and even grow to ensure a successful future.

    For businesses to recover during uncertain times, it will take a careful balancing act. But if businesses walk the tightrope with confidence they have an opportunity to bounce back stronger than ever.

    Click here to learn tips on how your business can recover with strength.

    You have managed to stabilise your business, you can finally lift your head above the sand. But what is next? Is your business set up to take advantage of any growth opportunities?

    Click here to find out more on how to help your business grow.

    For further information please contact your Pitcher Partners representative.


    John Gavljak

    Partner | Business Improvement Solutions


    P: +61 2 8236 7759

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  • 16-Jun-2020 17:10 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    “Time & Space are not conditions of existence – Time & Space is a model for thinking” - Albert Einstein

    The William Inglis Hotel is the perfect venue for your next event, providing your team the luxury of time and space.

    Located only 40 minutes from Sydney's CBD and 25 minutes from Sydney Airport, the property is set amongst the stunning grounds of Riverside Stables with uninterrupted views of Warwick Farm Race Course and Chipping Norton Lakes.

    The William Inglis Hotel features 23 conference spaces that all boast natural light, inbuilt audio visual systems and the flexibility to cater to a range of event set ups.

    Take advantage of their 2020 Time & Space conference offer from only $75.00pp including:

    • Arrival tea, coffee and hot chocolate
    • Morning tea items
    • Working lunch
    • Afternoon tea items
    • 30 minute post event networking drinks (served in the 1867 lounge)
    • Complimentary venue hire
    • Optional – 1 hour team building activity

    Relax over night for your event from only $195.00 pp including:

    • Superior King Room
    • Breakfast for 1
    • Complimentary overnight parking
    • Wi-Fi
    • Access to the rooftop pool + wellness centre

    This offer is exclusive to WSBC Members. Connect with The William Inglis Team via:

    P: 02 9058 0365



    Terms & Conditions

    Valid for new bookings between 01/07/20 – 31/12/20. Based on a minimum of 10 guests. Subject to availability.

  • 16-Jun-2020 08:39 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    “It’s OK, as a leader, to say you’re also struggling with this, and you don’t have all the answers.” Aaron Williams, Mindstar.

    At this moment, the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is fundamentally changing the way we work and the way we live our lives. But amidst the effort to manage the impacts of COVID-19, we are also grappling with the mental health impacts of social isolation, heightened anxiety and financial uncertainty.

    Business leaders have the additional challenge of managing teams remotely and steering organisations through a period like no other in recent history.

    Read more here.

    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.

  • 16-Jun-2020 08:27 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Due to the pandemic the Salvos did not have events, they were not visible in shopping centres or out knocking on your door.

    The ability to raise money has never been more difficult and due to COVID-19, the need has never been greater. 

    Please support the work of The Salvation Army this year through their Digital Doorknock Appeal so they can meet the present and growing need of people in crisis.

    Click here to make your tax free online donation.  

    If you are struggling financially, emotionally or psychologically because of the issues caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, please contact The Salvation Army on 13 72 58 (13 SALVOS).

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