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  • 29-Jun-2020 10:05 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Applications for a new Service NSW Small Business Recovery Grant will open on 1 July 2020. 

    The grant will provide eligible small businesses with up to $3,000 in funding to help them recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Click here for further details.

  • 29-Jun-2020 09:58 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    NSW small and medium exporters will benefit from almost $13 million in support programs aimed at growing exports and supporting the regions, including a $10,000 Exporter Assistance Grant.

    The $10,000 Export Assistance Grant will be available for up to 1,000 export ready or export capable NSW businesses, helping them access new markets or re-enter old ones where business has ceased. Grants will be provided on a matched funding basis.

    Find out more here

  • 29-Jun-2020 09:39 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Construction has begun on the Campbelltown Billabong Parklands, a game changing new water recreation and tourist attraction in the heart of the city.

    Mayor George Brticevic, Senator for Western Sydney Marise Payne and NSW Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres turned the first sod to mark the start of construction on the $18.75 million project today.

    The project has been funded through the Western Sydney City Deal Liveability Fund and is expected to be complete by June 2022.

    “I’m delighted to see the start of what is a momentous project for our community and will provide the many families that live in Campbelltown with a place to gather, have fun and create many amazing memories,” Mayor George Brticevic said.

    “This is a unique attraction for our city that will not only benefit our local residents but also drive tourism from across the region into our city centre,” Cr Brticevic said.

    “Throughout the extensive consultation process, we heard how excited our community is for this project and we’ve put special attention into features like the main billabong pool which really captured the imagination of our residents,” he said.

    The design of the parklands strongly reflects indigenous themes and responds to the landscape and scenery of the nearby Dharawal National Park and Georges River.

    “The Campbelltown Billabong Parklands will pay homage to more than 60,000 years of Aboriginal history through the Dharawal people in our area and is representative of a billabong’s place in indigenous culture as an important place for gathering,” he said.

    The final design for the Campbelltown Billabong Parklands incorporates a variety of water experiences, open turf areas, pavilion buildings with change facilities and a café, picnic settings and seating, meandering pathways, shade structures, natural tree cover, and garden bed areas with native plants.

    It is located on a 4ha site at the corner of The Parkway and Moore-Oxley Bypass, Bradbury.

    The facility is anticipated to attract up to 500,000 visitors annually once opened. The centrepiece of the attraction will be the approximately 1600m2 main billabong pool which is supplemented by a smaller children’s pool, cascades and streams and a zero-depth splash play area.

    These interconnected recreational water experiences have been designed to reflect the local natural riverine environment and will cater safely for all ages and abilities.

    The project is expected to create about 80 construction jobs and more than 20 full-time jobs to support the ongoing maintenance and day to day operations of the Billabong Parklands.


  • 29-Jun-2020 09:34 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    There’s no doubt that COVID-19 has led us to do a lot of things very differently, including your business’s strategic tax planning and financial reporting.

    With easy to follow sections, William Buck's practical guide will help you to:

    • Appropriately treat the unique transactions brought about by the Government economic response measures
    • Strategically work through year end issues to achieve a positive tax outcome
    • Ensure your financial reports are compliant, useful and accurate.

    Download your guide here.


  • 24-Jun-2020 14:53 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Have you been thinking about refreshing your skills? Perhaps you'd like to learn a new set of skills? Well, now is the perfect time.

    It is no mystery that there is going to be a lot of uncertainty for the next 6-12 months. The impact of COVID-19 has been felt globally with people having to adjust most aspects of their lives. From not being able to visit loved ones, to not being able to dine at your favourite restaurants, to literally having to dodge people on the street, our lives have changed unequivocally. One space where we feel it most? The workplace.

    Professionals across the world working in full time, contract and casual positions have experienced the devastating effects of being made redundant, having their hours cut or experienced a significant pay reduction. With unprecedented scenarios emerging daily, how do you remain 'relevant'? By upskilling and reskilling.

    First, we must explore the difference between upskilling & reskilling. To upskill is to update our current knowledge whereas too reskill is to learn new things.

    Now, let's explore why now is the perfect time to upskill & reskill...

    1. Reskilling & Upskilling can be done easier then ever via remote learning

    Thanks to companies like Zoom, GoToMeeting, GoogleHangouts etc, learning remotely has become uncomplicated. Attending virtual sessions combined with online self paced learning is an effective way of gaining new skills & updating existing ones. Virtual classrooms also allow you to upskill & reskill employees regardless of their location. Employees can work together in small breakout “rooms”, take surveys and polls, watch videos and more.

    ISM is offering a range of courses virtually, contact us on 1300 200 705 to find out more.

    2. Government funding

    Government funding is available for a range of different courses throughout the nation. Do your research and find out what you are eligible for and how you can make the most out of funding.

    Smart & Skilled funding is available for some courses in New South Wales. Also, check out the information on your eligibility for Traineeships.

    Read our recent blog on How To Benefit From Funding To Upskill Workers Over 45.

    3. Maintain your productivity

    In a time where things may be quieter, putting your focus on growing your skills, will keep your productivity levels high. It can also help us find new ways of working more effectively, whether we are working form our home or the office.

    Upskilling & reskilling delivers not only new and renewed skills but also renews enthusiasm and in-turn, productivity. By obtaining more skills under your belt, you will be able to take on more tasks and roles that you never would have previously accomplished before.

    4. Stand out & expand your range of offerings

    Continued education gives you the opportunity to enhance your value in the workplace. In a time where the future is so uncertain, to be able to diversify and expand your offerings by reskilling & upskilling, you are giving yourself the opportunity to stand out from the crowd.

    ISM have over 25 years experience working with finance & business professionals. We would love to help you grow your business and your career.

    If you would like to find out more, ISM recently hosted a webinar on 3 Steps to upskill & reskill your staff and how you can benefit from government funding to do so! Watch the webinar here.


  • 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: www.drive4life.com.au for full tour information and booking forms or contact:

    Annette Sneyd  l  Community Fundraising and Projects Co-ordinator

    E: fund@northcott.com.au 

    P: 1300 378 243

    W: www.northcott.com.au 


  • 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 jeansforgenes.org.au


  • 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.


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