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  • 20-Mar-2019 09:35 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Business owners in Campbelltown are off to a flying start in 2019, with 278 new businesses being launched between the months of January and March 2019. The top three industries for new established businesses were transport and warehousing (95), construction (56), and professional/scientific/technical services (25).

    Not to be left behind, entrepreneurs were also keen to make a great start to 2019 with the registration of 929 new ABNs (Australian Business Number). The top three industries for ABN registrations were transport and warehousing (209), construction (149), and administration and support services (110).

    View other economic statistics about Campbelltown.

  • 20-Mar-2019 09:27 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    By Michael Page

    Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue has named housing and construction at the top of its priorities, with the policies from the NSW state and federal elections to impact the region’s economy and growth.

    “Construction is a major factor in Western Sydney’s economy so any major policy shifts or changes to housing, such as the banks and lending practices, are going to have serious effects on the regional economy,” Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue, Executive Director, Adam Leto told Michael Page Australia.

    “We always set out to have a better understanding of what is proposed and what will be next when it comes to construction and development in the property space, as it’s going to be a pretty strong indicator of the direction that Western Sydney’s economy goes, over the next 12 to 24 months.”

    He said housing and construction will always be crucial factors for the region, and therefore top the Dialogue’s policy discussions.

    Leto also underscored whatever the outcomes from the elections, the independent community body has worked with both sides of government successfully since inception and will continue to do so.

    “Our primary focus is to ensure the issues from both sides of government are understood, and that we have the right people in the room to be able to have a productive and hopefully successful outcome,” he said.

    Commenting on the region’s employment opportunities, Michael Page Managing Director Adrian Oldham said: “We anticipate a balancing out of employment distribution in Sydney, and continued growth for Western Sydney in sectors including property, infrastructure and construction, manufacturing, sales and service-related industries.

    “As Australia’s third largest economic region, Western Sydney’s contribution to the state’s bottom line is significant.”

    Three key hiring trends for the property market were identified in the Michael Page “Salary Benchmark Report 2019”.

    With the development market turning, job-seeking professionals are focusing more on the pipeline of works and stability, it said.

    In addition, career progression and stability in organisations has become increasingly more important than remuneration.

    The third trend highlighted was professionals showing a desire to be in more nimble organisations with fast career progression opportunities.

    The property report also revealed the average salary increase was 5 per cent to 15 per cent when switching jobs within similar industries.

    Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue was launched in early 2015 by then premier Mike Baird. It facilitates interaction between key opinion leaders across industry, government, academia and the community to inform policy debate, and advance the region’s agenda through research, advocacy and events.

    To view the latest property and construction roles in Western Sydney or to find out what’s happening in the region from a hiring front, contact Michael Page.

    For a copy of our Salary Benchmark Report 2019, download it here.

    RELATED: Western Sydney story: Scott Timbrell on the region’s real estate potential

  • 19-Mar-2019 17:24 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Top transport and infrastructure experts, manufacturers and technology providers from around the world are set to meet at a groundbreaking thinktank around how autonomous vehicle use can be built into the design and development of greenfield smart cities of the future.

    This thinktank workshop has been co-developed by Celestino, the developers of the 280-hectare, multi-billion-dollar Sydney Science Park (SSP) in Western Sydney and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS); and supported by Transport for NSW Smart Innovation Centre.

    The workshop is part of a broader Expression of Interest process that aims to develop and deliver the roadmap for an autonomous mobility solution within the SSP greenfield development that could be the home to over 100,000 people.

    Celestino and project partners UTS and Transport NSW are hoping to identify potential collaborators, systems, infrastructure and technologies that may be required to deliver the autonomous future of SSP once the ‘science city’ is being developed.

    Already 27 companies are registered to participate.

    “We’ve been overwhelmed with interest from some of the greatest autonomous transport innovators in the country and are delighted to see the level of enthusiasm and interest to co-develop with industry, government and academia an autonomous vehicles solution for SSP,” says Celestino CEO John Vassallo.

    “Our intention is that SSP will become an internationally recognised epicentre for autonomous vehicles research and development and commercialisation, where the greatest minds in innovative transport can meet and use SSP as a testing ground for the systems and technologies that will become a fundamental part of our future everyday life.”

  • 19-Mar-2019 17:11 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Imagine you are crossing a raging river with your team. The second section of the bridge collapses and you are stuck on a rock in the middle of the swirling, freezing water. Do you look behind and analyse why you are crossing the river? Or ask why you didn’t examine the safety of the bridge more closely? Or do you look forward and ask, “how can we get to the other side?”


    Stephen Covey in his book “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” challenges us to develop the habit to “begin with the end in mind”. In other words, to start by looking forward and saying, “this is what I ideally want”.

    Looking forward creates a more positive mindset and set of expectations.

    All too often, we start with a review of where we are now. In fact, we often spend most of the discussion examining why we are not in the position we’d like to be in. We look behind rather than “beginning with the end in mind”. This tends to create a limiting mindset, lowering our expectations of what we can achieve.


    Once you have established the outcome you want, retain that forward focus and start to consider the steps required to move towards that outcome.

    The best question to ask yourself and those in your team is “how can we?” or “what are some of the steps we will take?”.

    Avoid “can we?” or “have we tried this before?” The nature of these questions encourages you and your team to give up before you start!

    There will always be people who say you can’t, or it’s been tried before and failed.

    By asking “how can we?”, you set the expectation that we will find a way, even if it’s difficult. The mindset is one of accepting that there will be obstacles. That you will pre-empt and avoid these or overcome them, rather than letting these obstacles prevent you from starting or trying.


    Your attitude and language make a huge difference. As a leader, you must model the attitude and behaviour you want to see in your team.

    If you want them to have a forward focus, design the future and have a “how can we” attitude, you must model this.

    Your team notices what you DO more than what you SAY.

    If you ask the right questions, but they overhear you saying “I’m not convinced this is possible” or see doubt reflected in your tone or body language, both your credibility and their commitment will be diminished.

    As you plan projects and change programs this year, challenge yourself to spend 80% of your time looking forward. Focus on where you want to go and how you will get there.

    See yourself in the middle of that river looking to the other side. Then determine with your team how to bridge the gap and succeed in your mission to get across.

    Beginning ‘with the end in mind’ rather than starting with ‘a review’ is easy conceptually. It turns out to be very difficult for most of us in practice, because we have grown up with the habit of starting with ‘so, where are we now?’ We have been asked this question throughout our education at school and university, and in our workplaces at business planning meetings and project planning meetings. We need to unlearn the old habit and learn the new one.

    The internationally successful GREENLINE program, uses the power of neuroscience to help you change this habit as rapidly as possible. It will enable you to increase your own level of success and to implement change programs and client projects with greater success and less stress.

    Western Sydney Business Connection are excited to present the new WSBC Member Benefit of a FULLY FUNDED, nationally accredited 1-day GREENLINE program for your business*.

    In this fully funded one-day program, leaders and managers will start to unlearn the old habit and use the new habit of ‘beginning with the end in mind’. They will all get ‘on the same page and use the same language’ so that they drive the innovation and changes you want to see in your business.

    To book your program or learn more, please call Ramsina McCully from World Class Teams on 1300 085 248.

    *Must be a current WSBC member to be eligible for this program.

  • 18-Mar-2019 15:39 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    The Qantas Wallabies have announced an additional pre-Rugby World Cup Test against Samoa, to be played on September 7 at Parramatta’s new world-class Bankwest Stadium!

    This is the only Sydney match for the Wallabies this year and is the last chance for fans to farewell the team before they head to Japan.

    Hospitality packages are now on sale, giving you the opportunity to enjoy the match from the best seats in the house. To secure your tickets or enquire about the range of packages, contact Rugby AU Hospitality on 1800 619 181 or

  • 15-Mar-2019 08:55 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    The City of Parramatta is hosting its first Product and Experience Showcase as part of building the destination’s reputation as a “place where people want to be”. Council will introduce you to their changing and emerging destination. Find out what the City of Parramatta has to offer, and how Council can help grow your business to their City.

    This free event provides the opportunity to speak directly with over 20 exhibitors representing many of the City’s: attractions, experiences and events; conference & meeting venues; accommodation providers, tour operators and hire services.

    When: Monday 8th April, 2019 between 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM

    Where: Rydges Parramatta, 116-118 James Ruse Drive, Rosehill

    Ample free parking is available and the hotel is close to public transport, connecting to the Parramatta Train Station & Transport Interchange.

    Drop-in any time during the two hours. A welcome pack will be waiting for attendees and refreshments will be available throughout the morning.

    A Panel Discussion with industry leaders (including a short Q and A session) will also be held from 11:15 to 11:45. Topics will cover:

    • Parramatta - Sydney’s Central City: Aspirations and Directions
    • “Sydney’s West” Marketing Strategy and Campaign
    • The Future for Transport Infrastructure & Access in Parramatta and Western Sydney
    • Cultural Heritage and the Visitor Experience.

    If you would like attend or to find out more, please contact Keith Baker, Tourism Product Development Coordinator: before Friday 29th March 2019.

  • 14-Mar-2019 15:08 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    You’ve got a new role to fill in your business. You want someone with the right skill set and experience. Someone who will be loyal and who is the right fit for the team.

    But getting good talent is not that easy. There are many successful businesses with fantastic products who still face challenges when it comes to people power.

    Recruitment agencies are expensive. And they don’t always have the depth of knowledge in your industry to find you a gem in a pile of resumes.

    Worse than not filling your vacancy is hiring badly. It’s a waste of time and money – onboarding the wrong person can equate to up to 2.5 times the salary of the position.

    What can you do about it?

    Fortunately, there is a solution for businesses across all industries – you can tell your story.

    Storytelling allows you to position yourself in the best possible way to attract good talent.

    Through storytelling you can show applicants who you really are and what working for you is really like.

    Set yourself apart

    Scrolling through Seek can leave you feeling uninspired, but if you see a story in your newsfeed about what it’s like to work at a company you’re interested in, that’s something different.

    The absolute best way to do this is to get your employees to tell the story for you.

    A landing page with video and text is ideal. It’s a great way to demystify your organisation for applicants.

    Convey emotion

    We practise what we preach at Brilliant Digital – take a look at our Flexible Work page.

    We asked our team to tell applicants in their own words why it’s great to work here. And in doing so we uncovered some delightful and heartfelt stories.

    That’s recruitment gold. You can’t convey that feeling and emotion in a traditional job ad.

    Be yourself

    Getting someone who is the right fit can be harder than it sounds. The interview process doesn’t always allow for each party to represent themselves sincerely.

    Optical Solutions Australia has a smart careers page.

    They are an engineering company that has shaken off the shackles of a technical facade by the team telling real, relatable stories about working at OSA.

    Make a connection

    Storytelling allows you to break down barriers, so by the time you’re sitting in an interview room, the applicant has read your story or watched your video.

    They’re already engaged emotionally and that’s half the battle of recruitment.

    Know the motivators!

    Make sure you include hooks that will attract the best talent. And that’s not just dollars …

    Maybe you offer on-the-job training, work from home options or a particular benefit … career advancement opportunities.

    Talk about whatever makes you special and you’ll attract people who are the right fit for your business.

    It’s time to stop paying exorbitant agency fees. You need to get great talent that fits, first time.

    Read the full article here.


  • 14-Mar-2019 12:50 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Seafood lovers can indulge in the freshest locally sourced seafood buffet every Saturday from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at TABLE 30.

    Enjoy Sydney rock oysters, king prawns, Balmain bugs and blue swimmer crabs, plus a variety of enticing hot dishes, salads and a live dessert cooking station.

    WSBC Members and Contacts Special Offer:

    Quote ‘WSBC’ upon booking and receive the following special offer:

    A Seafood Buffet for 2 with a complimentary bottle of House Wine for $130.00*. 

    For reservations or enquiries:

    P: 9685 0377


    Click here for further information or to book.

    *Valid when dining before May 26th 2019.

  • 13-Mar-2019 16:27 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    In Australia, every horse has its birthday on the 1st August. To celebrate, book your event before 1st August 2019 and receive one of the following upgraded extras*:

    • A gelato bar – add on to your conference package breaks or as additional dessert option for plated packages
    • Chef’s selection of canapes – during pre-lunch or dinner drinks, or post conference
    • Lucky door prize giveaway for your event for 4 people to dine in either Grandview Restaurant or Winning Post Restaurant on a race day
    • Complimentary alternate serve – plated conference packages, dinner or lunch options

    As an added bonus, book your event in the new space at Royal Randwick, The Stalls, to receive 4 x tickets to Australia’s richest race on turf, The Everest.

    *Minimum numbers apply. For events booked and held before 1st August 2019.

  • 12-Mar-2019 14:31 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    New opportunities for loan origination

    In a landscape of regulatory change and increasing competitive pressures, mortgage, asset and commercial loan originators face significant challenges. However, they also have opportunities to grow. With tightening credit restrictions, borrowers are finding it harder to secure capital – and at the same time, they demand more choice than their incumbent bank can provide.

    Macquarie’s insight paper, Thriving in Change, shared four universal truths affecting most businesses. These same trends are playing out for brokers, who are also best placed to support business owners in funding their growth strategy. Here’s our predictions on what that might mean within the next few years.

    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.

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