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  • 11-Feb-2020 10:33 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Celebrity – Fashion – Glamour – Racing – and a great cause!

    Fizz with excitement at the inaugural Pink Fashion Lunch in support of the McGrath Foundation; the feature social event on Chandon Ladies Day on Saturday 14 March at Rosehill Gardens.

    You will be treated to award-winning hospitality with a mouth-watering 3 course luncheon curated by celebrity chef Colin Fassnidge paired with Chandon Brut Rosé. Experience an afternoon of live entertainment including a runway show featuring the latest looks in women’s and men’s raceday fashion set against the backdrop of world-class racing.

    Be a part of this unrivalled event and lend your support to a great cause.


    A sumptuous 3-course luncheon curated by Colin Fassnidge, with premium beverages including Chandon Brut Rosé, live entertainment including a fashion runway show set against the backdrop of world class racing.


    Chandon Ladies Day - Saturday, 14 March 2020


    Grand Pavilion, Rosehill Gardens


    12.45pm – 5.45pm

    Dress code:

    Autumn racing chic, with a splash of pink


    $245 per person


    Click here to book now 

  • 11-Feb-2020 09:30 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Looking for a venue to host your Executive Committee meeting?

    The Execom Package is the perfect option to cater to your teams VIP requirements.

    Treat your guests with barista coffee served on arrival, coffee break items throughout the day and a delicious main course served in The Newmarket Room.

    All boardrooms have in built plasma screens and sound systems ideal for presentations.

    At $85.00pp the Execom package offers a full day of catering and a unique, luxury boardroom experience.

    Execom bookings are valid for up to 15 guests, hosted in a Gallery Suite or private Pavilion.

    To book call The William Inglis Conference Team today:

    P: 02 9058 0365


  • 31-Jan-2020 16:05 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    The first sod has been turned for major construction today for the Parramatta Light Rail project, which will transform the Greater Parramatta region.

    The Parramatta Light Rail will bring people living in Greater Parramatta together with a safe and efficient public transport network, connections to popular key destinations across the region, while also linking into Sydney’s greater public transport networks.

    Some works have already begun with the decommissioning of the closed Carlingford rail line, in preparation for its conversion to light rail.

    Transport for NSW is working hard to minimise the impacts of construction on businesses and the local community. While some disruption is unavoidable, Transport for NSW will continue working with businesses to ensure they have the information and support they need. Construction will also pause from 1 November until 31 January each year along ‘Eat Street’ to allow businesses to take advantage of the holiday trading period.

    From this Saturday, 1 February, Church Street between Macquarie and Market Streets will be closed to traffic, with diversions in place. Motorists will be encouraged to use Marsden and Smith Streets. The free 900 shuttle bus service will also run on a new route along George Street in the Parramatta CBD.

    The new 12-kilometre high-frequency light rail project will connect Westmead to Carlingford via the Parramatta CBD and Camellia, and is set to open in 2023.

    For more information, go to the Parramatta Light Rail website

  • 09-Dec-2019 10:39 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Be part of the team delivering one of the biggest earthmoving projects in Australian history.

    CPB Contractors and Lendlease Joint Venture (CPBLL JV) is recruiting for the bulk earthworks project that will move around 25 million cubic tonnes of earth to make way for Sydney's new airport.

    Positions are available for experienced operators of earthmoving equipment, such as scrapers and tipper trucks. Service crews for a large fleet of earthmoving equipment are also available, including plant mechanics, auto-electricians, light vehicle mechanics, boiler makers, servicemen, refuelers and apprentice mechanics. Relevant experience, the right attitude and an interest in construction is highly preferred.

    Meet the CPBLL JV recruitment team at an information session to learn about the project and submit an application on Tuesday, 10 December. Two information sessions will be held at the Western Sydney International Airport Experience Centre beginning at 4pm and 5pm.

    Please bring your curriculum vitae with details of any relevant experience. 

    Click here for further information.

  • 29-Nov-2019 16:29 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    The average Australian will spend $25 a head on Christmas lunch this year. Please “set an extra place” by donating $25 today.

    This year Parramatta Mission will be hosting a Christmas Day Lunch at Meals Plus. They would like to create a space for people to come together and share a meal – those who may be alone or isolated, or who are part of the Parramatta Mission community. Last year they had over 500 people for lunch, but are expecting around 1,000 people to come this year!

    Click here to find out more, make a donation, volunteer or to become involved.

  • 22-Nov-2019 17:28 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    By Matthews Folbigg Lawyers


    By way of refresher from our article earlier this year:

    • new whistleblower legislation commenced on 1 July 2019
    • it modified laws relating to corporations, the banking industry and insurance companies in order to:

    (a) provide significantly stronger protections to whistleblowers who make disclosures about matters such as corporate misconduct (e.g. fraud), criminal activity, or any other conduct that represents a danger to the public or financial system

    (b) expand the scope of persons who may make protected whistleblower disclosures and the circumstances in which these disclosures may be made

    (c) permit and protect anonymous disclosures

    (d) impose substantial civil and criminal penalties on any breaches of whistleblower protections (such as disclosing the whistleblower’s identity and/or causing the whistleblower detriment through victimisation)

    • the protection obligations apply to all disclosures made on or after 1 July 2019 even if the disclosure relates to suspected conduct occurring prior to that date

    Mandatory Policy

    Critically, the legislation requires that all public companies and large proprietary companies MUST have in place a compliant whistleblower policy by 1 January 2020 with a “large proprietary company” being a proprietary company that satisfies 2 of the following 3 criteria:

    • $50+ million in consolidated revenue
    • $25+ million or more in consolidated gross assets
    • 100 or more employees

    Mandatory Terms

    In order to be compliant the policy MUST include (amongst other things) information about:

    • the protections available to whistleblowers
    • how and to whom protected disclosures may be made
    • the ways the company will protect whistleblowers from detriment
    • how the company will investigate the content of protected disclosures
    • how the company will ensure fair treatment of other employees mentioned in protected disclosures that qualify for protection
    • how the policy will be communicated and made available to employees

    Disclosure to Staff

    Any company that is required to have a compliant whistleblower policy MUST advise their employees of the existence of, the contents of, and the means to access, the policy.


    Fines of (currently) up to $12,600 can apply for non-compliance with the mandatory policy requirement (and this continues to apply for each year that this requirement is not met).

    Action Required

    Given the approaching deadline businesses MUST:

    • determine whether they are obliged to have a compliant whistleblower policy in place
    • if so, ensure it is in place by 1 January 2020 and alert all employees to the existence and contents of it

    Given the increased scope and gravity of the new whistleblower legislation, businesses are strongly encouraged to seek legal advice as soon as a protected whistleblower disclosure is received.

    More Information

    Please call the leading employment lawyers in Parramatta, the Matthews Folbigg Workplace Solutions employment law team on 9635 7966 to speak with one of our employment lawyers if you require any assistance or advice.

    Article By

    Stewart Gough, Principal Peter Doughman, Senior Associate 

  • 22-Nov-2019 09:51 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Over 40 businesses took part in Western Sydney’s first Indigenous Meet the Buyer Strategic Matching event held at Penrith Panthers on October 29. 

    Jointly run by Yarpa NSW Indigenous Business and Employment Hub (Yarpa Hub) and Western Sydney Business Connection (WSBC), the event connected local Indigenous businesses with WSBC Members and major project proponents across Western Sydney such as Multiplex, Lendlease, Featherdale Wildlife Park, Campbelltown City Council and Sydney Zoo.

    Attending Indigenous businesses took part in a number of 15 minute face to face meetings with matched buyers, giving them an opportunity to pitch their services or products.

    WSBC General Manager, Amanda Brisot, said "There will be billions of dollars invested in infrastructure and major projects in Western Sydney over the next 10-20 years and we need programs in place to ensure that local Indigenous businesses get a piece of that pie. We are also finding that many of our members are looking at ways to better engage with local Indigenous Businesses. We see this event as a very practical way to facilitate these outcomes".

    “The Meet the Buyer event was a huge success with many of the buyers commenting on the excellent calibre of suppliers that they were matched with. We expect many local Indigenous Businesses to secure ongoing work as a direct result of the event,” Amanda said.

    James Christian, CEO of the NSW Aboriginal Land Council highlighted the importance of events like this.

    “These events are crucial for small business owners because it gives them the support and opportunity to link up with organisations that they may not otherwise have a chance to connect with.”

    “We hope by providing a platform like this, Indigenous businesses in NSW will be able to grow and become a major part of the state’s economy,” James said.

  • 20-Nov-2019 16:49 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Parramatta Connect, Great River City Light Rail and Industry Capability Network (ICN) are pleased to invite you to join the Parramatta Light Rail subcontractor forums.

    The $2.4 billion Parramatta Light Rail will connect Westmead to Carlingford via the Parramatta CBD and Camellia with a 12 kilometre, two-way light rail track.

    Parramatta Connect (CPB Contractors and Downer Joint Venture) has been engaged to complete the construction of the light rail track, roadworks, stop platforms, and transport interchanges at Westmead, Parramatta CBD and Carlingford. Great River City Light Rail consortium (CAF Rail Australia and Transdev), will supply the light rail vehicles and operate the network, build the depot, light rail stops and power systems.

    Upon its completion, the light rail will transport 28,000 people every day to key destinations, new communities and essential services. It is expected to open in 2023.

    As part of Parramatta Connect and Great River City Light Rail’s commitment to the local community, local subcontractors and suppliers are encouraged to register their interest in participating in upcoming opportunities for the project.

    During the forum, an overview of the project will be provided including details of works packages and the procurement process. Those in attendance will be provided with an opportunity to network with the project team and other businesses to better understand available opportunities.

    Due to the expected high level of interest in the project, attendees are limited to a maximum of two representatives for your organisation.

    Event Details

    Both events will have the same presentation, so please register to attend only one of the forums below:

    Forum 1

    Date: Friday 6 December 2019

    Time: 7.30am for 8am start to 10am

    Location: Parramatta (venue information will be provided upon registration)

    Register for this event

    Registration closes at 5pm Tuesday 3 December 2019.

    Forum 2

    Date: Wednesday 11 December 2019

    Time: 7.30am for 8am start to 10am

    Location: Parramatta (venue information will be provided upon registration)

    Register for this event

    Registration closes at 5pm Friday 6 December 2019.

    Please contact Thuy Ho ( or 02 9927 3100) for queries regarding the forums.

  • 20-Nov-2019 09:40 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    The NSW Government has committed the largest investment in planned maintenance at public schools in the history of NSW. A record $1.3 billion is being spent on an ambitious delivery program, focused on employing local businesses and contractors across the state.

    To assist in addressing regional school maintenance issues and at the same time provide work for local trade’s persons and suppliers across the Greater Western Sydney region encompassing South Western and South Western Sydney, over $100 million is being invested to upgrade and maintain our school infrastructure.

    Given this record spend by School Infrastructure NSW, you are invited to a free Asset Management Unit industry breakfast briefing on November 29. This will provide information to existing and new contractors on how you can get involved.

    If you are from any of the industries/trades below, click here to find out more or register to attend the briefing: 

    • Architects, Engineers, Project Managers
    • Building services
    • Building works
    • Carpentry and joinery
    • Construction works
    • Fencing
    • Landscaping
    • Metal work
    • Painting
    • Roof sheeting and roof plumbing

  • 20-Nov-2019 09:16 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Whenever baby boomers get together socially, two topics will almost certainly come up in the conversation – aged care and, thanks to today’s globalised world, where their children are living. You can bet that at least one of those children will be living overseas, possibly in the USA or the UK. For Australians living overseas, a major issue that often arises is how to handle the tax treatment of a change in residency.

    If you thought tax in Australia could get complicated, it gets more challenging when you’re an Australian who becomes a US resident.

    There are a few key considerations you need to keep in mind if you’re an Australian who’s a US resident for tax purposes:

    • Residency
    • Superannuation
    • Investments such as property and managed funds
    • Gifts to American residents
    • Inheritances

    Click here to read Pitcher Partners full article that explains the tax intricacies that Australians who become US residents need to consider.

    For further information please contact your Pitcher Partners representative.


    Daniel Sparks

    Partner, Private Business & Family

    Advisory, and Tax Consulting

    +61 2 8236 7712

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