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  • 20-Aug-2019 08:34 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)


    For many business owners in the built environment industry, taking on debt may seem like a brave thing to do. But Danny Chung, National Head of the Built Environment with Macquarie Business Banking, says that failing to borrow money or make use of credit facilities could be minimising the chances your business will ever be as successful as it could be.

    So how can you use debt to stimulate growth, build a more valuable business, and improve your personal financial circumstances?

    Click here to read more.


    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 macquarie.com.au/businessbanking. 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.


  • 06-Aug-2019 11:04 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Expressions of Interest (EOI) are now open for exclusive naming rights for Campbelltown Sports Stadium.

    Campbelltown Sports Stadium is arguably the most accessible venue in NSW, adjacent to one of three railway stations that form Campbelltown’s CBD and with direct rail links to Sydney’s CBD.

    With the reputation of having one of the best playing surfaces in Australia, the venue is looking forward to fulfilling its potential as the only sports and entertainment venue in south west Sydney located in one of Australia’s fastest growing regions.

    Click here to download the prospectus or visit: tenderlink.com/campbelltown


  • 31-Jul-2019 10:51 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Regional Development Australia Sydney, Fairfield City Council, Cumberland Council and the Export Council of Australia invite you to:

    GOING GLOBAL: EXPORT AND EXPORT READINESS WORKSHOP

    Aiming to assist small and medium businesses aspiring to export or already exporting, this free workshop will be facilitated by the Export Council of Australia.

    Take advantage of this amazing opportunity!

    The workshop will be a morning session with a FREE hot breakfast, and will be held at Smithfield RSL Club on Thursday 22 August 2019. It has been made possible with the support of the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

    The Going Global export workshop features:

    • Content and facilitation by the Export Council of Australia
    • Tips for export planning, resourcing, marketing and researching your target market
    • Local case studies presented by the businesses themselves
    • Information on grants and other assistance currently available for exporters and businesses trying to build their capacity.

    Who should attend?

    • Western Sydney businesses looking to develop a growth plan to extend beyond the domestic market
    • Aspiring exporters and new exporters
    • Existing exporters who would like an export refresher
    • Anyone interested in meeting other entrepreneurs and exporters

    Event details

    • When: 7.15 am for breakfast with workshop commencing at 7.45am to 10.15am Thursday 22 August 2019
    • Where: Smithfield RSL Club, Cumberland Highway, Smithfield 2164
    • Cost - free (breakfast provided)
    • Registrations open until 16 August 2019


  • 25-Jul-2019 19:14 | Lisa Docherty (Administrator)

    A long-term proposition for Australia

    Migration has long been key to creating a successful social melting pot in Australia. The broader migration equation is, of course, a complex one that seeks to strike a balance that meets Australia humanitarian obligations as well as its economic needs – and the federal government’s Significant Investor Visa (SIV) Program is an important part of this equation. Explore the dimensions of this program’s impact on Australia in Deloitte's latest Access Economics study.

    Since its inception in 2012, the SIV program has brought over $10B worth of investments into Australia. This group of approximately 2,000 foreign high net worth investors are small in number, though they have the potential to make an important contribution to Australia’s future.

    This study explores the economic and cultural impact of the program to date, and considers its future potential.

    Click here to download the report.


  • 23-Jul-2019 17:04 | Lisa Docherty (Administrator)

    Everyone has heard of Jeans for Genes but not many understand that what the campaign aims to achieve is the very real possibility of treatments and cures for most genetic diseases affecting children – even before kids get sick.

    1 in 20 Aussie kids face a birth defect or genetic disease. Laura is the mother of Jeans for Genes star, Ryan, who is one of those kids, and she knows better than anyone how close research is to helping her two-year-old with cystic fibrosis.

    “I think every parent’s worst nightmare is that they lose a child, and so it’s really heart-warming to know that there’s so much support for them,’’ she said. “My understanding of gene therapy is that, for what it means for me and for Ryan, is that it will change his life. He would not have cystic fibrosis anymore.’’

    Jeans for Genes is the iconic fundraising campaign behind Children’s Medical Research Institute, which aims to find cures for children’s genetic diseases.

    One of the most promising areas of research happening at Children’s Medical Research Institute is in the area of gene therapy. It is called ‘the medicine of the future’ because it can cure previously incurable genetic diseases with a single injection to correct the error in the DNA.

    Dr Leszek Lisowski from Children’s Medical Research Institute at Westmead sees a future where every child could undergo screening to have disease-causing genes identified and treated without waiting for the child to become sick.

    “Unfortunately, while our knowledge and diagnostic power have grown exponentially, the progress in disease prevention and treatment has been slower,’’ he said. “Gene therapy has the power to fill the gap that has formed and bring real benefits to patients. Ultimately, it is the fact that we are developing therapies which will change peoples’ lives that drives us.’’

    That is why families like Ryan’s support Jeans for Genes.

    “You just don’t know if it’s going to be you sitting on the other side one day, hoping that other people are out there supporting you. We certainly didn’t think we’d be in this position, but here we are.’’

    Jeans for Genes Day is on Friday, August 2nd. You can support research to help the 1 in 20 children living with a genetic disease or birth defect by donating at jeansforgenes.org.au


  • 19-Jul-2019 17:36 | Lisa Docherty (Administrator)

    By Diana Tapp, World Class Teams

    ‘The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.’ Alvin Toffler 

    One of the challenges to improving your Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is that you need to unlearn some habits and beliefs that you’ve had since you were a young child. Only then will you be able to learn behaviours that are commensurate with high EQ.

    Consider some of the phrases and beliefs we have grown up with:

    • ‘Stick to the facts, leave the feelings out of this.’
    • ‘Just get it done!’
    • ‘If you don’t give as good as you get, you’re weak.’
    • ‘Boys don’t cry.’
    • ‘Don’t beat around the bush.’
    • ‘There can only be one winner.’

    While these phrases are all well-intentioned and have validity in certain circumstances, we can tend to overplay them. They can easily foster simplistic black-and-white responses and behaviours, whereas most important conversations and situations in workplaces are NOT black-and-white. We would be better served by adapting our language or behaviour to take account of the other person’s likely response or reaction.

    The purpose of communication is to gain a desirable outcome. Sometimes the outcomes we get are far from desirable because of our lack of management of our emotions and our lack of regard for the other person’s emotions.

    Was your purpose in those situations to annoy someone, to send them away or did you actually hope to influence them, to persuade them to do something you wanted?

    So, you need to UNLEARN some of these old habits and beliefs, to admit that they while they have served you well, and continue to do so in some situations, it is not a ‘one size fits all’.

    If you want to influence people and to have a positive impact on results, then you need to be mindful of other people’s emotions and of your own emotions.

    You must ensure that your behaviour is appropriate for managing the emotions and relationships to gain the best possible outcome, an outcome that is genuinely a win-win. This win-win outcome will be good for you personally, satisfying for the other stakeholders too and ultimately a great decision for business.

    People buy from people they know, like and trust. Why would they like or trust someone they feel puts them down, doesn’t listen to their view, negates or trivialises their feelings?

    If you want to get the outcomes you want then you need to be good at including people, both their ideas and their feelings.

    • Ask rather than assume
    • Ask rather than ignore (we often call ignoring pretending we didn’t notice!!)
    • Ask first rather than giving your view first

    While this is conceptually easy, it is difficult in practice because of those old beliefs we have.

    When you let go or unlearn some of the old beliefs you can replace them with new beliefs, which will enable you to improve your EQ and your performance, decrease your level of stress, increase your likeability and your chance of being noticed for the right reasons!

    What are some of the phrases and beliefs you grew up with? How do these impact the way you relate to, and work with, other people? What do you need to unlearn so that you can then learn a better way to gain the best outcomes in difficult situations with difficult people?

    If you want to learn how to have more Emotionally Intelligent conversations, we suggest attending our internationally successful GREENLINE Conversations Program. It has been used by companies such as Google, Pepsi and EY to create a high-performance culture in their business.

    For WSBC members the 1-Day GREENLINE Conversations Program is FULLY FUNDED and nationally accredited.

    The program can be run as an in-house program at your workplace, for groups of 20-25 people. Or you can book individual tickets to an Open Program using this link https://greenline-open-program.eventbrite.com.au.

    If you’d like to LEARN MORE and to discuss if GREENLINE is right for your business, call World Class Teams on 1300 085 248.


  • 18-Jul-2019 12:38 | Lisa Docherty (Administrator)


    Book and hold your next Residential Conference with PARKROYAL Parramatta and take advantage of their all-inclusive Residential Package from AUD255 per person, with overnight accommodation in one of their stylish Superior Rooms.

    Included in this package

    • Accommodation in a sophisticated Superior Room
    • Meeting room hire
    • Full day catering including morning tea, table buffet lunch and afternoon tea
    • Complimentary buffet breakfast in TABLE 30
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi
    • Prices per person starts from $255.00

    To request a quote or site visit, please speak with the PARKROYAL Parramatta team on 02 9685 0340 or email events.prsyp@parkroyalhotels.com.

    Click here for further information. 


    Terms and conditions

    • Subject to availability.
    • Not valid with any other offer or promotion.
    • A merchant service fee of 1.1% for Visa, MasterCard and 3% for Diners and Amex will be applied to all credit card transactions.


  • 17-Jul-2019 14:14 | Lisa Docherty (Administrator)

    By Michael Page

    One of the biggest challenges facing businesses today is how to create effective management training programs to prepare up-and-coming managers to become its next round of strong leaders.

    If you’re involved in or can influence your organisation’s management training programs, here are key factors to keep in mind.

    Align expectations and business objectives

    Before putting someone into a managerial role, it’s important to have a conversation with your management trainee about their expectations, their future career progression pathway, what their expectations are, and what skills they feel they need to develop.

    Up-and-coming managers also need to understand your company’s business objectives, and how their role and their team will work together to get the company there. According to author and consultant William Schiemann, only 14 per cent of companies polled in a study revealed their employees have a good understanding of the company’s strategy and direction.

    Assign them a mentor or coach

    The first few years of a new managerial position can be difficult. By assigning a mentor or coach as part of the management development training, up-and-coming managers will be better set up for success going forward and will have already had initial support they need in order to thrive.

    Connecting a new hire with a more experienced manager not only provides employees with guidance and a sounding board during the early stages, it also helps keep new managers aligned with the company’s expectations and objectives.

    The benefits of mentoring can even have a profound effect on leaders in top management positions: the Harvard Business Review reported 84 per cent of CEOs surveyed said mentors helped them avoid costly mistakes and become proficient in their roles faster.

    Focus on developing key skills and competencies

    There are some skills that help managers perform better in their roles, and incorporating these into your company’s leadership skills training can fast-track a manager’s performance and productivity.

    In an internal study codenamed Project Oxygen, Google identified six habits of highly effective managers, which can act as the foundation for leadership courses for all organisations:

    • Mindset and values
    • Emotional intelligence
    • Manager transition
    • Coaching
    • Feedback
    • Decision making

    Build a supportive company culture

    After promoting someone to manager, it’s crucial to provide them with ongoing support and training, as well as an open environment to discuss any challenges they’re facing. On-going training will help managers avoid common coaching pitfalls, such as micromanaging or infrequent feedback.

    Whether through brief informal conversations or scheduled monthly check-ins, fostering a supportive company culture is key to a successful and productive team of employees. If you’re looking to cultivate strong managers in your company, you first need to invest in the ongoing training and development of your leaders.

    When it comes down to it, having well-trained managers are key for any company to succeed. By setting your up-and-coming managers with the foundations for success, you’ll foster the growth of great managers – and your whole organisation will reap the benefits for years to come.

    If you're looking for your next role in Western Sydney, or need help with staffing, contact a Michael Page specialist today.


  • 11-Jul-2019 16:19 | Lisa Docherty (Administrator)

    Do you want to support one of the Western Sydney’s oldest and most trusted charities and experience the thrill and beauty of country Australia?

    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. This year marks Northcott’s 90th year supporting children and adults with disability to realise their potential and achieve their goals.

    For over 10 years Drive 4 Life, a non-profit fundraising organisation, has supported Northcott through its scenic “tag-along” 4WD event, which has raised over $800,000. Now, we want you to come and join the adventure, but you will need to be quick as there are only 12 vehicle spots left.

    Participate in this "tag-along" 4WD tour and see parts of Australia that are off the beaten track and not on the "shopping list" of many people’s 4WD 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.

    Broken Hill to Broken Hill, via Flinders Ranges, Corner Country and Tibooburra – September 1 to September 8 2019

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

    The tour will start and finish in Broken Hill. The tour will commence with registration, introductions and pre-trip briefing at 3.30 pm on Sunday 1 September 2019 and end on the afternoon of Sunday 8 September 2019. Drive 4 Life will host a dinner for all participants in Broken Hill on the Sunday evening.

    Drive 4 Life will be touring in the Flinders Ranges area, doing “Skytrek”, Blinman, Arkaroola, Leigh Creek, “Talc Alf”, Lyndhurst, Maree, Strezlecki Track, Cameron’s Corner and Tibooburra, before returning back to Broken Hill.

    Please visit the Drive 4 Life website: www.drive4life.com.au for full tour information and booking forms, or contact Annette Sneyd, Community Fundraising and Projects Co-ordinator at fund@northcott.com.au phone 1300 378 243. For more information about Northcott, visit our website at www.northcott.com.au.


  • 08-Jul-2019 14:29 | Lisa Docherty (Administrator)


    Australian businesses are reporting losing more money to fraud than ever.1 And yet four in five businesses have never carried out a proper risk assessment.2

    So, if your business wants to minimise risk but doesn't know where to begin, here's how to conduct an effective fraud risk assessment in seven steps.

    Click here to read more.


    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 macquarie.com.au/businessbanking. 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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