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  • 11-Nov-2019 16:48 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Book your 2020 event before 31 December 2019 and save!

    Take advantage of PARKROYAL Parramatta's all-inclusive Meet and Stay package starting from AUD255 per person including accommodation and breakfast.

    Plus, they are giving you the choice of further savings!

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    For every 10 paying delegates, the 11th delegate is on PARKROYAL Parramatta.


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    Receive an AUD1000 credit on your next residential event.

    To take advantage of this offer, or request a quote or site visit, please speak with the PARKROYAL Parramatta team on +61 2 9685 0340 or email

    Click here for further details.

    Terms and conditions apply.

  • 07-Nov-2019 11:39 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Are you a small business that wants to start exporting or learn how to grow your exports?

    Regional Development Australia (RDA) Sydney in partnership with AusIndustry and Campbelltown City Council invites you to a focused exporting workshop in Campbelltown.

    This workshop is designed for businesses starting out on their export journey and those looking to consolidate knowledge. 

    Come along to learn the basics from the Export Council of Australia with case studies from local businesses.

    Speaker line up:

    Workshop facilitator: Dianne Tipping, Chair, Export Council of Australia (ECA)

    'An Ingleburn company's exporting success story': Paul Curryer, Managing Director, Pax Australia Pty Ltd

    'My export journey': Leandra Coffey, Director, Fruity Sacks

    'Federal and State government assistance for exporters': Sunny Kwon, Senior Export Advisor, NSW Government

    'Federal government assistance in preparing your business for exporting': Stephan Wagner, Assistant State Manager, Western Sydney AusIndustry

    Date: 28th November 2019

    Time: 8.30am for a 9am start - 12.30pm

    Venue: Campbelltown Catholic Club, 22 Camden Road, Campbelltown, NSW 2560

    Cost: $15.00 (includes: ECA workbook, morning tea and light lunch)

    Click here to register.

  • 25-Oct-2019 09:38 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    By Transport for NSW

    Innovative technology and inventive engineering will be used during major construction of the Parramatta Light Rail to minimise disruption to local businesses along the famed ‘Eat Street’.

    Minister for Transport Andrew Constance said customers will also enjoy an additional four months of outdoor dining before hoardings go up.

    “Our local businesses are the heart and soul of Parramatta and we have worked closely with them to understand the potential impacts of light rail construction,” Mr Constance said.

    “We’ve guaranteed major construction in Eat Street won’t start until 2020 ensuring visitors can enjoy the precinct during summer without construction hoardings.”

    The Parramatta Light Rail construction plan will see Church Street closed to car traffic from 1 February 2020, from the Riverside Theatre to Centenary Square, including the ‘Eat Street’ dining strip. After this, the construction team will establish mobile work sites and temporary hoardings along Church Street, with major construction to begin in June.

    Also from February, a micro-tunnelling machine (around 1.5 metres in diameter) will construct drainage beneath the street from Centenary Square to the Parramatta River – intended to reduce noise and impact compared to street-level works.

    Parramatta Light Rail infrastructure works contractors Parramatta Connect (CPB Downer Joint Venture) are using augmented reality and digital 3D technology to map more than 300 utility services, which will provide real-time updates to inform construction planning.

    Member for Parramatta Geoff Lee said a construction grace period had also been introduced by Transport for NSW so businesses can benefit from the busier summer trading period.

    “As promised, from 1 November until 31 January each year, the hoardings will come down, outdoor dining will be temporarily restored and we will work with local businesses to deliver activities and events to attract people to the Parramatta CBD.”

    Macquarie, George, Philip and Market Streets will remain open to vehicles to keep the Parramatta CBD moving during construction.

  • 23-Sep-2019 11:51 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    From Smart Factory to Smart Business Models

    The manufacturing industry is undergoing a transformation offering new opportunities for every manufacturing company.

    Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the experiences of local manufacturers and experts.

    You are guaranteed to go away with a new perspective on your own business.

    Speakers include:

    • Mark Goodsell – Australian Industry Group (Ai Group)
    • Dr Matthias Guertler, University of Technology Sydney
    • David Fox, General Manager, LA Services
    • Dr Aniss Chami, CEO, Vitex Pharmaceuticals
    • Glenn Matthews, CEO, The Australian Racing Drivers’ Club, and Mark McVeigh, CEO, motoDNA


    Date: Thursday 24 October 2019

    Venue: Sydney Motorsport Park, Gate A, Ferrers Road, Eastern Creek

    Time: 10:00am to 1:00pm (lunch & networking from 12:00pm)

    For further details and to register your FREE ticket click here.

    This event is brought to you by Blacktown City Council

  • 18-Sep-2019 16:44 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Digital engagement is accelerating

    For the first time, in 2019, there were more small businesses with high or advanced levels of digital engagement than those with basic or intermediate levels of engagement.

    Benefits for small businesses from digital engagement include achieving more revenue growth on average, more revenue per employee, and more time to invest in the business. This research, conducted by Deloitte Access Economics for the Federal Government and its Small Business Digital Champions Project in August 2019, builds on previous editions of Connected Small Business research conducted for Google in 2013, 2016 and 2017, which utilised similar methodologies.

    Download the report here.

  • 18-Sep-2019 08:41 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Northcott’s Cricket Gala Dinner will take place on Thursday 7 November 2019 at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). This event attracts over 400 corporates, individual supporters plus past and present cricketers.

    Over the years, Northcott's Cricket Gala events have raised more than two million dollars to help fund Northcott's services, which support people with disability to realise their potential and achieve their goals. Proceeds raised at the 2019 Cricket Gala Dinner will again go towards Northcott’s Recreation Service enabling hundreds of children and adults with disability to take part in sporting and social activities.

    Northcott is delighted to welcome Terry Shields Toyota again as sponsor of Pre-Dinner Drinks as part of their larger 2019 Corporate Partnership. “Partnering with Northcott has been an amazing opportunity to support and get involved in the needs of our local community. Through our partnership we hope to make a difference in the lives of children and adults living with disability.” Elissa Glenn, Marketing Manager at Terry Shields Toyota.

    If you would like to be part of this great event, click here to book your seat. For sponsorship enquiries please contact:

    Janette Semaan

    P: 1300 378 243


  • 18-Sep-2019 08:30 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Breakthrough Conservation and Breeding Programs Deliver Baby Bungarribee

    Featherdale Wildlife Park, located in the region of Bungarribee in Western Sydney and home to the largest collection of native Australian animals in the world, has introduced the latest addition to its modern family. The adorable koala joey, named Bungarribee and lovingly nicknamed Gabby, has emerged from the pouch with an inquisitive nature, a fondness for people and a strong bond with her mother, Scout, who is never far away.

    Bungarribee’s name is a symbol of Featherdale Wildlife Park’s mission to create a future where wild koalas and other endemic Australian animals will return to Bungarribee once more. The park is calling for the community’s green spaces to be earmarked for natural habitats, and this koala will be the champion of the cause with the hope of one day seeing her descendants thrive in the wild in Western Sydney.

    Bungarribee was the result of science rather than courtship through Featherdale Wildlife Park’s world-class breeding program. The program, which follows best-practice husbandry guidelines, uses genetic technology to identify and match koalas for breeding based on the compatibility of their genes. This process ensures that the joeys are healthy and strong and have the best opportunity to thrive.

    “Koala conservation is a huge focus for Featherdale Wildlife Park, and the birth of Bungarribee really represents our hope for a future where this incredible animal can thrive outside of captivity”, says Chad Staples, Director of Life Sciences. “It will be a pretty special day when our breeding program is simply the first step on a koala’s journey into the wild, although we’re a long way off from that being a reality”.

    Today there are no wild koalas remaining in Bungarribee, a troubling reality which is representative of the wider koala crisis in New South Wales as the state fights to reverse an alarming decline in its koala population. Down almost 26% in just two decades according to the New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage, rapid urban development has systematically destroyed koala habitats and is widely recognised as the reason behind their impending extinction.

    Bungarribee was born in October last year, and the joey’s cuddly coat has been months in the making. Like all newborn koalas she was born blind, hairless and without ears, measuring just two centimetres long and less than one gram in weight. She then spent seven months growing and developing inside her mother’s pouch before emerging with the distinct koala characteristics adored by so many including large furry ears and a big black nose.

    Come and celebrate baby Bungarribee with us!

    Book via to score a 20% discount on all tickets and annual passes when you enter the code ‘SYDNEY’.

    But hurry, this offer is only available until 27 September 2019.

  • 17-Sep-2019 18:00 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    The Blue Datto Foundation invites you to their 5th Annual Gala Dinner on Saturday 19th October at the picturesque Hawkesbury Race Club.

    Proudly sponsored by Cutcliffe Acreage and Lifestyle Properties, the evening will be full of fun entertainment, raffles, auctions, prizes and more!

    Funds raised from the dinner will go to Blue Datto’s Keeping Safe program which aims to teach safe behaviours, encourage self-belief and empower young people to make safer choices on the roads as drivers and passengers.


    Includes canapes and drink on arrival, 3 course meal and non-alcoholic beverages.

    $130 per person

    $1300 per table of 10

    Book your tickets here

    Corporate Table Sponsorship

    In addition to above, includes sponsored table signage, logo recognition in the event program and mention by MC, along with a special gift for each of your guests.

    $1850 per table of 10

    Become a Corporate Table Sponsor here

    Would You Like To Offer Further Support?

    To donate a prize or to learn more about other sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

    Michelle Burman, Community Engagement Manager

    M: 0411 480 090


  • 17-Sep-2019 16:38 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    As an enthusiastic new business starter, the idea of writing a business plan was probably exciting. The possibilities, the growth potential, the new contacts; a business plan showed the world (and the bank) that you had big dreams and exciting goals. So, where is your business plan now? Is it in the bottom of a drawer?

    Business Plans should be updated regularly because circumstances change. Some industries move very quickly (i.e. finance sector) so your business plan needs to reflect these changes. Setting reminders in your calendar can be a fantastic trigger to remind you to look at your plan.

    If you have employees it can be a great idea to get them involved in the planning process. They might have valuable ideas on where they would like to see the business go and some suggestions on how to get there. Your team will have strengths in the business which you may not so don’t be shy in taking advice and suggestions.

    Set goals, timeframes and measurable outcomes so you can compare your targets regularly. Graphs and tables are a great visual way to review your results. Make them bright and colourful so you can enjoy the experience of reviewing your plan.

    Reviewing your business plan regularly is a fantastic opportunity to take a step away from the ‘everyday’ and review the big picture. Acknowledge your wins and accept the losses as a learning experience.

    The Australian Government have a fantastic template they provide for free on their Business site. You can download it here. The website is also a fantastic sources of ideas, tools and contacts for all Australian businesses. You can visit it here.

    If you need help with your business plans ISM have a great team of consultants who can discuss your business goals and objectives.

    Check out the ISM team and feel free to contact them to discuss.

  • 17-Sep-2019 16:04 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Western Sydney based charity the Blue Datto Foundation is confident its new membership with WSBC will engage and activate the local business network to help save lives and prevent injuries, while reducing the staggering costs of road trauma.

    Sadly, young people continue to be overrepresented in road trauma statistics, and over the last 10 years a staggering 3,115 young people have been killed on our roads, including 65 on Western Sydney roads. with a further 2,403 hospitalised with serious injuries.

    In addition to the immense emotional and social toll this has on families and communities in the Western Sydney region, the financial cost of these crashes is estimated at over $187 million.

    As identified in the findings of the ‘Inquiry into the National Road Safety Strategy 2011 – 2020,’ road trauma is fast reaching crisis levels and without changes 12,000 Australians will be killed and 360,000 will be injured at a cost of $300 billion over the next decade.

    Launched in 2015 following the death of 17-year-old Philip Vassallo (known as ‘the kid in the Blue Datto,) Blue Datto’s award-winning Keeping Safe program has made a quick impact with young people, road safety stakeholders and the local community.

    Targeting pre-drivers aged 15 to 18, the Keeping Safe program aims to reduce ‘risky’ behaviour by equipping young drivers with knowledge, skills and strategies to change the outcome of potentially fatal situations.

    Initially delivering Keeping Safe programs to 1,100 youth participants in 2016, the Foundation is on track to celebrate its 20,000th program participant by the year’s end.

    Casually employing 35 Peer Mentors who deliver the Keeping Safe programs, this growth has enabled the Foundation to move into its new office and training facility in Penrith.

    Plans are also in place to launch new support services for those impacted by road trauma – the likes of which are not currently available in NSW.

    “We’ve achieved a lot in the last few years, but there is still so much more that can be done to prevent crashes, as well as protect and support the Western Sydney community,” said Michelle Burman, Blue Datto’s Community Engagement Manager who says there are a number of schools and communities still crying out for financial support to run a Keeping Safe program.

    “We’re so grateful for the support of WSBC and hope others within the network are able to get involved and help us achieve real life-saving change, whilst also reducing the staggering costs associated with road crashes and trauma.”

    The Foundation is currently supported by WestConnex, Pace Farm, Steggles and the NSW Police Association, as well as by WSBC Platinum Partner World Class Teams.

    Any parties interested in supporting Blue Datto should contact:

    Michelle Burman

    M: 0411 480 090



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