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  • 21-Nov-2014 10:34 | Michael Sugg (Administrator)

    Do you know an extraordinary woman from Greater Western Sydney?
    Nominations are now open for the 2015 UWS Women of the West Awards

    Celebrate the achievements of women in our region – women from different parts of the community including business and local industry, education, health, charity and community groups – who are committed to improving the local community and the lives of others. Nominates these inspirational women for, WSBC gold member, the University of Western Sydney's Women of the West Awards. 

    The awards were established by the University to recognise the significant contributions and achievements of women from the Greater Western Sydney region.

    Nominations are open for the following categories:

    • Women of the West
    • Young Women of the West (specifically for women aged between 18 & 28 years old)

    The winner of each category will receive a grant of $5,000 to further develop their leadership and advocacy work in their local community.

    Entries close Friday 12 December 2014.

    The winners will be publicly announced at the UWS International Women's Day celebrations in March 2015.

    For further information or to submit a nomination, please visit

    Please feel free to share this email with anyone who you think may be interested in hearing about the award.

    We look forward to receiving your nomination for the UWS Women of the West Awards.

  • 21-Nov-2014 09:47 | Michael Sugg (Administrator)

    Last week the Barangaroo Skills Exchange was awarded the Premier’s Partnership Award as a part of the 2014 Premier’s Awards for Public Service*. The Barangaroo Skills Exchange (BSX) was established to deliver skilling and training for the Barangaroo urban regeneration project, Sydney’s largest redevelopment project this century.


    The partnership involving Lend Lease, WSBC Platinum Partner TAFE NSW and the Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council aims to raise the bar for safety, trade skills and greenskilling in the construction industry and is on track to deliver 50,000 learning outcomes over the ten year construction period.  


    TAFE NSW – Western Sydney is the lead training provider for the project which covers a wide variety of training including work, health and safety, construction trades, language, literacy and numeracy and much more.


    BSX Project Manager Ron Wright said that while the project is directly giving skills to Barangaroo site workers, it is also fulfilling a much longer term role for the construction industry. 

    “This project is raising safety and quality standards in the construction industry and is also meeting objectives for the western Sydney region. 


    “The NSW Government saw this as an opportunity to reinforce the viability of the industry and to invest in employment outcomes for the Greater West. Workers from western Sydney play a huge part in the construction of Barangaroo. This training that is going on in the city will be taken back to regional projects in the future.


    “TAFE Western Sydney is proud of the part it is playing in the project which is ensuring a lasting positive legacy for the culture and skill set of the construction industry into the future.”


    Lend Lease Barangaroo South Managing Director Andrew Wilson said that the BSX was about creating a legacy. 

    “Extraordinary outcomes really mean that a whole industry can move to another paradigm through the intervention of skilling. That’s what we are trying to create here, a legacy for the industry that’s not just about Lend Lease. It is about the whole workforce changing as a result of this project, and the BSX is allowing us to do that on the ground,” Mr Wilson said. 


    * About the Premier’s Public Sector Awards

    The Premier’s Public Sector Awards recognise outstanding performance and achievements in the NSW public sector, comprising six award categories which link to the strategies set out in NSW 2021, the Government’s agenda for change in NSW. The Premier’s Partnership Award recognises outstanding partnerships between public sector teams and business, nongovernment and/or academic/training organisations delivering results against at least one goal in NSW 2021.

  • 20-Nov-2014 21:47 | Michael Sugg (Administrator)

    In the last WSBC Business Leader Luncheon AusIndustry announced the launch of the new Entrepreneurs' Infrastructure Program. Below we highlight how you can access the program and benefit from funding.

    If your business needs help to grow and commercialise ideas, you can now apply for:

    • Accelerating Commercialisation
    • two new Business Management services (Business Growth and Supply Chain Facilitation).

    These new programmes are offered as part of the Australian Government’s $484.2 million Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme.

    Businesses needing help to bring their ideas to market can now access the Accelerating Commercialisation element.

    Businesses can also access two new services under the Business Management element of the Programme, which provides support for business improvement and growth.

    Accelerating Commercialisation

    Under Accelerating Commercialisation, experienced Commercialisation Advisers will guide your business through the commercialisation process. The programme will provide you with the advice, experience and networks you need to attract investment and to commercialise your ideas.

    Eligible businesses may also receive matching grants of up to $1 million.

    Accelerating Commercialisation will support entrepreneurs, start-ups and innovative businesses to create the technologies, jobs and industries of the future.

    New Business Management services

    If you meet Business Management eligibility criteria, you can apply for two new services:

    • Business Growth services, which will work with high growth potential businesses for up to two years to develop and embed the capabilities, knowledge and strategies to accelerate growth.
    • Supply Chain Facilitation services, which will encourage businesses to participate in domestic and global supply chains and to generate sustainable business growth, as well as provide opportunities to connect and network with their customers.

    Both complement Business Evaluation and Business Growth Grant services launched under the Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme on 1 July 2014.

    Who is eligible?

    To apply for Accelerating Commercialisation and Business Management services, you’ll need to meet relevant services eligibility and merit criteria. For more information, visit the Eligibility page or call 13 28 46. More in depth face-to-face assistance is also available from AusIndustry’s national network.

    How do I apply?

    Visit the Entrepreneurs Infrastructure Programme page for information on how to apply today.

  • 20-Nov-2014 11:16 | Anonymous

    Spectators at the fifth annual ‘Flowers in Motion’ event were entertained, entranced and had their taste buds excited by the symphony of talent on display across a range of TAFE disciplines.


    TAFE NSW – South Western Sydney Institute’s (SWSi’s) Padstow College once again hosted ‘Flowers in Motion’ – a showcase of floristry and beauty skills - on Thursday, 13 November 2014. 

    Some 1000 spectators indulged in a veritable feast for the senses - a showcase of entertainment, floral displays and delicious food and drinks served up by TAFE SWSi students. 

    The centrepiece of the event as usual was a catwalk parade featuring 60 models wearing elaborate floral couture designed by Floristry students from TAFE SWSi, Padstow College. 

    However, TAFE SWSi Floristry Head Teacher, Joanne Hynard, said the event also provided a platform for a broader range of students to flaunt the skills they’ve acquired at TAFE.  

    “There were 200 to 250 floristry students of all different levels involved in showcasing their work,” she said. “However, we also had the event management students running the show; the hair and beauty team doing the makeup; the hospitality section catering the event; butchery supplying the meat products and the photography section doing the video and photos.”

    ‘Flowers In Motion’ also featured static floral displays aligned to the theme of the event – a Symphony of Flowers. Hence, spectators encountered displays dubbed the Claire de Lune, Swan Lake, Mozart, Madame Butterfly and Bolero.

    Music for the catwalk parade was also in tune with the Symphony theme and featured a wide range of music from Phantom of the Opera, Hair, ballroom, disco, dance of the flowers; Vivaldi’s four seasons and culminating in the sounds of Disney from films including Mulan and Maleficent.

    Spectators were also treated to performances from roaming violinist, Arshur Varde, and Aria – an operatic woman’s quartet – in the entertainment marquee.

    New sponsorship funds enabled this year’s ‘Flowers in Motion’ to introduce a number of innovations that enhanced the viewing and listening pleasure for spectators, Ms Hynard said.

    “One sponsor provided us with ten thousand dollars’ worth of lighting,” she said. “And for the first time the models had a real catwalk at the higher professional viewing level. Previously we had a makeshift catwalk made up of cut down tables and desk,” she said.

    Ms Hynard said the 2014 event exceeded all expectations, with record-breaking attendance and student participation.  

    “The 2014 ‘Flowers in Motion’ is officially the biggest ever showcase of floristry, hair and beauty skills in Sydney,” Ms Hynard said.

    TAFE SWSi is one of the NSW’s premium trainers in Floristry, Beauty, Hairdressing, Hospitality, Butchery, Photography and Events, supporting industries which together employ thousands of students.

    ‘Flowers in Motion’ 2014 was sponsored by the Student Association; Sydneywide Party Hire; Bankstown City Council; Randstad; Romeo’s Chair; Koch & Co; ARIA; Ashur Varde – Violinist; and Sweet Treat Carts, Colombian Rose, Eleven Australia, Revesby Workers’ Club, Best Business, Leekien Grocery and Brunch Affair.





  • 20-Nov-2014 09:09 | Anonymous

    The Bankstown Business Advisory Service is pleased to invite businesspeople to its final networking event for 2014, which will incorporate a breakfast with expert speakers, a round of golf followed by lunch, and a chance to win a new car.




    Businesses can register to attend either or both of the breakfast and the golf followed by lunch. Places for the round of golf and lunch are strictly limited to one person per business. Priority for the round of golf and lunch will be given to BBAS Members, with non-members placed on a waiting list; places will be allocated on a first come, first-served basis, and will be subject to email confirmation by BBAS.


    Guest speakers for Breakfast include:


    Joel Norris, Operations Manager, AusIndustry Entrepreneur Development, New developments in Commonwealth Government Support for SMEs

    Andrew Stainer, Co-Founder, The Helmsman Project, Investing in Bankstown's future talent - all hands on deck! 


    Networking Breakfast






    Tuesday 2 December 2014




    7.30 - 9.30am (Breakfast)




    Bankstown Golf Club 70 Ashford Avenue Milperra 




    Parking on premises




    By Tuesday 30 November 2014




    BBAS Members Free - Non Members $25




    Networking Lunch & Golf






    Tuesday 2 December 2014




    10.00am- 3.00pm




    Bankstown Golf Club 70 Ashford Avenue Milperra




    Parking on premises




    By Tuesday 30 November 2014




    BBAS Members Free - Non Members $50



    To register your interest or obtain more information contact Domenica Mirarchi on 9707 9227 or email

  • 20-Nov-2014 08:55 | Anonymous

    A NEW multimillion dollar transport, engineering and technology centre is beginning to take shape at TAFE South Western Sydney Institute (TAFE SWSi) Wetherill Park College.


    The refurbishment of the College to accommodate the new SWSi Wetherill Park TAFE Transport Technology Centre initially required the demolition or removal of certain buildings or structures. 

    In a move that will undoubtedly be music to the ears of the NSW Government (who is funding the project) the college has come up with a novel approach to cutting costs during the demolition phase.

    Buildings earmarked for demolition have been auctioned off at bargain prices but on the condition that the buyer removes the building at their own expense. 

    TAFE SWSi Wetherill Park College Manager Brian Mulvey said the college had quotes of around $100,000 for the removal of a big demountable classroom; a big storage shed and spray booths. Crane costs alone to remove the demountable would have been $45,000. 

    “We ended up selling them for six to seven thousand dollars so we’ve made a big saving that can go towards enhancing student experience on the campus,” he said. 

    The centre is destined to be the largest automotive training facility in Sydney and will offer students a 21st century learning experience with the integration of technologies that allow students to be focused on workshop related tasks rather than traditional classroom-based learning. 

    TAFE SWSi Teacher Chris Greentree said one of the major innovations would be Wi-Fi saturation through the classrooms, workshops and common areas connecting students to the National Broadband Network (NBN). 

    “This means the learning experience will be enhanced for students because teachers will be able to show students things in video rather than relying on textbooks,” he said. 

    TAFE SWSi Institute Director Peter Roberts said it was great to see such innovative thinking to cut costs for a project designed to be at the cutting edge of innovative learning. 

    “The Centre itself will have state of the art facilities and provide a huge boost to training and career opportunities to people in the region and beyond.” 

    The Centre will open in 2016 and offer students a number of course options including light vehicle technology, heavy vehicle mechanical technology, plant mechanics, automotive electrical technology, speciality automotive courses and engineering technology courses.



  • 19-Nov-2014 21:03 | Michael Sugg (Administrator)


    Managing Director of WSBC Gold Member, Hugo Halliday PR & Marketing Pty Ltd, Bill Pickering, whose firm jointly hosted a networking event in Parramatta last Friday, said he and his team were delighted with the support and warm reception received from the WSBC executive and business members.


    “Our launch into western Sydney corresponded with one of the hottest days on record, but we still managed to attract around 60 attendees keen to talk business and explore potential networking opportunities and business connections. 

    The diversity of enterprises – ranging from financial and educational  institutions, senior Government agencies and local and state political representatives, professional services to a variety of entrepreneurial businesses – made the afternoon a great success".      

    “We look forward to establishing our permanent office and starting our Parramatta-based business operations in the next two weeks.”

    WSBC General Manager, Michael Sugg welcomed Hugo Halliday to Parramatta and to the Western Sydney Business Connection community. "We were also delighted to have The Hon. Anthony Roberts MP, Minister for Resources and Energy and Leader of the House, join us to share his insights and welcome WSBC Gold Member Hugo Halliday PR & Marketing to Parramatta" commented Sugg.

  • 18-Nov-2014 21:36 | Michael Sugg (Administrator)

    As its name suggests, the Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme provides the support businesses need so that entrepreneurship can flourish, writes programme director Doron Ben-Meir.

    As a serial entrepreneur, and having met and supported hundreds of Australian businesses both as a venture capital investor and as a senior executive of the Department of Industry, I know the path to business success is never easy. The text books present a multiplicity of tasks, problems and obstacles in building a business but the central challenge for any entrepreneur may be summarised very simply…one needs to reach the right people at the right time. The right customers, the right employees, the right service providers, the right partners, the right investors…and time is money!

    The $484.2 million Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme aims to help new and established businesses meet this challenge. The programme is the Australian Government’s flagship initiative for improving business competitiveness and productivity at the firm level. It is a key component of the Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda, which is the Government’s action strategy to build a strong and prosperous economy. The guiding principle of the agenda is to focus on Australia’s strengths, not to prop up poor performers.

    In keeping with this, the Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme’s focus is on providing expert advice and connecting businesses with networks, experts and investors, rather than only offering financial assistance.

    The Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme has three elements:

    • Business Management, providing support for business improvement and growth
    • Research Connections, helping small and medium businesses collaborate with the research sector to develop new ideas with commercial potential
    • Accelerating Commercialisation, helping entrepreneurs, researchers and start-ups address key challenges in the commercialisation pathway of bringing new products, processes and services to the market.

    These elements provide comprehensive support in the areas that are crucial for business success and growth.

    The programme is delivered by a single business service, which is streamlining government business assistance through the website and the 13 28 46 contact centre, with expert, face-to-face assistance available from the AusIndustry network of advisers.

    The Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme aims to help businesses grow and succeed. It provides tiered support, with the intensity of assistance increasing as the high-growth potential of a business becomes apparent. At this later stage, when a business has worked closely with their business adviser, grants are available. These are awarded on a merit basis, with the applicant required to match funding.

    For example, Research Connections provides grants of up to $50,000 after a business has gone through a facilitation process, to help fund specific, identified activities like bringing a researcher into a business.

    In the case of Accelerating Commercialisation, with grant funding of up to $1 million available, the application process is also competitive – recognising that a limited funding pool must be focused on the highest quality projects.

    Accelerating Commercialisation

    The Accelerating Commercialisation element of the programme opened 1 November. It offers services and grants to eligible entrepreneurs, researchers, inventors, start-ups and small and medium sized businesses. The programme aims to help these groups bring their novel products, services and technologies to market as quickly as possible, increasing their prospects for success.

    Accelerating Commercialisation has five core components:

    • Independent, professional Commercialisation Advisers who help participants become investor and market ready
    • Matched grants of up to $1 million for commercialisation activities
    • A curated Portfolio of companies with high growth potential bringing qualified commercialisation opportunities together for maximum visibility and credibility
    • An Expert Network of successful entrepreneurs, domain experts, professional investors and strategic corporations offering participants access to key business connections and opportunities to develop their businesses, enter new markets and raise smart capital. Over time the depth and breadth of this network will grow resulting in a continuously improving source of value addition for Portfolio companies.
    • Promotional opportunities through in-bound and out-bound domestic and international roadshows and trade missions to ensure that Australia’s success stories and best commercialisation prospects are marketed globally. 

    The Portfolio

    An important feature of Accelerating Commercialisation is the creation of a Portfolio of companies that are undertaking early-stage commercialisation activities. The Portfolio will create opportunities for businesses with high-potential to receive greater visibility and credibility, especially with investors, other entrepreneurs, domain experts, supply chains and strategic corporations. Businesses chosen for the Portfolio, for example, will have access to networking events, exposure to international trade missions and opportunities to join Australian delegations to major global events.

    Accelerating Commercialisation, and the Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme in general, work to foster innovation and entrepreneurship by building strong and self-reliant businesses. The programme is a central part of the Government’s industry policy which recognises that Government plays an important role in establishing supportive frameworks to maximise the probability that entrepreneurs and businesses will create and capitalise upon good opportunities - both for their own benefit and for the benefit of the Australian economy as a whole.

  • 17-Nov-2014 09:25 | Michael Sugg (Administrator)

    The electronic medical records system at Blacktown Hospital is transforming the way staff manage patient care.

    Paper-Lite - the name given by the Western Sydney Local Health District to the implementation of its state-of-the-art medical records system – holds the medical records of all new patients, while existing and past patient records are in the process of being digitised.

    By moving away from paper records, Blacktown Hospital staff can quickly, easily and securely access patient records.

    Blacktown Hospital is the site of a massive health infrastructure project. A five-storey Clinical Services Building is the centrepiece of the $322 million, Stage 1 redevelopment of Blacktown Mount Druitt Hospital.

  • 17-Nov-2014 09:24 | Michael Sugg (Administrator)

    The first stages of the $280 million Camden Valley Way upgrade have opened to traffic ahead of schedule.

    We started construction in 2012 and now Stages 1 and 2 are not only complete but have opened four months ahead of schedule.

    Camden Valley Way is the primary route for communities living in the South West Growth Centre, linking the Hume Highway and the M7 and M5 interchange at Prestons with Camden, Narellan and Liverpool.

    Meanwhile, the Australian and NSW Governments have announced four successful projects for Round One of the $200 million Western Sydney Local Roads Package to ease congestion and create local jobs, including upgrades to Eagle Vale Drive and The Northern Road and Erskine Park Road Intersection. 

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