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  • 28-Jul-2014 14:56 | Anonymous

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  • 28-Jul-2014 11:07 | Anonymous



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  • 28-Jul-2014 11:03 | Anonymous

    We have announced a further $25 million in infrastructure funding will go to The Hills and Blacktown councils.

    Recently released figures show about 1 million people are expected to move to Western Sydney by 2031. 

    Councils play a crucial role in providing infrastructure to support new housing developments and developers also contribute to deliver local infrastructure.

    Providing a ‘top-up’ from our Local Infrastructure Growth Scheme helps keep housing affordable and enables councils to fund their infrastructure plans.


    Source: NSW Government

  • 28-Jul-2014 10:49 | Anonymous

    More than $10 million worth of upgrades at Bankstown Station commenced this week, with customers set to benefit from new stairs, ramps, canopies, ticket barriers, more CCTV and a general refresh of the station. 


    A new covered walkway also means customers will be able to move freely through the station concourse to the bus interchange, providing shade in summer and cover on rainy days. The upgrades are expected to be completed in 2015. 

    The upgrade is one of a number of projects being delivered for Western Sydney customers as part of the our Transport Access Program. Customers are already benefiting from improvements at Auburn, Campsie, Fairfield, Strathfield and Canley Vale stations and upgrades are underway at Granville and Ingleburn stations.


    Source: NSW Government

  • 24-Jul-2014 14:42 | Anonymous

    As the fashion industry deliberates over what colour is the new black for the seasons to come, the next colour that is the subject of a trade mark registration dispute is here! 


    It seems only yesterday that the colour 'purple' trade mark litigation disputes were settled when Cadbury UK Ltd and Mars Australia Pty Ltd were successful in obtaining trade mark protection for their particular shades of purple.  Now, it seems an era over the colour 'yellow' may be gaining momentum with Telstra reportedly seeking leave to appeal the recent decision of the Federal Court, which arises from a recent Federal Court decision that Telstra had no rights to registering the colour 'yellow' as a trade mark. 


    This article provides a snapshot of the battle between Telstra Corporation Limited (Telstra) and Phone Directories Company Australia Pty Ltd (Phone Directories) by limiting it to the colour 'yellow' trade mark registration.


    Timeline of the Dispute


    The timeline of this decision can be summarised as follows:




    The registration and use of the colour yellow


    Telstra has applied to register the word 'yellow' as a trade mark in broad classes of goods and services including telephone directories.  During the course of the proceedings, Telstra had provided extensive evidence that it has used the colour yellow in published materials, in its website and mobile app directories and it supported all of its directories with a huge amount of yellow themed marketing under the 'yellow' trade marks and Yellow Pages trade marks.


    Court's Decision on the colour 'Yellow'


    Justice Bernard Murphy held that “the yellow mark has no inherent adaptability to distinguish Telstra’s designated goods and services from the goods or services of other persons." 


    Furthermore, the Court held that despite Telstra acquiring a secondary reputation in yellow, the association between the colour yellow and Telstra or its directories in the minds of consumers was not strong.  This was based on matters including the following, which is not intended to be exhaustive:


    Evidence was provided to the effect that yellow was descriptive and commonly used for business directories internationally.  The Court considered that it demonstrated that Telstra followed an international trend to adopt the colour yellow.


    The yellow trade mark had no inherent adaptation to distinguish the designated goods and services from other goods and services.


    The colour yellow was not distinctive as Telstra had not limited its use of the colour yellow to an unusual shade of yellow.


    What this means for business


    This case illustrates the value that companies place on protecting their brand and brand recognition.  Despite, Telstra being unsuccessful in this instance, it is established law that a trade mark may be registered for things other than words and logos.  Trade mark protection also covers sounds, shapes and colours in limited circumstances.  By using the colour purple as an example:

    Cadbury was unable to register the general colour purple but was successful in registering a specific shade of purple as a trade mark on the packaging for block chocolate and boxed chocolate. 


    Mars group was successful in registering the colour purple for cat food as its colour purple was invented for specifically for the Whiskas cat food range.



     Brendon Noney   Dorota Bryks
     Partner Associate
     HWL Ebsworth Lawyers  HWL Ebsworth Lawyers 


  • 24-Jul-2014 11:43 | Anonymous

    Blacktown City Council and the University of Western Sydney (UWS) will carry out exploratory research on the state of manufacturing in Blacktown.

     

    Manufacturing in Blacktown is the most productive part of the local economy. It makes up 16.3% of the total Gross Regional Product. It employs 13,100 people, an equivalent to 12% of the total workforce in Blacktown.

     

    The research to be done by UWS will assess a range of manufacturing sectors to identify which are most impacted by globalisation. It will then look at manufacturers and their ability to transition towards “advanced manufacturing” practices and the steps needed to achieve it.

     

    Small business is an important focus of the research with close to eighty per cent of all manufacturers in Blacktown classified as a small business.

     

    Manufacturing is a critical part of the Blacktown economy, said a Council spokesperson.  It is important to conduct this research to see what we could do as Council to help our manufacturers compete and where needed, transition to more modern practices.

     

    Manufacturers who would like to be involved in this research can contact Council’s Economic Development Unit by calling (02) 9839 6233.  



     


  • 24-Jul-2014 11:00 | Anonymous

    Learn about the latest cloud based services and how they can benefit your business.

     

    Date: 24th September 2014
    Hosts: Moore Stephens Sydney, in conjunction with Western Sydney Business Connection

     

    The seminar is designed to be highly informative and educational, providing you with the information you need to make informed decisions about cloud products and services.

     

    Watch this space for further information!

     

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  • 24-Jul-2014 09:50 | Anonymous

    Western Sydney based businesses are in danger of missing out on an accounting revolution by failing to respond to the changes caused by digital disruption.


    In our recently released report, Harnessing the ‘bang’, stories from the digital frontline, Deloitte updated its analysis of the impact of digital disruption to show it is accelerating and affecting businesses large and small across Australia.


    In our view, the next 12 months will be a watershed for private businesses adapting to digital disruption.


    Recent research* shows 66% of businesses are still not using cloud technology. Many may not realise how much this technology has improved in the past few years and the positive impact it can have on how they run their business.


    Deloitte Private has heeded its own warnings about digital disruption of the professional services sector by redefining the way it delivers accounting and tax services, via the launch of Deloitte Private Connect.


    Time to embrace disruption


    It would have been easier in the short term to have done nothing and hoped for the best, but we decided to take a leadership position because we don’t want our clients to miss out on this revolution.  With Deloitte Private Connect we have positively embraced the disruption to the accounting and tax profession on account of cloud technologies and created an offering that transforms the way business owners experience accounting services.


    Deloitte Private Connect combines shared ledger accounting, automated bookkeeping and benchmarking, an online portal and dashboard as well as many other digital technologies, to redefine the way our private clients work with us, in real time, on any device.


    Every business owner dreams of spending less time in the business and more time on the business.


    Less time on day-to-day transactions, paying staff and suppliers and scrambling to balance the books. More time on the bigger picture and the things that helped them succeed in the first place. Until now, that's been easier said than done. Deloitte Private Connect is changing all that. It represents a fundamental shift in the accounting and tax function for our clients and for us.


    How does it work?


    We took a transformative approach to the design of Deloitte Private Connect, creating an ecosystem built around a family of business apps.  These apps automatically populate an interactive dashboard enabling business owners to quickly review key metrics in real time.  Based on the particular needs of their business, clients select from compatible apps conveniently grouped into simple categories such as staff, customers, marketing, product, money, etc.


    Core to Deloitte Private Connect are two apps:


    Transact automates bookkeeping. Invoices are digitally scanned and authorised for online payment while business owners digitally sign tax returns, approve BAS statements and year end accounts, raise queries and store documents securely online.

     

    Analyser enables business owners to access live financial reports and business analytics, including profitability, cash flow, growth and trend analysis. Key performance indicators can be customised, live ‘what-if’ analysis performed and alerts set up to keep on top of the metrics that matter.


    In a breakthrough for the professional services sector, Deloitte Private Connect is based on an online subscription payments model and fixed monthly fees.  We recognised that fixed monthly payments make it easier for our clients to manage their cash flow. We have adjusted our business model and workflow management accordingly, to provide our clients with certainty, as well as best in class services.


    We believe that Deloitte Private Connect sets a new benchmark for what individuals and family businesses should expect from their accountant; the best cloud technologies and the best of Deloitte at a compelling fixed, monthly price.  We are giving our clients what we know they want – real time to do what really matters to them. Real business in real-time.


    Contact: 

    Michael Stibbard, Deloitte Partner

    (02) 9322 3510

    mstibbard@deloitte.com.au


    *Source: Cloud Computing in Australia, report by the Australian Communications and Media Authority.


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