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  • 16-Jul-2014 12:50 | Anonymous


    Approaches to capturing revenue & value in your business

    An Enterprising Partnerships Event

    Provided in cooperation with the University of Western Sydney and Western Sydney Business Connection

    Approaches to capturing revenue & value in your business is an innovative highly interactive event to increase your revenue by applying the practices of Business Model Innovation to your company. LEARN MORE

    As business leaders this workshop will enable you to:

    ?          Understand alternative approaches to increasing your revenue streams

    ?          Diversify your portfolio of innovation to include customer and business model innovation

    ?          Identify options for market positioning to engage value for your business

    ?          Deepen your understanding of disruptive trends and the impact on your sustainability

    ?          Reveal the embedded assumptions in your business

    ?          Look at how other companies are changing their business model to create and capture revenue and        value in declining traditional markets

    ?          Comprehend the trends and patterns of business in Australia

    Register here  Learn more

    Or call Frank directly on +61 414 392 323

    Professor Goran Roos sets the context of manufacturing and business in Australia. Frank Wyatt facilitates this highly interactive workshop involving you in generating solutions for your company.

    Provided in cooperation with the University of 

    Western Sydney and Western Sydney Business Connection 





  • 16-Jul-2014 11:30 | Anonymous
  • 16-Jul-2014 11:00 | Anonymous

    NSW Premier Mike Baird officially opened the new Penrith one stop shop this week, whilst marking the one-year anniversary of the NSW Government’s new customer service agency, Service NSW. 

    The opening of this centre also marks an important milestone with the completion of the initial Service NSW rollout – a total of 18 one-stop shops. 

    Due to the success of Service NSW, we will expand its services over the next two years with a focus on increasing digital transactions to make it even more convenient for customers to do their business with us. 

    This service centre is the third to open in Western Sydney – following Parramatta and Liverpool and demonstrates our commitment to grow services in this thriving region. 

    Eight new service centres, including one in Blacktown, are now being planned for opening in the coming months with other innovative smart stores and kiosks to be trialled over the coming year. 

    More than 3.5 million customers have so far been served by Service NSW with a customer satisfaction score of 98 per cent – unchanged since launch last year.

    Source: NSW Government

  • 16-Jul-2014 11:00 | Anonymous

    In the second of our series on Rebuilding NSW, Transport Minster Gladys Berejiklian shares her thoughts on the proposed plans for transport infrastructure. 

    Including the North West Rail Link and new CBD stations, the Sydney Rapid Transit Network will unlock Sydney’s rail capacity for generations to come.

    Source: NSW Government

  • 04-Jul-2014 09:42 | Anonymous

    The Premier and Health Minister have had their first look inside the Campbelltown Hospital redevelopment which is quickly taking shape and will be open to patients early next year.

    The centrepiece of the $134 million redevelopment – the multi-storey Acute Services Building - is on target for construction completion in December. 

    The new look Campbelltown Hospital will include an additional 90 inpatient beds and an expanded emergency department. This will ensure families in South Western Sydney have access to a world class hospital.

    Health Minister Jillian Skinner says she shares the excitement of the clinicians, staff and community as the impressive building takes shape.




  • 04-Jul-2014 09:35 | Anonymous

    NSW public school principals have been given strengthened powers and shorter timelines to deal with underperformance and teachers who do not follow guidelines, bringing expectations for public school teachers into line with contemporary procedures used in most businesses.

    Overwhelmingly, teachers are doing a great job but we can’t afford to relax and we make no apologies for setting very high standards.

    Teachers who fail to perform to expected standards can be stood down from the classroom in 10 weeks – about half the time it currently takes a principal to tackle underperformance.

    School staff who do not follow reasonable directions can be issued with a written warning. A subsequent breach would lead to a further official warning and a third breach may lead to disciplinary action – which in some cases could lead to demotion or dismissal.






  • 03-Jul-2014 09:53 | Anonymous

    A recent KPMG survey showed that 64% of the NSW Golf Clubs in NSW are at risk of financial distress or already in financial distress. One percent of NSW Golf Clubs close every year. And 110 clubs in NSW have closed or amalgamated.


    Castle Hill RSL Group is committed to supporting Lynwood Country Club to secure its long term future.


    In the past decade Castle Hill RSL Club Group has established itself as progressive hospitality group encompassing Castle Hill RSL, Parramatta RSL and C2K Fitness and Aquatic Centre.


    Over the last 12 months Lynwood Country Club has been challenged by the ongoing financial viability of the club with increasing cost pressures, cashflow challenges and difficult trading conditions.


    With the experience of Parramatta RSL’s successful amalgamation in 2008, Castle Hill RSL Group responded to an Expression of Interest circulated by Lynwood Country Club to the industry approximately 12 months ago requesting an amalgamation partner. Castle Hill was receptive to the request due to our community ties with the northwest sector and in particularly the Hawkesbury region. Formal partnership discussions have commenced to pursue opportunities for amalgamation with Lynwood Country Club to secure the future of the magnificent community facility. 


    Tony Sgro President of Lynwood Country Club said “The Board of Lynwood Country Club is delighted to confirm partnership discussions with Castle Hill RSL regarding a proposed amalgamation. The Boards of both clubs are working on a Memorandum of Understanding proceeding Deed of Agreement.


    Lynwood Country Club takes its name from Lynwood House, a colonial style cottage built in the first quarter of the 1800's. The links style course is spread over 54 hectares, set amongst the Hawkesbury River, Pitt Town Lagoon and surrounding farmlands. This 18 hole course offers pristine facilities that no golf course should be without including a two tiered grassed 300 metre long driving range, short game practice facility, bunkers, water obstacles and wide fairways.


    The Lynwood  vision is to develop our facility to be one of the premier  golfing and leisure facilities in Sydney. This amalgamation with such a significant  partner as Castle Hill RSL will maximise the possibility of this vision coming to fruition.


    We at Lynwood are looking forward to this amalgamation opportunity with much anticipation and excitement”.


    Clubs NSW CEO Anthony Ball said that “Castle Hill RSL Group plays a vital role in the Hills and Parramatta communities and commends both the RSL and the Lynwood Country Club for initiating this discussion. Over the years we’ve seen clubs shut their doors because they have waited too long for amalgamation. That’s why it is so important that these clubs are working together to make sure that the Lynwood Country Club continues to do great work in the community”.


    The Chief Executive Officer of Golf NSW Stuart Fraser said “Golf NSW is very excited about the recently announced partnership between Lynwood Country Club and Castle Hill RSL.


    Since its opening (after relocating from Kellyville), Lynwood Country Club has fast established itself as a premier golfing facility in Sydney’s West, and in the current economic climate this new partnership will be critical to the long term future, and success of the Club.


    I am sure Castle Hill RSL members will also welcome the addition of such a fine sporting facility to their already impressive array of member benefits and services.


    I wish Lynwood Country Club and Castle Hill RSL every success with their joint venture”.


    Castle Hill RSL’s Group General Manager David O’Neil said “The Castle Hill RSL Club Group consists of the parent entity the Castle Hill RSL Club, C2K Fitness and Aquatic Centre and the Parramatta RSL Club. The Group’s mission is to provide facilities, products, services and relationships which add value to our members and communities – we strive to operate a vibrant, exciting, entertainment, hospitality, sporting precincts that are central hub of our communities, relevant to all age and demographics operating in a profitable, efficient and effective manner.


    The Group is passionate and committed to supporting our local communities and recognise that our entities in Castle Hill, Parramatta and hopefully Pitt Town need to have their own identity.  All venues are vastly different and require an individual approach to servicing the needs of the members and their relevant communities.


    The Group is extremely active within our local communities and nurtures and supports local projects providing in excess of one million dollars per year in direct and indirect donations and community support programs. Many of these initiatives are directed at youth through Sporting, Education and Leadership programs.  It is our intention to invest in Lynwood Country Club and we have a desire to establish a Junior Golf Academy, nurturing young golfers not only at the game of golf but also in Youth Leadership Programs. 


    Although the parent club is an RSL Club and we support the veteran community, we are committed to promoting and developing sporting activities and have a major focus within these areas with a massive interest and commitment to sport. Many of our coaches, athletes and sporting teams are operating at the highest national and international level. Lynwood Country Club would be a perfect addition to our diverse sporting activities and our commitment to sport and our youth development programs would be a perfect synergy.


    The Group has a membership of approximately 47,000 members which has increased by in excess of 27,000 during the past decade. This growth has been achieved as a result of a strategic shift in Board and Management policies and the decision to reinvest back into our venues and significantly expand our community engagement initiatives. During this time we have re-invested approximately $67m in building costs and $34m in plant and equipment. As a result the Group has an extremely solid asset base of $95.5m and is in a very strong financial situation for a hospitality venue and not-for-profit entity.


    Castle Hill RSL Group has established itself during the past decade and is now a state of the art modern hospitality and sporting venue and its facilities and amenities are second to none and brand new. However, the true financial benefits of our recent capital expenditure programs will be realised in the years to come with only limited capital expenditure required at the Castle Hill RSL site, thus enabling the Group to concentrate heavily on its Parramatta and hopefully Lynwood sites.


    The Board and management of the Castle Hill RSL Group are excited about the opportunity to further develop a premier nationally recognised Links Golf Course in the Hawkesbury region developing a future strategy for Lynwood Country Club transforming it into the social community hub for the Hawkesbury and Northwest sector through the provision of a Links golf course, accommodation, functions, café, restaurant and sporting infrastructure. 


    The Board of Directors and management of Castle Hill RSL Group are devoted to the process of establishing a successful amalgamation supported by Clubs NSW building a solid business platform for the future growth and development of the Lynwood Country Club site and the promotion and expansion of golf.  Lynwood has an opportunity to capture the community and provide a unique experience to its local and broader community.  We believe in partnership we can create a successful future for Lynwood Country Club and its growing communities.

  • 03-Jul-2014 09:27 | Anonymous
    The transformation of the run-down industrial area of Wentworth Point will proceed, and draft plans for the Herring Road precinct at Macquarie Park will be put on display for comment. 

    About 7,700 new homes are to be built in these two Sydney suburbs, close to jobs and transport as part of our commitment to putting downward pressure on home prices.

    Smarter planning means identifying underutilised land where new homes can be built close to jobs and transport services.

    The transformation of these suburbs will provide new housing, stimulate the construction sector and create thousands of jobs.

  • 02-Jul-2014 11:32 | Anonymous

    With just over a month until we face the world champions - the New Zealand All Blacks - Australia will be hoping to end a twelve year Bledisloe Cup drought at ANZ Stadium on Saturday 16 August.

    ANZ Stadium's unrivalled hospitality options are endless. Whether you’re looking for a Zone Corporate Box for up to 16, a Private Suite for 14 up to 40, or if you're looking for a more intimate dining experience, we have it all. 



    Private Suites
    Enjoy five-star service in your own private room before watching the Wallabies from your perfectly positioned balcony over looking the field.

    Zone Corporate Boxes
    Positioned undercover on Level 2 between the 20-metre lines, a fully catered Zone Box is the ideal way to mix business with pleasure, right in the heart of the action.

    On-site Dining
    ANZ Stadium dining offers superb surrounds and fantastic views of the on-field action. Boasting a range of entertainment extras that create an ideal environment for casual client interaction.


    This is your chance for you and your guests to witness the fierce Bledisloe Cup rivalry and the unbeatable atmosphere from the comfort of your own Private Suite, Zone Box or Dining table.

    But you'll need to move fast to secure a prime location at Game 1 of the series looms at ANZ Stadium.

    Click here to enquire now or call 1300 13 40 10.

  • 02-Jul-2014 11:21 | Anonymous

    The Commonwealth and NSW Governments are getting on with delivering Stage One of WestConnex, as four expressions of interest were received from joint ventures from around the world in a bid to secure a contract for WestConnex M4 East.

    Submissions were received from Thiess Samsung John Holland joint venture, Lend Lease Bouygues joint venture, Future Connect (Acciona Obayashi McConnell Dowell Ghella joint venture) and Salini Impregilo joint venture.

    The overwhelming response from industry to get involved in the State’s largest road infrastructure project will help stimulate competition, drive down project costs and create new local employment and business opportunities. Work will now start on assessing the submissions and next month a request for tender will be issued to shortlisted joint ventures.

    WestConnex is expected to save 40 minutes on a typical travel journey between Parramatta and Sydney Airport by bypassing up to 52 sets of traffic lights, helping the city cope with an expected population increase of 1.3 million over the next 20 years.

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