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  • 19-Sep-2014 17:37 | Michael Sugg (Administrator)

    This year’s WSBC State of The Region Address with the Hon Mike Baird MP, Premier of NSW saw a great turnout of more than 460 business leaders from Western Sydney.

     

    With a 50% increase in attendance from last year, this key event in the WSBC year clearly drew a lot of interest with its new format and demonstrated WSBC's continued transformation to provide better engagement and connections for its members.




    Our Premier shared key priorities in the region, discussed the progress made thus far and detailed Government’s plans to transform Sydney’s West. 


    With the population forecast to almost hit three million by 2031, he said his government was the best placed to deliver the jobs, housing and infrastructure needed to underpin the economy.


    “It is a challenge but I prefer to see it as a once in a generation opportunity,” he said.


    “We need to build more infrastructure than we have ever seen before.”


    On the jobs front, Mr Baird cited examples of his government laying the foundations for value added jobs growth. In the south west region, he said the second airport at Badgerys Creek Creek will anchor future job creation of as many as 57,000 jobs.


    “That is going to be the lifeblood of employment in this great region, in this great city,” he said.


    He said the government was in discussions with a global aeronautic services firm who had flagged a $250 million investment in the region which would create thousands of skilled and graduate job opportunities.


    Other incentives to boost job growth included cuts in payroll tax, reduced workers compensation premiums and a rebate for employers who take on new employees. To meet the huge demand for new housing in western, he said more than a million new dwellings are needed by 2031.


    “How the government responds to this will define not only the economy but I think it defines the overall opportunities in this region,” he said.


    He said his government’s incentives including the Housing Acceleration Fund and the First Home Owners Grant were key drivers of housing growth in the region.


    “The growth in housing is definitely underway and we are seeing that across all parts of Western Sydney,” Mr Baird said.


    Building the necessary infrastructure to cater for the population explosion in the west is one of the greatest challenges facing the government, he said.


    Mr Baird listed the $30 billion worth in transport, roads, health and schools infrastructure projects earmarked for the west over the next decade.


    “You don’t realise how significant the investment in infrastructure [in Western Sydney] is going to be in the next ten year. It is almost unprecedented,” he said.


    “If we are successful in implementing this, then not only will Western Sydney thrive, but Sydney will thrive, the State will thrive and the opportunities of the next generation will be forged over the next ten years.”


    WSBC is delighted to be working closely with the Premier's team to ensure that Western Sydney businesses benefit from these plans and will keep member informed of developments.

     

    The State of The Region Address was proudly supported by event partners Penrith Panthers Group, NRMA, the University of Western Sydney and media partner, News Corp Australia. These event partners were also involved in a Q&A with the Premier and WSBC General Manager on stage as part of the new format.

     

    To see more pictures, please visit our Facebook Page and feel free to tag yourself!

     

    Otherwise, we’re happy to hear your comments on the event and look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events.


     


  • 15-Sep-2014 18:36 | Michael Sugg (Administrator)

    The State of The Region Address was proudly supported by event partners Penrith Panthers Group, NRMA, the University of Western Sydney and media partner, News Corp Australia. 


    These event partners were also involved in a Q&A with the Premier and WSBC General Manager on stage as part of the new format.



    The Hon Mike Baird MP, Premier of NSW photographed with panellists (from left) Penrith Panthers Group CEO, Warren WilsonNRMA President Kyle Loades, Deputy Vice-Chanellor UWS, Scott Holmes and WSBC General Manager Michael Sugg



    WSBC General Manager, Michael Sugg and The Hon Mike Baird MP, Premier of NSW



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  • 15-Sep-2014 10:51 | Michael Sugg (Administrator)

    WSBC in collaboration with Sydney Hills Business Chamber and WSBC Platinum Partner Deloitte, invite you to the annual Small Business Summit for Greater Western Sydney. 


    For further information click on the image below.




  • 08-Sep-2014 11:07 | Doha Seif (Administrator)

    NSW Minister for Finance and Services Dominic Perrottet today announced that the former Blood Bank Building at 4 George Street and the Justice Precinct Offices building at 160 Marsden Street Parramatta will be sold.


    “The NSW Government is calling for interested parties keen to purchase one or both of the buildings in one line at the Parramatta Justice Precinct,” Minister Perrottet said.


    “This is an excellent opportunity for an investor to acquire A-Grade buildings at a premier location.”


    “The sale of these two buildings will enable the NSW Government to free up funds and direct them back into NSW government programs which will benefit the whole community.”


    “Parramatta is the second largest CBD in Sydney and excellent access to transport networks makes it an ideal centre for employment and business.


    “The NSW Government is keen to continue its presence in Sydney’s West with both sites offered for purchase with a lease back to the government for a period of up to 12 years.”


    Mr Perrottet said the sales were a key part of the government’s commitment to sell non-core assets and reinvest the proceeds into important infrastructure.


    “The funds released by smarter use of our assets allows us to better invest in job creating infrastructure like the WestConnex and road upgrades,” said Mr Perrottet.


    “This is another example of how we are delivering for the people of Western Sydney.”


    Government Property NSW (GPNSW) is managing the sale of both the buildings.


    The Department of Public Prosecutions currently occupies the building at 4 George Street and various Department of Justice agencies are located within the Justice Precinct Offices building at 160 Marden Street.


    Located in the western part of the Parramatta CBD the Parramatta, the Justice Precinct has a strong presence in the commercial landscape of the area.


    Department of Justice operations in Parramatta will not be affected by the sale as the building is being sold on a lease back arrangement to ensure services can continue to operate as normal.


    For more information about the sale of please visit www.property.nsw.gov.au.



  • 08-Sep-2014 10:35 | Doha Seif (Administrator)

    Parramatta City Council has announced the imminent market release of the Parramatta Square project involving the major residential tower and adjacent commercial towers, with CBRE appointed as the deal structuring, marketing and selling agent.

    Lord Mayor of Parramatta Cr John Chedid said the marketing of the stages followed the major announcement earlier this month of a key tenant for stage one.

    "We have already seen University of Western Sydney select stage one as its preferred site for the University's new flagship campus tower in the heart of Parramatta's central business district," Cr Chedid said.

    "That decision sends a strong message that Parramatta is open for business and that Parramatta Square is an ideal location for both public and private sector organisations to be based."

    Parramatta City Council Chief Executive Officer Greg Dyer said he was delighted to see stages two, five and six being offered to the market.

    "The central location of Parramatta Square and Council's visionary approach to provide a public space in the heart of the city, incorporating residential, office, retail and leisure facilities will transform the heart of the CBD," My Dyer said.

    "This is a significant milestone for our City and for the development of Parramatta Square and this major investment opportunity will bring economic, social and environmental benefits for our region."

    Wayne Redman, as the leader of the CBRE transaction team, said CBRE was delighted to have been awarded the selling agent role through a fiercely contested process.

    "We are keen to support the Council in the delivery of this major and city changing Parramatta Square project," Mr Redman said.

    "Parramatta City Council's perseverance with the critical project for the future of the City will be rewarded with strong developer and investor interest in the PS2 residential site and linked PS5&6 commercial sites. This major integrated project will capitalise on the rail and bus interchange as well as adjacent retail and community facilities."

    CBRE will work closely with the Council in marketing this major project both nationally and internationally to secure the appropriate developer with a focus on design, public domain linkages and attraction of new business and employment to Parramatta. The integration of the major residential-hotel project with the commercial towers will energise and activate the Parramatta CBD.

    "The Council has played a critical role in facilitating this major project and will benefit in terms of land value outcomes as well as broader triple-bottom-line outcomes for the City," Mr Redman said.

    Mr Redman leads the specialist CBRE team, which has extensive experience in the structuring and delivery of major mixed-use projects throughout Australia and globally.

    "Our full resources will be focused on achieving the optimum outcome for the Council and community," he concluded.


  • 08-Sep-2014 09:25 | Doha Seif (Administrator)
    On his first official overseas visit as Premier, Mike Baird this week visited Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing. 




    In Shanghai, Mr Baird announced a Chinese tourism delegation will visit the Vivid Sydney Festival next year as part of the NSW Government’s plan to double the value of Chinese tourism to NSW by 2020. 

    Mr Baird also briefed a financial services roundtable in Shanghai on a new initiative to promote Sydney as a trading hub for the Chinese currency. 

    Mr Baird attended the signing in Guangzhou of two historic agreements between TAFE NSW and Chinese universities that secured a unique relationship between TAFE NSW and China. 

    Also in Guangzhou, Mr Baird met Guangdong Governor Zhu Xiaodan, who will visit Sydney later this month. 

    This year marks the 35th anniversary of the sister-state relationship between Guangdong and NSW.


    ECONOMY CONTINUES TO GROW 

    The National Accounts released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday revealed the NSW economy remains the fastest-growing of all the states. 

    The figures showed State Final Demand in NSW grew by 3.6 per cent during the last financial year. 

    The annual result was driven by a strong result in the March quarter, which was revised up from 2.4 per cent to 2.7 per cent. 

    The positive result came despite a 0.4 per cent drop in demand during the June quarter.

     

    WESTCONNEX TAKES ANOTHER STEP 

    The Australian and NSW Governments are getting on with delivering the WestConnex motorway, calling for expressions of interest to build the M5 - King Georges Road Interchange upgrade. 

    The M5 - King Georges Road Interchange Upgrade will create more than 100 new jobs during construction and increase capacity on the eastbound on-ramp and westbound off-ramp between King Georges Road and the M5 East. 

    We are getting on with building both WestConnex Stages One and Two at the same time to ensure we create thousands of new jobs, grow the economy more quickly and bust congestion in our cities which is costing the economy billions. 

    Also this week, the new design improvements for the 10 kilometre Bringelly Road upgrade have been released for community feedback – both governments have committed $509 million to expand the road from a two-lane to a minimum four-lane divided road with a central median strip.



  • 05-Sep-2014 14:44 | Doha Seif (Administrator)

    Buy any new, demo or used car before 30 September 2014 and you’ll receive a chance at winning a share in our $30,000 cash bonanza. There’s $10,000 to be won each month! Plus, finance over 50% of your vehicle purchase price and you’ll receive one additional entry into the draw. For more information, visit www.landertoyota.com.au. Full terms and conditions apply.



  • 05-Sep-2014 10:53 | Doha Seif (Administrator)

    Today, cloud services play an important part for businesses of all sizes.

     

    Using the right cloud services enhances business processes, provides more effective ways to liaise with customers and frees up important time for management and staff.

     

    More and more companies offer cloud based solutions for their customers, and a steady stream of new services are entering the market.

     

    The question is no longer if you need to tap in to the cloud, but which products you need to use to benefit your business.

     

    The issue is – do businesses today have the time, understanding and skills to navigate through the myriad of services and find the most effective solution for their business?

     

    With the number of cloud services out there, finding the right solutions yourself could be time consuming, to say the least.  However, if you don’t invest the time now, you risk generating more work for yourself in the long run, creating a gap between you and your competitors. 

    So how can you act now to ensure you find the right solution for your business?

     

    We encourage you to attend our 2014 Cloud Services seminar to hear a number of solutions for your business. This half day seminar will not only explain the wonders and pitfalls of the cloud; it will also take you through a number of cloud services that can benefit your business, from accounting and IT, to insurance and HR.

    What you will find out and how you will benefit. 

    • Find out about the wonders (and pitfalls) of the cloud.
    • Hear leading providers in Cloud Computing share information on their latest services.
    • Take advantage of multiple offers and networking opportunities. 
    • Walk away with all the information you need to make informed decisions about cloud providers and services. 

     

    Time: 8.00am-2.00pm (including breakfast, morning tea and lunch)
    Venue: ParkRoyal Parramatta 
    Host: Moore Stephens and Western Sydney Business Connection 
    Presenters: BizCover, Cerebiz, Efficiency Leaders, Moore Stephens, MYOB, Nexon, Reckon, Saasu, Workforce Guardian, Xero 

    This is an event not to be missed! Register today to secure your seat. 

    Register here.

    We look forward to seeing you there.



  • 05-Sep-2014 10:48 | Doha Seif (Administrator)

    Reed Exhibitions Australia, the Australian subsidiary of the world’s leading event organiser, has announced a major new conference and exhibition event designed to support the changing operational needs and growth objectives of Australia’s dynamic agribusiness industry.


    The inaugural edition of Agriworld Australia, a first-of-its kind, two-day business to business conference and exhibition, will take place at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park on 15 & 16July 2015, bringing together the entire agribusiness value chain, from ‘farm to fork’ and built on four defined pillars:

    • Agriinvest – investment services (finance, legal & tax support, business services)
    • Agritech – farm production (field technologies, animal management)
    • Agrinext – processing (technology, generation solutions, equipment)
    • Agritrade – trade services (transport, storage, smart technology, export services)

    Agriworld Australia will attract Australian and international professionals from the agricultural food production, fishing and aquaculture and food processing industries. Attendees will have the opportunity to source and buy the latest products, equipment and services to enhance their production productivity from the field to the processing plant. They will have the chance to interact with both domestic and international investors, understand the market appetite for their products and understand the best channels for delivery to market.


    Agriworld Australia is supported by peak industry body Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales (RAS). Michael Kenny, RAS Chief Executive, affirms that Agriworld Australia supports his organisation’s key objectives. “RAS applauds Reed Exhibitions for this exciting initiative and we are delighted to be supporting the inaugural Agriworld Australia as both strategic partner and host. The objectives put in place by Reed are closely aligned to RAS’s vision and purpose to encourage the sustainable development of agriculture by staging events that support agricultural excellence. The team at RAS looks forward to supporting Reed Exhibitions in developing Agriworld Australia into the country’s premium agribusiness conference and exhibition.”


    Exhibitors at Agriworld Australia will showcase the latest technologies and support services from farm production to food processing and trade, and will have the opportunity to connect and engage with the domestic agricultural supply chain and to exploit opportunities to access this fast-growing sector in Australia and key Asian markets.


    The investment stream (Agriinvest) within Agriworld Australia will attract domestic and international investors, who will benefit from the opportunity to assess the different commodity risks and their potential, look at how best to diversify their investment portfolio and network on a larger scale with those companies that can help them own a piece of Australia’s agricultural market.


    Delegates at the Agriworld Australia conference will benefit from a mix of seminars and interactive workshops providing unparalleled, highly valuable face-to-face learning opportunities. A premium line-up of national and international speakers will present their knowledge, experiences and solutions on all aspects of farm management - productivity, food quality, nutrition and R&D, strategy, animal care, livestock management and agricultural investment.


    According to John Gorton, Executive Director of Reed Exhibitions Australia, “the launch of Agriworld Australia follows extensive industry research and consultation, which clearly demonstrated the market need for a premium quality, comprehensive agribusiness event for the full ‘farm to fork’ agricultural/agri-food value chain.”


    Gorton reports that “in an independently-conducted survey to 100 senior agribusiness executives, 90% stated that high quality agriculture/agribusiness events are important to them and to their business. 99% of surveyed executives stated that they would be likely to attend if a major event organiser in Australia were to launch a new exhibition focusing on bringing the entire agriculture/agribusiness supply chain together, with an emphasis on ‘farm to fork’.”


    The launch of Agriworld Australia is supported by the predicted growth in the Australian agricultural and agri-food markets. Australia exports around 65% of its farm products, 75% of its fish products and 60% of its forest products. The agribusiness industry in Australia is currently worth $A219 billion with 576,000 people employed and 125,160 operating businesses.1 32.7% of Australia’s farms are in New South Wales, location of Agriworld Australia 2015. Naming Agribusiness as one of the Fantastic Five ‘Next Growth Waves’ for Australia, Deloitte2 predicts that Australia’s agribusiness sector could add an extra $A250 billion to the Australian economy over the next two decades, driven by growth in food exports to neighbouring Asia.


    Gorton concludes that “Reed Exhibitions is delighted to be working with Australia’s dynamic agribusiness industry and offering a platform to support its growth. We will be working closely with our strategic partner RAS and other industry stakeholders to ensure that the content and direction of Agriworld Australia stay firmly aligned with the industry’s needs, objectives and culture. We urge companies and individuals interested in participation at Agriworld Australia, whether as an event partner, exhibitor, sponsor, trade visitor, conference delegate or speaker, to contact us as soon as possible to get on board and help us to help you support the future growth of your industry.”


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