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  • 24-Nov-2015 16:48 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Dyldam Parramatta Eels are offering unique opportunities for Apparel Partnerships in 2016. A partnership with the Eels provides an ideal platform to drive key business objectives and expose your brand. 

    Stand-alone opportunities and tailored commercial packages are available.

    For further information contact: 

    Ryan Holloway


    M: 0438 823 903 

    Joseph Marrone


    M: 0401 672 055

  • 23-Nov-2015 18:01 | Michael Sugg (Administrator)

    A training program which has achieved great outcomes for unemployed people in Western Sydney was recognised at the 2015 Premier’s Awards for Public Service. 

    The Sydney Metro Northwest Pre-employment Program was awarded the Premier’s Award in the category of Making NSW a better place to live.

    A partnership between a number of parties, the pre-employment program has achieved outstanding training and employment outcomes for long term unemployed people.

    The program is an initiative Sydney Metro Northwest - Australia’s biggest public transport project, with training delivered by TAFE Western Sydney. Other program partners include Transport for NSW, Breakthru People Solutions, Global Skills, Salini Impregilo JV, Workforce International, Thiess, John Holland and Dragados, and the NSW Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development.

    TAFE Western Sydney Institute Director Robin Shreeve said that the award recognised a collaborative program which has changed lives.

    “This has been a life-changing program for many participants,” Mr Shreeve said.

    “Participants have been set up for success by gaining confidence, personal skills, relevant job skills and workplace experience.”

    Sydney Metro Program Director Rodd Staples said: “The Sydney Metro Delivery Office is extremely proud with the success of the program in achieving employment outcomes for long term unemployed people. We look forward to the ongoing implementation of the Sydney Metro Pre-employment program.”

    The Sydney Metro Northwest Pre-employment Program commenced in 2014. Five groups of participants have now completed the program.

    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 Making NSW a better place to live award category recognises those who make outstanding contributions to the environment and development of infrastructure in NSW. Both individuals and teams are eligible to be nominated for this award.

  • 20-Nov-2015 12:56 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We live in a constantly changing business environment and Western Sydney is becoming a focal point for this change. Successful organisations need to focus on initiatives that matter.

    The Skills Barometer 2015 highlighted some future needs for Western Sydney.

    One highlight was an identified skills deficit in the area of sales. The report stated that 18% of jobs filled in the survey period were listed as ‘sales workers’ and 20% of vacancies listed were sales related. The problem is, though, that 52% of sales worker jobs in Western Sydney are receiving under-qualified applicants. If nothing is done, then we could see up to 7 out of 10 businesses experiencing technical skills shortages in sales skills in the future.

    We know that sales do not miraculously happen. They come from skills that are developed and from accumulated knowledge.

    At ARC Training we have developed a program designed for sales representatives who sell to businesses. It dispels the myth that good sales people are born to it. Everyone can improve their sales skills.

    The course is located in Parramatta and it offers either day-time or night-time classes to fit busy lifestyles. Another focus of the program is on improving how we present to others: making sure each participant looks and feels like a professional.

    This course is suitable for people wanting to develop a career as a sales representative and for those who want to update and get recognition for existing skills.

    NSW Government funding is available for qualifying individuals. 

    Call 1300 793 146 or go to

  • 19-Nov-2015 15:29 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Get Qualified Australia can truly fast track your Master of Business Administration (MBA) dream.

    We are Australia’s leader in Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and skills recognition services. Effectively we specialise in the facilitation of the above process to help our customer fast track a range of qualifications that span across over 30 Australian industries.

    RPL was first introduced by the Australian Government in the late 1990’s. It was designed to deliver Nationally Recognised Qualifications to individuals who’ve acquired defined skills and competencies via a sustained and successful career within their given sector.

    It rewards those individuals who develop an evidence portfolio around the skills they are claiming to legitimately achieve their targeted qualification within weeks. In most instances the qualification demanded can be achieved without stepping foot in a classroom or online learning environment.

    Therefore if you’re a professional with enough ambition, drive and managerial experience our RPL qualification pathway might be the perfect way to save both time and money in achieving your MBA dream.

    As we know completion of an MBA gets put to the backburner for a variety of reasons. Family commitments, expense, business travel, workload and personal pursuits all must be sacrificed to realise your MBA dream.

    However by completing our 100% RPL specific Graduate Diploma of Strategic Leadership, you can within weeks receive up to 6 credit exemptions against an MBA of your choice. This means that you’ll walk away with two executive qualifications, while saving around $15,000 and an entire year of study.

    Finally we also have an exciting partnership in place with a high profile business institution that actually guarantees you the full 6 module exemption in advance of any commitment to us. Just call us to find out more, it goes live in January 2016.

    Interested to find out more about fact tracking your MBA? Call us on 133 775 to visit

  • 19-Nov-2015 10:44 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The team at Novotel Sydney Parramatta are delighted to have bubbly and energetic Nikki Olsen in their team as Director of Sales & Marketing. Nikki joins the team with a wealth of knowledge in Western Sydney markets and an extensive sales pedigree.

    Originally from Western Sydney, Nikki began her hospitality career in Parramatta and returns after working four years in Accor’s Sydney Olympic Park hotels.  Nikki started with AccorHotels in 2008 as Business Development Manager for Brisbane’s Mercure and Ibis Hotels, before opening Novotel Brisbane Airport. 

    Nikki is looking forward to her time at Novotel Parramatta and the opportunity of working with local business partners and individuals in the ever changing landscape that is Western Sydney. Novotel is a landmark building in the heart of Parramatta which will continue to grow with the evolution of Parramatta’s CBD and the team are excited to be a part of it all.

    Nikki enjoys her time in hospitality sales and being able to create long lasting business and personal relationships with like-minded people. She feels working in Parramatta is a more relaxed environment allowing the chance to build stronger local partnerships with businesses that are always happy to assist in making Western Sydney a stronger destination.

    Nikki says that returning to Parramatta ‘feels like home to me’ and being able to work with an inspirational and experienced team that feel like family is an added bonus. General Manager of Novotel Sydney Parramatta, Stephen Wills says that having Nikki as part of the team is wonderful and her extensive knowledge of the area and industry is handy to have on board.

    When not at work, Nikki spends time keeping fit by running and time spent at the gym. Her days are also spent with her gorgeous young daughter, who keeps her busy during her downtime.  To meet the friendly Nikki Olsen or for a chance to explore their recently refurbished conference areas, just pop by the lobby at Novotel Sydney Parramatta.

    For all your festive celebrations, check out for their fabulous Christmas party deals and indulgent Christmas Day Lunch offerings. 

  • 18-Nov-2015 16:37 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A construction boom has taken over Sydney’s West and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. With an abundance of construction companies ready to cash in, what sets one apart from the rest?

    It has been shown that structured and well managed businesses have the advantage. The construction industry is renowned for having staff who lack a sense of responsibility and commitment. Often business owners are at the mercy of team members who don’t have buy-in to the vision for the company and the team culture is virtually non-existent. Two of Sydney’s fastest growing construction companies, Next Constructions and Empower Construction, don’t have these issues as they’ve gone against the norm and have implemented a management system to ensure this isn’t the case; this has become a point of difference for them and drives their success.

    Gallop Solutions specialises in empowering business owners to structure and grow their business with the help of our exclusive tools. As Gallop Solutions clients, both Next Constructions and Empower Construction have been able to put in place a simple management structure that clearly defines roles and responsibilities in their team, accountable metrics to measure performance with and culture tools that enable everyone on the team to stay on the same page.

    Next Constructions placed 77 on this year’s BRW Fast 100 list. They’ve shown that in order to see growth of 54.7% in one year you have to be forward thinking, energetic and thrive on exceeding customers’ expectations. The success of their projects comes down to their collaborative approach and commitment to understanding their client’s key objectives, and this ensures that new clients become repeat clients. Managing Director, Joseph Di Girolamo, had a desire to “Own a business that does not own me” and the management framework that Gallop Solutions has given him has enabled Joseph to work his way out of the day-to-day operations and start working on the business in a broader strategic sense.

    Empower Construction is another company who stands out by focusing on the integrity of their service and outstanding quality of their products; this has seen them become the leader of lightweight construction installation and services in NSW. Founder, Ryan Steyn, has managed to grow the company exponentially over the last 8 years, making the BRW Fast 100 list for the second year in a row, this year coming in at 78 with a growth rate of 54.6%. Empower Construction have proven that even the smallest of start-ups can become a contender for substantial growth and profitability in the saturated construction industry with the right leader daring to be different.

    Next Constructions and Empower Construction have embraced the importance of having the right management structure in place and this has attributed to them being able to get their team off the ground and running. They are repeatedly smashing forecasted yearly revenue targets and are constantly leveraging from the construction opportunities that lie around them.

    About Gallop Solutions

    • Over the last 4 years we have worked with hundreds of companies; with teams of 5 - 150 staff and turnover ranging from $2m to $120m across multiple sectors including construction, IT services, professional services, childcare, health services, resources and manufacturing.
    • For more information or to get in contact with one of our New Client Managers to see how we can work with you, please email our Marketing Supervisor, Linda Tim at or call our office on (02) 9560 0035.

  • 18-Nov-2015 15:21 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Leave the turkey stuffing and pudding making to the experts and join us on Christmas Day for an indulgent festive feast of seafood, carvery, desserts and more!

    A separate kid's buffet will be available on the day and each child will receive a special gift from Santa.

    Includes complimentary parking. 

    To book contact our events team on:


    P: 02 9630 4999 

    Want more Christmas cheer?  Check out all of Novotel Sydney Parramatta's Christmas offers below or click here for more information.

  • 18-Nov-2015 15:00 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    If you love all things Christmas and entertainment, don’t miss the Sydney Santa Spectacular at Rosehill Gardens from 9-30 December.

    From only $35 pp, the ticket price includes an array of pop up shows, ice skating rinks, toboggans, and all amusement rides for the family to enjoy plus FREE PARKING!

    Magic coming alive this December!

    Yes, it's going to be the much awaited family day out during the upcoming Christmas season - 2015, which will see your whole family enjoy rides and a Magical Winter Wonderland, during the three hour session of the event. There will be limited tickets for each of the session so go get your tickets at the earliest, to confirm a place for your family at the spectacular event this December at Rosehill Racecourse Gardens!!

    Best Christmas Event In Sydney

    Sydney Santa Spectacular will be a complete fun filled extravaganza with lots of rides and North Pole Experience, for the amusement and entertainment of every child and for the inner child of every mum and dad as well. All this happiness for an affordable flat entry ticket, which will include ALL RIDES AND ACTIVITIES - and of course FREE PARKING!!

    Your Ticket Price Includes

    • Festive Fairground with Unlimited Amusement Rides, including Australia's Only Double Decker Carousel and the Worlds Biggest and Best Slide, plus many more rides to enjoy

    • Gingerbread Decorating, Snow World Ice Skating, Enchanting Winter Forest where snow falls daily, to let you go through a complete North Pole walk through extravaganza

    • Little Elves Craft Workshop

    • Taboggan Snow Slip and Slide, Build your own Snowman in Snowman's Adventure Land

    • Free Small Gift from Santa, Christmas Fairy Read-a-long and Sing-a-long, Full award winning circus stage entertainment

    • Santa's Express Train

    • Winter Wonderland and Inflatable World, Roaming 'Meet and Greet' Santa and Friends Characters

    Click here for further information or to book your tickets.

  • 18-Nov-2015 14:28 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Westmead Medical Research Foundation’s (WMRF) corporate partners have been proactive in organising fundraising initiatives to support research, new equipment and innovative health care.

    At its inaugural Charity Golf Day held recently at the Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club, Arab Bank Australia (ABA) raised $27,000 towards heart disease treatment and research. Supported by over a hundred attendees from the business community and well-wishers, ABA Chief Executive Joe Rizk OAM, teed off the event. At the luncheon that followed, guest speaker Dr Eddy Kizana, Westmead Hospital cardiologist and researcher presented an update on gene research into heart rhythm disorder.  Attendees were thanked for their participation and generous donations.

    “People don’t think much about medical research or necessarily support it, but when you understand the gains, you realise how essential it is,” stated Mr Rizk. “We’re a bank that wants to be part of the community and the whole Westmead precinct is such an important part of this community”. Arab Bank Australia has been a strong supporter of the Foundation for over 20 years and is one of its most engaged corporate partners.

     “We are grateful to our corporate partners for their support because proceeds go towards improving the quality of life, increasing access to state-of-the-art technology and finding cures for diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity, as well as many others,” said Susie Saba, Partnerships & Community Officer at WMRF.

    Another of our corporate partners, Parramatta-based travel management company Elite Travel is generously donating $100 to WMRF from every international ticket purchase prior to March 31, 2016. Email, visit or call 1800 627 746 and quote promotion code ‘WMRF15’.

    WMRF is the primary fundraising body for Westmead Hospital and Westmead Millennium Institute for Medical Research (WMI), and can offer tailored solutions towards building a strong corporate social responsibility profile for companies, helping them to raise funds through events, promotions or special initiatives. Call 02 9845 8162 or email for more details. To make a donation, call 1800 639 037 or visit

  • 18-Nov-2015 14:07 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The much anticipated 2016 Celebrate the West function will be held at WatervieW in Bicentennial Park on Friday, 11 March 2016.

    Celebrate the West honours the service to the community by San Miguel Family Centre at North Richmond.


    In 2016, a new group of champions who have excelled in their field, will be honoured. Some of our past Champions of the West have been Toni Collette, Steve Waugh, Noeline Brown, Lisa Wilkinson, Chris Bath, Ben Quilty and Thomas Kenealy.


    Hosted by Bryan Brown, Celebrate the West includes entertainment by internationally acclaimed artists, amazing food, gourmet beverages and silent and live auction items.


    Early bird tickets are now available for an afternoon of fun, food and fundraising Westie style!

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