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  • 14-Aug-2014 15:23 | Michael Sugg (Administrator)


    Don't forget your WSBC membership allows you to invite your prospects or existing clients to join you at your own table at the upcoming WSBC Business Leader Luncheon, at the reduced member rate, saving $65 per ticket.

    Many members have already taken advantage of this opportunity to engage their clients. 

    As places are going fast, don't miss out yourself.

    The State of the Region address delivered by the Hon Mike Baird, Premier of NSW, provides valuable insights into what is happening and will be happening in the Western Sydney region.  

    Don’t miss out contact our events team now or book online

    Closing date 19 August. 

  • 07-Aug-2014 14:04 | Anonymous


    The high-flying Sydney Swans host Richmond Tigers in a blockbuster at ANZ Stadium on Saturday 30 August that could decide the minor premiership and the Swans’ right to host two Finals in September.

    After a 12-game winning streak this season, the Swans are determined to go down as one of the greatest teams in AFL history by capturing their second premiership in three years.

    Support the Sydney Swans on the road home to the Finals in style from the comfort of your own Private Suite or Zone Corporate Box. It's the ultimate entertainment experience.


    Add the NRL Grand Final or Bledisloe Cup to your Swans hospitality package and SAVE up to 20%.






    or call 1300 13 40 10


  • 07-Aug-2014 11:00 | 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 





  • 28-Jul-2014 14:56 | Anonymous

    Buy any new, demo or used car before 30 September 2014 and you’ll get a chance at winning a share of $30,000! There’s $10,000 to be won each month!* PLUS finance over 50% of the vehicle purchase price and you’ll receive 1 additional entry into the draw. T&C’s apply. 

    See for more details.

  • 28-Jul-2014 11:07 | Anonymous

    With the Waratahs defeating the ACT Brumbies 26-8, this is your chance to be part of NSW rugby history – and to see the Super Rugby Final at ANZ Stadium between the Waratahs and the Crusaders in style from the comfort of your own Private Suite or Zone Box.

    Private Suites

    Enjoy five-star service in your own private suite overlooking the field, complete with your personal waiter and private balcony.

    Zone 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.

    Be part of history at ANZ Stadium and get behind NSW on their way to Super Rugby supremacy.










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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.  


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