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  • 20-Nov-2013 10:25 | Deleted user

    Parramatta City Council - Activate Parramatta: From the Lord Mayor 


    I’m pleased to officially launch a new campaign to ‘Activate Parramatta’!


    You’ll see advertisements for ‘Activate Parramatta’ in the Daily Telegraph, Sydney Morning Herald and local newspapers today.


    It is an opportunity for businesses to present ideas and concepts to activate our key city spaces: Church Street Mall, the Riverfront, Lanes, Town Hall, and commercial spaces in the CBD.

    Council’s vision is for workers, visitors and residents to move between the CBD and the Foreshore via lanes and spaces, following events and activation delivered by the ‘Activate Parramatta’ initiative.  


    Friday evening is my key focus.  As a start, over three Friday twilight evenings in December you’ll see the Parramatta Artisan Markets offering high-quality gift selections in the Mall.


    All high-quality ideas are welcome.  If you have seen a business activating and adding vibrancy to this in your neighbourhood that would like to see in Parramatta, please spread the word and help promote this initiative.


    Interested businesses can download and submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) by visiting


    I hope you will all join me in activating this great city.


    John Chedid

    Lord Mayor


    click to download



  • 20-Nov-2013 10:13 | Anonymous

    Parramatta City Council today launched an exciting new and unique program, Activate Parramatta to bring to life innovative and creative business ideas that will activate key areas of Parramatta’s CBD.


    Lord Mayor of Parramatta, Cr John Chedid, said the best business ideas will be in the running for grants of $10,000+ to get started in Parramatta.


    “We’re encouraging entrepreneurs with a business idea that is original, has commercial potential and will contribute to the diversity and vibrancy of Parramatta, to submit their idea today,” Cr Chedid said.


    “We’re excited by this new program, which is about government stepping out of the way, reducing red tape and creating opportunities for innovative new ventures.



    “Our message to entrepreneurs is: tell us what you want to do and we will do our best to make it happen. Parramatta is open for business!” Cr Chedid said.


    Winning ideas will be eligible grants and support. Council can also assist enterprises with negotiating long term leases with other commercial property owners.


    Priority areas for Activate Parramatta are retail, hospitality and creative industries.


    One of the most exciting opportunities under Activate Parramatta is for a commercial or hospitality business to operate from the historic and beautiful Parramatta Town Hall.


    Activate Parramatta is about Council taking the lead to help shape our local street economy, to be a place that is inviting, vibrant, innovative and creative,” Cr Chedid said.


    For more information or to download the Expression of Interest form, visit

    Phone: 9806 5443

  • 19-Nov-2013 10:10 | Anonymous

    In a move designed to help foster and retain young local talent, Parramatta City Council has today launched The Lord Mayor Scholarship Program.

    Starting from 2014, a total of six scholarships, valued at $2,000 each, will be awarded to students enrolling at university and TAFE to support them in their first year of study. Secondary school students currently completing years 10 or 12 and who are residents of Parramatta are eligible to apply.

    Lord Mayor of Parramatta Cr John Chedid said enabling students to study will have flow-on effects for Parramatta, and will help the City retain vital, young local talent to ensure the City’s future growth. 

    “As a Council, we are committed to providing local residents with opportunities for learning, enhancing their capacity to contribute to the community,” Cr Chedid said.  “My scholarship program will go some way to achieving this goal.”

    “We’re not just looking for high academic achievers - we’re also looking for students who are keen to learn but may experience barriers to further education.

    “I invite students to nominate themselves today, with applications closing on 6 December 2013,” Cr Chedid said.

    Nomination forms can be downloaded from Council’s website

  • 14-Nov-2013 10:06 | Anonymous

    At yesterday's WSBC Sporting Codes Business Leader luncheon we heard Raelene Castle, Canterbury Bulldogs CEO, answer a question on how they are enhancing the 'fan experience' at ANZ Stadium. She referred to the Stadium's investment into new Wi-Fi access, which we detail below ...

    THE event experience at ANZ Stadium will be transformed forever following a ground-breaking partnership with Telstra and Cisco to provide free Wi-Fi access to the Stadium from 2014. 

    The internationally renowned Cisco Connected Stadium Wi-Fi solution will turn the State’s biggest venue into an interactive playground where, as part of a phased project, fans will be able to use their mobile devices to access rich digital content like replays and statistics, order food and beverages from their seats, and be rewarded for their game-day loyalty. 

    The new network will also simplify ticketing, help fans find the quickest way to their seats, and enable them to participate in and share live event action over social media from anywhere in the Stadium. 

    ANZ Stadium, at Sydney Olympic Park, has entered into a partnership with Telstra to supply a five-year, customised network solution to deliver in-stadium wireless connectivity. 

    A crowd of 81,491 packed ANZ Stadium on Sunday 6 October for the NRL Grand Final – taking the year’s fan visitation at the Stadium past 1.5 million. Future major events at the Stadium will have the benefit of a Wi-Fi network. 

    While other venues in Australia are preparing to roll out Wi-Fi solutions in exclusive Members areas, ANZ Stadium will be the first to extend the technology to public areas of the Stadium. 

    Further, the NSW Government – through the Sydney Olympic Park Authority – has facilitated this Wi-Fi coverage to extend around the outside of the Stadium to further enhance the visitor experience. 

    Kathy-Anne McManus, Media Practice Lead, Telstra Enterprise & Government, said Telstra would provide ANZ Stadium with a robust and reliable solution, as well as providing the option for additional digital media functionality – creating a whole new experience for spectators. 

    “This technology will further enhance ANZ Stadium’s reputation as one of the world’s great sports and entertainment venues,” Kathy-Anne said.  

  • 12-Nov-2013 11:37 | Anonymous

    Join us for Lunch with Aussie Cricket Legends!

    Northcott’s 18th Annual Cricket Legends Lunch will
    be held on Friday 31 January 2014 at the Sydney
    Cricket Ground, with renowned cricket commentator
    Mike Coward as Master of Ceremonies!

    Proudly supported by our charity partner Cricket NSW,
    this Lunch has raised more than $900,000 for children
    and adults with disabilities over the last five years.

    In 2014, our target is to break the $1 million mark for
    funds raised but we cannot do this without your support.

    All proceeds raised from the event will go towards
    Northcott’s Recreation service, which gives hundreds of
    children and adults living with disabilities, the chance to
    take part in sporting and social activities.

    Since Northcott’s inaugural Cricket Legends Lunch in
    1997, cricketing greats that have attended include Richie
    Benaud OBE; Allan Border AO; Ian Healy; Glenn
    McGrath; Geoff Lawson OAM; Frank Misson; Mark
    Taylor AO; Doug Walters MBE; Mike Whitney and the
    Chappell and Waugh brothers to name a few.

    We hope you can join us for what is sure to be an
    amazing afternoon!

    Date: Friday 31 January 2014

    Where: Sydney Cricket Ground

    Time: 12pm – Pre-match drinks
      (Hallowed turf of the SCG)
      1pm – Lunch
      (Steve Waugh Room)
      4pm – Stumps

    Cost: Individual – $250 inc. GST
    ($110 tax deductible)
    Table of 10 – $2,500 inc. GST
    ($1,100 tax deductible)

    Dress: Smart Casual

    Enquiries: Annette Sneyd
           02 9890 0131
  • 12-Nov-2013 10:00 | Deleted user

    Another Win for MatthewsFolbigg - Congratulations Fay Calderone

    Following our recent win as the 2013 CBA Business of the Year in the Western Sydney Awards for Business Excellence, I am delighted to announce that Fay Calderone, Director in our Workplace Solutions Group, was awarded the ‘Highly Commended’ Special Judging Panel’s Award at the 2013 NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards which was held recently at Darling Harbour, Sydney. 

    The 2013 Judging Panel for the Awards comprised representatives from the Attorney General & Justice Department of NSW, the Bar Association, the Law Society of NSW, the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association and the WLANSW and after having considered Fay’s achievements, they recommended this Award in addition to the Awards in the 5 standard categories.

    As reported in Lawyers Weekly “the event drew high-profile judges, including the president of the NSW Court of Appeal, Justice Margaret Beazley AO; Federal Court Justice Anna Katzmann; Acting Justice of the NSW Supreme Court Jane Mathews, and head of the NSW Administrative Decisions Tribunal, judge Kevin O’Connor”.

    On behalf of all of the Firm and our clients, we congratulate Fay on receiving this Award.  It is a true testament of Fay’s commitment and passion to not only MatthewsFolbigg but women in the legal industry and we are proud of all her efforts.




  • 07-Nov-2013 12:08 | Anonymous

    Parramatta City Council - Futuristic commercial office towers vie to win 
    Parramatta Square design competition! 

    A pair of futuristic, conical commercial office towers wrapped in photovoltaic panels and topped with wind turbines has become one of four proposals being considered for construction in Parramatta Square.

    Parramatta City Council’s Parramatta Square Stages 5 and 6 design competition jury yesterday confirmed those in contention to design towers in the Square are: Sydney-based Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp, Johnson Pilton Walker, Bates Smart and Italy-based Mario Cucinella Architects.

    The four teams were chosen from a field of 73 designs from firms across the United States to Uganda, and Perth to Sydney, submitted to Council last month. Concepts ranged from contemporary interpretations of the traditional office block, to futuristic and sculptural towers.
    When constructed, the commercial towers will add up to 140,000 square metres of office space to the Parramatta CBD and function as two of the key centrepieces of the vital three hectare Parramatta Square site in the heart of the CBD.

    Lord Mayor Cr John Chedid said: “We’re delighted to see such forward-thinking, innovative solutions. Without question, this creative range of designs, submitted by many of the leading architecture firms across the world today, will help us meet our future business, cultural, entertainment and tourism needs, and signpost Parramatta in a distinctive, unique way.”
    “Council is very confident in the strength of the four proposals selected, and looks forward to the construction of signature buildings for the city of Parramatta in the near future,” Cr Chedid. 

    “We thank our jury for their expertise - NSW Government Architect Peter Poulet, City of Sydney Director of City Planning, Development & Transport Graham Jahn, NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure urban design team leader Elisabeth Peet, and Parramatta City Council’s Director of Property Development Scott Gregg.”  

    Each proposal was assessed in terms of its sustainability, design, urban design, feasibility, and innovation.

    Describing the four finalists, the jury said the Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp proposal was for “two elegant, connected, tapering geometric towers that have the potential to become signature buildings in Parramatta Square”.

    Of the Johnson Pilton Walker proposal, they said it created links between Parramatta Square, Darcy Street and the Parramatta Station concourse, extending open public space over the two levels. They added: “The rectilinear towers hover high above the new open space, which is a grand gesture to Parramatta Square.”

     The Bates Smart scheme “proposes a differentiated active podium that addresses Parramatta Square, activating it with a mix of retail uses. Two rectilinear towers with deep recesses form a backdrop rather than an iconic gesture”.

    Commenting on the Mario Cucinella Architects proposal, they said: “This environmentally-focused scheme proposes a pair of conical towers whose surface is animated by a breathable photovoltaic system. The roof plane features sculptural wind turbines signalling the sustainable emphasis of this design.”

    Each of the four chosen teams will now compete in a design excellence competition closing on 6th December. Each will receive $30,000 on submission of a complying scheme, with Council announcing the winning design before the end of the year.

    The firm appointed for Stages 5 and 6 will join a range of internationally recognised architecture firms already appointed to design other landmark buildings within the Parramatta Square precinct.

    Stage 1, a commercial building at 169 Macquarie Street, was awarded to Architectus; Stage 2, the Aspire residential tower at 160 Church Street, was awarded to Grimshaw Architects; and Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp was appointed to design community/Council facilities and commercial space for Stage 3.

    From left: Parramatta Square Stages 5 & 6 competition design concepts by Mario Cucinella Architects, Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp, Johnson Pilton Walker, and Bates Smart.

    For interviews or more information contact:

    Trish Croaker, Acting Media and Communications Advisor 
    Work: (02) 9806 5676 Mobile: 0408 756 789 Email:  

  • 06-Nov-2013 12:07 | Anonymous

    Increasing the Number of Women in Senior Executive Positions

    Among the goals put forward in the Business Council of Australia Action Plan for Enduring Prosperity, which was released in July this year, was a goal to see the number of women in senior roles within BCA member companies increase to 50 per cent in the next decade.

    To help our members and the wider business community work towards this goal, the BCA commissioned the development of a best practice resource kit,Increasing the Number of Women in Senior Executive Positions: Improving Recruitment, Selection and Retention Practices.

    BCA President Tony Shepherd has written to all BCA member company CEOs encouraging them to use the kit within their organisations.

    Read more

  • 31-Oct-2013 12:06 | Anonymous

    Raise the profile of your business at the same time and have your team engage with attendees as we assist you in lead generation.

    WSBC is offering you the opportunity to dine with our three speakers at the upcoming "Sporting Codes of Conduct" Business Leader Luncheon on 13th November as our event partner.

    As well as your seat at our head table with our speakers, you and your team will have the opportunity to profile your business as one of our "Ask the Experts", an initiative we successfully launched at our last event and that generated new business leads for both our participants.

    By emphasising your business profile at this event, (with a table top display, your banner, “ask the expert” categorisation for all attending staff and official recognition by the MC), we aim to connect you with those attending, promoting your business and enhancing the opportunity for new business relationships with key influential business leaders.

    There are ONLY three available partnerships for this event. Please contact our General Manager, Michael Sugg via email or via phone on 02 9687 2788

    The 'Sporting Codes of Conduct' Business Leader Luncheon is a unique opportunity to hear from three of the largest sporting organisations in Western Sydney. Hear first hand from three amazing leaders as we compare and contrast the unique challenges they face in each code and how they connect sport and business using basic business principles we can all use in our businesses. How do they manage the competition between each code in the region and what can we learn from this to drive for business success and work together to improve the investment attraction of Western Sydney.
  • 30-Oct-2013 12:05 | Anonymous

    Moore Stephens - Self-Managed Super Fund (SMSF) Seminar 

    Investing in the property market, using your-self managed super fund

    A free update provided by industry leaders from the banking, accounting and real estate sector combining to provide you with a clear picture of the current trends and requirements with SMSF’s
    If you are considering setting up your own self-managed super fund or already have a fund and are looking at investing in the property market, this seminar is for you. Attendees will receive current and relevant advice, tips, contacts and special offers from industry experts. 

    Key Questions answered:

    What are the advantages of a SMSF?
    Is property a sound investment option?
    Where is the property market heading?
    How do I manage a property?
     How do I set up a SMSF to allow borrowing?
    How do I borrow in a SMSF?


    350 Church Street 
    Parramatta NSW 2150 


    5:30pm for a 6:00pm start 
    13th November 2013 

    How to Register: 

    RSVP by 8th November 2013 
    Phone: 02 8898 6713 

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