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  • 23-Oct-2013 12:04 | Anonymous

    Parramatta City Council - No longer a town, a City!

    To mark the 75th anniversary of Parramatta being declared a City – a status bestowed by the State Government on October 27 1938, Parramatta City Council held a small reception on the lawns of St John’s Church, Parramatta today.

    Among the attendees were Council’s first Lord Mayor, Alan Hyam, former Lord Mayor John Haines, Parramatta Leagues Club President Alan Overton, and David Shakespeare from the Historical Society.

    Lord Mayor of Parramatta Cr John Chedid said today’s event was an opportunity to mark a special occasion in Parramatta’s history.

    “It was a major symbolic event for the people of Parramatta that elevated it from being a suburb to a city,” Cr Chedid said.

    “The elevation didn’t come without a fight however, with numerous requirements and red tape thrown at previous leaders threatening any attempts to classify it a city”, Cr Chedid said.

    The Cumberland Argus newspaper, a key campaigner for Parramatta's elevation to city status wrote:

    “Whatever red tape may have required, common sense and justice demanded due recognition of Parramatta's historic importance and of the great part it played in laying, as it were, the foundation stone on which this great Commonwealth has been built,” October 26, 1938.

    “I’d like to recognise the Council at the time for its dedication and persistence in achieving the city status, in particular the Mayor, William John Irwin, who was the driving force behind its success,” Cr Chedid said.

    Serving on Council during 1936-1939, Irwin first became mayor in 1938, holding the title for one year. He was also the first Parramatta Mayor to wear the Robe and Chain of Office, a custom that continues to this day.

    In his Mayoral minute, following the official declaration made by then NSW Governor Lord Wakehurst, Irwin announced:

    “It is my pleasing duty to formally report that on the 27th day of October last, from the Official Platform opposite this Hall at 12.8 in the afternoon, His Excellency, The Lord Wakehurst, stated that he had that day, as the Representative of His Majesty the King, signed the assent to an Act entitled Local Government (City of Parramatta) Bill 1938 passed by the Parliament of this State whereby the Municipality of Parramatta was proclaimed a City.”

    Fifty years later, on Parramatta's 200th birthday, Queen Elizabeth II, in response to a recommendation by the State Government, elevated the title of Mayor to Lord Mayor.

    Media contact:

    Catherine Orzinski, Communications Officer, Parramatta City Council, Tel: 9806 5669 Email:

  • 23-Oct-2013 12:03 | Anonymous

    The formal establishment today of the Commission of Audit provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity to fortify Australia’s budget foundations and set in train a much-needed reform agenda to keep our economy strong.

    It’s a chance to reset Australia’s budget priorities, remove inefficiency and duplication with the states, improve the performance of public services and begin setting aside funds to withstand economic volatility around the world and unfolding pressures at home, including our ageing population.

    There’s no magic pudding for delivering these things. It comes from doing the hard work of examining where taxpayers’ dollars are going currently, where efficiencies can be achieved and where we can remove duplication between levels of government.

    The Australian community expects government to deliver value for money and to ensure that we are living within our means as a country. We expect them to keep our economy resilient against global volatility, and to plan and provision for the future.

    These are the perspectives people in business bring to their roles every day, and the appointment of Tony Shepherd to head up the Commission of Audit will ensure they are brought to bear on this important national endeavour. 

    With a wealth of experience in the private and public sectors, and in organisational transformation, Tony is exceptionally well placed to oversee the task with distinction. Tony will be supported by an outstanding group of commissioners with vast cross-portfolio experience and credibility.

    We commend the government for making this a genuinely independent process through these appointments. With BCA Chief Economist Peter Crone working alongside the commissioners as executive officer, the approach will be systematic and highly professional.

    The last five years have proven that piecemeal savings and ad hoc revenue grabs are no way to shore up the fiscal position and ensure we can afford the services Australians will need over the long term. The community should welcome this review as an act of responsible government and we call on the Opposition to give it bipartisan support.

    For further information contact:
    Scott Thompson, Director, Media and Public Affairs
    Business Council of Australia
    Telephone (03) 8664 2664 | Mobile 0403 241 128

  • 22-Oct-2013 12:02 | Anonymous

    WESTERN SYDNEY BUSINESS INNOVATION ROUNDTABLE supported by the Western Sydney Business Connection as a part of our member services.

    The Western Sydney Business Innovation Roundtable was established for non-competing business leaders to facilitate each other’s informed decisions through shared innovative thinking. It is powered by Executive Accelerators who specialise in Roundtables focused on assisting you to capture value from your business model through innovation.

    Themes for discussion are chosen by the participants and are often associated with practical solutions to innovation issues such as:

    • How do we build innovation into our strategy? What have been the experiences of others?
    • How do we deliver our innovation strategy and embed the change? How do we overcome the resistance factors?
    • How might diversification (or acquisition) offer us opportunities for new innovation? What are the risk factors?
    • What information data systems do you own, have access to, that you could generate revenue from? Who has done this and how?

    The Roundtable is currently accepting new members so if you’d like to join us for an introductory session to see how it works for you, please contact Executive Accelerators or register your interest via choose Introductory Session. 

    "Hi Frank. I remain most thankful for all your support and guidance as the Chairman for our CEO group and your valuable insights that you share with us each month. My success over the past years have been fuelled and in many instances initiated by the many shared conversations and challenges presented by you and our fellow members. Many thanks to you all. Albert". (Transport Logistics Company)

    The  WESTERN SYDNEY BUSINESS INNOVATION ROUNDTABLE meet between 7.00 and 9.30am over a cooked breakfast.

    Whilst there is a fee for participating, if we are costing you money then we’re not being successful in focusing you on opportunities from business model innovation.

  • 20-Oct-2013 12:11 | Anonymous

    In today’s unpredictable business environment, organisations are faced with the challenge of reducing internal operating costs and focusing attentions on core business activities. Many businesses are adopting outsourcing as a strategy to streamline operations, improve service delivery and control working capital.

    Chris Moore, Business Manager of Ignite Management Services has seen that by outsourcing non-core business processes, organisations have significantly more time to spend on their core competencies. “Access to greater expertise, better technology, reduced costs and scalability are just some of the many benefits from outsourcing, which in turn provides a healthier P&L and more opportunities for growth.” he said.

    Matt Cooper, Vice President at oDesk suggests that two of the fastest growing areas that Australian businesses are currently outsourcing are Human Resources and Payroll. Cooper comments that the outsourcing of these functions grew by around 227% over the last two years and this trend shows little signs of slowing down.

    In itMarket Trends: Recession Brings Worry and opportunity to Worldwide HR BPO Market report, outsourcing consultants Gartner comment that in 2007 the HR outsourcing market in Australia was worth approximately $US757 million. Due to the significant growth in the outsourcing industry, Gartner suggest this figure has increased to $US1.102 billion in 2012.

    Moore comments that, “There are a number of fairly significant reasons why the payroll outsourcing market has grown as to the scale it has. Firstly, payroll providers now offer more than the traditional gross to net service in response to companies demanding a more comprehensive level of service including statutory returns, award interpretation, ledger interfaces and salary packaging”.

    “In addition to improved service levels, and increased competition between payroll providers, the costs associated with engaging a third party supplier have reduced making it more attractive to businesses who seek to control their operating costs”.

    “The final key driver is that payroll software has improved to such an extent that multi-national organisations can now outsource their global payroll to one provider which significantly improves efficiencies and contributes to cost reduction.”

    In tough economic conditions where increased efficiencies often result in reduction of operating costs, Australian businesses should look to outsourcing their non-core activities such as payroll, and concentrate on those tasks which add real value to the bottom line.

    Ignite is a division of the Clarius Group.

  • 20-Oct-2013 12:10 | Anonymous

    PwC’s Greater Western Sydney office was delighted to show their continued support for The Mitchell Youth Leadership Forum, donating a further $5,000.

    The Mitchell Youth Leadership Forum is a three day, hands on program for senior students who reside in the Mitchell Electorate. Its purpose is to enrich the local students before their final year of school. The program helps participants to form networks and friendships with students from a range of different schools throughout the Mitchell Electorate.

    During October, students took part in skills activities, workshops and were visited by notable speakers, such as the Australian Paralympic gold medal winner Curtis Palmer while Alex Hawke hosted a dinner on the first night to launch the Forum for 2013. 

    PwC’s support with the program is part of their continued community involvement within Greater Western Sydney.  “The staff of PwC Greater Western Sydney were extremely excited to partake in some of the weekend’s events”, says David Hegarty, partner at PwC.  

    PwC opened its new GWS office at the Norwest Business Park in August. 

    “As well as supporting the Mitchell Youth Leadership Program, we look forward to providing career mentoring and advice to students, as part of our commitment to the local community”, says David Hegarty.  

    The Forum began in 2002 from humble beginnings and has continued to with the support from Alex Hawke MP, the current Member for Mitchell.

  • 20-Oct-2013 12:09 | Anonymous

    Back every Saturday Night at PARKROYAL Parramatta, our famous Sensational Seafood Buffet.

    Come in and indulge in the freshest locally sourced seafood offering Sydney rock oysters, Australian Tiger prawns, Balmain bugs, and blue swimmer crabs plus a variety of hot dishes, salads and live dessert cooking station. Includes complimentary parking (subject to availability). Bookings Essential call 02 9689 3333.

  • 20-Oct-2013 12:01 | Anonymous


    Information on new public transport timetables from 20 October 2013 has now been publicly released. There have been significant improvements for the Sydney Olympic Park precinct. Fact sheets and relevant timetables can be found via the following websites: or new or you can download the app from itunes.

    Specific details for the Sydney Olympic Park precinct are provided as follows:

    • Train services – an extra 118 services per week will be provided between Lidcombe and Sydney Olympic Park to support a 10 minute service between 6am and 10pm.

    • Bus services – an extra 104 services per week will be provided to support access for Sydney Olympic Park. Route 526 (Burwood to Sydney Olympic Park Wharf) will have improved night services to support local activity and connections to the ferry wharf. The timetable will also have amended times for Route 525 (Burwood to Parramatta) and Route 526 to improve the spacing of these bus services for access to Sydney Olympic Park.

    • Ferry services – an extra 139 services per week will stop at Sydney Olympic Park wharf with more frequent services along the Parramatta River during weekdays and weekends. The new timetable will also support better bus connections between the ferry wharf and the Sydney Olympic Park precinct.

    This is great news for Sydney Showground, our customers and visitors. It shows that all our hard work lobbying government for better services to the precinct has certainly paid off.

  • 20-Oct-2013 12:00 | Anonymous

    With Christmas just around the corner, JCME Marketing and Events are offering all WSBC members their exclusive Christmas Party Promotion.

  • 20-Oct-2013 11:57 | Anonymous

    The newest edition of the Toyota Prado will be arriving at Lander Toyota on October 21, 2013.

    Additional upgrades to the model range will include:

    • All new facelift
    • Blind Spot Monitor (BSM)
    • New look alloy wheels 
    • LED Headlamps
    • LED DRLs
    • Colour Instrument gauges
    • Wood grain instrument panel and centre cluster
    • Second row heated seats
    • 14 Speaker JBL AVN audio with Advanced Toyota Link
    • DAB Radio
    • Heated and retractable side view mirrors

    For more information on specific model upgrades, contact us on 02 8884 4888. 

    Land a better deal at Lander Toyota.

  • 26-Sep-2013 12:14 | Anonymous

    Limited Edition Kluger Altitude arrives at Lander Toyota

    Introducing the new model Kluger Altitude available for a limited time only at Lander Toyota.

    The 2013 Altitude comes with standard specifications such as 6.1” LCD touchscreen, AM/FM radio, single CD player, Bluetooth handsfree with audio streaming, phonebook and message access and USB input. Additional features included are:

    • Tilt and slide moon roof
    • Roof rails
    • 19” alloy wheels
    • Front fog lamps
    • Roof mounted rear seat entertainment with 3 headphones
    • Satellite Navigation with 3D map display
    • Altitude badge (rear tailgate)

    Now in stock from $48,990 driveaway. Land a better deal at Lander Toyota.

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