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  • 11-Sep-2013 12:17 | Anonymous
    TAFE SWSi wins Large Training Provider of the Year Award

    TAFE NSW – South Western Sydney Institute (SWSi) last night was awarded the Large Training Provider of the Year Award as part of the 2013 NSW Training Awards.

    The NSW Training Awards recognise outstanding achievement in the vocational education and training sector.

    TAFE SWSi students also performed strongly with three out of four finalists winning awards. These students were:

    • Excellence in Manufacturing winner, Andrew Niedermayer
    • Trainee of the Year winner, Ashlee Hodson
    • School Based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year, Alexander Dagger
    • Apprentice of the Year finalist, Matthew Papandrea    

    TAFE SWSi Institute Director Peter Roberts said the Institute’s customer first approach had helped secure the win.

     “TAFE SWSi is committed to finding the right training solutions for all of our customers, whatever their needs may be,” Mr Roberts said.

    “I am proud to say that each year TAFE SWSi helps thousands of students realise their dreams, equipping them with the job-ready skills needed to excel in the workplace.

     “I am equally proud to say that businesses, government and community organisations are also the beneficiaries of our excellent training.

    “Our industry-experienced team has worked hand-in-hand to help upskill and grow organisations such as Telstra, Blue Tongue Recruitment, NSW Police and many more.”

    To view all the winners of the 2013 NSW Training Awards please follow the link:

    TAFE SWSi is one of Australia’s largest educational institutions, delivering programs to more than 72,000 students every year in nine colleges across South Western Sydney, in workplaces all over Australia and in partner colleges in China, and the Philippines.

  • 29-Aug-2013 18:16 | Anonymous

    Council’s bold vision for the future of Parramatta is taking shape. The $1.6 billion, three-hectare Parramatta Square development will cement the city’s reputation as the commercial heart of Western Sydney.

    At a recent Property Council of Australia event, Lord Mayor of Parramatta Cr John Chedid announced Leighton Properties as the developer of the initial stage of the scheme and Alfasi Property Group as the developer of the third stage.

    The Lord Mayor also launched two design competitions for the remaining Parramatta Square projects: the public domain, Stage Four, Stage Five and Stage Six. Cr Chedid said, "This development will provide the foundation for growth in this City and create a future city based on good urban design that is environmentally sustainable, has vast, vibrant, beautiful public spaces and an effective integrated public transport system.” This groundbreaking urban renewal project incorporates six distinct stages of development:

    Stage One is 169 Macquarie Street, which will be a 25,000 sqm office tower designed by Architectus, to be completed in late 2015.

    Stage Two is the 90-story Aspire Tower on the corner of Church and Darcy Streets, which will offer a mix of uses including 700 apartments, a 150-key hotel, retail outlets and a skydeck and experience centre. Expressions of interest are expected to be received later this year.

    Stage Three is 153 Macquarie Street, which will feature commercial and community  facilities such as a 24,000 sqm office tower, a 7,000 sqm public amenity including a civic building, a community centre and a library, with construction due to start in mid-2014.

    Further down the line, Stage Four will be a 5,000 sqm mixed-use retail and commercial building central to the Parramatta Square Public Domain, while Stages Five and Six will incorporate dual commercial office towers totalling 100,000 sqm. Cr Chedid added: "When we took this opportunity to the leasing market, we received 100,000 square meters of firm interest – demonstrating just how constrained A-grade office space is in Parramatta. Our vacancy rate sits at 1.5%, which is well below the averages for North Sydney, the Sydney CBD and Australia as a whole.”Mark Gray, Managing Director, Leighton Properties said, "We have a strong track record of developing leading commercial projects in Parramatta CBD that have been sought after by tenants and investors alike.”

    Council has also become the first local government in Australia to seek a Green Star – Communities rating, and is also the first to specify Green Star ratings for each building across an entire precinct.

  • 29-Aug-2013 12:22 | Anonymous

    Shortage of business managers across five diverse business sectors

    Despite an oversupply of skilled labour in many sectors, there was a significant shortage of managers across a diverse range of industry sectors in the March quarter 2013, according to the latest Clarius Skills Indicator.

    The Indicator reveals a shortage of 3,200 skilled managers in hospitality, retail and service managers and a shortfall of 2,200 skilled advertising and sales managers.

    Kym Quick, CEO of the Clarius Group of recruitment companies, said the numbers reflected a shortage of key management skills and the urgent need to build revenue streams across these sectors.

    “Demand for managers is usually less sensitive to the fluctuations in the cycle of economic conditions as they tend to have high skill levels and extensive experience that employers are keen to retain,” she said.

    “In advertising and sales there is a heightened need for seasoned sales managers as companies trade through tough economic conditions and try develop revenue streams. There is also an increasing demand for skills to leverage the emerging and fast moving on-line and social media trends and technologies with new applications being launched almost on a daily basis.

    “While in the hospitality, retail and service industries, the shortage of managers is driven by comparatively stronger growth in retail sales, which includes sales at cafes and restaurants.”

    The new Clarius Skills Indicator predicts a closer balance next year between the number of available jobs and the supply of labour in the total workforce. The gap is projected to rise from a current oversupply of 75,000 skilled job-seekers to 84,000 in the December quarter 2013 before eventually dropping to 54,000 in the June quarter 2014.

    Clarius Group proudly released the first edition of the Clarius Skills Indicator in May 2013 off the back of the highly-publicised Clarius Skills Index.  The Indicator tracks the availability of skilled labour in the entire Australian labour market and, for the very first time, a forecast for the year ahead at a quarterly frequency is provided.

    The Clarius Skills Indicator draws on the best available data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and Commonwealth Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) to measure oversupply and shortfalls for 10 major occupation categories, covering approximately half of all “white-collar” jobs (more than four million employees) or 35 per cent of the total Australian labour force.

    Alliance Recruitment is a division of Clarius Group.
  • 27-Aug-2013 12:29 | Anonymous

    ents urged to consider local manufacturing career

    South Western Sydney residents will have a chance to learn first-hand about local career opportunities at the Manufacturing Excellence Expo from 10am to 8pm on Thursday, the 29th of August at TAFE NSW – South Western Sydney Institute (SWSi’s) Miller College.

    The free event will include:

    • Live demonstrations;
    • TAFE apprenticeships showcasing their skills;
    • A barbeque lunch; as well as
    • Opportunities to speak directly with more than 60 local manufacturers. 

    TAFE SWSi Institute Director, Peter Roberts encouraged local residents to come along and find out more about the region’s largest industry.

    “Local manufacturing offers local residents in South Western Sydney with one of the best opportunities of finding rewarding work close to home,” Mr Roberts said.

    “As the region’s largest employer, manufacturing supports the jobs of more than 67,000 people in our community.

    “Local residents can also find the training needed to build a successful career in manufacturing at TAFE SWSi, where we offer a number of courses related to the industry.”

    TAFE SWSi is one of Australia’s largest educational institutions, delivering programs to thousands of students every year in nine colleges across South Western Sydney, in workplaces all over Australia and in partner colleges in China, and the Philippines.
  • 27-Aug-2013 12:26 | Anonymous
    Castle Hill RSL announced the launch of new Apple® and Android™ mobile applications and a new mobile website created by Bally Technologies.

    Castle Hill RSL Group Operations Manager Brett Crastin said, “We make a continuous effort to provide our members and guests with the highest level of service possible,” “That effort includes offering them the best tools and technology on and off our venue to enhance their experience at Castle Hill RSL. Our new apps deliver convenience, information, and entertainment through a host of easy-to-use features that we can’t wait for our members and guests to use and enjoy."

    Anyone can download the apps, which are available in the Apple iTunes® store and inGoogle Play®. They enable users to:

    ·     See the current promotions in just a few clicks. 

    ·     View dining menus instantly and discover what entertainment and events are happening around the venue.

    ·     Access overhead custom GPS maps or view detailed property maps of the  venue and surrounding area.

    ·     Use the embedded smart-search bar to find content by keyword.

    ·     Bookmark information and create your own itinerary with My Castle Hill RSL

    ·     Easily reach key contacts like our friendly reception team

    ·     Check out Castle Hill RSL’s live Facebook wall feed directly from the app. 

    “We are so pleased to partner with Bally Technologies in launching this custom mobile solution to the Australian market,” said Castle Hill RSL Group President Mr Warren Glenny. “The Castle Hill RSL apps will be an incredible customer-service tool and a powerful new way to interact with and entertain our patrons.”

    Aron Ezra, Bally Technologies’ Vice President of Mobile, said, "All of us at Bally Technologies are thrilled to be working with Castle Hill on this project. These mobile   applications give people a whole new way to interact with the club and with each other  using their phones and tablets. Best of all, we're just getting started undefined you can expect these applications to continue to evolve over time as we add more features for members and visitors alike." 


  • 27-Aug-2013 12:25 | Anonymous

    On Wednesday 31st July, Castle Hill RSL launched the opening of the Luxe Lounge. The Luxe Lounge is situated on Level 1 of Castle Hill RSL, above Jin Yan Asian Cuisine.

    Sydney Hills Business Chamber members attended along with business leaders and representatives from Hills Businesses, Councilors from the Hills Shire Council and Alex Hawke MP, Federal Member for Mitchell.


    The Luxe Lounge is a classy pre-function lounge for events in the Lyceum and can also be used as a separate function room. The lounge is themed black and white with crystal   lighting features that can be changed to different colours. The Luxe Lounge will be used for cocktail style events offering a range of delicious cocktail food.


    Castle Hill RSL president Warren Glenny said, “We are excited to announce to opening of the Luxe Lounge and finally utilise this wonderful space next to the Lyceum. This pre-function lounge is very modern and classy. Outside is a long, spacious balcony, this is situated above Jin Yan Asian Cuisine.  We look forward to hosting many wonderful events here”.


    Lindsay Verdon, Paynter Dixon Constructions Pty Limited, Head of Hospitality and     Entertainment Venues said , “Paynter Dixon have been working with Castle Hill RSL since 1999 on many refurbishments throughout the Club's redevelopment program. The latest stage of the refurbishment, The Luxe Lounge will provide the Club with a exciting pre-function lounge for the Lyceum and also a separate function room. The strong black and white theme mixed with crystal lighting features provides a vibrant and modern addition to Castle Hill RSL”.

  • 27-Aug-2013 12:23 | Anonymous
    Introducing the limited edition Camry R recently arriving at Lander Toyota. The Camry R boasts 17” alloy wheels, front fog lamps, front sports bumper with sports grille, 6.1” touchscreen display audio, dual exhaust with diffuser and reverse camera. Priced at $35,667 + $425 for metallic paint, the Camry R is now available at Lander Toyota.

    Last Chance to Take Advantage of Great Offers


    September will also be your last chance to take advantage of Toyotathon and 0% deals. Toyotathon is your once a year chance to enjoy the bulk buying savings usually reserved for National Fleet businesses on a range of models. So you can save like a National Fleet buyer, without being one.


    It’ll also be your last chance to take advantage of our 0% finance offer. This once in a lifetime comparison rate is available on Camry, Camry Hybrid and Aurion ranges.


    For more information, visit

  • 16-Jul-2013 12:32 | Anonymous

    At the BREED Business Centre (BBC), we are happy when our tenants leave us!  Why? Because it means that the business has grown to level where it can survive in the mainstream business world and that means we have done our job.

    BREED Business Centre provides a setting where small and developing business can establish and grow in a supportive low cost environment. Currently, there are over 20 businesses operating at the centre at different levels of maturity.

    Rally School is one such business, who has recently left the BREED Business Centre to continue growing in a commercial environment.

    Stephen Frost, BREED Managing Director said, “We do get attached to our tenants while they are with us, but our job is to help business establish and develop, which helps them move into the wider business world.

    We wish Rally School all the best in their new location.”

    Rally School is in the business of providing experiences and dreams. It provides car lovers and thrill-seekers with the chance to experience being a rally car driver. You drive an actual Australian championship rally car with a current rally car driver, as your navigator. And we’re talking an actual rally circuit, complete with dust, dirt and hair-raisingly tight bends.

    Rally School  based itself at the BREED Business Centre for six years and continued to grow in this time. 

    Katrina Wearne, Rally School Operations Manager said, “BREED provided a low cost option for us to develop.  We may not have been able to go into Western Australia so quickly if we had not been situated at BREED.

    The office space is comfortable, air-conditioned, it has natural light, carpeted and there are meeting rooms available. And most importantly, it is affordable and centrally located to other areas of Sydney.”

    “We also attended a number of functions while at the BBC and always enjoyed the annual Melbourne Cup Luncheon.”

    “In the time that we were at BREED Business Centre we have been able to expand into Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and our latest is Western Australia.”

    For more information about Rally School go to or Ph 1800 208 000 and more information about the BREED Business Centre call Donna Patriarca 9853 3200

  • 15-Jul-2013 12:34 | Anonymous

    RDA Sydney and the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils have initiated a consultancy to look at user demand for Smart Work Centres in Liverpool and Blacktown in Greater Western Sydney.

    Smart Work Centres, as defined by RDA Sydney, are work spaces in the local community that can be used by individuals and organisations rather than having to travel to CBD-based offices. The model envisioned is similar to one that has been used for several years in Amsterdam and other parts of Europe and the USA.

    The Centres would be comprised of two key elements:

    • Work spaces designed for long-term use by anchor tenants.
    • Co-working space for entrepreneurs, small businesses and researchers on a casual or routine basis.

    In addition, Smart Work Centres could include business support services, child care, retail etc.

    The consultancy will look at the potential demand for these centres in Liverpool and Blacktown with a view to having sufficient information to assess the possibility of a pilot project in one of these locations. 

    For more information on Smart Work Centres, please contact Mark Wigley on 02 9890 7804 or

    For information on other RDA Sydney projects and initiatives, visit

  • 15-Jul-2013 12:33 | Anonymous

    The launch of a revitalised and authentic farmers market in Parramatta is helping to enliven one of the City’s most important spaces: Church Street Mall.


    The Parramatta Farmers’ Market, which launched on the 28 June, is providing residents, workers and visitors in Parramatta and Western Sydney with a fun and welcoming venue where they can purchase high-quality, fresh, seasonal produce directly from NSW-based growers and producers.

    Reflecting the region’s cultural diversity, a wide range of products are on offer from more than 20 stalls, including meat, poultry and game, fruit and vegetables, herbs and spices, dairy, baked goods, honey, jams and preserves, tea and coffee, pasta, confectionary,  and plants and flowers.

    The Market demonstrates Council’s commitment to supporting local businesses and producers by providing a channel direct to consumers.

    It is expected to further raise the City’s social capital by underlining Parramatta’s status as a burgeoning destination for food lovers. With the support of Council and local producers, it’s hoped the Market will become the pre-eminent metropolitan Sydney farm-direct food venue.

    The Market runs every Friday from 7am to 2.30pm in Church Street Mall – the same site of the City’s original food market, dating back to 1791.

    The Market also highlights Council’s support in celebrating the area’s cultural diversity and sustainability. All waste products – paper, glass, plastic and green waste – will be recycled.

    A food market has been operating in Parramatta CBD since 2008 but following community consultation, Council decided to transform it into an authentic farmers’ market, with a renewed emphasis on fresh produce and local artisan producers. The new Farmers Market also aligns with Council’s City Activation Program, an initiative of the Lord Mayor of Parramatta, Cr John Chedid, which aims to revitalise areas of our City including Church Street Mall.

    Community feedback showed 98% of people were more likely to visit if the Market focused on fresh seasonal produce and homemade goods such as preserves, baked goods and deli foods.

    Cr John Chedid welcomed the arrival of the revitalised Market and was confident local consumers would appreciate the increase in choice of where they shopped and what they could buy.

    “I’m delighted to see the Farmers’ Market launch with such an enthusiastic response from local residents and workers,” Cr Chedid said.

    “This underlines Council’s commitment to offering more choice to consumers, to meeting the needs of our workforce and to supporting local businesses and producers.”

    For more information visit
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