Swansea Chamber of Commerce News
Posted in: Community, Government News on Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
Minister for Citizenship and Communities Victor Dominello has announced 12 war memorials in towns and suburbs across NSW will be upgraded and maintained, thanks to NSW Government funding grants.
The Community War Memorials Fund was established to help protect and restore war memorials across NSW and grant applications are open twice a year.
As we move toward the start of the Centenary of Anzac (2014-2018), it is more important than ever that we ensure our community war memorials stand proud and strong around the state.
Inverell, Taree, Thirroul, Kiama, Woronora, Cowra, and Belmont are among the areas to receive the upgrades.
Posted in: Community, Government News on Friday, February 28th, 2014
· The NSW Government will introduce mandatory minimum sentences for serious drug and alcohol-fuelled assaults as part of our comprehensive package of reforms aimed at changing our culture and promoting personal responsibility.
· This package of mandatory minimum offences sends the clearest possible message that those who engage in drug or alcohol-fuelled assaults in public will face the full force of the law.
· All the offences attracting a mandatory minimum sentence will also include a two year increase to the maximum penalty when the offence is committed in public by an intoxicated offender.
· For full details of the proposed laws go to www.nsw.gov.au.
Posted in: Community, Roads and Traffic, Swansea Bridge on Friday, February 28th, 2014
Roads and Maritime Services is proposing to carry out inspections on the southbound Swansea Bridge from 3 March 2014, weather permitting.
Most of the inspections will be performed from a barge under the southbound bridge during the day, with three nights required to carry out inspections on the bridge deck.
The day work will be carried out Monday 3 March to Friday 7 March from 7am to 5.30pm with no impact to motorists. The main navigation channel will be closed while the barge is in position, however will be repositioned to allow normal scheduled bridge openings during the day.
The three night closures will take place between 7pm and 5am on Monday 10, Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 March.
While the night work is being carried out on the southbound bridge all traffic will be diverted to the northbound bridge and operate as one lane in each direction. There will be no marine access during this night work.
Wet weather may change dates and times of the closures.
We are conscious of the effect this work may have on surrounding residents and every effort will be made to minimise noise.
Roads and Maritime thanks motorists and marine vessel operators for their patience during this work. Motorists should obey all signs at the site, including reduced speed limit signs.
For further information, please contact me on (02) 4924 0401. For information about traffic conditions, motorists should contact the Transport Management Centre on 132 701 or visit www.livetraffic.com.
Posted in: Uncategorized on Friday, February 28th, 2014
Everyone at the chamber would like to welcome our newest member the Catho Pub in Catherine Hill Bay.
For more information see their listing in our directory or find them on Facebook
Posted in: Community, New Businesses, Small Business on Thursday, February 27th, 2014
This coming Friday 28 February 2014 has been gazetted by the Minister for Industrial Relations, The Hon Mike Baird MP, as a local event day for both the Lake Macquarie City Council and City of Newcastle local government areas.
What is the difference between a local public holiday and a local event day?
The difference between the two is as follows:
• Local public holiday: National Employment Standards of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) apply to local public holidays. This entitles workers to either have the day off or be paid penalty rates.
• Local event day: A local event day will require employers and employees to refer to their workplace agreements and relevant contracts to decide if any entitlements or conditions apply.
Declaring Show Day a local event day enables this to be marked as a day of significance for the region without the significant financial impost of a local public holiday.
A local event day also allows employers and employees to agree, at the enterprise level, how they wish to treat Show Day rather than the creation of an automatic right to a day off with pay (or the payment of penalty rates if worked). It is highly recommended that employers and employees refer to their enterprise agreement or contract of employment to determine what conditions apply in their particular circumstance.
More information: For more information regarding forthcoming public holiday and local event days during the course of 2014 please refer to the NSW Office of Industrial Relations website
For Help: Exclusive to members who have subscribed to the Workplace Advice Line as part of your membership package you can call 13 29 59 for advice about industrial awards, employment conditions or other issues.
Posted in: NSW Business Chamber on Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
Tony Dormer has been elected unopposed as the new President of the NSW Business Chamber.
Mr Dormer replaces Terry Wetherall, who will remain on the Board of Directors as the Immediate Past President, and will be supported by Russell Balding AO, who was elected as Vice President.
Tony Dormer is the Managing Director and founder of Kreston Dormers, a successful multi-discipline business advisory firm established over 30 years ago. His specialist skills include taxation services, mergers and acquisitions, as well as business development issues for small and medium sized entrepreneurs.
Since 2007, Mr Dormer has been an active Board Member and Councillor with the NSW Business Chamber and the Chairman of the Audit and Compliance Committee, as well as the Chair of the Business Environment and Economics Policy Committee
He is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Chartered Tax Adviser and Fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia, and was recently appointed to the Board of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI).
Mr Dormer also has a personal interest to end the suffering of Parkinson’s Disease, and serves on the board of the not for profit foundation board, Shake It Up.
“To be elected President is a great honour, one about which I am humbled,” Mr Dormer said.
“To lead this great organisation, the largest business organisation in the State which contributes one third of the national economy is a great responsibility.
“For the first time in its almost 190 year history, the Chamber recently passed the 15,000 member milestone, which shows that members see the great work being done on their behalf, and value being part of this influential organisation.
“I saw during the Chamber’s ‘Small Business - Too Big To Ignore’ federal election campaign the great enthusiasm that the members of the NSW Business Chamber have, and their willingness to have their say in how their country, state or community can be improved.
“I see it as our responsibility to continue to represent these hard working Australians – those that put their assets on the line each day to open their doors, employ their fellow Australians and make a positive contribution to our nation.”
Mr Dormer believes there are a number of key priorities for his term.
“There will be an election in NSW in just over a year, and just like we did for the Federal Election, we need to ensure the voice of business is well heard by our political leaders.
“The Chamber will shortly be releasing its priorities for the final year of this government’s term and then the policies we want to see adopted by whichever parties form government in March 2015.
“One of the great challenges for NSW is to source funding for the infrastructure needed to service our growing State. If that means tough decisions need to be made regarding potential leasing of assets then let’s have that debate in an open, constructive way.
“On a national level, I’d like to see a proper debate about workplace relations to make it easier, and not harder, for business operators to maintain and then create new jobs. In particular, I would like to see more creative debate for ways to encourage the employment of young Australians.
“The most recent Business Conditions Survey conducted by the NSW Business Chamber showed optimism is returning to business owners across the State. We all have to work hard to ensure that this confidence is maintained and results in positive outcomes.
“Of course one of the other priorities in the short term is preparing our bid for Sydney to host the prestigious ICC World Chambers Federation International Congress in 2017, a gathering of more than 1000 business leaders from across the globe.
“Our bid will be presented in Tokyo later this year with a decision known prior to Christmas.”
Posted in: Events, New Businesses, Seminars and Workshops, Small Business, Training on Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
Managing Director – NES (Ncle Entertainment Security)
Owner – Lost in the 50′s, The American Classic Car Museum
Glen will share his experiences from starting his own entertainment security company to pursuing his childhood dream.
For 25 years Glen has been in the entertainment security industry and during this time has been exposed to every conceivable level of entertainment security. From managing the security at the Atlanta Games in 1996 and the 2000 Sydney Olympics, down to the smallest hotel in the Hunter Valley.
Glen spent a lot of time travelling overseas when he was involved with the champion boxer Kostya Tsyu, he made the most of this opportunity checking out the American cars. He has always liked cars, which is probably because he grew up watching American TV shows.
After so many years of collecting & importing the very best of the American 50′s and 60′s culture he decided to open
‘Lost in the 50′s, The American Classic Car Museum at Cameron Park in July 2012.
“It’s a legacy thing, Jennings says. This is an era that’s long gone and we’re sort of the guardians for people to come and see it.”
How can you create your dream!
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Posted in: Community, Cultural Development, Events on Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
The Perfection Trap – Finding your unique formula for living a healthy, happy and fulfilling life!
Guest Speaker: Lisa Mills, Simply Women’s Wellness
Date: Wednesday 5th March 2014
Venue: Belmont 16ft Sailing Club, The Parade Belmont
Time: 7.00 am – 8.30 am
Cost: $35.00 (inc GST)
RSVP: Friday 28th February 2014 (Booking and prepayment essential)
In the modern world, there are great pressures to be perfect. To be the perfect parent, the perfect partner, the perfect colleague or the perfect boss. The pressure to rise to perfection can be overwhelming, resulting in unrealistic expectations and reduced capacity to perform.
International Women’s Day is an optimal time for us all to reflect upon the role in which women play in their community, the achievements they make, the vital part they play in the prosperity of the society in which they live, and the ideals that are expected of them.
Lisa Mills is a fitness trainer, life coach and workshop presenter specialising in women’s holistic wellness, and runs programs helping women get healthy, feel confident and love their life. With over 18 years experience in the health and fitness industry, Lisa has a passion for helping people find their own unique formula- ‘the mainstream eat less and exercise more mantra doesn’t work- as it fails to look at the entire picture’.
Lisa will use her own personal journey to show how perfection can hinder personal growth and prevent men and women from realising thier own full potential. She will share her secrets with you to living a life full of adventure, experience and success, by being the best version of yourself; rather than by striving for the idea of perfection.
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Posted in: Funding, Government News, Local News on Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
FIRST ROUND OF FUNDING ON OFFER FOR CROWN RESERVES
Member for Swansea Garry Edwards said local managers of showgrounds and public reserves with pests and weeds projects have until Monday 17 March to submit applications for targeted NSW Government funding.
“The next round of the Government’s Public Reserves Management Fund (PRMF) opened recently, with funding now on offer for all kinds of improvements to local showgrounds,” Mr Edwards said.
“Managers or trusts can apply for a grant or a loan for projects ranging from building maintenance, to repairs and upgrades of amenities and other facilities.
“Managers of any Crown reserve type with pests and weeds projects are also eligible to apply.”
Mr Edwards said the NSW Liberal & Nationals Government was committed to delivering these vital funds to where they were needed.
“I encourage local managers to seriously consider applying for funds,” Mr Edwards said.
“This Government is continuing to support regional investment and economic growth. Last year saw a record investment of $23.6 million under the PRMF – a $6 million increase on the year before.
“Recent media in relation to the Grannies Pool at Blacksmiths details the perfect example of a project suitable for this funding program.
“The PRMF allocates funds to works on Crown land holiday parks, camping grounds, showgrounds, walking tracks and many local parks and reserves,” he said.
“Round two will be open to all these reserve types around August.
“Funding is available on application and full details on the criteria and how to apply are available on the Crown Lands web site,” Mr Edwards said.
For PRMF applications go to: www.crownland.nsw.gov.au
Posted in: Community, Local News on Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
Ian Kiernan, AO, Clean Up Australia’s Founder and Chairman, visited Canberra, Wollongong and Brisbane last week and will be in Tasmania, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia this week.
Business Clean Up Day is on next week…..Tuesday 25 February. It is an excellent team and networking event for organisations of all sizes to clean up rubbish from their own or other nominated sites. Organisations across Australia can register online. Please do so today if you have not done so already. If another day during the year better suits your organisation other than 25 February, you can still register now.
Organisations have the opportunity to become annual Business Supporters of Clean Up Australia for which there are three categories: Business Champion, Platinum and Gold. Business Supporter’s annual contributions are used to provide materials and information that support the many businesses, schools and local communities Australia-wide that participate in Clean Up Australia events.
The 25th ‘Clean Up Sydney Harbour’ Anniversary Photographic Exhibition commences this Thursday 20 February at Sydney’s Customs House and runs until Monday 3 March.
It worth noting that 2015 will be the 25th Anniversary of the Clean Up Australia Campaign.
Thank you to all organisations that have registered for Business Clean Up Day and to our 2014 Business Supporters. We greatly appreciate your support of a clean, Australian environment.
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