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  • 11 Dec 2018 2:56 PM | Lisa McPherson (Administrator)

    The state’s peak business organisation, the NSW Business Chamber, believes proposed regulations being introduced by the Federal Government to prevent ‘double dipping’ by casual workers will be met with relief by business owners across the country.

    “I commend the Government for addressing the absurd situation where employees can double dip by receiving a casual loading in lieu of annual and personal leave, and then receive those exact same paid leave entitlements as well,” said NSW Business Chamber Regional Manager, Kellon Beard.

    “These new regulations are a victory for common sense,” Mr. Beard said.

    “It is disappointing that the Government was not able to obtain bi-partisan support for a legislative solution to address all of the problems arising from the recent Workpac v Skene decision.

    “Without the new regulations, we are left with Fair Work laws that are not fair and do not align with the reality of casual employment in the modern workforce.

    “Many employers engage casuals to meet operational demands of their business, and many employees choose to be engaged as casuals so that they receive their 25% casual loading. Many of these consensual arrangements, which have operated in practice for decades, now carry the risk of landing employers with a double whammy.

    “It’s why the NSW Business Chamber recently proposed the idea of introducing a new category of worker, a perma-flexi, which allows casual employees to be engaged on the same flexible basis as they always have been, but with leave entitlements being provided in exchange for the payment of a 10% loading.

    “It is staggering that the ACTU continues to argue against the proposed flexible category of employment, when the Chamber’s proposal gives casuals the option of obtaining the employment security and benefits that the ACTU has been publicly calling for,” Mr. Beard said.


  • 11 Dec 2018 10:58 AM | Lisa McPherson (Administrator)

    As both a key decision maker in your industry, and a valued Chamber member, we would greatly appreciate your participation in this important survey.

    We do apologise if you are receiving this email and have already completed the survey previously.

    What is Business Conditions Survey about?

    The survey aims to provide an honest and comprehensive analysis of economic trends, opportunities and challenges for NSW businesses.

    Your responses help the Chamber to advocate for a better operating environment for businesses in NSW. If you'd like to see what the work and efforts of the Chamber, armed with your feedback, have delivered for business in 2018, please click here.

    Your participation will also give you the chance to win an Apple iPad.

     

     or paste this URL into your browser: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/bcsdec2018

    First prize: You will be entered into the draw to win an Apple iPad Wi-Fi (32gb) valued at $469.

    Runner-up prizes: You will also have the chance to win one of three $50 Eftpos gift cards.

    Survey close date: Please complete the survey before 5:00pm AEST Monday 17 December 2018.

    Previous survey results: Past Business Conditions Survey results can be found on the NSW Business Chamber website. 

    For further information please contact Laurence Redaelli, Policy Analyst on (02) 9458 7913

    Share - Please forward this email to your colleagues and business associates so they can also make their opinions count.

    Privacy - Responses will be reported in aggregate and no contact details will be made available to any third party, although we may contact respondents that agree to be contacted for media responses. Terms and Conditions are included below.

    Terms and Conditions: The prizes consist of one major prize (1 X Apple iPad Wi-Fi 32GB model valued at $469) and three runner-up prizes (3 X $50 eftpos gift cards). Instructions relating to gift card activation will be provided to the winner. There is no extra cost in claiming the prize. The prize is not transferable. The prize is not redeemable for cash. The participant must be over 18 to be eligible. The draw is limited to one entry per client. Closing date for receipt of entries is 5:00 pm AEST Monday 17 December 2018. The judge's decision is final. The winners will be drawn on Monday 14 January 2019, at 4:00pm at NSW Business Chamber's premises on Level 15, 140 Arthur Street, North Sydney NSW 2060. The winners will be notified by NSW Business Chamber by email. The winner’s names will be published on www.nswbusinesschamber.com.au. The prizes must be claimed by Monday 21 January 2019. If the prizes are not claimed, a second chance draw will be drawn on Tuesday 22 January 2019 at 4:00pm. The prize is offered by NSW Business Chamber, 140 Arthur Street, North Sydney NSW 2060.

     
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  • 03 Dec 2018 2:14 PM | Lisa McPherson (Administrator)

    It is time to mark the calendar and invite family and friends for an evening of entertainment at the annual Wauchope community Christmas in Bain Park presented by Holiday Coast Credit Union.

    The event will be held on Saturday December 15 from 5pm at Bain Park in Wauchope.

    Wauchope Chamber of Commerce and Industry are delighted to host the event, now in its eighth year. The evening offers local talent, the Sing Australia Choir and a visit from Santa, Prime Possum and Kenny Koala on stage along with children’s activities, food and market stalls.

    There is plenty to do with the Party Professional jumping castles, Sand Wizard stall, win a ham at the Apex Tombola, find the perfect gift at one of the market stalls, enjoy a bite to eat from one of the food stalls or local eateries and much more.

    “This iconic homegrown event is a wonderful Wauchope Christmas tradition and brings together people of all ages and backgrounds to share in the magic of Christmas,” said Chamber president Gary Rainbow.

    “Major sponsor, Holiday Coast Credit Union and other local business generously support the event with both financial and in-kind contributions.”

    Neville Parsons, CEO of Holiday Coast Credit Union, welcomes the opportunity to give back to the community.

    “Holiday Coast is proud to continue to be the major sponsor of the Wauchope Christmas in Bain Park festivities and in so doing give back to the community that gave all of us our own local financial institution back in 1967,” he said.

    “Holiday Coast is proud to continue to make a difference in the financial well-being of our members and this community. As a proud Wauchopian and as CEO, I am delighted to be able to give back to the community through the community asset being Holiday Coast Credit Union.

    “From all at Holiday Coast best wishes for a very happy and safe Christmas 2018,” added Neville Parsons.

    Port Macquarie Hastings Council Christmas Grants announced last week included funding for the Wauchope Christmas celebrations which are well received by the organizing committee.

    “Council Christmas funding is essential to the event to cover the basis event costs. With ongoing support from local business, we aim to add a little magic each year. Last year we decorated and lit a tree in Bain Park – Wauchope’s first Town Christmas Tree,” said Mr Rainbow.

    “It was a great addition to the Christmas lights trail. This year we are working to do this again and lights on the figs in Hastings Street also. “

    “We invite visitors and residents to come together and enjoy a Wauchope Christmas and hope to bring a little magic to the town over the festive season,” he added.

    https://www.wauchopegazette.com.au/story/5790681/the-magic-of-christmas-is-coming-to-wauchope/?cs=1545


  • 03 Dec 2018 8:26 AM | Lisa McPherson (Administrator)
    It is with great appreciation the Wauchope Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc has accepted a Community grant from Port Macquarie - Hastings Council for the Wauchope and Hinterland Community Christmas in Bain Park which will be held on Saturday 15th December 2018 from 5pm.
    2018 marks the 8th year of this annual community event and each year has seen increased participation by locals and visitors alike. The grant goes a long way to assist with the event basics including the stage, sound and lighting, activities, promotion, signage and more.

    The Wauchope and Hinterland Community Christmas in Bain Park is inviting  entertainers, community groups, schools and stall enquiries. More information can be found on the Chamber website here.

    Bring the family, friends, a rug or chair and enjoy a night out celebrating the festive Spirit with your fellow community members. Everyone is welcome and the event is very child friendly! 

    Be sure to click you are 'going' on the Facebook  Event Page to receive updates.

     Image: Mayor Peta Pinson and Chamber Treasurer Ann Pereira

  • 10 Nov 2018 3:10 PM | Lisa McPherson (Administrator)

    The new Wauchope Service NSW Centre is opening at 9am on Friday 30 November 2018 and will be located at Shop 6, 243 High Street Wauchope.

    The new centre will replace the existing Wauchope Motor Registry and provide access to over 1,000 different transactions including rego and driver licence renewals, Housing NSW payments, Fair Trading licences, Seniors Card applications, birth certificate applications and many more.

    The current motor registry will close at 4pm on Thursday 29 November 2018.

    In the meantime, you can complete many transactions online at www.service.nsw.gov.au or via the Service NSW app.

    Opening hours for the new Service Centre are 9am – 4pm Monday to Friday.



  • 01 Nov 2018 2:24 PM | Lisa McPherson (Administrator)

    Port Macquarie-Hastings Council

    business confidence survey outcomes

    Great Signs for Local Economy as Businesses Remain Confident  

    Outcomes from the 2018 Port Macquarie-Hastings annual Business Confidence Survey are now available. This year over 430 businesses from a wide range of industry sectors participated.

    Results indicate that local businesses remain confident and optimistic about their future profitability, and expect growth to continue over the coming year despite an easing of business conditions.  

    Measuring business confidence helps Council gauge the overall condition of the local economy and helps Council plan for a vibrant economy. Your participation lets us know what’s important to you and your business, and how confident you are feeling about the future.

    Council would like to thank local businesses for their participation in the survey.

    For further information please contact economic@pmhc.nsw.gov.au

    Read Summary Report

    Great Signs for Local Economy

    Confident businesses and a reduction in the unemployment rate spell great signs for the growth of our local economy. Recent figures released by the Department of Jobs and Small Business also show a reduction in unemployment locally, with the June 2018 quarter reported at 3.7%, down from 6% in 2016.

    Council Director Jeffery Sharp said that investment in infrastructure, housing and the expansion of local industry in the region had contributed to this positive outlook.

    “Our local economy continues to experience unprecedented growth and investment, with jobs growth expected to increase in the areas of construction, education and training, health care and social assistance.” Mr Sharp said.

    For more information on your local economy please read the media release.

    Read Media Release

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    Business Portal  - an initiative of The Business Hub to create a great Facebook space for local businesses to connect, share, promote & network.

    What We're Up To - An overview of Council’s infrastructure maintenance and construction projects that are in progress, have been delivered or are in the planning stages.

    Council business - Port Macquarie-Hastings Council resource for business support and advice.

    Port Macquarie destination website - a great resource for Things to See and Do in our local region.

  • 20 Jul 2018 10:00 AM | Lisa McPherson (Administrator)


    The 2018 Port Macquarie-Hastings Skills Audit Summary Report is now available. The audit assesses the region's current and future skills needs.

    The project was enabled by a co-funded grant arrangement between Port Macquarie-Hastings Council and the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development under the Building Better Regions Fund – Infrastructure Project/Community Investment scheme.

    A high level of stakeholder engagement was undertaken to gain an insight into current skills gaps and future trends.

    The Skills Audit provides valuable data and information for business, industry, education and government sectors while assisting workers of the future to align their skills with growth sectors.

    Please follow the link below to view the Summary Report.

    CLICK HERE FOR SUMMARY REPORT

    Council would like to acknowledge and thank industry and business representatives who contributed to the project.

    For further information or a copy of the full report please email: economic@pmhc.nsw.gov.au.

  • 19 Jul 2018 12:00 PM | Lisa McPherson (Administrator)

    (NSW Business Chamber Media Release)

    Latest jobs data out today highlights the strong performance of the NSW economy and reinforces the state’s standing as Australia’s number one performing economy, according to the state’s peak business organisation, the NSW Business Chamber.

    The NSW economy recorded strong job gains with more than 27,000 new positions created in June, according to data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. This brings the total to 150,434 jobs created over the year with NSW accounting for 44 per cent of the 339,000 jobs created nationally.

    “That’s almost 1,000 new jobs created each day last month, a consequence of booming construction activity and a positive economic plan encouraging business growth across the state,” said Mid North Coast NSW Business Chamber Regional Manager, Kellon Beard.

    The ABS figures confirm unemployment in NSW fell to 4.7 per cent.

    “These figures show businesses want to invest, and that they are upbeat about the future and the broader economic outlook. Going forward, the lift in the payroll tax threshold will provide even more support to smaller businesses looking to hire,” said Mr Beard.

    The NSW economy is transitioning from the residential construction boom and the focus for Government now needs to be on the next wave of public and economic infrastructure.

    “It’s very important that regional NSW shares in the economic benefits of the state. That is why we need to see the proceeds from the sale of the Snowy Hydro invested as soon as possible as this will ensure that NSW stays Number 1.”

    The Snowy Hydro Fund should deliver long term economic development for regional NSW and provide essential infrastructure to help address issues such as drought mitigation and improved transport connectivity”.

    “To keep NSW as the number one performing state in Australia we need a concerted effort to reduce operating costs for business, deliver critical skills training, (particularly for young job seekers) and fast track the delivery of infrastructure that will provide long term economic and community benefit,” said Mr Beard.

  • 19 Jun 2018 10:17 AM | Lisa McPherson (Administrator)

    The Mid North Coast NSW Business Chamber believes the State Budget will be positively received by the business community across the Region as it provides both tax relief and invests in infrastructure and skills for the future. 

    “This is a Budget which provides some welcome relief for small business in the form of an increased payroll tax threshold and builds future capacity through record investment in infrastructure and skills,” said Mid North Coast NSW Business Chamber Regional Manager, Kellon Beard. 

    “Importantly, the budget recognises the need for fiscal responsibility with an average surplus of $1.6 billion per year projected over the forward estimates, despite revenue from stamp duty being lower than expected over the coming years,” Mr Beard said. 

    “The NSW Business Chamber actively supported the proposal to lease the state’s electricity assets to drive investment in much needed infrastructure, and provide financial security for years to come. That has come to fruition. 

    “The NSW Business Chamber has long cautioned that stamp duty revenue was providing somewhat of a false picture of the strength of the State’s finances, however this is a Budget that recognises the role the business community, particularly small business plays in getting the economy firing. 

    “The previously revealed extension of the payroll tax threshold to $1 million over the next four years has been celebrated by businesses of all sizes.  Already a number of businesses have commented they will be taking on more staff on account of not being slugged with payroll tax or associated administrative expense. 

    “The NSW Business Chamber made an increase in the payroll tax threshold the central plank of advocacy efforts and we are pleased the Government have listened to the needs of small business. 

    “More than $35 million has been set aside to extend the Easy to Do Business program, a concept enthusiastically championed by the NSW Business Chamber during its trial stages when it assisted restaurants and cafes – its extension to the housing construction sector will make it easier for new players to set up operations.  

    “One of the growing challenges for businesses in NSW, particularly regional businesses is in the ability to attract and retain skilled staff, to do the jobs now and into the future.  

    “The Government is looking to close the gap on the skills shortage through the provision of 100,000 free apprenticeships, and a mandate that new Government infrastructure projects must have a workforce of at least 20% apprentices.

    “Regional NSW will also see an additional $4.15 billion from the sale of Snowy Hydro. The Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund will provide funding for regional infrastructure across regional and rural NSW. 

    “This Budget focuses on making Sydney and regional centres better connected through increased spending on major transport systems, which has been a long frustration for business and regional communities. 

    The Budget confirms $87.2 billion in infrastructure investment across a number of significant projects including:

    • $2.4 billion Sydney Metro Northwest
    • $1.9 billion Sydney Metro City and Southwest
    • $1.8 billion to continue delivery of WestConnex
    • $1.2 billion to continue Pacific Highway upgrade
    • $880 million investment in technology to improve rail network performance
    • $600 million for road safety infrastructure upgrades

    “With an election in NSW now just nine months away, the Government has made its pitch through this Budget on the back of solid economic management being able to provide opportunities to support business growth, investment and job creation.  However it’s vital that regional NSW is not left behind, and we expect to see activity on the ground in the coming months,” Mr Beard said.

  • 18 Jun 2018 10:33 AM | Lisa McPherson (Administrator)

    Making apprenticeships more accessible and affordable will ensure NSW builds capacity and with it the workforce of the future, according to the State’s peak business organisation, the NSW Business Chamber.

    The Premier has announced that the State Budget will feature a package that provides for a very large number of free apprenticeships over the next four years across a range of skill specifications.

    “This is an important announcement – not just for those looking at starting an apprenticeship, but for business owners across the State who are keen to take on more staff,” said Kellon Beard Regional Manager, Mid North Coast NSW Business Chamber.

    “From July, apprentices can undertake their training free of charge, and there’s no requirement for them to have to fork out for an upfront fee, nor for their employer to reimburse them for their studies,” Mr Beard said.

    “The Government has made it as easy as possible for students to take up this offer, it won’t be limited simply to TAFE, but also offered through other Registered Training Organisations (RTO’s).

    “NSW is in the middle of an unprecedented infrastructure boom, but sadly there are gaps between the skills our young people possess and those needed to take on these jobs.

    “This skills gap is especially prevalent in regional NSW where our quarterly Business Conditions Surveys tell us that the number two issue for business owners behind rising energy costs is the inability to find workers with the skills needed for the vacant jobs that they have.

    “Given apprenticeships have a higher employment success rate than university degrees, this is further good news for apprentices entering the workforce, with trades leading the top 10 occupations in demand for our future workforce.

    “Getting young Australians into an apprenticeship and building a quality workforce is fundamental to future economic and social prosperity, and a mission that the business community in NSW will support to help close the skills shortage gap,” Mr Beard said.

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