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Here you’ll find details of business news in the Blacktown area. News that can assist your business find new leads, save money or bid for new contracts. With the latest company announcements, updates, sales offers, expansions and details of new businesses entering the region, as well as business planning and Greater Sydney Commission updates you’ll be kept in the know.

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  • 05 Jun 2018 9:59 PM | Livia Janovics (Administrator)

    GBBC is proud to support the Blacktown Business Awards.

    Risk Assist Australia and Sydney Electrical Contractors both members of the Chamber as well at Board Members are Finalists.

    We wish them all the best in the Awards.

  • 29 May 2018 10:05 PM | Livia Janovics (Administrator)

    The Annual budget launch for Blacktown City Council is on the 29th May 2018.


  • 11 May 2018 9:48 PM | Livia Janovics (Administrator)

    The Annual Charity Golf Day.  

    The Weather was perfect for a round of 18 holes at Stonecutters Ridge Golf Club.  Great support from local businesses supporting our two charities of choice - The Red Shield Appeal and Kids West Children's Charity.

    Thank you to McDonald's Mt Druitt as a Hole in One Sponsor; our Hole Sponsors and all our supporters.

  • 19 Feb 2016 9:58 PM | Anonymous

    We are on a quest to "GET HEALTHY AT WORK" and it all starts on Monday February 22nd with a walking challenge.  

    Those who were at February's Business After Five event had the chance to join a team on the spot, but for those who missed out, we invite you to share the information below to get as many people on track as we can. 

    Join a team today!  Help us walk our way to health and fitness and make GBBC the healthiest Chamber in Australia.  

    Prizes will be awarded to the team and individual that walks the furthest during the 4 week challenge.  


  • 20 Jan 2016 11:06 AM | Anonymous

    We are undoubtedly all guilty of slight overindulgence during the holiday season and now here we are…facing the latter half of January and grappling to rediscover our 9-to-5 mojo. Perhaps you have made a New Year’s resolution or two, is 2016 the year you get healthy or achieve business success?

    According to research, 64% of resolutions are maintained until the end of January.1 From there, it's a slippery slope - just 6% last 12 months. But don’t let that put you off, people who set a clear and attainable resolution are 10 times more likely to achieve them. Whether you already have your resolution or you’re a little late to the game there’s still 11 and a half months to go. That’s why there is no better time than now to start (or revisit) your health goals.

    Whether you’re setting a goal for your health or for your business follow these simple steps to increase your chance of success:

    1. Be clear and specific with what you would like to achieve – use a measurable outcome where possible so you can track your progress
    2. Have a game plan – outline what do you need to be successful and what will you actually do, take small steps
    3. Expect setbacks – don’t fail off the wagon just because you miss a day, accept there will be challenges and barriers, don’t use them as excuses, just re-evaluate your plan and keep going

    Our 2016 resolution is to be the healthiest business chamber. We’ll do this via this monthly blogs on health topics, supporting members with the Get Healthy @ Work program and an exciting member’s only health challenge. Stay tuned to learn more about our upcoming health challenge, here’s a clue – it will provide opportunity for all our members to get back on track with their health!  

     


    Source: (1) Auld Lang Syne: Success predictors, change processes, and self-reported outcomes of New Year’s resolvers and nonresolvers, by John C. Norcross, Marci S. Mrykalo, Matthew D. Blagys , University of Scranton. Journal of Clinical Psychology, Volume 58, Issue 4 (2002).


  • 04 Dec 2015 11:42 AM | Anonymous

    Well, it's official, we have entered the Christmas party season! Invitations to work Christmas parties, social gatherings and family affairs are well and truly filling up the diary. These functions can make it really difficult if you’re trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

    Christmas parties are a great way to unwind after a busy year and celebrate your business successes, but they are too often bulging with food high in fat, sugar and salt, and alcoholic drinks. It wouldn’t be too bad if we indulged in just one party, but the reality is we often attend several Christmas functions – our own workplace, our partner’s workplace, clients, family and friends, the list goes on.


    Here are a few tips to consider to avoid the Christmas kilo creep:

    • Don’t go to the party hungry. If you arrive starving, you’ll be likely to fill up on the high fat, high salt appetizers like chips, cheese, dips and spring rolls. Try a healthy snack before heading to your party, you’ll find lots of ideas here
    • On that note, if you find yourself without willpower in the presence of a good cheese platter position yourself away from it. By engaging in conversation on the other side of the room or even just keeping out of reach you’ll be far less likely to over indulge.
    • Limit your alcohol intake. Try having a non-alcoholic drink in between alcoholic drinks, for example soda water with fresh lime, diet soft drink or water with lemon. And avoid entering ‘rounds’ or ‘shouts’, you could end up drinking a lot more than you plan to.
    • If your Christmas party is ‘bring a plate’, make sure you prepare something healthy. That way you can be certain there is at least one dish you can fill up on. If you need some ideas check out these healthy recipes 
    • Resist the pre-dinner garlic bread or bread roll. Filling up on bread and butter before your dinner arrives adds a substantial amount of kilo-joules. Remember your meal is probably already higher in kilo-joules than you would normally eat due to the portion size, cooking methods, oil and sauces used in commercial cooking – not to mention dessert!
    • Speaking of dessert, share if you can! Most of the time we eat dessert for the taste of something sweet, not because we are hungry, so halve the kilo-joules by sharing.
    The bottom line is: choose your vice - your health will benefit by choosing to indulge in just one or two things and following the tips above, when you can.
  • 20 Nov 2015 4:34 PM | Anonymous

    The average Australian spends a third of their life at work – that’s potentially a lot of time slouched at a desk and a few too many 3 o’clock sugary energy hits. As chronic disease rates sky rocket in Australia it’s time we think seriously about how workplaces could help reduce diabetes, heart disease, obesity and some cancers, by promoting healthy lifestyles. There are many low cost and low effort solutions workplaces can implement to keep employees healthy.



    1. Make friends in high places

    Making changes to workplace environments and culture needs executive support. Speak to management about the benefits of being a healthy workplace – improved staff morale, increased staff retention, improved productivity and reduced sick leave. To help build your business case and calculate the ROI for your business check out this workplace health savings calculator http://www.gethealthyatwork.com.au/en/BusinessRegistration/Workplace-health-savings-calculator.aspx

    2. Be targeted

    Any change you make will be most effective if it addresses a need. The same can be said for being a successful business, you have to have a target and meet their needs. Look at your workforce, what are their needs? Are they inactive? Eating poorly? Smokers? Stressed?

    3. Start with a simple nudge

    Creating a healthy workplace isn’t about removing all the ‘bad’ things, it is about providing more opportunities for the ‘good’ things and a little nudge for people to make healthier decisions. A few simple things you could try are – moving printers and copiers further away from desks, provide healthy food at staff BBQs, introduce standing or walking meetings, or introduce a few healthy snacks in the vending machine.

    4. Walk the talk

    Once you’ve started with a few simple changes it’s time to be serious – what can your workplace do to help people make big lifestyle changes? Consider things like purchasing standing work stations, providing a lunchroom fruit bowl, or providing facilities to support people to ride push bikes to work and even out to work related meetings. Don’t forget just because it’s there doesn’t mean it will be used, you’ll need to promote these new initiatives to staff and encourage uptake, behaviour change takes time and education.

    5. Get support

    Sign up for Get Healthy @ Work – this is a completely free government funded workplace health program. Get Healthy @ Work gives businesses the opportunity to work with an accredited workplace health provider who can provide 15 minute health checks to employees and develop a simple action plan to address healthy eating, physical activity, healthy weight, active travel, smoking or harmful alcohol consumption. Sign up today at www.gethealthyatwork.com.au


  • 16 Oct 2015 4:05 PM | Anonymous

    As part of the 2015 Sister Cities Australia National Conference being hosted by Blacktown Council, interested companies and individuals are invited to attend a FREE, ‘Doing Business in Asia’ workshop. 

    Hear from leading industry and government experts about the latest trends, issues and opportunities relating to Australia’s largest, 2nd and 4th largest trading partners. 

    Learn about:

    - The current state of the Asian economies including key trends, growth industries and government policies in the key markets of China, Korea and Japan

    - Trade and investment relationship between Australia and Asia

    - Implications of recently-signed Free Trade Agreements

    - Approaches to marketing, promotion and distribution

    - Import and regulatory requirements

    - Potential opportunities and risks for Australian exporters and investors

    - Insights into Asian business cultures

    - Government assistance available.

    To read more click here


  • 16 Oct 2015 3:42 PM | Anonymous

    Steer your business to safety and prosperity with the Protect and Grow special event series.

    Proudly sponsored by Telstra Business Centres West Sydney, Davies Collison Cave and KPMG.

    With high calibre presenters this special event series has been designed to educate and entertain our audience.

    You will take away exclusive insights and techniques to grow your enterprise and protect its value. 

    Facilitator, Dr Jim Taggart is a respected business leader and Deputy Chairman of Regional Development Australia. Jim will bring his unique brand of business insights about networking and social capital.

    Each event is held over 4 hours from 8.30am to 12.30 pm with optional lunch and networking afterwards.

    Morning tea and lunch is provided.

    Attendees receive a comprehensive work book.

    For more details click here


  • 15 Oct 2015 11:06 AM | Anonymous

    This article is to update you on recent progress towards an airport for Western Sydney and provide information on the unique opportunities an airport offers.

    A new airport has the potential to boost Western Sydney’s economy and liveability, providing a growing region with the world-class transport and employment infrastructure it deserves.

    Please don’t hesitate to circulate this information within your organisation or to your members who may be interested in learning more about the proposed airport. Please email WSU@infrastructure.gov.au to add others to the distribution list.

    Yours sincerely,

    Western Sydney Unit

    Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development   

    tel: 1800 038 160 e: wsu@infrastructure.gov.au w: westernsydneyairport.gov.au

    Latest progress      

    Badgerys Creek officially declared an airport site

    On Wednesday 26 August, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss visited the site with Federal Member for Macarthur Russell Matheson to mark the declaration of the site.

    The declaration paves the way for key planning steps to be taken, including the determination of an airport plan for the airport, once the environmental assessment process concludes. It will also enable airspace around the site to be protected.

    For up to date information about how the airport is tracking please click on the links below: 

    ·        Winter community update

    ·        Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan report card

    ·        Next steps in identifying a developer and operator for the airport

    ·         Airports Act 1996 amendments

    So what next?

    A draft environmental impact statement (EIS) is being developed and is expected to be released later in 2015.

    The Australian Government is getting on with the job of planning for an airport for Western Sydney. The EIS is a key step in progress towards an airport for Western Sydney.

    Community and business groups will have the opportunity to comment on the draft EIS, which will consider the environmental, social and economic aspects of developing and operating the proposed airport, when it is released. This will be taken into account before the EIS is finalised.

    Better connections for a global city

    A Western Sydney airport will help support economic growth and investment opportunities in the Western Sydney and broader NSW economies by providing Sydney with a 24-hour airport.

    Curfew-free operation would better align Western Sydney businesses with key global trading partnersand sources of tourists visiting Australia, offering the region’s economy a competitive edge.

    Melbourne Airport accommodates an extra two million passengers a year thanks to its curfew-free status, adding around $590 million annually to the Victorian economy through visitor spending. Brisbane Airport also operates without a curfew.

    A Western Sydney airport would be a full-service airport, catering for all types of domestic and international passenger and freight aircraft. In its initial phase, starting in the mid-2020s, the Western Sydney airport will have a single runway of approximately 3.7 kilometres in length. This will accommodate all modern aircraft up to and including the Airbus A380.

    The Australian Government is planning an airport for Western Sydney that will grow over time to meet increasing demand. By around 2050, an airport could require a second, parallel runway. 

    An airport for the 21st century

    As the first greenfield airport development of its scale in Australia for decades, a Western Sydney airport will be designed to take account of how we will travel in the future. Whereas existing airports are frequently retrofitted to incorporate new technologies and meet changing user expectations, a new airport could harness design innovations to improve the speed, efficiency and ease of use of terminals for passengers and airlines alike.

    Transport for NSW is working with the Australian Government to identify a suitable passenger rail corridor for preservation in south west Sydney to serve a Western Sydney airport, the extended Western Sydney Employment Area and the South West Growth Centre. The Australian Government is future proofing for rail by planning for a rail corridor and station at the airport site.

    At present, only Australia’s largest (Sydney Kingsford Smith) and third-largest (Brisbane) airports have dedicated rail links.

    The Australian Government is taking a roads first approach to the proposed airport, with work already underway on projects under the $3.6 billion Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan

    More information is available from Transport for NSW at http://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/projects-swrl-extension-corridor-preservation

    Find out more

    westernsydneyairport.gov.au

    Western Sydney Unit on 1800 038 160

    wsu@infrastructure.gov.au


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