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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - MACROC President Encourages Macarthur Businesses to Have Their Say!

MEDIA RELEASE - MACROC President Encourages Macarthur Businesses to Have Their Say!

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News Item - Submission to the Western Sydney Rail Needs Scoping Study October 2016

Submission to the Western Sydney Rail Needs Scoping Study October 2016

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News Item - Macarthur Region Economic Key Findings Report 2014/2015

Macarthur Region Economic Key Findings Report 2014/2015

The report examines the economic characteristics and workplace role
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News Item - Submission on the NSW Container Deposit Scheme: Regulatory Framework Discussion Paper

Submission on the NSW Container Deposit Scheme: Regulatory Framework Discussion Paper

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News Item - Submission on the NSW Container Deposit Scheme: Discussion Paper

Submission on the NSW Container Deposit Scheme: Discussion Paper

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News Item - Submission on the Western Sydney Airport Draft Environmental Impact Statement

Submission on the Western Sydney Airport Draft Environmental Impact Statement

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - Macarthur Businesses Best in State

MEDIA RELEASE - Macarthur Businesses Best in State

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News Item - Submission to the Australian Electoral Commission on the Proposed Boundary Redistribution of the Macarthur Electorate

Submission to the Australian Electoral Commission on the Proposed Boundary Redistribution of the Macarthur Electorate

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - The Hon. Julie Bishop to Speak at MACROC Business Breakfast

MEDIA RELEASE - The Hon. Julie Bishop to Speak at MACROC Business Breakfast

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News Item - Release of RDA Sydney Metropolitan Region Economic Baseline Assessment - Update.  August 2015

Release of RDA Sydney Metropolitan Region Economic Baseline Assessment - Update. August 2015

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - Macarthur Regional Economic Report 2013/14

MEDIA RELEASE - Macarthur Regional Economic Report 2013/14

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News Item - Macarthur Region. Economic Key Findings Report 2013/14

Macarthur Region. Economic Key Findings Report 2013/14

The report examines the economic characteristics and workplace role
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News Item - The Macarthur Regional Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy

The Macarthur Regional Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - Macarthur Businesses Have Their Say!

MEDIA RELEASE - Macarthur Businesses Have Their Say!

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - Marina Go and Wests Tigers

MEDIA RELEASE - Marina Go and Wests Tigers

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News Item - MACROC 2014 Survey of Businesses in Camden, Campbelltown and Wollondilly

MACROC 2014 Survey of Businesses in Camden, Campbelltown and Wollondilly

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - New MACROC President Appointed

MEDIA RELEASE - New MACROC President Appointed

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - Macarthur Councils Committed to Collaboration

MEDIA RELEASE - Macarthur Councils Committed to Collaboration

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News Item - Macarthur Region (MACROC) economy.id Report, June 2014

Macarthur Region (MACROC) economy.id Report, June 2014

The report examines the key economic characteristics and workforce role and function of the Macathur region.

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News Item - Report of the Macarthur Regional Collaboration and Regional Resource Sharing Task Force

Report of the Macarthur Regional Collaboration and Regional Resource Sharing Task Force

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - Greater Western Sydney GIANTS at Breakfast

MEDIA RELEASE - Greater Western Sydney GIANTS at Breakfast

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - MACROC President Encourages Macarthur Businesses to Have Their Say!

MEDIA RELEASE - MACROC President Encourages Macarthur Businesses to Have Their Say!

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News Item - Submission to the South West Rail Link Extension Public Transport Corridor Protection

Submission to the South West Rail Link Extension Public Transport Corridor Protection

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News Item - Submission to the NSW Dept of Local Government on the Independent Local Government Review Panel's report 'Revitalising Local Government'

Submission to the NSW Dept of Local Government on the Independent Local Government Review Panel's report 'Revitalising Local Government'

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - Western Sydney: Football's Heartland

MEDIA RELEASE - Western Sydney: Football's Heartland

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News Item - Release of RDA Sydney Metropolitan Region Economic Baseline July 2013

Release of RDA Sydney Metropolitan Region Economic Baseline July 2013

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News Item - Submission on Draft Structure Plan for the Broader Western Sydney Employment Area

Submission on Draft Structure Plan for the Broader Western Sydney Employment Area

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News Item - Submission to the Independent Local Government Review Panel on the Future Directions for NSW Local Government Discussion Paper

Submission to the Independent Local Government Review Panel on the Future Directions for NSW Local Government Discussion Paper

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News Item - Submission to a New Planning System for NSW. White Paper

Submission to a New Planning System for NSW. White Paper

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News Item - Submission on Draft Metropolitan Strategy to Sydney to 2031

Submission on Draft Metropolitan Strategy to Sydney to 2031

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News Item - Release of Australian Jobs Publication for 2013

Release of Australian Jobs Publication for 2013

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News Item - Submission on the Draft NSW Freight and Ports Strategy

Submission on the Draft NSW Freight and Ports Strategy

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - New Leadership for MACROC

MEDIA RELEASE - New Leadership for MACROC

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - Great Future for Development in South West

MEDIA RELEASE - Great Future for Development in South West

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News Item - Submission to the NSW Planning Review Green Paper. A New Planning System for NSW

Submission to the NSW Planning Review Green Paper. A New Planning System for NSW

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News Item - Submission to the Draft NSW Long Term Transport Master Plan, October 2012

Submission to the Draft NSW Long Term Transport Master Plan, October 2012

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News Item - Submission to Strengthening Your Community Consultation Paper, September 2012

Submission to Strengthening Your Community Consultation Paper, September 2012

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - MACROC Businesses Discover the Bet of a Healthy Heart

MEDIA RELEASE - MACROC Businesses Discover the Bet of a Healthy Heart

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News Item - Submission on Sydney Over the Next 20 Years: A Discussion Paper

Submission on Sydney Over the Next 20 Years: A Discussion Paper

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News Item - Submission to the NSW Long Term Transport Master Plan Discussion Paper. February 2012

Submission to the NSW Long Term Transport Master Plan Discussion Paper. February 2012

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News Item - Submission to the Planning Review Panel

Submission to the Planning Review Panel

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News Item - Submission on the Destination 2036 Outcomes Report and Draft Action Plan

Submission on the Destination 2036 Outcomes Report and Draft Action Plan

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - A Behind the Scenes Look at Sydney's Newest Town

MEDIA RELEASE - A Behind the Scenes Look at Sydney's Newest Town

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - MACROC to Host Asbestos Information Evening 14 September

MEDIA RELEASE - MACROC to Host Asbestos Information Evening 14 September

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - Trainworks Opens Its Doors for MACROC Business Breakfast

MEDIA RELEASE - Trainworks Opens Its Doors for MACROC Business Breakfast

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - MACROC Business Breakfast at Harrington Grove

MEDIA RELEASE - MACROC Business Breakfast at Harrington Grove

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - Asbestos Information Evening Postponed

MEDIA RELEASE - Asbestos Information Evening Postponed

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News Item - Submission to Maldon Dombarton Rail Line Feasibility Study December 2010

Submission to Maldon Dombarton Rail Line Feasibility Study December 2010

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - New Leadership for MACROC

MEDIA RELEASE - New Leadership for MACROC

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - AFL Chief Demetriou Comes to Macarthur

MEDIA RELEASE - AFL Chief Demetriou Comes to Macarthur

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - Macarthur Sustainable Business Award 2010

MEDIA RELEASE - Macarthur Sustainable Business Award 2010

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - Macarthur Celebrates Regional Excellence

MEDIA RELEASE - Macarthur Celebrates Regional Excellence

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - John Brodgen to Speak at MACROC Breakfast

MEDIA RELEASE - John Brodgen to Speak at MACROC Breakfast

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - Macarthur Honours Local Entrepreneurs

MEDIA RELEASE - Macarthur Honours Local Entrepreneurs

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - The Macarthur Sustainable Business Award: Enter Your Business Now

MEDIA RELEASE - The Macarthur Sustainable Business Award: Enter Your Business Now

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - Macarthur Jobs Expo a Great Success

MEDIA RELEASE - Macarthur Jobs Expo a Great Success

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - Business Leaders in the Region to Benefit from Insights of Aussie Founder, Mr John Symond

MEDIA RELEASE - Business Leaders in the Region to Benefit from Insights of Aussie Founder, Mr John Symond

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News Item - Submission to the Metropolitan Transport Plan: Connecting the City of Cities

Submission to the Metropolitan Transport Plan: Connecting the City of Cities

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News Item - Submission to the Metropolitan Strategy Review Discussion Paper Sydney Towards 2036

Submission to the Metropolitan Strategy Review Discussion Paper Sydney Towards 2036

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - MACROC Launches Jobs and Training Expo

MEDIA RELEASE - MACROC Launches Jobs and Training Expo

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - Macarthur's Economy Remains Resilient

MEDIA RELEASE - Macarthur's Economy Remains Resilient

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News Item - Macarthur Economic Profile - April 2010

Macarthur Economic Profile - April 2010

a) The number and value of dwelling approvals rose by 6.1 per cent and 3.3 per cent in the December 2009 quarter.

b) The number of people employed in the December quarter rose by 1.2 per cent to 119,588.

c) The rate of unemployment fell by 0.1 percentage point to 7.8 per cent in the December 2009 quarter

d) Median house prices in the September 2009 quarter grew in the Macarthur region in the order of 0.7 per cent to 5.5 per cent.

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - Kevin Sheedy AM the Head Coach of the new Greater Western Sydney AFL Team comes to breakfast

MEDIA RELEASE - Kevin Sheedy AM the Head Coach of the new Greater Western Sydney AFL Team comes to breakfast

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - Businesses Achieve Symmetry Bronze for Sustainability

MEDIA RELEASE - Businesses Achieve Symmetry Bronze for Sustainability

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - Macarthur's Economy Remains Resilient

MEDIA RELEASE - Macarthur's Economy Remains Resilient

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - STD Telephone Calls Charges for Macarthur Must Go

MEDIA RELEASE - STD Telephone Calls Charges for Macarthur Must Go

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News Item - Macarthur Economic Profile - October 2009

Macarthur Economic Profile - October 2009

a) The number of building approvals for new houses rose by 10.7% in the June 2009 Quarter.

b) Median rentals on 3 bedroom houses in Macarthur increased by over 8% in the March 2009 Quarter.

c) The unemployment rate for Macarthur rose by 0.6 percentage points to 5.9% during the December Quarter 2008.

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - South West Prepares for Growth

MEDIA RELEASE - South West Prepares for Growth

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - Credit Squeeze Hampers Business Growth in Macarthur

MEDIA RELEASE - Credit Squeeze Hampers Business Growth in Macarthur

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - Business Leaders Meet to Discuss Economic Development

MEDIA RELEASE - Business Leaders Meet to Discuss Economic Development

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - How our Ageing Population will Change the Face of Health Care Provision

MEDIA RELEASE - How our Ageing Population will Change the Face of Health Care Provision

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - South West Looking to the Future

MEDIA RELEASE - South West Looking to the Future

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - CEO BREAKFAST TO FOCUS ON AGEING

MEDIA RELEASE - CEO BREAKFAST TO FOCUS ON AGEING

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - Macarthur Business Survey Launched

MEDIA RELEASE - Macarthur Business Survey Launched

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - Businesses Achieve Symmetry Bronze in Sustainability

MEDIA RELEASE - Businesses Achieve Symmetry Bronze in Sustainability

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - Retailing and Housing to Drive Macarthur's Economic Recovery

MEDIA RELEASE - Retailing and Housing to Drive Macarthur's Economic Recovery

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - MACROC CEO Breakfast Forum April 2009

MEDIA RELEASE - MACROC CEO Breakfast Forum April 2009

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - Step in the Right Direction for Local Government and Local Communities

MEDIA RELEASE - Step in the Right Direction for Local Government and Local Communities

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News Item -  Macarthur Economic Profile - March 2009

Macarthur Economic Profile - March 2009

a) The number of building approvals increased by 1.7% to 177 in the December Quarter, although on a year on year basis it declined by 18.3%.

b) The median house prices in Campbelltown and Wollondilly increased by 1.0% and 13.9% respectively, whilst Camden median house prices decreased by 2.0% in the 2008 September Quarter.

c) The unemployment rate for Macarthur rose by 0.5 percentage points to 5.4% during the quarter to September 2008.

d) Productivity in the Macarthur region (measured by value added per hour worked) rose by 7.8% in 2007/08 to reach $223.42 per hour.

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - South West Sydney Wants its Fair Share of Jobs!

MEDIA RELEASE - South West Sydney Wants its Fair Share of Jobs!

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - John Fahey Talks of Fair Play

MEDIA RELEASE - John Fahey Talks of Fair Play

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - Macarthur's Economy Remains Resilient

MEDIA RELEASE - Macarthur's Economy Remains Resilient

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - The Head of the World Anti-Doping Agency Comes to Breakfast

MEDIA RELEASE - The Head of the World Anti-Doping Agency Comes to Breakfast

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - Local Small Businesses Achieve Symmetry Bronze for Sustainability

MEDIA RELEASE - Local Small Businesses Achieve Symmetry Bronze for Sustainability

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - President Welcomes Federal Government Grants

MEDIA RELEASE - President Welcomes Federal Government Grants

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - New Leadership for MACROC

MEDIA RELEASE - New Leadership for MACROC

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - Businesses Achieve Symmetry Bronze for Sustainability

MEDIA RELEASE - Businesses Achieve Symmetry Bronze for Sustainability

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News Item - Submission to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal on a Revenue Framework for Local Government

Submission to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal on a Revenue Framework for Local Government

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - Racing Cars Spark Interest in Manufacturing and Engineering

MEDIA RELEASE - Racing Cars Spark Interest in Manufacturing and Engineering

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News Item - Macarthur Economic Profile - August 2008

Macarthur Economic Profile - August 2008

a) The value of non-residential building approvals in the Macarthur Region increased 132.0% to $68.7 million in the June Quarter to 2008.

b) The median house prices in Camden remained unchanged, whilst Campbelltown experienced negative growth of 0.3% and Wollondilly increased quarterly by 5.3% in the 2008 March Quarter.

c) The unemployment rate for Macarthur fell by 0.7 percentage points to 5.2% during the quarter to March 2008.

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - Macarthur's Economy Remains Resilient

MEDIA RELEASE - Macarthur's Economy Remains Resilient

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - A Glittering Evening as Macarthur Celebrates Regional Excellence

MEDIA RELEASE - A Glittering Evening as Macarthur Celebrates Regional Excellence

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - Olympic Heavyweight Rod McGeoch to help Macarthur Honour Local Entrepreneurs

MEDIA RELEASE - Olympic Heavyweight Rod McGeoch to help Macarthur Honour Local Entrepreneurs

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - Businesses Achieve Symmetry Bronze for Sustainability

MEDIA RELEASE - Businesses Achieve Symmetry Bronze for Sustainability

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News Item - Presentation to Camden Chamber of Commerce - 2 July 2008

Presentation to Camden Chamber of Commerce - 2 July 2008

At Camden Chamber of Commerce's monthly meeting on 2 July 2008, Imam Ali, MACROC Economic Development Manager made a presentation on current economic and business conditions and future prospects for Camden. The Camden and the rest of South West Sydney is well poised on a sharp economic growth trajectory over the next twenty five years, driven largely by anticipated growth of population. Read more....

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - Why World Class Companies Locate in Macarthur

MEDIA RELEASE - Why World Class Companies Locate in Macarthur

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - MACROC Congratulates Winners!  Macarthur companies succeed in 2008 Western Sydney Industry Awards

MEDIA RELEASE - MACROC Congratulates Winners! Macarthur companies succeed in 2008 Western Sydney Industry Awards

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - Unemployment Declines in Macarthur

MEDIA RELEASE - Unemployment Declines in Macarthur

MEDIA RELEASE - Unemployment Declines in Macarthur

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - Why Macarthur?  Two Business Leaders Talk about Strategic Advantage

MEDIA RELEASE - Why Macarthur? Two Business Leaders Talk about Strategic Advantage

Why Macarthur? Two Business Leaders talk about Strategic advantage.

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News Item - Macarthur Economic Profile - May 2008

Macarthur Economic Profile - May 2008

a) The value of non-residential building approvals in the Macarthur Region decreased 62.0% to $30.0 million in the March quarter to 2008 and by 50% over a 12 month period.

b) The median house prices in Camden increased quarterly by 0.7% in December 2007, whilst campbelltown and Wollondilly experiencd negative growth of 1.7% and 12.9% respectively.

c) The unemployment rate for Macarthur fell by 0.4 percentage points to 5.8% during the December quarter to 2007.

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - MACROC congratulates Macarthur companies for their success in 2008 Western Sydney Industry Awards

MEDIA RELEASE - MACROC congratulates Macarthur companies for their success in 2008 Western Sydney Industry Awards

Business leaders from across Western Sydney attended the 2008 Western Sydney Industry Awards Finalists' Presentation. Held at the Castle Grand, Castle Hill, the event was hosted by the Hon. Barbara Perry, MP, the Minister for Western Sydney and showcased the businesses from across Western Sydney who are competing for this years highly prestigious Western Sydney Industry Awards.

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News Item - Macarthur Business Outlook

Macarthur Business Outlook

Imam Ali, MACROC Economic Development Manager, presented recently released economic and population data and outlined the regions growth prospects at the Campbelltown Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting on 16 April. The Macarthur region is expected to grow strongly over the next twenty five years because of expected increase in population and business investment. Hence employment is likely to grow as well. The emerging economic growth scenario presents a good opportunity for existing businesses to increase their sales and for new businesses to move to the region

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News Item - Submission to the NSW Department of Planning on the Draft South West Sydney Subregional Strategy

Submission to the NSW Department of Planning on the Draft South West Sydney Subregional Strategy

MACROC welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Draft South West Sydney Subregional Strategy.

MACROC Councils, Camden, Campbelltown and Wollondilly, as well as Liverpool City Council, recognise the importance of subregional planning within the State Government's overall vision for the future of Sydney's growth.

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - Macroc Employment Strategy To Provide Insight Into Employment Generating Potential Of Macarthur Region

MEDIA RELEASE - Macroc Employment Strategy To Provide Insight Into Employment Generating Potential Of Macarthur Region

MACROC's "South West Sydney Employment Strategy" will investigate the feasibility of creating 89,000 jobs in the South West Sydney region by 2031 as foreshadowed by the State Government. The study will also identify the types of industries that are likely to grow and locate to the region, the employment mix and policy instruments that will be required to achieve sustainable economic growth.

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - It's all about planning for the future, whether it's selling cars or winning footie games!

MEDIA RELEASE - It's all about planning for the future, whether it's selling cars or winning footie games!

The Ferguson Art Gallery, Camden Civic Centre, Camden, was the venue for an entertaining and informative meeting when MACROC President Rob Elliott “interviewed” guest speakers Paul Wakeling, Chairman, Paul Wakeling Motor Group and Steve Noyce, Chief Executive Officer, Wests Tigers. Cr Elliott asked them each about their business strategies, leadership styles and how they planned for the future success of their business.

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - Strong Growth Signs for Macarthur

MEDIA RELEASE - Strong Growth Signs for Macarthur

Recent economic data indicates a strong growth in business investment and a recovery in the housing market in the Macarthur Region.
The value of non-residential building approvals across the region reached $80.4 million in the December quarter, representing an 11% increase on the previous quarter and a 209.3% increase compared to the same period in 2006.

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - Symmetry Project Launched

MEDIA RELEASE - Symmetry Project Launched

Russell Edwards, AusIndustry State Manager for NSW, launched the Symmetry Sustainable Business Project on 20 February at Paul Wakeling Motors, Campbelltown. More than 80 people, predominantly from the business sector, attended the function.

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - Launch of Symmetry Project

MEDIA RELEASE - Launch of Symmetry Project

MACROC will launch Symmetry on 20 February at Paul Wakeling Motors showroom, Blaxland Road, Campbelltown. The Symmetry project is aimed at improving the environmental practices of small businesses employing less than 20 people, potentially enhancing their profits.

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News Item - Media Release - Investment remains strong in Macarthur

Media Release - Investment remains strong in Macarthur

The value of non-residential building approvals in the Macarthur region rose 247% over a year to reach $72.5 million in September Quarter 2007. Campbelltown contributed $34.4 million to the growth in the September, followed by Camden ($32.8 Million) and Wollondilly ($5.3 million).

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News Item - Macarthur Economic Profile - November 2007

Macarthur Economic Profile - November 2007

a) The value of non-residential building approvals in the Macarthur Region rose 247% over a year to reach $72.5 million in September Quarter 2007.

b) Median house prices in Camden and Campbelltown were static over a year to June quarter 2007, except for Wollondilly where prices rose 1.5%.

c) The unemployment rate for Macarthur fell by 0.2 per centage points to 6.8% during the June quarter 2007.

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News Item - Media Release - MACROC CEO Breakfast Forum 3

Media Release - MACROC CEO Breakfast Forum 3

Peter Ritchie the former Chairman of McDonalds Australia was the guest speaker at the MACROC CEO Breakfast Forum 3 held at the Catholic Club on 15 November 2007.

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News Item - Media Release - AusIndustry Grant to Lift Environmental Practices of Small Businesses

Media Release - AusIndustry Grant to Lift Environmental Practices of Small Businesses

MACROC through Cambelltown City Council has successfully obtained an AusIndustry grant of $322,080 inclusive of gst to train and mentor businesses in environmental best practices. This is an Australian Government funded initiative under the Building Entrepreneurship in Small Business program.

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News Item - Media Release - MACROC CEO Breakfast Forum 2007

Media Release - MACROC CEO Breakfast Forum 2007

Some 200 business leaders are expected to attend the third MACROC CEO Breakfast Forum to be held on 15 November at the Campbelltown Catholic Club, starting at 7.30 am and finishing 9.30 am.

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News Item - Make It In Macarthur Seminar 2007

Make It In Macarthur Seminar 2007

Presentations from the "Make It In Macarthur Seminar 2007" can be viewed online or downloaded.

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News Item - Media Release - Make It In Macarthur Seminar 2007

Media Release - Make It In Macarthur Seminar 2007

Approximately 85 people attended the Make It In Macarthur Investment Seminar held at the MLC Centre Martin Place Sydney on 18 October.

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News Item - Media Release - Three Champions join the 2007 Macarthur Business Hall of Fame

Media Release - Three Champions join the 2007 Macarthur Business Hall of Fame

Three leading entrepreneurs from the Macarthur business community were honoured on Thursday 13 September before an audience of over 200 people drawn from across the Macarthur Region.

Carlos Broens, Peter Donnelly and Ken Tagg were inducted into the 2007 Macarthur Business Hall of Fame and presented with a stunning glass trophy as a memento of the occasion. On a perfect September evening at Gledswood Homestead & Winery, the audience watched as an impressive visual display showcased the achievements of these three prominent Macarthur businessmen.

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - APEC Long Weekend: a Great Opportunity to Promote Macarthur

MEDIA RELEASE - APEC Long Weekend: a Great Opportunity to Promote Macarthur

Invite a Friend to Macarthur.

When the City closes down on Friday 7 September for the APEC Summit lots of Sydneysiders will be looking for something special to do on this long weekend!

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - Region’s Tourism Operators go behind the scenes

MEDIA RELEASE - Region’s Tourism Operators go behind the scenes

Macarthur Region tourism operators will have the opportunity to see behind the scenes at the latest addition to quality accommodation in the Region!

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - 2007 Macarthur Business Hall of Fame Gala Night to Honour Local Entrepreneurs

MEDIA RELEASE - 2007 Macarthur Business Hall of Fame Gala Night to Honour Local Entrepreneurs

The Macarthur Business Hall of Fame was established in 2006 by the Macarthur Regional Organisation of Councils (MACROC) to honour and recognise members of the business community who have made outstanding contributions to the Region.

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - Sustainable Macarthur – MACROC wins ESD Training!

MEDIA RELEASE - Sustainable Macarthur – MACROC wins ESD Training!

MACROC has "won" Intensive Sustainability Training for Macarthur Councils!

The Local Government and Shires Associations received funding from the NSW Government's Environment Trust to provide intensive ESD/Sustainability Training to a very few selected councils.

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News Item - Submission on the Oran Park and Turner Road  Precinct Plans

Submission on the Oran Park and Turner Road Precinct Plans

This submission focuses on issues arising from the Draft Precinct Planning Reports that will impact on current and future residents of the Macarthur region (the Macarthur Region includes the local government areas of Camden, Campbelltown and Wollondilly) as well as the Liverpool Local Government Area.

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News Item - Response by the Macarthur Region of Organisation of Councils to the final Report of the Inquiry into Health Impacts of Air Pollution in the Sydney Basin

Response by the Macarthur Region of Organisation of Councils to the final Report of the Inquiry into Health Impacts of Air Pollution in the Sydney Basin

MACROC has made a submission to the Legislative Council's Final Report on the Health Impacts of Air Pollution in the Sydney Basin. MACROC, on behalf of its Member Councils, supports all the recommendations made in the Report, however has made comments on a number of recommendations that have particular significance for the Macarthur region.

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - Investment remains strong in Macarthur

MEDIA RELEASE - Investment remains strong in Macarthur

The value of non-residential building approvals in the Macarthur region has risen consistently since September 2006, to reach $59.3 million in March Quarter 2007. Campbelltown contributed $45.6 million to the growth in the March quarter, followed by Camden ($12.9 Million) and Wollondilly ($0.8 million).

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - President Advocates Regional Status for Macarthur as a Tourist Destination

MEDIA RELEASE - President Advocates Regional Status for Macarthur as a Tourist Destination

MACROC President, Cr Rob Elliott, has told the Minister for Tourism that he believes that Macarthur is being disadvantaged because it is not promoted as a separate tourism region.

“The inclusion of the Macarthur region into the Sydney tourism zone significantly dilutes Macarthur’s standing as a tourism destination in its own right. With the improved road access from the Sydney CBD provided by the M5 and from the north of Sydney provided by the M7, the regional attractions of Macarthur are readily accessible to a state, national and international audience, “says Cr Elliott.

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - Macarthur Businesses of Excellence shine in Western Sydney Industry Awards

MEDIA RELEASE - Macarthur Businesses of Excellence shine in Western Sydney Industry Awards

Last Friday business leaders from across Western Sydney attended the 2007 Western Sydney Industry Awards Finalists’ Presentation.
Held at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre in Penrith, the event was hosted by the Hon. Diane Beamer, MP, the Minister for Western Sydney and showcased the businesses from across Western Sydney who are competing for this years highly prestigious Western Sydney Industry Awards.

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News Item - MEDIA RELEASE - Macarthur – A region of tourism delights

MEDIA RELEASE - Macarthur – A region of tourism delights

Tourism officers from Macarthur councils: Camden, Campbelltown and Wollondilly, together with the team at MACROC, are working towards a regional tourism strategy that will raise the profile of the region as a tourism destination.

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News Item - Media Release - Macarthur Business Leaders 'get out there'

Media Release - Macarthur Business Leaders 'get out there'

Business leaders in Macarthur will be networking and swapping ideas over breakfast on 12 June when they attend the second of three MACROC CEO Breakfast Forums planned for this year.

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News Item - Macarthur Economic Profile - May 2007

Macarthur Economic Profile - May 2007

There were an estimated 243,405 persons residing in the Macarthur Region in 2006, representing growth of 0.4% from 2005. Camden and Wollondilly recorded growth rates of 1.7% and 1.6%, respectively, while the larger population of Campbelltown declined by 0.3%. Over the past five years, the Macarthur Region has recorded an average annual population growth rate of 0.8%, consistent with the average growth rate for both Sydney and New South Wales of 0.8%.

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News Item - Media Release - New MACROC Executive Officer

Media Release - New MACROC Executive Officer

Macarthur Regional Organisation of Councils (MACROC) recently announced the appointment of Ms Christine Winning as its new Executive Officer.

Ms Winning's aim is to position Campbelltown, Camden and Wollondilly Councils as strong and strategic partners in a vibrant, growing region. She will be promoting the advantages of speaking with one voice on important issues that affect the entire Macarthur region.

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News Item - Media Release: Macarthur contributes $5.1 Billion to the State economy

Media Release: Macarthur contributes $5.1 Billion to the State economy

In 2005/06 Macarthur region's Gross Regional Product (GRP) totalled $5.1 billion, which was 1.8% of the NSW Gross State Product of $282.1 billion.

GRP, a key indicator of regional economic activity, is the total value of all final goods and services produced for money in the region, after deducting the cost of goods and services used in the process of production, but before depreciation.

Campbelltown remains the economic powerhouse of the region with its GRP estimated at $3 billion, followed by Wollondilly and Camden at close to a billion dollars each.

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News Item - Macarthur Regional Investment Summit

Macarthur Regional Investment Summit

The Macarthur Regional Investment Summit was held on 16 November 2006. The summit identified business opportunities in the region in the light of the proposed development of the South West Growth Centre. Major ongoing projects were also highlighted as was the state of the property market.

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News Item - Business Investments Buoy Up Sagging Demand

Business Investments Buoy Up Sagging Demand

The September 2006 issue of the Macarthur Economic Profile shows a deteriorating unemployment situation with the number of people unemployed rising by 8.2% in the June quarter, leading to an unemployment rate of 6.3% in Macarthur compared to the State and National jobless rates of 5.3% and 5.1% respectively.

Cr Phillip Costa, the MACROC President and Mayor of Wollondilly said that
"the value of non-residential construction rose 2% to $68.2 million in the June quarter which together with a rebound in house prices in the March quarter partially offset the weakness in residential construction and the labour market."

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News Item - Tourism in Macarthur Forum

Tourism in Macarthur Forum

MACROC held a tourism industry forum on 10 May at Camden Valley Inn attended by 50 participants. The future directions of the industry were canvassed and speakers talked about regional tourism planning, recent trends in tourism markets and marketing of the Macarthur region.

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News Item - Regional Planning - Metropolitan Strategy

Regional Planning - Metropolitan Strategy

MACROC has provided input to the development of the Metropolitan Strategy primarily through the coordination of responses of its member councils – Camden, Campbelltown and Wollondilly. It has participated in a number of workshops focussed on subregional land use and development issues including business centres and employment lands, residential development opportunities and transport. Liverpool City Council, a local government area significantly affected by the growth targets contained in the Metropolitan Strategy, has worked collaboratively with MACROC and its member councils in the subregional planning process.

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News Item - Make It In Macarthur Website

Make It In Macarthur Website

Macroc launches the Make it in Macarthur Website. This website is the main regional repository for information, including economic and commercial information to promote growth and expansion of business in Macarthur.

The branding initiative arose from the Economic Development Plan for Macarthur prepared from Federal Government funding under the Sustainable Regions Program. The Plan noted that positive perceptions are a major drawcard towards attracting new business and creating employment and wealth in the region. Hence, a marketing campaign entitled - 'Put Macarthur on the Map'- was recommended, along with a couple of other measures aimed at promoting new enterprises and supporting business capabilities.

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