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MACROC Newsletter


Welcome to this edition of the MACROC Newsletter.

First MACROC CEO Breakfast Forum for 2010

MACROC will once again host three CEO Breakfast Forums in 2010, the first being in Camden on 27 April.  Details are currently being finalised with our guest speakers and invitations will be sent out shortly.

We hope that you find the Forums informative and that they provide you with opportunities to network and to make new business connections.  We look forward to seeing you in 2010.

If you are interested in being a Sponsor for one of the MACROC CEO Breakfast Forums please call Pamela at MACROC on 4645 4937.

And remember large, medium or sole proprietor businesses are all welcome at the Breakfast Forums! The Forums provide a great opportunity to network and exchange information.  

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                            Guests at the CEO Breakfast Forum                                The Hon Nick Greiner addressing 
                                                                                                                         the Campbelltown Forum 

The 2010 Macarthur Business Hall of Fame

Planning has commenced for the 2010 Macarthur Business Hall of Fame. 

The 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.

The Councils of Macarthur use the event as a way of publicly acknowledging the significant contribution that certain business people make to the success of this Region.

Previous inductees to the Macarthur Business Hall of Fame include: John Marsden; David Fuller; Peter Gilbert; Ken Tagg; Carlos Broens; Peter Donnelly; Steve Heraghty; Tony Perich and Bruno Lopreiato.

MACROC will be showcasing the achievements of three new inductees to the Macarthur Business Hall of Fame at a gala dinner on the evening of Wednesday 29 September, where in front of an audience drawn from across the Region, they will be inducted into the 2010 Macarthur Business Hall of Fame. 

The names of the new inductees for 2010 will not be revealed until the Gala Dinner.

Numbers are limited for this gala event, so book early. Tickets are $125 pp (plus GST) and can be purchased from MACROC on 4645 4937

The Macarthur Business Hall of Fame can be found at www.makeitinmacarthur.com


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                                      2007 Inductees                                                                  2008 Inductees

Inaugural Macarthur Sustainable Business Award

Sustainability is a very important contemporary issue.  MACROC, the Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living and the University of Western Sydney acknowledged this in 2008 when they signed a Memorandum of Understanding that committed these organisations to collaborate in order to foster sustainability in the Macarthur region.

The Board of MACROC considered that it was important to acknowledge the excellent work being done by business in the region and decided to create a Sustainable Business Award to acknowledge the excellent sustainable business practice of one Macarthur business. The triple bottom line approach will be adopted to assess the businesses entering the Award.  The successful business will not be judged on the traditional financial “bottom line” as a measure of their success, rather their performance would be measured against their social and environmental contributions and how well they reconcile environmental, social and economic demands, the three pillars of sustainability.

Apart from acknowledging the outstanding achievement of a Macarthur business in the area of sustainability it is hoped that the Award will raise the profile of sustainability with business leaders in the region. 

The Award will be formally launched later in the year.

The 2010 Macarthur Expo

The 2010 Macarthur Expo (formally known as the Macarthur Lifestyle & Business Expo) will be held at the Mount Annan Botanic Garden on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 of April. 

MACROC has participated in this event over the past three years to support positive economic development outcomes, including more business to business trade and consequentially more jobs and investment in the region.  MACROC has provided planning and event management support through participation in the Macarthur Expo Steering Committee.

MACROC will have a stand at the Expo, promoting the Macarthur region and the services of the individual MACROC Councils.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Expo you can call (02) 4629 7170 or go online at www.macarthurexpo.com.au .



  Macarthur BEC CEO and President Chanthivong at the 2009 Lifestyle and Business Expo

The University of Western Sydney Acquisitive Sculpture Award and Exhibition

This is the fourth year that the University of Western Sydney, Campbelltown Campus, is hosting the University of Western Sydney Acquisitive Sculpture Award and Exhibition and MACROC is keen to promote the Exhibition to the Macarthur community.

The Exhibition showcases major works by significant Australian artists and the beautiful University Campus at Campbelltown provides a wonderful setting to display large outdoor sculpture. A diverse range of sculpture has been selected for the Exhibition and features works that range from figurative pieces to abstract and kinetic works.

This year, for the first time, in the lead up to the launch of the Exhibition on 30 April, four sculptures that have previously been finalists of the Award will be on display in locations throughout Macarthur.

The Campbelltown Art's Centre will display Clara Hali's, "Coming to Water" (2008 finalist)

The Ingleburn Branch Library of Campbelltown Library Services will display Tim Wetherell's, "Transit of Venus" (2008 finalist)

The Narellan Branch of Camden Library Services will display Anita Larkin's, "Pod" (2006 finalist)

The Wollondilly Visitors Centre will display Cassandra Hard Lawrie's, "Origins" (2008 finalist)

Visit one or all of these locations, have a look and then take some time out and see the current selection on campus at University of Western Sydney Campbelltown.

The exhibition is open to the public from 30 April to 30 May and entry is free. There is a $6 charge for parking in the University grounds but on Mother’s Day parking is free.

More information about the Award and Exhibition can be found at http://virtualtours.uws.edu.au/sculptureaward .

The Exhibition is just one of many cultural events that take place in Macarthur. The Campbelltown Arts Centre in particular has a high profile arts program and details of what is coming up there can be found at www.campbelltown.nsw.gov.au .



Regional Governance Futures Workshop

MACROC, WSROC and Griffith University are co-hosting a one-day workshop on the future of regional governance and the implications for Western Sydney.  In Australia there has long been debate over whether the different roles undertaken by government are being fulfilled at the right level (national, state, regional, local) and whether each level of government has the right capabilities and resources to achieve the tasks allocated to it.

This workshop invites participants to share thoughts and experience on the strengths and weaknesses of the current system and discuss opportunities for reform.

If you are interested in attending this workshop being held at Penrith City Council on Tuesday 6 April you can email rsvp@goodingdavies.com.au .  

Business Information: Smallbiz Website 

Many of you will already be aware of the State Government’s Smallbiz Website launched five months ago but for those who aren’t, the site is designed to provide access to top quality information, support and training for the estimated 678,000 small and medium enterprises in NSW.

One feature of the site is the Small Business Tool Kit which provides business owners with audio and video presentations, checklists, and real-life case studies giving tips and solutions for managing everyday issues such as cash flow and marketing.

If you haven’t already, have a look at www.smallbiz.nsw.gov.au .

Business Assistance: Small Business Micro-Credit Scheme Expands

The NSW Government has expanded the Small Business Micro-Credit Program to cover six rather than the original two regions.  The Macarthur and Hunter regions were the first two areas under the program which will now include Wagga Wagga, Orange, the Central Coast and Parramatta.

The program is designed for entrepreneurs with low income and little or no security to gain access to affordable business capital up to $20,000.  The National Australia Bank partners the program and has committed more that $100 million in credit to expand the program.

Businesses eligible for loans will receive in-kind support from the Government to the value of $1,200 which will be matched by the NAB.  This means that eligible businesses can receive $2,400 in assistance, on top of their loan to help develop business skills and grow their business.

For more information on the Scheme you can contact the Macarthur Business Enterprise Centre on 02 4647 5481 or go to www.macarthurbec.com.au .

Macarthur Economic Profile September/December 2009

The Labour Market:

The estimated number of people unemployed in Macarthur in the September 2009 quarter was estimated at 10,140, or 7.9% of the workforce. All the local government areas recorded a worsening of the unemployment caused mainly by the effects of the economic slowdown.




The Macarthur Property Market:

Median Weekly Rents, December Qtr 2009*


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The demand for rental property was strong in Campbelltown and Camden in comparison to the Sydney region, as reflected by the growth in median rents for three-bedroom houses and two-bedroom flats/units.

Median house prices in Macarthur showed strong gains in the September 2009 quarter in comparison to the Sydney region. The median price was $420,000 in Camden, $401,000 in Wollondilly and $317,000 in Campbelltown. With the exception of Wollondilly, where median house prices fell on a year-on-year comparison, the rest of Macarthur recorded a robust growth when compared to the Sydney region.


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MACROC Dates for 2010

MACROC CEO Breakfast Forum Tuesday 27 April 2010
MACROC CEO Breakfast Forum Tuesday 10 August 2010
2010 Macarthur Business Hall of Fame Wednesday 29 September 2010
MACROC CEO Breakfast Forum Tuesday 23 November 2010







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