Welcome to this edition of the MACROC Newsletter.
The 2010 Macarthur Business Hall of Fame Wednesday 29 September 2010
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.
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.
Formal invitations to this event will be sent out shortly. Numbers are limited for this gala event, so book early. Tickets are $137.50 pp (incl. GST).
Sponsorship opportunities are still available for this high profile event, so if you would like to use this as an opportunity to showcase your business, please call MACROC on 46454937.
The Macarthur Business Hall of Fame can be found at www.makeitinmacarthur.com .
Inductees 2007 Inductees 2008
Your Business could be the Winner of the Macarthur Sustainable Business Award
Sustainability is an important contemporary issue and one that many businesses in the Macarthur region are integrating into their day to day operations.
The Board of MACROC wanted to acknowledge the excellent work being done by business in the region by establishing a Sustainable Business Award to acknowledge the excellent sustainable business practice of one Macarthur business.
The Award was officially launched by MACROC President Cr Anoulack Chanthivong at the Symmetry Celebration Dinner held on 27 May.
The Award will be promoted in the local media and is open to local businesses of all sizes. The triple bottom line approach will be adopted to assess the businesses entering the Award. The successful business will be 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.
Application forms for the Sustainable Business Award can be downloaded from the MACROC website www.macroc.nsw.gov.au or you can contact MACROC on 4645 4937 and we can send you a form.
The winner of the 2010 Macarthur Sustainable Business Award will be announced at the Macarthur Business Hall of Fame Gala Dinner being held on the evening of Wednesday 29 September at Wests League Club, Leumeah.
Score Card for Symmetry
In December 2009 MACROC commissioned the University of Western Sydney to undertake an independent assessment of the Symmetry Sustainable Small Business Program. A university researcher interviewed 32 Bronze Symmetry graduates (36% of the total number of graduates).
The main findings of the research indicated that:
• Business image was the main driver for participating in the program (72% of respondents), followed by personal beliefs (54%) and perceived financial benefits (41%);
• The accreditation component of the program was valued most highly, followed by mentoring, information sessions and graduation;
• 47% of the respondents said that their knowledge of sustainability improved moderately, 34% ‘very significantly’ and 18% noticed no increase;
• When questioned on the environmental outcomes achieved, 70% said that participation in Symmetry contributed to a reduction in their waste and 69% recorded reduced energy and water use; and
• 81% of the businesses were utilising the Symmetry logo to leverage branding and marketing benefits for their products and services;
MACROC is pleased that this program has made such a positive contribution to the businesses that participated in it.
The CEO Breakfast Forum Tuesday 10 August
The second MACROC CEO Breakfast for 2010 is being held on the morning of Tuesday 10 August at Durham Green Village, Menangle.
This breakfast follows the successful Forum held earlier in the year at Camden when guest speaker Kevin Sheedy AM entertained the audience of over 100 when he talked about his long career as a sportsman, both as player and coach, and about his new role as head coach of a new Greater Western Sydney AFL franchise based at Blacktown Olympic Park and his work building up a team of footballers for its first debut in the 2012 season.
Our speaker for this breakfast is being finalised but promises to provide an entertaining and topical presentation. Invitations to the event will be sent out in early July.
Sponsorship opportunities are still available so if you would like to use this event as an opportunity to profile your business, please call MACROC on 4645 4937.
CEO Breakfast Forum Camden April 2010
Exhibit at the Macarthur Jobs and Training Expo 30 June
Following three very successful Jobs Expos in Western Sydney, Macarthur will host a Jobs and Training Expo to help job seekers in the region. The Macarthur Jobs and Training Expo is being held on 30 June at the Wests League Club, Leumeah from 2 pm till 5 pm. The MACROC President will formally open the Macarthur Jobs and Training Expo at 3.00 pm.
Businesses are encouraged to participate in the Expo by registering as an exhibitor.
It is free to exhibit and you will be provided with:
? Exhibition space, including a table and chairs
? Light refreshments
? Access to job seekers, clients and those seeking employment and training opportunities
? Promotion of your business on the day
? Promotion of job vacancies
To exhibit at the Macarthur Jobs and Training Expo 2010 contact coordinator Maria Day on 0409 967 392.
The Macarthur Jobs and Training Expo is sponsored by: Centrelink, Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR), Housing NSW, Keep Australia Working, Macarthur Regional Organisation of Councils (MACROC), MTC Work Solutions, Two Ways Together and Wests League Club.
John Symond, Aussie, to speak at Business Lunch
You don’t have to be a member of one of the regions Chambers of Commerce to attend the MACROC/UWS Combined Chambers Business Luncheon being held on 15 July 2010 at the Campbelltown Campus of the University of Western Sydney Medical School.
John Symond AM the founder and Executive Chairman of Aussie has agreed to address the gathering. John, as Chairman of Aussie, is widely credited with bringing competition to the Australian home lending industry, forcing the banks to drop their mortgage interest rates and lift their service levels.
Aussie has grown to become Australia’s leading mortgage broker, with a loan portfolio now worth more than $34 billion and 800 mortgage brokers in both city and country areas, following the acquisition of Wizard Home Loans in early 2009. John is well known as a consumer champion, culminating in a Member of the Order of Australia Award being presented to John in 2002.
John’s story is a fascinating one—a happy childhood in Brisbane and Sydney’s west, a near miss with financial failure after the 1987 crash and subsequent emergence as one of Australia’s most inspiring businessmen.
A light lunch will be served after John’s presentation.
The event starts at 12:00 noon, finishing at 1:30 pm. The cost is $25 (incl GST) and you can register by calling MACROC on 4645 4937.
John Symond AM, Executive Chairman, Aussie
MACROC Submissions on Future Planning for the Macarthur Region
MACROC made submissions to the NSW State Government on the Metropolitan Strategy Review Discussion Paper and the Metropolitan Transport Plan. Both the documents outline future directions for Sydney and the Government says they are designed to ensure that Sydney continues to have a sustainable plan for meeting housing and employment growth challenges.
The MACROC submissions supported the general principles outlined in both documents however expressed concern that there was a lack of detail about how many of the directions were going to be achieved.
Of major concern to MACROC is how the Government plans to support the predicted population growth in our region.
South West Sydney is targeted for the majority of Sydney’s population growth in the period from now until 2036 and the region needs infrastructure provision to be the Government’s major priority.
The provision of better public transport and improved inter regional connectivity are essential for the sustainable development of South West Sydney given that the area is targeted to accommodate the major proportion of Sydney’s growth. Provision of better public transport has beneficial environmental effects, benefits for family and community, and provides the community with better access to health, education and employment.
The MACROC submission stressed that in addition to provision of better public transport, the State Government needs to provide clear direction on how the employment set targets for South West Sydney are to be met and what assistance will be provided by the Government to help Local Government in meeting these targets. Identification of suitable sites for the future employment needs of the region needs to be undertaken in consultation with Local Government on a coordinated sub regional level.
Both submissions can be found on the MACROC website www.macroc.nsw.gov.au.
MACROC Dates for 2010
Macarthur Jobs and Training Expo Wednesday 30 June 2010
MACROC/UWS Combined Chambers Luncheon Thursday 15 July 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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