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MACROC Newsletter


Welcome to this edition of the MACROC Newsletter.

Join us for the 2010 Macarthur Business Hall of Fame Gala Dinner
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.

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 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 $137.50pp (incl GST).
If you book a table of 10 then you can profile your company by having your company name and logo on the table.

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


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The 2008 Macarthur Business Hall of Fame Gala Dinner 


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. 

This new award was officially launched by MACROC President Cr Anoulack Chanthivong on 27 May. 

Macarthur businesses were invited to demonstrate what measures they have undertaken to reduce their impacts on the environment (e.g. water conservation, energy efficiency, recycling and reuse, pollution reduction, etc), and/or what new technologies or processes they have introduced to reduce or contain their harmful impacts on the environment.

A panel of judges assessed the applications submitted by businesses and conducted site visits.  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.


John Brogden to Speak at Second CEO Breakfast Forum for 2010

The second MACROC CEO Breakfast for 2010 is being held on the morning of Tuesday 14 September at Durham Green, Menangle.

Our speaker for the morning is Mr John Brogden.  Mr Brogden is the CEO of the Financial Services Council, the peak body representing Australia’s $1.4 trillion retail and wholesale funds management, superannuation and life insurance industries.  John is on the Board of Sydney Ports Corporation and is Patron and a National Board Member of Lifeline Australia.

In August 2006 John was appointed CEO of health insurer Manchester Unity, which he successfully merged with HCF in December, 2008.  From 2006 to 2009 John was the Chairman of Abacus Australian Mutuals, the body representing Australia’s credit unions and building societies.

From 1996 to 2005 John was the Member for Pittwater in the NSW Parliament.  In 2002, on his 33rd birthday, John was elected Leader of the Opposition – the youngest person ever to hold the role.

John holds a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Sydney.

John is an engaging speaker.  We look forward to seeing you at Durham Green on the morning of 14 September.


Guest Speaker John Brogden


Very Successful Macarthur Jobs and Training Expo

Following three successful Jobs Expos in other parts of Western Sydney, Macarthur hosted a Jobs and Training Expo on 30 June.  Designed to help job seekers in the region the Expo was held at Wests League Club who provided the venue free of charge.

The event, coordinated by project partners MACROC, DEEWR, MTC Work Solutions, Centrelink, Housing NSW and Macarthur BEC, attracted 900 jobs seekers.

The 60 exhibitors who participated in the event indicated that they were very happy with the afternoon and would be pleased to participate if a similar event were to be held in 2011.

A project team is currently looking at options for a 2011 Macarthur Jobs and Training Expo.

The Macarthur Jobs and Training Expo was sponsored by: Macarthur Regional Organisation of Councils (MACROC); Centrelink; Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR); Housing NSW; Keep Australia Working; MTC Work Solutions; Two Ways Together and Wests League Club.


Macarthur Jobs and Training Expo


Business Lunch a Great Success

You didn’t have to be a member of one of the regions Chambers of Commerce to attend the MACROC/UWS Combined Chambers Business Luncheon held on 15 July 2010 at the Campbelltown Campus of the University of Western Sydney Medical School.

Over 200 people from businesses across the region came together to hear John Symond AM the founder and Executive Chairman of Aussie address the gathering.  John 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.

MACROC and the University of Western Sydney are looking at options for another event in 2011.


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MACROC/UWS Combined Chambers Luncheon


Small Business September 2010

This State Government initiative is now in its 11th year and is designed to highlight the importance of small business to the NSW economy.

Events are being held all over NSW during September and cover a wide range of issues of interest to small business owners, for example marketing; import export; how to attract, manage, retain and exit staff and workplace safety.

Events are being held across Western Sydney and details can be found at www.smallbusinessmonth.com.au .

In Macarthur, the Macarthur Business Enterprise Centre is hosting a number of events and details can be found at www.macarthurbec.com.au .


Apprentice Kickstart Extension  

The Apprentice Kickstart Extension program has been extended. The program is an employer incentive designed to maintain the increase in commencements of young people in skills shortage traditional trade Australian Apprenticeships as the Australian economy recovers from the impact of the global recession. 

The Apprentice Kickstart Extension is payable for commencements that occur between 12 May 2010 and 12 November 2010 (inclusive) in a qualification leading to an occupation listed on the National Skills Needs List.  The employer must also meet the eligibility requirements under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program.

The Apprentice Kickstart Extension provides a total of $3,350 paid in instalments of $850 and $2,500.
For more information on the program go to www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au


MACROC Dates for 2010


MACROC CEO Breakfast Forum Tuesday 14 September 2010
2010 Macarthur Business Hall of Fame Wednesday 29 September 2010
MACROC AGM and Board Meeting Wednesday 17 November 2010
MACROC CEO Breakfast Forum Tuesday 23 November 2010


The Next MACROC Board Meeting

The final MACROC Board Meeting for 2010 and the AGM will be held on Wednesday 17 November at Camden Council.




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