WBAC Networking Drinks

Despite less than ideal weather, a good showing of WBAC members and friends braved torrential rain to attend the first annual networking event at View by Sydney’s stunning harbourside venue.

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Sydney Writers’ Festival

Less than two months out from the 2017 Sydney Writers’ Festival (22-28 May), we’ve summarised some key dates and all the latest so you don’t miss anything. But event communications should be two-way and we ask members to update WBAC now on anything planned during SWF.

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Penalty Rates Update

Last month WBAC reported on the Fair Work Commission’s decision to reduce Sunday penalty rates and the NSW Business Chamber’s support of the move. The Federal Opposition recently made an announcement that could have a major impact on this.

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Member Profile. Gina Demetriou

This month we introduce Pier One’s Gina Demetriou. Gina joined the hotel in January as Director of Sales and Marketing from Double Bay’s InterContinental Sydney. Here she shares insight into her new role, what’s coming up and working in Walsh Bay.

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Out of Chamber: Newtown Business Precinct

Demonstrating the strength of strategic advocacy, Newtown Precinct Business Association (NPBA) worked with the local community to halt clearways along King Street - an anticipated impact of the Westconnex Road Project that could have devastated businesses in the iconic commercial strip.

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NSW Business Awards

The NSW Business Awards are calling for 2017 entries and WBAC members, operating for two or more years, are eligible to enter through the program’s regional (City CBD) level from 18 April. 

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Penalty rates reduced

After an extensive four-yearly review, the Fair Work Commission has recommended Sunday penalty rates be reduced.

Awards set to experience a reduction under the decision include:

full-time and part-time employee penalties - from 200% to 150%,

casual employees from 200% to 175%, and public holiday penalties from 250% to 225%.

Supporting the news, the NSW Business Chamber says the decision of the Commission’s full bench is the first step in addressing a major issue in workplace relations.

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Member Profile. Gabrielle Keen

This month Sydney Theatre Company’s Marketing Manger, Campaigns and new WBAC Committee member (Retail/Arts Chair), Gabrielle Keen, talks about her role, what’s coming up at STC and what she loves about Walsh Bay.

“I have been with Sydney Theatre Company as Marketing Manager, Campaigns since May of 2015. In this position I look after all the single ticket campaigns for all STC shows. This involves advertising, print, design, distribution, partnerships and promotions and direct mail,” Gabrielle says.

“What I love most about what I do is seeing work get off the ground- from its initial conception as a draft script, right through to seeing it on stage in its full glory. The workings of a theatre company are truly amazing and it’s so special to be able to go on this journey with the creative team as they finesse their works.

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Out of Chamber. Manly makes a splash

In a bid to encourage an organic yet active style of networking, Manly Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a unique kayaking, SUP Board/Yoga event to bring chamber members and the business community together.

Attracting 50 participants the event, dubbed ‘Escape on the Water,' saw Chamber members and friends paddle from Manly Wharf to historic Store Beach on a double Kayak, courtesy of Manly Kayak Centre. The group then participated in a SUP Board (Stand Up Paddle Board) and SUP Yoga (Stand Up Yoga) session instructed by fellow member, Flow mOcean.

Hosting the event twice - before and after hours on Thursday 23 February, Manly Chamber of Commerce executive officer, Chantelle Hoare, says the goal was to create a unique experience showcasing fellow member businesses while enabling the local community to get together in a non-traditional networking environment.

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Walsh Bay turns it up: NYE ‘16       

As a city New Year’s Eve hotspot, Walsh Bay shines bright. WBAC rounds up some of the best local events that took place to welcome in 2017.

Pier One Sydney held two New Years Eve events. Firstly its 7-course degustation dinner at The Gantry Restaurant featured matched wine and a menu crafted by Executive Chef, Joel Bickford. The 90 diners at this exclusive event were also able to access the infamous NYE @ Pier One Party.

This second event attracted more than 900 guests who enjoyed uninterrupted views of the Harbour and the evenings fireworks displaying. A ticketed event, entry included delicious food from a range of live, serving stations dotted along the Pier as well as beverages - served from pop-up bars. But the biggest attraction was the big-name DJs playing on the night - Yolanda Be Cool, Nacho Pop and Zannon.

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NSW Business Chamber webinars

Membership to the WBAC delivers a host of benefits including access to The NSW Business Chambers wide range of resources, training, expert advice and events including its regular series of hour-long webinars – an easy, cost effective way to learn new business skills from the comfort of your own office!

Developed by industry leaders, the NSW Business Chambers’ webinars cover all matter of topics from superannuation, workplace relations, tax, marketing, legal and HR issues.

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