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Work starts on Gosford RSL transformation
ONSTRUCTION is well under way on the stunning new Gosford RSL Club which will become one of the premier entertainment and community facilities on the Central Coast. The $45M building is a truly impressive multi storey design that takes full advantage of its prestige location right beside the
main highway entry to Gosford and the Coast. It will become the impressive ‘Gateway to the Coast’. The Club is a landmark building for Gosford City, with the circular outdoor terraces appearing to hang in midair high above patrons complete with hanging gardens. SEE FEATURE CENTRE PAGES
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Gosford becomes education city DALLAS SHERRINGHAM OSFORD has taken a giant leap towards fulfilling its potential as the ‘Education City’ of NSW with the injection of $18M into the new downtown University campus. Premier Dominic Perrottet announced the major funding for the Mann St project in a big day Gosford and the Coast on Saturday. The City was alive with Ministers and their assistants as the Premier produced two big projects -the campus and the ‘fast train concept’. When combined with the planned $100m TAFE complex on the old Broadwater Hotel-Council Chambers site further down Mann St, it will turn Gosford into a ‘smart city’. The Campus will be built on the 4650sqm site of a derelict building at 299-309 Mann St that has been a hardware store and a marketplace. It will draw thousands of students into the City, which is great news for struggling businesses. The funding is part of a $1B budget funding injection for key technology and innovation precincts across the State. The University of Newcastle Campus in Gosford will be a multi-faculty academic and innovation facility, and will cut
Premier Perrottet, MP Adam Crouch and various ministers announce the University funding.
the numbers of students forced to leave the Central Coast to study at university. Mr Perrottet said the Central Coast was “already a sensational place to live and work, and this investment will create even greater opportunities for local residents”.
“We’re taking NSW’s growth to another level through our Six Cities vision, which means more jobs closer to home and a brighter future for the eight million people who live in the sandstone mega-region,” Mr Perrottet said.
Treasurer Matt Kean said the University of Newcastle was progressing its plans to establish the new campus and this investment would go towards construction of the new multi-faculty and innovation facility. “We want to draw on the uniqueness of each community and pool those resources to strengthen our position globally and in turn supercharge the future economy,” Mr Kean said. Minister for Cities Rob Stokes said universities drive productivity and innovation and the new campus will only strengthen the Central Coast’s contribution to the Government’s Six Cities vision. “The sandstone region has a globally unique concentration of world leading universities, strengthening the links between those institutions and pooling their knowledge bases will benefit the whole population, north to south and east to west,” Mr Stokes said. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Adam Crouch said the NSW Government funding built on an initial injection of $18m in Federal funding announced in 2019. “Our Six Cities vision will deliver better infrastructure, quality public open space, more homes and greater education opportunities for all residents and visitors to enjoy,” Mr Crouch said.
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Hydrogen bus test for Coast DALLAS SHERRINGHAM HE Central Coast will be at the forefront of the Climate Change revolution later this year when it hosts the State’s first trial of a hydrogen-powered electric bus. The NSW Government is transitioning its fleet to zero emission technology as part of its campaign for Zero Emissions by 2050. The Government is partnering with local and national industry suppliers to test the future fuel source. Climate Change has become a major issue politically, with the “Teal Army” swooping into Australian life at the Federal Election, on the back of a strong commitment to change. Treasurer and Minister for The hydrogen-powered electric bus. Energy Matt Kean said the project technology, grow our economy, boost our would help create a thriving green hyexports and support regional jobs.” drogen industry in NSW. The project is a partnership with the “Unlocking hydrogen use in the heavy Department of Planning and Environtransport sector is key to creating new ment, local bus manufacturer ARCC, industries and achieving the economic Central Coast operator Red Bus and prosperity that comes with it,” Mr Kean Origin Energy. said. Minister for Regional Transport and “A green hydrogen industry will Roads Sam Farraway said industry was encourage NSW investment in clean
partnering with bus operators to develop trials, to understand how the technology could be implemented across regional NSW. “Hydrogen buses have a greater range than battery electric buses, which could make them better suited for use in regional and outer metropolitan areas of the state,” Mr Farraway said.
“This trial is the first step towards us getting a better understanding of how hydrogen buses perform in local conditions, as well as the infrastructure needed to support them. “The results of the battery electric bus trial on the Central Coast will be compared against the hydrogen bus to understand any key differences, including fuel economy and refueling times. “In some regional areas buses need to travel greater distances before they refuel which is why trials like this are important.” Managing Director and founder of ARCC Peter Murley said the Australian-owned business was committed to a sustainable, zero-emission transport future. “Our focus is on helping local and state governments reach zero-emission targets with turnkey transport options that are 100% Australian designed, built and supported,” Mr Murley said. On-road testing will take place on roads surrounding the development facility at Smithfield before the trial begins. The first hydrogen fuel cell electric bus is expected to arrive on the Central Coast later this year before starting a local trial of the technology.
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Record price for stud farm ENOWNED premier broodmare stud “Tartan Fields” has set an all-time record for the sale of a rural property on the Central Coast. The property located at 1640 George Downes Drive , which last sold for $3.175m in 2013, has now been purchased for a whopping $10.6m. The 214ha property contains three homes and a manager’s cottage, as well as feed shed, machinery shed, extensive stable complex with saddling area, round yards, multiple day yards with shelters, holding yards, vet facilities and more. Also included in this expansive property are previously utilised uphill training tracks for thoroughbred training, lush fertile grazing paddocks plus ample land potential for further expansion. There is also a plentiful water supply with three dams plus spring bore - providing quality drinking water. “Tartan Fields” lies in a serene part of the Central Coast Hinterland, and is a comfortable travelling distance from local race courses of Gosford, Wyong, Cessnock, Newcastle Muswellbrook, and just over an hour and a half from Sydney’s Rosehill and Randwick tracks. Source- Media & Capital Partners
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N May 21, Australians went to the polls to vote for a better future. And when the ballots were in, it was clear we had elected an Albanese Labor Government. I am honoured to be part of this government and remain committed to being a strong voice for the Central Coast in Parliament. A voice for our community, and a voice for small business. A key focus of mine from when I was first elected in 2016 has been supporting our local economy. The past few years have been tough on small business owners, particularly during lockdown when many were forced to close their doors or shut down altogether.
Many Coasties lost their jobs and are still struggling to make ends meet. Our region needs investment so we can get the economy moving again. That’s why I made a commitment to boost local jobs across the Coast by supporting the establishment of a Food Manufacturing Hub at Lisarow. As part of this plan, we will invest $17.1M into the hub which will create 285 new jobs, including 85 during construction and another 200 in food product manufacturing. The hub will be managed by Central Coast Industry Connect with the support of their partners TrendPac, Regional Development Australia, and the University of Newcastle while local manufacturers Sanitarium, Mars Food,
Sara Lee, and Agrana will come on board as collaborators. This project will drive economic growth in the region by expanding our unique food and beverage market, and it will provide a major boost to employment. Before COVID, one in four locals were commuting outside the region for work when many should be able to find secure, well-paid jobs right here on the Coast. We have the potential to be a real powerhouse of food manufacturing. Our manufacturers already produce premium products that are enjoyed here and around the world. This is what a Labor government will do.
We will invest in projects like the Food Manufacturing Hub at Lisarow so we can grow a strong local economy, with more secure jobs for the future. We will make sure the Central Coast is a priority and we will make sure our community gets its fair share. As the Federal Member for Dobell, I will continue to stand up for our interests in Canberra alongside the Member for Robertson, Dr Gordon Reid and the Minister for Defence Industry, Pat Conroy. Our Central Coast Labor team has a plan for a better future on the Coast. And this is just the beginning. Visit: www. emmamcbride.com.au
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Work experience key to prospects HE Skillsroad Employment Survey Report shows that the prevailing attitude of our job-hunters is hope and resilience – a great sign that 2022 and beyond will be an amazing year for work. “It is heartening to see the way some of the most vulnerable segments of our workforce have bounced back and kept working even in these particularly difficult times,” said Business NSW Regional Director Paula Martin. “It is exactly that optimism that we need, to address the labour shortages that many Australian businesses are facing today. “The survey results show that even among those who have been job-searching for a long time, there is still a desire to receive training, upskilling and support to continue their job search. “It was interesting to learn that those respondents who chose an apprentice-
ship or traineeship after school scored on average 10 percentage points higher on the mental health markers than those respondents choosing a different pathway. The stability and purpose of VET is second to none and that shows in our data,” Ms Martin said. The Skillsroad Employment Report also revealed that 90% of survey respondents believe that work experience would help them get into employment. “Work experience is a fantastic opportunity for business to give young jobseekers more exposure to their industry and it is incredibly valuable to help jobseekers gain relevant skills and confidence needed to apply for permanent roles. “Jobseekers also place huge importance on a functional work/life balance, with most of our younger respondents selecting it as the most important thing when looking at a potential job, with the
second being the option of flexible working hours.” The Skillsroad 2021/22 Employment Survey Report surveyed 5,012 respondents from across Australia with the majority between the ages of 15 and 24, as well as mature-age jobseekers aged 25 and over. The survey that collected responses was designed to identify jobseekers’ and employees’ areas of concern when it comes to job-search or deciding which employer to work for, as well as their take on employment prospects. “The report shares actionable insights to help employers, parents and educators better support Australian jobseekers and employees moving forward,” Ms Martin said. Access the full Skillsroad 2021/22 Employment Report via https://skillsroad. com.au/research/2022-employment-report-is-here .
Toukley library launches Library@yourtime OUKLEY library will be offering extended hours access from July 1 2022, as part of a ‘Library@yourtime’ trial program. This has been made possible through grant funding by a State Library of New South Wales Local Priority Grant. The innovative program, which will be trialled for six months, will see technology monitor self-access, self-service loans
un-staffed hours, meeting the needs of commuters on their way to or from work, as well as students and families wishing to utilise the space and library services on weekends,” Mrs Burgess said. Council Administrator, Rik Hart said the recent upgrades to the Toukley library, including a new roof and the installation of new LED lighting, will
ensure the library offers a safe, modern space to library users. The unstaffed access hours of Library@yourtime from 1 July 2022 will be: • Monday to Friday – 7.00am to 8.30am, and 5.00pm to 7.00pm • Saturday and Sunday – 7.00am to 7.00pm All existing staffed hours at the Library will remain the same.
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LONG TERM STABILITY FOR BUSINESS
Coast rates will be maintained DALLAS SHERRINGHAM oast businesses face another seven years of paying for Central Coast Council’s financial implosion following an announcement by IPART. The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) has approved Council’s 2022 Special Variation to maintain rates at their current levels for an additional seven years, equaling 10 years in total to 2031. There is anger in business circles that struggling businesses hit by COVID lockdowns have to pick up the tab for the gross mismanagement of the Council. It was compounded by the snubbing of the business community in the Public Inquiry into Council’s record financial failure. This in turn has seen major Coast investors such as the Lederer Group sell up their Coast interests and reinvest elsewhere. And international investors involved in major projects such as the Union Hotel site redevelopment have abandoned their Coast interests with the land placed on the real estate market. However, the announcement at least gives business in the region some long term stability, which is vital for long term planning and budgeting. The appointed administrators and management team were left with an almost impossible position when they took over. Any plan to save Council and reposition it on the long road to recovery inevitably meant higher rates.
Council’s Administrator Rik Hart said IPART’s determination supporting the continuation of Central Coast Council’s current rate structure for a further seven years was a sensible decision. “This outcome allows Council to continue to maintain current service levels, comply with current banking requirements and most importantly, allows us to continue without interruption our 10-year long-term financial plan that provides long-term financial stability for the organisation,” Mr Hart said.
We’re in a unique situation “It’s a decision that factors in the unique situation this Council was in and the recommendation made by the Public Inquiry Commissioner ‘for the Administrator to ensure the completion of the Business Recovery Plan as adopted and
amended by Central Coast Council since October 2020.’ “It has taken time, but we now have two independent entities on the same page. “We’ve achieved one of the most significant financial turnarounds of any organisation in under 12 months, with the current and forecasted surpluses repaying the emergency loans over the next 10 years. “For the community – there is no increase to your rates. This is a continuation of the current rates you pay with the exception of the rate peg as determined by IPART every year. “Now that we finally have an outcome, I have requested the CEO and senior staff to examine services where we’re not delivering to community expectations and reflect this in future operational plans for an incoming Council to consider.
“I encourage the community to review the draft plan when it goes on public exhibition. Now is the time to provide feedback on where you want to see improved service levels,” Mr Hart said. Council’s CEO, David Farmer said this major milestone would draw a line under the Council’s financial crisis and the organisation can focus on consolidating and improving the performance of the organisation. “We are currently performing better than budget, with a high level of staff vacancies, but we know this is causing difficulty in our delivery of services to our customers in a number of areas,” Mr Farmer said. “Now that we have longer-term stability for our rates revenue, we can carefully reinvest in services where we are not currently meeting community expectations of service levels, for example into our vast road network and vegetation management. “I recognise this has been a difficult time for the community and I thank you for your patience, understanding, and for your comments and contributions about what needs to be done to improve Council and services,” Mr Farmer said. The Draft Long Term Financial Plan and Delivery Program will be considered in the Ordinary Council Meeting on May 24 to be placed on Public Exhibition for public comment at yourvoiceourcoast. com. For more information about the Special Variation process and submission, FAQs and information about hardship assistance, go to Council’s website.
Welcome to the land of potholes “My office has been inundated with resident concerns about increased rates and decreased amenity. The State Government needs to provide any available funding to Central Coast Council to maintain its roads and fix its potholes.” Mr Mehan said the wet weather had also raised awareness of the lack of footpaths in the region. “Footpaths are an essential amenity. Without them people are sinking into the mud.” “Footpaths should be readily available across the Central Coast. The State Government should provide funds to ensure the construction of footpaths continuesit is imperative.”
DALLAS SHERRINGHAM OTHOLES could be the next big tourist attraction on the Central Coast judging by the effect they are having on the region’s long-suffering motorists. There’s “the big dipper” in Toukley, “the kamikaze” in Killarney Vale and the “double whammy” in Wyoming Rd and they are destroying car tyres and suspensions all over the Central Coast. Potholes! They are being photographed, name and shamed in Facebook pages and other forms of social media with. There is even a “Pothole hotline” at Council. The Coast has more than 40,000 potholes, thanks to combination of a wet climate, unusual topography and poor roadmaking and repairs. Now, the Member for The Entrance David Mehan has had enough. He said his office had been inundated with complaints about local roads and footpaths across the region. He has made representations to the Minister for Regional Roads and Transport as well as the Minister for Infra-
High level of repairs MP David Mehan says Coast roads are a land of potholes.
structure, Cities and Active Transport regarding the state of roads and footpaths on the Central Coast. “Coast roads have become a pothole frenzy and safety is being compromised by motorists trying to avoid damage to vehicles,”
“The amenity across the Central Coast is diminishing due a to lack of funding. This should be addressed immediately.” “The State Government needs to step up and assist Council in its ability to discharge its duty to residents of the Central Coast and any assistance I can provide in making this happen I will continue to do so. “Our residents deserve better. They’re paying increased rates and at the mo-
ment receiving little return. This needs to change.” However, Council claims there is finally light at end of tunnel for the marathon task of repairing potholes. Since February, Council has filled 32,000 potholes that were a result of intense and continued rainfall which created an unprecedented number of potholes. A spokesperson said only temporary repair works could be undertaken during wet weather, which is why potholes can reappear within only weeks of repair. Despite the high level of repairs undertaken to date, as of the end of May approximately 8108 outstanding potholes were still waiting for repair across the region’s 2000km road network. “As with other LGAs, the scale of the potholes occurring in such a short timeframe outstripped availability of Council’s resources of staff and equipment to service the repairs in a faster manner. “Additional staff from other areas of Council, plus contractors, have been engaged to help undertake the work during and outside of business hours,” the spokesperson said.
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WAIT TIMES SLASHED FOR COAST RESIDENTS
Self-pay surgery launches AVE you been putting off seeing a specialist because you don’t have private health insurance? Are you facing a long waiting list for surgery? That’s all set to change on the Central Coast with the introduction of Self Pay Surgery. A new service for the region is now available at Tuggerah Lakes and Brisbane Waters Private Hospitals which aims to help those living with pain, undiagnosed illness, degenerative diseases and obesity by providing streamlined access to surgery without excessive wait times. With no private health insurance needed, Self Pay Surgery, provides patients with packages that include the surgeon’s fees, anaesthetist, hospital stay, diagnostic testing and rehabilitation costs. With payment options such as Open Pay, prepayment plans or potential options to access superannuation to fund essential surgery, it means the Central Coast community no longer need to wait when it comes to getting the care they need, when they need it. According to Brisbane Waters Private Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Director of Clinical Services (DCS) Debbra Ritter: Self Pay Surgery means parents and families of loved ones without private health insurance don’t need to put off surgery any longer.
“As a mother and grandmother myself, I know what it’s like to support a family member experiencing ill-health, you just want them to be well and receive the treatment they require quickly,” Ms Ritter said. “So when your loved one has to experience ill-health longer than needed due to a lack of private health cover or long waiting lists it is even more painful. “It is incredibly rewarding to be able to offer our patients this opportunity to get what they need done now so they can get on the road to recovery sooner rather than later. “From Orthopaedic procedures through to Ear, Nose and Throat surgery and Bariat-
Are you facing a long waiting list for your knee, hip or shoulder surgery?
Have you been putting off seeing a specialist because you don't have health insurance? That can all change with Self Pay Surgery now available on the Central Coast at Brisbane Waters and Tuggerah Lakes Private Hospital. Now is the time to fast-track your treatment within our private hospitals. Self Pay Surgery provides patients with packages that include the surgeon’s fees, anaesthetist, hospital stay, diagnostic testing and rehabilitation costs.
ric surgery, this new service offering provides a streamlined, simple way to get your surgery done, your way, at your hospital.” Emma of Blue Haven said she didn’t hesitate when the opportunity to book surgery via Self Pay was suggested as an option while in consultation with Dr Indu Gunawardena. “My four year-old son needed adenoids and grommets and we were facing 12 month wait to have it done through the public hospital,” she said. “We don’t have private health insurance but we didn’t want to wait and I’d recommend going through Self Pay to others who find themselves in a similar situation.
“I found the whole process from start to finish with Self Pay Surgery was just easy. The team were helpful, everything was incredibly efficient and professional and most importantly we got to get our little boy the procedure he needed as soon as possible.”
Find out more about the types of procedures that are offered via Self Pay at Brisbane Waters Private Hospital and how to take the next steps via:www brisbanewatersprivate.com.au/patients/self-pay-surgery Find out more about the types of procedures that are offered via Self Pay at Tuggerah Lakes Private Hospital and how to take the next steps via:wwwtuggerahlakesprivate.com.au/patients/self-pay-surgery
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LEADING IN COVID TIMES
Optus CEO Kelly Bayer Rosmarin on humility and leading through COVID-19 HE ability to recognise when you don’t have all the answers is a crucial attribute of successful leaders and has helped CEO Kelly Bayer Rosmarin lead Optus through the pandemic Humility is broadly defined as self-awareness and an appreciation of others’ strengths and contributions, and an openness to new ideas and feedback – a trait perfectly exhibited by Kelly Bayer Rosmarin, CEO of Optus, one of Australia’s largest telecommunications companies. Optus provides services to more than Above: Kelly Bayer. 10 million customers each day, and Ms Rosmarin took on the role of CEO during an exceptionally challenging time, in March 2020, when COVID-19 forced many Australians to leave their offices and schools and work from home, resulting in a huge shift to working and learning online. With so many relying on internet access across the nation, Ms Rosmarin knows a thing or two about steering a company through change. The one key attribute she hopes to instill is humility for future leaders. Humble leaders better grasp organisational needs and make better-informed decisions about task performance, and will be a key attribute of leaders in the future. “There’s a strong pressure when you’re in a leadership role to act and to have all the answers. And the minute you think you know everything and can’t admit you don’t, it makes you closed off to ideas,” said Ms Rosmarin, in an interview recorded with Meet the CEO host Marina Go at the Optus Campus in Sydney. Hosted by UNSW Business School, the flagship Meet the CEO series offers key insights from some of the country’s greatest business minds and foremost public leaders, such as UNSW alumnus Brad Banducci, CEO at Woolworths.
Humility as a leadership superpower Humility is the key to learning, being open to new ideas, and inviting contributions from others in the organisation, said Ms Rosmarin. “I think the more complex problems get, the more foolish it would be to think that any one person can have all the answers,” she said. During the interview, Ms Rosmarin discussed her career spanning multiple industries across several global businesses and steering a large organisation through a global pandemic. Discussing her first 18 months as CEO, she shared her insights on authentic leadership and the importance of fostering a customer-centric culture. But one of the first things she learned in her professional career was a healthy disrespect for authority.
”One of the things I learned was always to question the status quo. And not to be afraid to speak up when you do discover something that needs to be said. And I think that was probably shaped by one of my first roles, where I walked into a room, and everybody was discussing something, and they were all heading down a certain direction that I thought really wasn’t going to resonate with customers. And so, partway through the meeting, I turned to some person who was dominating the conversation and said: ‘look, I don’t think I agree with that. Here are all the reasons why I don’t think that will resonate’. “And after the meeting ended, everyone was like, ‘Wow, I can’t believe you would speak to the CEO that way’. Of course, I didn’t know that he was the CEO at the time, which meant I felt fine voicing my opinion and probably to everyone else who didn’t know that it didn’t want to stand up to that person or voice a counter view.” But the fact that she was able to do that successfully helped her shape a real lack of fear”. That has been quite characteristic throughout my career and makes me in this position, want to hear from other people and be open to voices, no matter how junior because you never know where the best insights can come from,” she said.
Leading Optus through COVID-19 Ms Rosmarin walked into a challenging role at the most difficult time of all. As Optus CEO, Ms Rosmarin was forced to work from home on her first day. “I had the privilege of coming in as the Deputy CEO first so that I got a period to learn the industry to formulate a strategy to be really ready to go. So, we had pretty much planned the perfect first day as CEO, the perfect roll-
out of the strategy, visiting all the teams around the country. I mean, it was the most beautiful plan you’ve ever seen. And then we had to throw the entire plan out the window and pivot entirely, and I spent my first day at home,” she said. “It’s a bit of a cliche, but you have to be willing to adapt to listen to advice from others, and then see the good that comes from that… it was a challenging time. But also, a time that really enabled us to make some good pivots and galvanise the team together. It really helped us also accelerate some of the things we wanted to do, because it removed some of the barriers and excuses around change management,” she said. A few months into COVID-19, Optus lost 90 per cent of its call centre capacity, with simultaneous shutdowns across Australia, the Philippines and India. So despite a diversified strategy, Optus lost all that access to its teams. But true to her word, Ms Rosmarin treated the crisis as a massive opportunity for change. For example, she decided to bring forward a three-year plan for an ‘experts model’ where staff would be trained across several areas and therefore more able to answer customers’ questions without passing them on to different departments. “We had in our three-year plan that we were going to change our whole call centre model to be one that was much more customer-centric. We get 400,000 calls a week. So, when you lose 90 per cent of your capacity to answer that, that’s a lot of calls. That’s a lot of customers – at the moment they need their connectivity the most – ringing us for help. “So we had to be very creative in how we pivoted to get through that. And a lot of that involved us taking the
teams we had and cross-training them on new things… everybody was so invigorated by learning new skills and taking on new responsibilities, we decided to really accelerate that push and move straight into a team of experts model, and really bring forward that change by multiple years,” she said.
People first: building a customer-centric model Key to managing the crisis was a very clear understanding the most important asset at Optus is its people, said Ms Rosmarin. “And a lot of what I’ve focused my time and energy on in the last 18 months is the people agenda, the culture, the behaviours we want to see, listening, and bringing out the voices of our very diverse workforce,” she said. Upskilling its people’s skills also helped the company improve its engagement with staff over the year. “I’ve been very passionate about championing what we call Optus University, which is working with different universities to offer micro-credentials to our people in emerging fields like AI, data and analytics, etc. And I think there is nothing that lived to people’s spirits more than a genuine investment in their capability and career,” she said. Leading a cultural transformation at Optus has been about engaging the whole team. “You can appreciate people but are you willing to put the time and energy into actually changing people’s behaviours? So we’ve done a number of things, I mean, we actually defined a purpose for the company. Our purpose is to power optimism with options. And that really allows our people to unite behind a common goal,” she said. Article from Business Think, the journal of UNSW Business School. www.businessthink.unsw.edu.au
NEW ERA FOR GOSFORD RSL
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Welcome to our souvenir edition ELCOME to this very special souvenir feature of Central Coast Business Access which celebrates the start of work on the new $45M Gosford RSL Club. The RSL Club project is a once in a gener-
ation event which will transform the way residents and visitors enjoy their leisure time on the central Coast. It will also provide a stunning Gateway to the Coast. The project also marks another significant landmark event
in the history of the outstanding Gosford RSL, one of the great success stories of our region. You can read the digital edition any time at www.coastba.com.au -Michael Walls, Publisher
WORK STARTS ON GOSFORD RSL TRANSFORMATION
It’s a stunning $45M expansion onstruction is well under way on the stunning new Gosford RSL Club which will become one of the premier entertainment and community facilities on the Central Coast. The $45m building is a truly impressive multi storey design that takes full advantage of its prestige location right beside the main highway entry to Gosford and the Coast. It will become the impressive ‘Gateway to the Coast’. The Club is a landmark building for Gosford City, with the circular outdoor terraces appearing to hang in midair high above patrons complete with hanging gardens. Gosford RSL has spent years planning the transformation of their treasured Club into a landmark building and a stand-out venue for the region. Uniquely designed by WMK Architecture, with construction by leading local contractor North Construction & Building, the $45M upgrade will see the club transformed into a contemporary space that embraces and builds community. It will be accessible and encourages each and every member and guest to find a space in which they are comfortable. The three-storey ultra-modern venue will feature a distinctive porte cochere entry, RSL museum and reception servicing both the RSL and the adjoining motel on the ground floor.
Artist impressions of the renovated Gosford RSL.
Ground Breaking Ceremony at Gosford RSL Club. Left to right: North Director – Projects, John Melvin, Gosford RSL President Gary Young and Gosford RSL CEO Russell Cooper.
The first floor will contain a cafe, lounge, bar, multiple indoor and outdoor dining options, kids play area, and teenage retreat. The second floor will showcase sophisticated conference and event spaces, sports bar and brewery. An additional 154 car parking spaces will be added on site to accommodate the expected increase in patron numbers. “We are incredibly excited to bring this project to life after many years of planning and delays caused by the recent pandemic,” Gosford RSL Club CEO Russell Cooper said.
From strength to strength “Our Club has gone from strength to strength over the past decade with our popularity demanding significant expansion. After reviewing many options, the decision was made to construct an entirely new venue which will be a stunning building marking the gateway to Gosford and the Central Coast. “We are a parochial local business and it means the world to us to be able to create a venue that our community will enjoy and be proud of whilst also
ensuring we are able to continue supporting our community and providing outstanding entertainment, hospitality and employment opportunities for many years to come. “The fact that we are able to partner with a successful and capable local builder in North Construction & Building is the icing on the cake. We can’t wait to welcome our members, guests, staff and local community into the new Gosford RSL Club!” Equally as excited are local award-winning contractor, North Construction & Building, who have been tracking this project since its conception. “This is a very special project for us,” North Managing Director Matthew Cook said. “Not only is it a significant year for North, celebrating our 35-year Anniversary, but we also now get to celebrate being awarded our largest community construction project to date.” The Gosford RSL Redevelopment represents more than just another building project for North. (See separate story). The existing RSL Club will remain operational throughout construction.
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The Mann St club in the 1960s.
Club founder, Captain Ernesty White.
Above and below: The old Ford dealership in Mann St that became the licensed club.
STARTED BY LOCAL DIGGERS
Proud history of Gosford RSL STAFF REPORTERS HE new club is the culmination of the outstanding success story of Gosford RSL Club which started life at a meeting of Returned Servicemen after World War Two. It was founded by ex-AIF Captain Ernest White who was born and bred in Gosford. Those first meetings were held at the Brisbane Water district Club bult by ex-First World War Diggers at the rear of the Anglican Church in 1921. The land was donated by Dr James Paul who requested no intoxicating liquor be ‘sold’ at the clubhouse. Diggers being Diggers they quickly developed a coupon system that allowed coupons to be ‘swapped’ for a beer or spirits at the bar.
Their toughest battle was the fight for a liquor license in the 1950s. Members dug deep to come up with funds to get the licensed club off the ground. And plenty of members were quite happy to stay at the old premises which made it tough for the Secretary Owen Gannon to gain traction for a new club. In 1960, around 60 members made donations to get the club’s first licensed premises up and running I the old Ford garage in Mann St. The new club was in reality a shabby old building with corrugated iron walls, tarred floor and no ceiling – just rafters in the roof. But it was a start. A club committee of 20 men under President Bert Ashwell was formed to plan the way ahead and develop the Mann St site into a ‘proper club’.
They were finally granted a liquor license in 1960 after much hard work and alterations and was so successful in its central location in downtown Gosford it began the first of many major upgrades in facilities. The club bought an old furniture store next door in 1962 and after extensions and alterations members enjoyed indoor bowls, snooker, billiards, squash table tennis, darts or dining at one of the new restaurants, More renovations in 1967=68 cost $350,000 but lack of parking begin to plague the club. It was now one of the biggest clubs on the booming Central Coast with almost 2000 members and a turnover of more than $320,000. All that changed on one tragic summer’s night on January 22, 1973,
when a fire swept quickly through the luxurious Club causing around $500,000 damage. The building was gutted within minutes and was beyond restoration. It was heartbreaking for the many people who had put their heart and soul into their much loved club. Less tha 30 days after the fire, members backed the board’s decision to purchase the large Galaxy Motel site in West Gosford, adjacent to the Pacific Hwy and Narara creek. It proved to be a masterstroke. The new Gosford RSL Club opened on July 18, 1973, and has gone from strength to strength in the ensuing 50 years. Put simply, Gosford RSL Club is one of the Central Coats’s greatest success stories’
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“For many years now, we have had a vision to create not just a new Club, but a landmark building at the gateway to Gosford and the Central Coast, that our community can be proud ŽĨ͘ dŽ ƚŚĂƚ ĞīĞĐƚ ǁĞ ĂƌĞ ƉƌŽƵĚ ƚŽ ďĞ ǁŽƌŬŝŶŐ ǁŝƚŚ ĂŶŽƚŚĞƌ ŽƵƚƐƚĂŶĚŝŶŐ ůŽĐĂů ďƵƐŝŶĞƐƐ͕ EŽƌƚŚ ŽŶƐƚƌƵĐƟŽŶ Θ ƵŝůĚŝŶŐ͕ ƚŽ ĚĞůŝǀĞƌ Ă ƉƌŽũĞĐƚ ƚŚĂƚ ǁŝůů ƉƌŽǀŝĚĞ ĞŵƉůŽǇŵĞŶƚ ĨŽƌ ĞŶƚƌĂů ŽĂƐƚ ůŽĐĂůƐ ĚƵƌŝŶŐ ĂŶĚ ĂŌĞƌ ĐŽŶƐƚƌƵĐƟŽŶ ĂƐ ǁĞůů ĂƐ ŚĞůƉŝŶŐ ƚŽ ĚƌŝǀĞ ƚŚĞ ůŽĐĂů ĞĐŽŶŽŵǇ forward.” - Russell Cooper CEO, Gosford RSL Club
NORTH, YOUR TRUSTED BUILDING PARTNER® EŽƌƚŚ ŽŶƐƚƌƵĐƟŽŶ Θ ƵŝůĚŝŶŐ ǁĂƐ ĨŽƵŶĚĞĚ ŝŶ ϭϵϴϳ ĂŶĚ ŚĂƐ ŐƌŽǁŶ ƚŽ ďĞĐŽŵĞ Ă ƚƌƵƐƚĞĚ ƌĞŐŝŽŶĂů ĐŽŶƐƚƌƵĐƟŽŶ ĐŽŵƉĂŶǇ ǁŝƚŚ ĂŶ ĂǁĂƌĚͲǁŝŶŶŝŶŐ ƌĞƉƵƚĂƟŽŶ ĨŽƌ ĞǆĐĞůůĞŶĐĞ͘ tĞ ŚĂǀĞ ĂůǁĂǇƐ ďĞĞŶ ĂŶĚ ĐŽŶƟŶƵĞ ƚŽ ďĞ ϭϬϬй ĞŵƉůŽǇĞĞ ŽǁŶĞĚ͕ Ă ďƵƐŝŶĞƐƐ ƚŚĂƚ ŐĞŶƵŝŶĞůǇ ĐĂƌĞƐ ĂŶĚ ǁŚĞƌĞ ƌĞůĂƟŽŶƐŚŝƉƐ ŵĂƩĞƌ͕ ǁĞ ĂƌĞ ŬŶŽǁŶ ĨŽƌ Ă ĚŝīĞƌĞŶƚ ĂƉƉƌŽĂĐŚ͘ tŝƚŚ ŽĸĐĞƐ ŝŶ dƵŐŐĞƌĂŚ͕ EĞǁĐĂƐƚůĞ͕ ƵďďŽ͕ KƌĂŶŐĞ͕ DƵĚŐĞĞ ĂŶĚ ŵŽƐƚ ƌĞĐĞŶƚůǇ ƌŝƐďĂŶĞ͕ YůĚ͕ ǁĞ ǁŽƌŬ ĂĐƌŽƐƐ Ă ĚŝǀĞƌƐĞ ƌĂŶŐĞ ŽĨ ƉƌŽũĞĐƚƐ ǁŝƚŚŝŶ ƚŚĞ ĐŽŵŵĞƌĐŝĂů͕ ĞĚƵĐĂƟŽŶ͕ ĂŐĞĚ ĐĂƌĞ͕ ŚĞĂůƚŚ͕ ŝŶĚƵƐƚƌŝĂů͕ ŝŶĨƌĂƐƚƌƵĐƚƵƌĞ͕ ƌĞƚĂŝů͕ ĂŶĚ ŚŽƐƉŝƚĂůŝƚǇ ƐĞĐƚŽƌƐ͘ By partnering with North, you are “BUILDING WITH TRUST.”
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Gosford RSL Club CEO Russell Cooper, The Board of Directors and North Construction & Building Director Ray Millar at Gosford RSL Club.
Example of a North Construction project.
SPECIAL PROJECT FOR NORTH CONSTRUCTION
Meet the new club’s builders OCAL award-winning contractor North Construction & Building is in charge of turning Gosford RSL Club’s plans and dreams into reality. North is celebrating 35 years of operation on the Coast and have been tracking the RSL project since its conception. “This is a very special project for us,” North Managing Director Matthew Cook said. “Not only is it a significant year for North, celebrating our 35-year Anniversary, but we also now get to celebrate being awarded our largest community construction project to date.” The Gosford RSL Redevelopment represents more than just another building project for North. “Our site teams and subcontractors live locally and have been enjoying the Club’s
North Managing Director Matthew Cook.
facilities for many years,” Mr Cook said. “Many have celebrated significant family events at the Club’s restaurant and function rooms and continue to visit regularly. This is North continuing to build in the community and help create the “Gateway to Gosford and the Central Coast.”
Proud history North Construction & Building was founded in 1987 and has grown to become a trusted regional construction company with an award-winning reputation for excellence. North has always been and continues to be 100% employee owned, a business that genuinely cares and where relationships matter, they are known for a different approach.
With offices in Tuggerah, Newcastle, Dubbo, Orange, Mudgee and most recently Brisbane, North works across a diverse range of projects within the commercial, education, aged care, health, industrial, infrastructure, retail, and hospitality sectors. North’s dedicated Specialist Projects Team delivers works under $3.5m and their major works department oversees projects up to $50m. In everything North does as a business, they are aiming to build trust with their subcontractors, employees, clients and in the community. For clients, that trust is approachability, openness, support and great options in the business for career direction. Visit: www.north.com.au
Brisbane Water (NSW) Legacy congratulates Gosford RSL on this milestone development. Gosford RSL has always been a great supporter of Legacy on the Central Coast, helping us to look after the families of Veterans. BRISBANE WATER (NSW) LEGACY is keeping the promise made by Veterans in 1923, to look after the families and widows of those who given their lives or health as members of Australian or Allied Defence forces and caring for over 1,000 on the NSW Central Coast. $ UHJLVWHUHG FKDULW\ RSHUDWHG E\ 9ROXQWHHUV ZLWK D VPDOO VXSSRUW VWDႇ /HJDF\ IXQGV DOO ORFDO SURJUDPV LWVHOI ZLWK QR JRYHUQPHQW IXQGLQJ
Brisbane Water (NSW) Legacy Legacy Village, 51-57 Masons Parade, Point Frederick, NSW 2250 For more information, or to assist Legacy in anyway, please contact 1800 LEGACY, or visit www.legacy.com.au/brisbanewater.
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MAJOR PRIZE TO CELEBRATE
Win a stylish MG Core O celebrate the ground breaking of the new club facilities, Gosford RSL is giving one lucky patron the chance to win a brand new MG Core. Entries are now available at the club with a ticket received every time you buy a five dollar plus round of drinks, , a snack or a $15 bottle shop purchase. Tickets will be issued at venues such as Luminous brasserie and 88 Alley. Put your tickets in the barrel and on July 23 you could be the lucy winner of the MG. The sleek new MG Core is the modern version of the famous sportscar that was every motorist’s dream car in the 1960s. There will also be an eye-catching range of minor prizes on offer worth a grand total of $1500.
Ground breaking event AY 27, 2022, will always hold a special day in the history of Gosford RSL Club as that is the day the Ground Ceremony was held at the West Gosford site. Guests at the well-attended event on a stunning sunny day watched as three Leaders in the project took
up the shovels and started the journey towards the new clubhouse, Those guests included the RSL Club’s board of Directors and the Leadership team, as well as Senior Management from WMK Architecture and North Construction and Building.
A number of consultants involved in the project were also witnesses to the big occasion. It was the end of 10 years of intensive planning and the start of more than a year of construction and finishing touches for the $45M project
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Above and below, the Ashwood Motel.
IMPRESSIVE 25,000 MEMBERS
RSL Club employs 130 coast staff ODAY’S impressive Gosford RSL Club Group is a far cry from the days when a few Diggers enjoyed a quiet beer in a clubhouse behind the Anglican Church. It consists of Gosford RSL Club, The Galaxy Motel and the Ashwood Motel and employs more than 130 staff. The Club has been operating since 1960 and has approximately 25,000 members. Gosford RSL Club takes its role as a key community organisation and social enterprise very seriously and always aims to be an active, integral part of the local community. The overall objective of Gosford RSL is to be a financially successful entity so as to continue providing a venue with up-to-date facilities, a
safe and enjoyable environment for patrons. It aims to continue to be a leader and contribute to the local community through sponsorships, support and continued relationships with key local programs. The Club supports the Gosford RSL Subbranch and is very proud of the heritage and history connected to this wonderful institution and the work that is done to assist and support diggers past and present. Gosford RSL Club business values date back to when the club was first formed following World War Two. It was created to provide a place for returned servicemen and women to meet and the RSL brand has always been a symbol of respect and honesty within the community.
Congratulations to Gosford RSL on their $45 million landmark Development and Central Coast Building Partner North Construction who is celebrating 35 years of building. Business NSW congratulates members Gosford RSL and North Construction and Building for bringing a new place of entertainment and recreation to our regional CBD and creating jobs for our locals.
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LAURA SHIN WO writer friends were recently caught up in a work-from-home scam, but theirs had a new twist. They both discovered that a scammer used their name to post job listings on Elance-oDesk, a popular job listings site for online freelance work. The fraudster used their professional reputations — resume, photo, portfolio site — both to solicit work and to hire people into doing writing for them. They only discovered their involuntary participation in the fraud when both potential contractors and employers contacted them directly. Work-from-home scams were listed as the top internet crime in 2011 by the Internet Crime Complaint Center. More recent surveys haven’t broken out categories the same way, but it looks like the old “$$$ WORK FROM HOME!!! $$$” scam is alive and well, if no longer as obvious. Because of how unsophisticated past schemes were, job seekers may not know how to spot the newest evolutions. “Job seekers have grown sensitive to the typical warning signs of fake job listings, so scammers have evolved their tactics to trick them,” said Sara Sutton Fell, Founder and CEO of FlexJobs, a site for telecommuting, flexible schedule, part-time, and freelance jobs. “In order to ensure a safer online job search experience, today’s job seekers need to be aware of how job scams have matured so they can adequately protect themselves.” Here are five subtle job scam techniques, plus tips on how to safeguard yourself from them.
1. Fake urls. This scam is about as normal as you could imagine: You see a work-from-home listing from a well-known company. Your scam detection tip: Check the web address against one that you search for online. For instance, back in 2012, one scam used the web address cnbs4newsworld.com, which seems related to CNBC. However, a quick web search would reveal that CNBC doesn’t use that
4. Lack of verifiable contact information. Sometimes a company will have a legitimate-looking website, but it only offers an anonymous inquiry submission form and no other form of contact. Your scam detection tip: Ask for other contact information and verify that separately via online search. FlexJobs also has a database of pre-screened companies offering work-from-home opportunities. url. (And all the links within it led to a site called Home Business System.) Other common variations on this scam or adding “inc” to the web name, or ending the url with “.net.” Another way to protect yourself from this scam is to compare the job listing with the ones on the company website.
2. Being contacted directly by a company you’ve never contacted yourself. This, again, is a pretty run-of-the-mill routine: a company contacts you through LinkedIn offering you a work-from-home position. I’ve also been recruited through LinkedIn for jobs at totally legit companies, so it could be very easy to fall into this trap. One person who fell for this scam was offered a better-paying position and asked to start working there the following week. The victim did, and after two weeks and two days, the company announced they decided to “go in a dif-
ferent direction” and completely disappeared — leaving the victim more than $1,000 in the red. Your scam detection tip: Being contacted out of the blue by a company you’ve never applied to or had any previous interaction with is a red flag, especially if they ask you to give less than the typical two weeks’ notice at work. In this case, the scammers give a short deadline and offer a substantial increase in pay that makes it hard for the victim to think critically about the offer.
3. Conducting interviews by chat. Your potential new employer asks to conduct the interview by chat — again, another tipoff that stems from a real-life practice. A good friend of mine was actually interviewed by instant message for the job he now has at a hot, buzzworthy company. Your scam detection tip: If a company only communicates with you through online chat, that could be an indication
5. Being asked to give your personal banking information. In 2012, the Federal Trade Commission helped refund $2.3 million to victims who had been snookered by a work-from-home scam by a company that used the names Google Money Tree, Google Pro and Google Treasure Chest. It was not affiliated with Google. The fake companies promised the victims that they could earn $100,000 in six months after ordering a work-from-home kit for a $4 shipping fee — what wasn’t disclosed was that they would also be charged $72 per month. Your scam detection tip: Being asked to make a small investment in order to receive a large sum of money sounds too good to be true — and it is. If you’re being asked to share your bank information upfront, whether it’s to pay for a kit that will help you work from home or any other seemingly legitimate reason, it’s probably a scam.
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Artist impression of the project and below the site.
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Secure your .AU name by September BINH REY AND SASHA BUAC O date Australian companies have had the luxury of feeling secured that companies without an Australian presence or proof of company entity could not apply and certain types of domain names. These include: .com.au. .net.au and .org.au On March 24, the Australian Domain governing body, ‘.au Doman Administration’ (auDA), released new domain extension ‘.au’ and has given current owners of Australian domain names including ‘.com.au’, ‘net.au’ and ‘.org.au’ a period of six months to register interest to own the ‘.au’ domain name. This period is called the ‘Priority Allocation Period’ and ends on the September 24, 2022. Unlike existing rules to obtain Australian domain names, the applicant for the ‘.au’ is not required to show proof of having a registered a company name, trust name, business trading name or trademark which corresponds to the domain name to be eligible to own the address.
What does this mean for Australian business owners? • If you are a business and have current domains with ‘.com.au’ ‘.net. au’ you only have priority for six months to purchase and register the new address with just ‘.au’. • After six months (September 2022) anybody will be able to purchase the ‘.au’ domain names. • If you own both the ‘.com.au’ and the ‘.net.au’ you will not have any problems registering the “.au” name(s) provided you do so prior to the September 24,2022 cut-off date.
Rules for contested domain names If you only own one of either the ‘.com.au’ OR the ‘.net.au’ purchase of the ‘.au’ may be contested by the party that owns the alternative. Contention over domain names will be dealt with by auDA. On auDA’s website, they have stated the following criteria to determine which applicant would own the ‘.au’ name. Priority Category 1: Names created on or before the cut-off date of February 4, 2018 Priority Category 2: Names created after the cut-off date of February 4, 2018
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Scenario Minipanda.com.au is owned by Mini Panda Ice Cream and was registered prior to February 4, 2018 (priority category 1) Minipanda.net.au is owned by Mini Panda Day Care Centre and was registered after to February 4, 2018 (priority category 2) Minipand.org.au is owned by Mini Panda Not for Profit Charity and was registered after to February 4, 2018 (priority category 2) In this scenario, only Mini Panda Ice Cream had satisfied priority category 1, therefore will obtain the right to own the ‘minipanda.au’ domain name and the other two applicants will miss out.
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Ineos Automotive announces full local Price, specification of its Grenadier 4WD MATT BROGAN OLLOWING details of its Australian and New Zealand dealership network earlier this week, Ineos Automotive has now revealed full local specification and pricing details for its three-variant Grenadier range. The Ineos Grenadier is available for order locally from May 18 with production set to commence from July. As previously reported by GoAuto, the Grenadier will be priced from $84,500 plus on-road costs in entry-grade two-seat/five-door Utility Wagon form. We can now reveal that the five-seat/five-door wagon Station Wagon will begin at $85,500 – Ineos Automotive asking no premium whether buyers opt for its BMW-sourced turbocharged petrol or diesel engines. Both the Grenadier Utility Wagon and Station Wagon will be further offered in variants including the off-road oriented Trialmaster Edition and practical Fieldmaster Edition. The well-equipped variants are priced from $95,494 in Utility Wagon format and $96,495 in Station Wagon guise. No-nonsense Trialmaster Edition variants are equipped as standard with front- and rear differentials locks and BF Goodrich KO2 All-Terrain T/A tyres. The same equipment is available optionally elsewhere across the range for $2875. Which isn’t to say that standard versions of the Grenadier are any less capable. The four-wheel drive Utility Wagon has been designed as a “blank canvas” for those requiring a pared back workhorse with the ability to carry loads. The utility variant is equipped as standard with a full-height cargo barrier ahead of its 1200 x 800mm load floor (with 2088 litres of cargo space) and is available with a metal panel or rear-side windows at no extra cost. Trialmaster Edition variants – whose design is inspired by UK utility clothing manufacturer Belstaff – places functionality and versatility as its top priorities, says Ineos Automotive, and is aimed at customers who are “passionate about
hardcore off-roading and tackling the toughest terrain”. The Grenadier Trialmaster Edition is equipped as standard with Ineos’ Rough Pack and Smooth Pack (see details below), which are available optionally elsewhere in the range. Finally, the Fieldmaster Edition – named after yet another Belstaff jacket – is aimed at outdoorsy types with adventure-based lifestyles. Equipped with Ineos’ Smooth Pack, but sans Rough Pack, the variant includes additional technology items, Safari Windows and 17-inch alloy wheels, as well as leather upholstery and heated front seats. All Ineos Grenadier variants are offered with a wide array of options and accessories. Many of these are bundled into logical packs, however there is the option to pick and choose those items required, building a vehicle that is suited to an individual’s specific needs. Ineos Automotive says its open-source approach to customisation means buyers can affix existing kit and utilise prewired electrical points to ensure the Grenadier suits their requirements. While Ineos has already provided details of the vehicle’s construction and powertrain (see links below), it has today revealed off-road geometry and clearance details of the Grenadier for Australian and New Zealand markets.
By way of contrast The five-door wagon will arrive with 264mm of ground clearance, has a wading depth of 800mm, an approach angle of 36.2º, a break-over angle of 28.2º and a departure angle of 36.1º. Braked towing is rated at 3500kg and roof-top load is rated at 150kg dynamic and 420kg static. By way of contrast, those numbers compare to the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon thusly: 252mm ground clearance, 760mm wading depth, 36.5º approach angle, 21.2º break-over angle and 31.9º departure angle. Braked towing is rated at 2495kg. Roof-top load for the American stalwart is listed at 136kg dynamic and 362kg static. Option packs and accessories for the Grenadier – and in addition to the Rough Pack listed earlier – include the Smooth Pack ($2875)with park assist, power heated wing mirrors, lockable central storage box, paddle lamps and ambient door lighting, auxiliary charging points
and alarm; 17-inch alloy wheels ($1060); 18-inch steel wheels ($1430); 18-inch alloy wheels ($2835); locking wheel nuts ($100); and BF-Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tyres ($840). An exterior utility belt in a $705 option, an access ladder is $350 and a lockable spare wheel storage box $440. Heat-reflective privacy glass is a $670 option while Safari Windows add $2465 to the overall price. For off-road enthusiasts the Grenadier offers factory-fiited accessories including an auxiliary battery for $1060, differential locks (front and rear) $2790, snorkel $1100, compass and altimeter $460, 5500kg winch $5430, rated recovery points $740, and front towing plate $620. Inside, the Grenadier may be optioned with leather upholstery for $1850, front seat heaters for $650, a Saddle Leather steering wheel for $1060, carpeted flooring for $370, and carpet floor mats for $380. Interior utility rails add $370 to the list price, auxiliary charging points $220 and an overhead switch panel $1805… while a cigarette lighter and ashtray will set you back $75. The only final costly choice available for the Grenadier comes from your choice of paint colour. Solid white is the only no-cost option with five other solid colours adding $900 to the build sheet. Metallic hues, of which there are four, add $1230, while a contrasting roof is a further $1690. You may further choose to powdercoat the ladder frame in red or grey for an additional $1410, or contrast wrap the nose cone for $1400. The rear doors may also be contrast wrapped for $1060. To learn more about the Ineos Automotive Grenadier, click on the links below, or visit ineosgrenadier.com/en/ au/ to configure your own.
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Modern, substantially larger Kombi gets ready to hit local showrooms MATT BROGAN OLKSWAGEN’s commercial vehicle division and Jayco have teamed up to create the Crafter Kampervan, a modern and substantially larger take on the Kombi that VW Australia says will become the halo of its evolving van range. The model will sit above the Caddy California and Multivan California as the brand’s flagship recreational offering Down Under. Alongside a five-year / unlimited-kilometre warranty, the Crafter Kampervan will be available in three grades when it goes on sale this July: Kampervan, Kampervan Style and Kampervan All-Terrain, the latter replete with a suite of Seikel off-road equipment. Measuring in at a generous 6.8 metres in length and 2.0 metres in width, the Crafter Kampervan range offers not only ample living and sleeping quarters, but seating for four, sleeping for three, multiple dining and seating areas, freshand wastewater tanks, a full bathroom with shower and toilet, full kitchen with two-burner gas cooktop, microwave, fridge and sink, reverse cycle air-conditioning, and diesel heating and hot water. The 4Motion-equipped Crafter Kampervan range is further equipped with a TV and DVD system with internal and external speakers, lithium in-house battery with additional solar array, LED internal and external lighting, App Connect, a Wi-Fi extender, plus an external awning. Volkswagen says the Crafter Kampervan has been “extensively tested” at the Anglesea Proving Ground in Victoria, showcasing not only the Australian engineering at work inside the vehicle, but – without elaborating – the “testing
and tuning that makes it perfect for local conditions”. The Crafter Kampervan will be offered in seven paint colours, including four two-tone schemes. Volkswagen has yet to announce available driveline specifications or pricing of its all-wheel-drive Kampervan, but it is expected the variant will demand a premium over the current Crafter 4Motion flagship, which sells from $76,990 (plus on-road costs). Brand director of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle, Ryan Davies, said
the partnership with Jayco combines the expertise of two leading brands and presents “another milestone in our brand's collaboration with Australian auto building. “Just as Walkinshaw took the Amarok to the next level, Jayco (as the leading brand in its field) is making the Crafter Kampervan the perfect choice for those who want to drive a brilliantly engineered vehicle – then live and sleep comfortably across endless Australian destinations,” said Mr Davies.
Jayco motorised division national sales manager, Bruce Astbury, said: "Jayco is proud to be associated with Volkswagen and the touring lifestyle that both brands embody. This is a partnership that will enhance the depth of the Volkswagen range and continue to support local employment at our stateof-the-art, 50-acre, Dandenong South facility.” Customers may register their interest in the Volkswagen Crafter Kampervan at volkswagen.com.au/ en/models/crafter-kampervan
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DOWN 1. Opulent 2. Grounds 3. Exalted happiness 4. Created a lap 5. Future ferns 6. Pergola 7. Saber handle 8. Bud in Burgundy 9. Shopkeeper 10. With skill 11. Celebrity's concern 12. Not as timely 13. A couple of big joints 19. Languishes 21. One of a trident trio 24. Compost heap discard 25. Connective tissue 26. Ball point pen inventor 27. In a moment 28. Was optimistic 30. Sweet or hard beverage 31. Most flawed 32. Cause of some scars 33. Lipstick hues 35. Family tree entry 36. Metal deposit 38. Prop up 39. Color for the tickled 40. Files litigation 41. Hurting the most 42. Flavorsome 43. Trial associate? 44. Close pal 45. Agrippina, to Nero 47. Form of pachisi 49. Injure badly 50. Cat in boots 52. Astaire specialty 53. Bucolic cry
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WORKING OFFICE ON THE ROAD
Joining the digital nomads DALLAS SHERRINGHAM
Top cities for digital nomads in Asia
e’ve all heard the term grey nomads, but a new group known as digital nomads has evolved as a result of the COVID pandemic By 2035 more than one billion people around the world are predicted to be living and working as digital nomads as advances in technology, remote working and workplace culture continue to grow. According to predictions, this global nomadic workforce, capable of plugging in anywhere in the world with a decent internet connection, will make up one in every three employees. There are already 35 million digital nomads worldwide, with the trend being driven by technology, growing demand for flexible workspace and the increasing adoption of hybrid work. I joined this growing movement in Australia recently, setting up my office in the annex of my caravan at Budgewoi Caravan Park. It is a fabulous way to work, but I have drawn up a list of essential ‘needs’ if you want to do it successfully.
What is a digital nomad? A digital nomad is a remote worker who travels and works simultaneously, visiting locations nationwide and worldwide, working from beaches, coffee shops and coworking spaces. Some digital nomads only travel for a few months and others do it for years. Research suggests that 80% of digital nomads prefer to stay in one location for three to nine months. Office advisory service Instant Offices has ranked almost 80 locations on affordability, weather, broadband speed and more to reveal the best places to be a digital nomad in 2022. Unsurprisingly, over half the cities analysed in the top 60 are in Asia. Cities like Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Hong Kong offer captivating travel experiences, scenery and food alongside stellar connectivity, infrastructure and a manageable cost of living.
Bustling metropolises across Central, East, South, Southeast and Western Asia are perfect for digital nomads who want to explore some of the world’s most iconic business centres and enjoy a continent full of exciting travel opportunities and sights. Demand for flexible office space in places like Singapore and Hong Kong is high as more people look to new ways of using workspace, meaning you can easily find creative coworking spaces, meeting rooms and serviced offices to work from as you travel.
Seoul, South Korea
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Hong Kong, China
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Connectivity is also second to none. Singapore boasts the fastest average broadband speed in this ranking, at 256 Mbps, while Jakarta has more than 97,000 wi-fi hotspots across the city. Neighboring countries in Asia-Pacific also feature high on the list for digital nomads, with Australia and New Zealand both offering plenty of coworking space, delicious cuisine, travel opportunities and probably most appealing of all, unparalleled sunny weather.
Travel while you work Trends in commercial property reflect the general movement towards increased workplace flexibility. .As the role of the office changes and flexibility increases globally, more people will be able to travel and work virtually anywhere. Market forecasts show flexible workspace as a proportion of the total office market will grow from 5% to almost 13% by 2025
DAL’S TOP 10 TIPS • Good communications are vital at all times. Zoom for face-to-face meetings. • Make sure you have a portable wifi system. Caravan and accommodation wifi systems are notoriously bad. • A comfortable chair and a generous size foldup table if you are camping or caravanning. • If a laptop is not possible, use a portable keyboard with your phone screen. • Backup everything on a portable hard drive. • Download and backup photos from your phone and camera daily. • Extra batteries for your camera. • Small, portable printer is always useful. • Keep a handwritten diary of your trip and expenses. • Business cards for the journey – you never know when they will come in handy.
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$20M FOR ELECTRIC CHARGING STATIONS
Driving boast in electric cars P to 3500 electric vehicle (EV) chargers will be rolled out across regional NSW, with the NSW Government offering $20M in grants to establish Australia’s largest destination charging network. Treasurer and Minister for Energy Matt Kean said the co-funded grants, ranging from $2000 to $40,000 per site for EV chargers across regional NSW, would boost regional tourism and were part of a $171M investment in EV charging over the next four years. “EVs are growing in popularity and this will help ensure our regional areas have the charging stations needed to welcome EV-driving visitors,” Mr Kean said. The EV destination charging grants will be offered on a co-funded basis for the purchase and installation of electric vehicle (EV) chargers in regional areas, which can provide a top-up of up to 130km of range in an hour. A range of destinations across regional NSW can apply for the grants, including motels, wineries, cafes, restaurants, natural attractions, visitor information centres, museums and zoos. Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway said a series of EV tourist drives would also be developed across the state to promote EV travel across regional NSW, following the rollout of the EV chargers. “This will grow local economies and support small businesses in areas impacted by Covid, bushfires and floods,” Mr Farraway said. The NSW Electric Vehicle Strategy aims to increase EV sales to 52 per cent of all new car sales by 2030-31, and the vast majority by 2035. Funding under the strategy also includes a $131 million investment for ultra-fast charging infrastructure and a $20 million investment in EV charging in commuter car parks, creating a world class charging network across the state. The EV destination charging grants can be used for the purchase and in-
stallation of select electric vehicle (EV) chargers as well as software to tap into the smart capabilities of each charger. This includes: • 75 per cent towards buying up to four alternating current (AC) destination chargers per site location. • 75 per cent towards charger installation (capped at $1000 per charger). • 50 per cent towards a two-year charger software subscription. Eligible destinations can apply for the grants online https://www.energysaver.nsw.gov.au/reducing-emissions-nsw/electric-vehicles/electric-vehicle-destination-charging-grants.
Electric car charging.
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MAKING EXERCISING FUN
Motivation quick fix tips that little bit of accountability you need to get your next work out in. 7. Put on some music that fires you up – Music is a great tool that you can use to get yourself in a certain mood. Find a play list that gets you pumped up, crank up your sound system and get yourself to the gym. 8. Short workouts – Don’t overcomplicate it, if you are just not in the mood for an hour of exercise. Just commit to a 10 to 15-minute sweat session and call it a day. 9. Fitness Pro’s – Jump online and watch some of your favourite fitness pro’s ripping into their workouts for inspiration. 10. Quit making excuses – Just go and do it, you will feel so much better when you are done!!
ADAM SIMPSON HEN it comes to exercising or training it is only natural to not be super motivated 100% of the time. But the key to long term results is being super consistent and getting your workouts done when you really can’t be bothered. Here are some quick fix motivational hacks that you can use to make sure you get that work out in. 1. Get a workout buddy – Call or text a friend and book that workout in with them. You are much less likely to skip that workout, if it means you are going to let someone else down as well. 2. Do something fun – If you have a structured program and you just really don’t want to do it. Go off script and do some other activity for the day that gets you moving. 3. Prepare your gym gear – If you train early in the morning get your gym gear out the night before and lay it somewhere so it is all ready to go. You will feel silly the next day if you don’t go and train and you have to put your gym gear back in the cupboard.
4. Do not go home after work – After a long stressful day at work, it can be easy to skip the gym. Whatever you do, do not go home. Pack your gym clothes and go straight to the gym. If you go home and sit down, you are not getting back up. 5. Buy new workout gear – If you are in a bit of a rut, go and buy
some new workout gear that you are excited to wear. It may be the little motivational boost you need to get you back on track! 6. Buy some exercise tracking technology – Myzone Bands, Garmin Watches, Fit Bits are all great tools you can use to track your exercise levels and give you
Next time you are lacking that motivation you need, give one of these hacks a go. If you have any hacks that I haven’t mentioned that you currently use, I would love to hear from you! Shoot me an email email@example.com Adam Simpson is lead trainer and founder at Repetitions Group fitness and Personal Training. Visit: www.repetitionspt.com.au
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THE MAGIC POWER OF GOALS
It’s real, I’ve experienced it MINDSET | MARCUS WHEAN STRONGLY believe that goals have magic powers! Come on, magic powers, how so?, you might ask. I believe this because I have experienced it and when I truly understood and embraced goal-setting into my life, I have been able to not only better manage my own mental health but have been able to completely re-invent my life and experience myself and life as more fulfilled, happy and content. By having and working on meaningful goals you can not only feel like you’re surviving in life, but thriving! This is what I incorporate into my work with clients. First things first, though. We must firstly understand that we are all goal-directed. That is, we are setting and achieving goals albeit sub-consciously. Even when we are not actively working on goals or plans, like if we are avoiding such things, this is still a goal. These are avoidant goals. Many of us have and achieve avoidance goals all day every day. We might say we are not motivated, but to avoid things is still motivation. It is motivation to avoid. This pattern is obviously negative because it does not bring us the contentment and happiness we crave. It can bring immediate comfort
If you’re unsure of what goals to set, ask yourself what you value. What YOU truly value.” but ultimately it is not serving our health and life well. Negative behavioural patterns like avoidance goals reinforce negative belief patterns. These patterns when left unaddressed can lead to or exacerbate unhelpful stress and can affect your mental health. A famous psychologist once said: “That which remains unconscious is our fate”. This is where the magic power of goals comes in. We must get conscious about our goals. We must think about a vision for ourselves and our life.
This vision sets the tone for the goals we set. Our vision and goals must be based on positive intent, EG: Hhow do you want to be, what do you want to achieve?’; and not on negative intent. EG:. ‘How you don’t want to be’. For instance, you could have a vision for how you want to be, or what you want to be doing, in say, the next 12 months. We must give this some time and thought because we must get consciouss and clear on how we want to be because the old negative mind will likely be there fuelling negative thoughts on how not to be. If we don’t get clear on the positive, the negative thoughts can lead to fear of failure, which leads to that negative motivation pattern all over again (our fate). When you’re clear on your vision, it’s time to brainstorm goals. I usually suggest around 2 or 3. Maybe there’s one personal, one professional and one material goal. If you’re unsure of what goals to set, ask yourself what you value. What YOU truly value. By values I mean things you really like to do; values that are yours that make you, you. These values require little motivation or inspiration to do, but they also should be challenging and rewarding. They should require some effort. Because it’s in the effort and process of
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working on and achieving your goals, where the magic happens. When you have your 2-3 goals for the year, break those down into quarterly sub-goals, then monthly, then into weekly and daily plans. The weekly and daily plans require regular attention. We must make sure we’re staying accountable and on track. Get yourself a journal to write and review your plans weekly at least. This is great to build confidence and that sense of achievement. Giving our goals and the plans daily attention is akin to giving ourselves attention. If our goals are aligned with our values, and we value the things we are working on, then by implication we are valuing ourselves. Then as we progress and achieve our goals the reward is we not only value ourselves but feel great that we are actively working on ourselves and our life and no longer avoiding taking meaningful action in our life. It requires effort but it is, again, in the process of taking meaningful action where the magic power of goals lies and how we can not only survive but feel like we are thriving in life. Marcus Whelan is a Registered Psychologist and Mental Fitness Coachwith 10+ years’ experience in private practice. He holds undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in psychology and education. Visit: www.marcuswhelanpsychology.com.au
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Top Gun: Maverick – 5 Stars Pete Mitchell, callsign Maverick (Tom Cruise), has spent over 30 years as one of the Navy’s top aviators, doing exactly what he is best at–flying planes. ut it’s a new era, and the top brass ground Maverick when disobeys orders to test pilot a new high tech plane; that is, until his old friend Iceman (Val Kilmer) steps in, and selects him to go back to his old stomping ground of Top Gun. At the Naval Flight Academy, Maverick is tasked by Admiral Simpson (Jon Hamm) with a mission. An Iranian nuclear weapons base is on the verge of readiness, buried in a crater, surrounded by SAMs and fifth gen fighters. They have three weeks to destroy the base before the radioactive materials arrive, and the flight in and out is thought to be impossible. Maverick has to teach a new generation, one so reliant on technology, the skills he has learnt in a lifetime, in order to not just complete the mission, but survive it. In doing so, he will have to reckon with the mistakes, regrets and memories from his past, not least of which is his relationship with his old wingman Goose, whose son Rooster (Miles Teller) is in his class. Directed by Joseph Kosinski, Top Gun: Maverick is the sort of movie that they just don’t make anymore, and you can feel it right from the opening credits. As the Paramount logo fades, a beautiful grainy sunrise-over-the-ocean shot is punctured by the distinctly not modern font displaying Miles Teller’s name, and the dulcet, rockabilly tones of Kenny Loggins classic Highway To The Danger Zone plays, the heart pumps a little bit faster. It’s right here that you
realize you’re feeling something you haven’t felt in the cinema for years–genuine excitement. Thus commences the 2-hour 11 minute magnum opus that is Top Gun: Maverick. From a plot perspective, it’s a genuinely ingenious way to bring back the magic of the first, while modernizing it for the modern era (and Cruise’s advancing age). The dialogue is slick for the most part, with a bunch of classically cheesy one-liners thrown in for good measure, but always aware of itself. It’s also surprisingly affecting in its emotionality. Scenes with Kilmer, who famously had his vocal box removed due to cancer, bring a tear to the eye, and Kosinski isn’t tokenistic with his representation of the actor; instead using him to deliver one of the best scenes in the movie.
The cast across the board is uniformly excellent. The newcomers looking for a place in the squad are, due to numbers and by necessity, largely one-dimensional, but that’s ok. The harder edges from the first installment that may not play well in the modern era, like any overt bullying, are rounded off without losing the chemistry, zest and rivalry. Miles Teller, who strikingly resembles Anthony Edwards Goose from the first movie, is absolutely fantastic, re-cementing his status as one of the best young actors on the scene after a few years of missteps. Jennifer Connolly is also spectacular, bringing some real vintage vibes to the piece. Ultimately, this is the Tom Cruise show though, and it doesn’t disappoint. This is Cruise on his A-Game, his best performance in years. There’s a joy that
shines through in his performance; a little smirk constantly playing behind the eyes, that seems to say to the audience that he, too, feels what they feel; the joyous nostalgia of being back in this world. The simple pleasures of a time gone by, when all you needed was a cracking soundtrack, a couple of planes flying around, and a game of shirtless beach volleyball to have a hit movie, instead of the modern requirement for hundreds of millions of dollars of CGI. Cruise is the lifeblood of this film, and indeed in the resurrecting of this character, and the delivery of a film that literally has to be seen in cinemas, he is the lifeblood of the modern theatrical experience. Top Gun: Maverick is the sort of film that, when first discussed, seemed like a terrible idea. You’d have been forgiven for thinking that surely, there’s no way they can do anything but harm the legacy of the original. Which is why it’s such a joy that, after you leave the cinema, having witnessed heart, pathos, some incredible action sequences, and a whole heap of sunset-drenched 80’s nostalgia in bomber jackets, you find that they’ve absolutely succeeded. This is the perfect sequel; perhaps even better than the original.
Reviews by Jacob Richardson Creative Director | Film Focus www.filmfocusau.com
Mothering Sunday – 3 Stars Beautifully shot, staged and acted, but ultimately unfulfilling period drama. ane Fairchild (Odessa Young) is a maid living in post-World War 1 England. She makes plans to secretly meet with the high-born Paul Sheringham (Josh O’Connor), whom she loves and has been having an affair with, for a romantic tryst before he leaves to marry another woman. Surrounded by the overwhelming sense of death, mourning and grief from the high-born families around her who have all lost children to the war, and interspersed with flashforwards to a future Jane who, successful in her writing, is in the midst of another loss, the film charts the final hours before a tragic accident; one that destroys the community Jane lives in, and both forces her and liberates her in the pursuit of writing. Mothering Sunday is a prime example of slow cinema. Fundamentally, the story charts pretty much a single afternoon, with admitted flashforwards and the occasional flashback interspersed amongst that afternoon. While it is definitely interesting and intriguing, and holds your interest, it would be a stretch to say that this piece captivates it.
On the plus side, it is gorgeously shot and staged. The visuals in this film really are incredible, and for the lovers of cinematography among us, it may be tough to resist a second visit to rewatch those elements alone, even if you didn’t care for the film as a whole. With gorgeous colours, beautifully shallow depth of field, and a penchant for focusing not on faces but on details (around lips, shoulders, hair and more), this really is stunning to look at. Be forewarned, however, this isn’t one to take
the kids to nor a prickly mother-in-law; our main duo are naked for probably 45% of the runtime, and they don’t shy away from anything. It is also a wonderfully acted film. Colin Firth and Olivia Coleman do wonders with small roles, completely swallowed by their pain and loss. The main duo are also extremely compelling, particularly Young, who has to play really three versions of the same character throughout; the naive young lover in flashbacks, the realist, desperate and last-ditch hopeful lover in the main timeline, and the cynical, but faintly hopeful and wistful one in the flashforwards. The scripting is also fairly admirable. The piece for most of the runtime works extremely well, and lines like Coleman’s biting remark to Young’s Jane, or Firth’s simple approval of her characters choice to move on, hit home and trust the audience to work with little wordage, and lots of performance.
Where stems the issue then? Ultimately, Mothering Sunday feels empty, and that’s a problem. Sure, there are the occasional general missteps–chief among them a horrible reporters-atthe-door scene with a much much older Jane, which feels plucked from an entirely different film. But the issue with the film is more insidious than that. The whole thing feels bereft of weight, and import. It’s tough to pinpoint where exactly that happens. Perhaps the film is too slow cinema for its own good. Perhaps it is the arrangement of the scenes, or a characters lack of backstory. In the end, this is a story about the lingering effect of loss, and both its inhibiting effects and its catalysing ones. We’re looking at all of these characters feeling so much– so much pain, so much loss, so much grief–and yet we feel nothing. That’s why the film, despite being stunningly beautiful, is ultimately unsuccessful.
Reviews by Jacob Richardson Creative Director | Film Focus www.filmfocusau.com
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