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Tropfest 2019

John Polson on why TROPFEST works WSBA editor, Michael Walls, talks with Tropfest founder, John Polson : Why does TF work? A: I think the short film format and being able to see such diversity on the big screen, really resonates with people from all walks of life. Every year, we screen everything from heartrending stories straight out of warzones, to uplifting coming-ofage tales, to hilariously crude animations and everything in between. One of the best things about Tropfest is how it combines the punchiness of the content we scroll through daily, with the visual splendor of the big screen – if you don’t like a film, just wait a few minutes for the next one! Q: How does it differ from film festivals the world over (how does it compete for participation)? A: Tropfest differs in that every film must incorporate the Tropfest Signature Item, which changes every year. We encourage everyone to be as literal or as subtle as they like, so it’s a great way for people to showcase their ingenuity. This way, we can also ensure each film is being made specifically for Tropfest and has never been seen before. You don’t need to be a huge Hollywood star or have a big budget to win – you can be anyone with a camera and a story to tell. Q: Please describe your top two TF moments (of all time)? A: Last year, we celebrated one of the most culturally diverse finalist lineups in Trop history, as well as achieving substantial gender diversity again, and it was an awesome reminder of what Tropfest is all about – showcasing stories on the big screen that might not otherwise be told. On the list of best moments has to be when we first closed down Victoria Street in Darlinghurst for Tropfest in the mid-90s (I believe it was the first time it had been officially closed to traffic since cars were invented!). And definitely when we first moved from Victoria Street to Rushcutters Bay Park, thereby taking our audience from a few thousand to 25,000 overnight. But there have been countless other special moments along the way as well, and every year when the winner takes the stage, you can hear a pin drop as you realize this person’s career is about to get a massive boost — and Tropfest has played a role in that. It’s an amazing feeling that only gets stronger each year. Q: How can/will you continue to innovate the TF purpose? A: For us, moving forward means really building on diversity and representation on-screen. Now that we’re nestled in the cultural heart of Sydney, we want to showcase stories from everyone, from all backgrounds and identities. People are always asking me what kind of stories we’re looking for… my answer: Yours. Q: Your biggest TF success in terms of TF being a launch pad for talent? A: Over the years, Tropfest has acted as a launch pad for some of the biggest names in the industry today, from Sam Worthington to Rebel Wilson. Our 2012 winner Alethea Jones’ debut feature Fun Mom Dinner starred Toni Colette and Adam Levine, and she’s now working on the upcoming web series Queen America, which will star Hollywood legend Catherine Zeta Jones.



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ORLD renowned photographer Ken Duncan has launched a brand new exhibition and Reflections book at his Erina Heights Gallery and to celebrate we are giving our readers the chance to win a signed copy of the book. TV legend and noted photographer Ray Martin was special guest host at the exhibition and book launch and gave a great insight into travelling with Ken around Australia. In his dazzling new exhibition, World of Light, Ken once again shows his tremendous talent and inimitable style. Featuring unique images from across Australia and around the world, World of Light demonstrates this local artist’s extraordinary ability to capture the very essence of places exotic and familiar.

Ray Martin at the Ken Duncan exibition.

From the pre-dawn glow over Pebbly Beach at Norah Head, to the glorious spectacle of Aurora Borealis in Norway, Ken’s amazing photographs turn walls into windows featuring the beauty of nature. It includes wildlife photos taken in Africa and the Arctic, to the romantic canals of Venice, to the rugged coastline and colorful villages of Cinque Terre. The serene bushland setting of Ken’s Erina Heights Gallery, provides a perfect backdrop for this bold new collection of photographs. Visitors to Ken’s Gallery can stroll at leisure amongst the artworks, then pause for further reflection over a delicious snack in the peace of The Sanctuary Café. To win a copy of the book simply email your name, suburb and phone number to all details will be strictly confidential.

Companies like electric car options  DALLAS SHERRINGHAM HE traditional Western Sydney company car and fleet vehicle will soon be electric. Fleet buyers have signaled a major switch to electric vehicles (EVs) in the next two years, on the back of a unique EV Drive Day convened by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC). The EV Drive Day brought together 60 fleet buyers and managers from 41 organisations, who were given the chance to test drive electric passenger and light commercial vehicles.


With 13 models available for testing, the event represented the largest collection of EVs in one place in the Australian market. The majority of the fleet buyers and managers who participated in the EV Drive Day had more than 250 vehicles in their fleet, with almost a third having 50-250 vehicles In a post event survey, the fleet buyers and managers were asked about their intentions regarding electric vehicles: 50%signalled they would include EVs in their fleets within 12-24 months and 38% forecast they would have more EVs within three months. The fleet buyers and managers were also asked to name the main attraction of EVs, identifying reduced fuel and maintenance costs, as well as lower emissions. Potential concerns about switching to EVs included charging infrastructure and the upfront cost of EVs.

In Australia, an estimated 19,000 businesses operate fleets with 20 vehicles or more, representing more. This does not include the millions of company cars and vehicles operated by small businesses and tradies. Another very important development in this market is the increasing range of commercial vehicles now available, from smallerscale buses and vans to heavy duty trucks and electric garbage trucks It is estimated EVs could represent 90 per cent of all cars and light commercial vehicles on Australian roads by 2050, requiring $1.7B in private investment in new charging infrastructure. Increasing model availability to allow consumers to find vehicles within their budget is critical, as is public-access charging infrastructure to complement home charging and support vehicle charging for long-haul trips and occasional top-ups


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THE $76M, 4.5 star Four Points by Sheraton Parramatta Hotel, at 89 George Street in the Parramatta CBD is expected to open in April 2020. The 24-storey property will contain 300 rooms, next to Perth House, and be operated by Marriott Starwood making it the first Marriott hotel chain to enter the Western Sydney market.

NORTH WEST New hotel to open THE Marsden, Laundy Hotel’s $45M hotel in Sydney Business Park, at Marsden Park, is expected to open in February next year. It will include a brewery and a function centre able to accommodate 400 guests.

Link Powder leases LINK Powder Coating Group has leased from Quality Doors & Joinery a2938-square-metre site. At 6-8 Garling

Road, Kings Park, for five years at $125 a square metre gross.

SOUTH WEST WesTrac on the move SEVEN Group Holdings has moved its subsidiary WesTrac from Parramatta to a new 24-000-squaremetre construction machinery and maintenance centre in Crossroad Logistics Centre, at Casula. WesTrac is the Caterpillar dealer for NSW and Western Australia.

Mirvac outlays $71M CONSTRUCTION group, Mirvac, has purchased a 54-hectare site 800 metres from the proposed airport at Badgerys Creek for $71M as part of plans for a future industrial estate focused on logistics facilities.

CENTRAL WEST Dexus acquires property DEXUS has acquired a 100 per cent interest in a 10-hectare brownfield opportunity at 54 Ferndell Street in South Granville. Dexus plans to develop 54,000 square metres of

industrial property across four buildings over a two-year period.

$61.5M buys infill site DIVERSIFIED property heavyweight Dexus has secured a 10-hectare infill site for $61.5 million at 54-68 Ferndell Street, South Granville in Sydney’s booming industrial west.

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Kellyville has the biggest bridge  DALLAS SHERRINGHAM ERLLYVILLE will boast the biggest pedestrian bridge when the new North West Metro rail line opens next year. The main 80m span of the pedestrian bridge on the $8.3bn project has just been lifted into place, in a precision nighttime operation across Old Windsor Rd. Transport and Infrastructure Minister Andrew Constance said itwas another milestone on the game-changing transport project. “Metro rail will help give people more choice on how they get around Sydney,” Mr Constance said. “This new pedestrian bridge will make it easier for customers to get to the


new Kellyville Station, one of 13 Sydney Metro stations opening next year.” In a military-style operation, a 500 tonne crane was used to lift two bridge spans, weighing a combined 157 tonnes. The bridge is six metres above the road and will help get customers safely over Old Windsor Rd, providing access to the new station, as well as the Riley T-way bus stop. The bridge opens next year at the same time as the new Kellyville Station, which will also include 1360 commuter car parking spaces, four bus bays and parking and storage for 55 bicycles. Sydney Metro services start in the second quarter of 2019 in the city’s North West, extending into the CBD and Bankstown in 2024 – when Sydney will have 31 Metro stations and a new standalone Metro railway.

The new bridge being lowered into place.

Thriving community for Marsden Park ORE than 6200 new homes will be built in Marsden Park North in the next 20 years, turning it into a thriving community with plenty of wide-open spaces. The just announced Marsden Park North Masterplan will ensure the leafy suburb becomes one of the biggest housing estates in the North West. The Masterplan has been on public exhibition and will guide development for the community. Minister for Planning and Housing Anthony Roberts said the highlights of the Masterplan were the provision of three new local centres, a new primary school and new pedestrian paths and cycleways to access environmental conservation areas, plus new playing fields and open space.



“Three new local centres throughout the Marsden Park North precinct, along with the commercial area along Richmond Road, will provide the community with shops, cafes, community facilities and local jobs,” Mr Roberts said. “Residents will benefit from 13 brand new playing fields and more useable open space proposed for the area. “The new playing fields, public parks and the local centres will be easily accessible via new pathways and cycleways.” Mr Roberts said a wide range of homes would be provided for the diverse and growing community, easily accessed by new road upgrades and the Sydney Metro Northwest. Member for Riverstone Kevin Conolly said

access to and from the area would be made easy with the upgrade of Richmond Rd, Garfield Rd, Schofields Rd and Bandon Rd. “Residents will also have access to the new Sydney Metro Northwest at Tallawong Station as well as existing Schofields and Riverstone Railway Stations. “The new development precinct will eventually become part of the proposed new suburbs of Angus, Marsden Park and Vineyard,” Mr Conolly said. The Masterplan and the supporting technical reports are on exhibition for the local community to have their say in shaping the future of their area until October 26. For more information, visit www.planning.



Search on for powerhouse design

Artist impression of the new Powerhouse Museum and inset, Lisa Havilah.

Subbies win under new laws IFE can be tough for a subbie, their family and employees let down by unscrupulous head contractors and developers. But that has just changed for the better thanks to new laws which passed in the NSW Parliament. Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean said the security of payment laws would help stop subbies being left out of pocket for work completed each month. Under the changes: • Head contractors will have 20 business days to pay sub-contractors, instead of 30 business days.


• A new payment structure will allow sub-contractors to make a claim at least once a month for completed work, and a final claim if a contract is terminated. • There will be increased compliance and enforcement powers for NSW Fair Trading. Mr Kean said the Government was also considering additional reforms to help sub-contractors get paid sooner. “We want subbies and their families to see the benefits as soon as possible,” Mr Kean said. For more information on the reforms, visit www.




HE search for an iconic design for the relocation of the Powerhouse Museum collection to Parramatta will be spearheaded by former Carriageworks Director Lisa Havilah. As the Museum’s new Chief Executive, Ms Havilah will guide the future of the new Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences complex beside the Parramatta River. The Ultimo site of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences is being rezoned to help fund the Powerhouse’s move to Parramatta. Ms Havilah is an internationally respected arts leader and will steer the Museum’s move to its new home. Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said Ms Havilah was exceptionally well equipped to guide the future of MAAS during this transformational period. The NSW government is moving ahead with its controversial decision to relocate the Powerhouse Museum to Parramatta, making two major appointments to steer the final design of the new Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences. Global design competition consultancy firm Malcolm Reading has been appointed to manage the design process. Ms Havilah replaces Dolla Merrillees, who stepped down in July after a lavish $200,000 fundraiser she approved raised just $70,000. She will be the Powerhouse Museum’s fourth head in less than six years. The shortlist of designs by prominent architects in Australia and overseas is expected to be finalised later this year, with early works commencing in 2019. “The independent jury, chaired by an experienced figure, will assess each concept

and interview each team before making a recommendation on a winner to the Minister,” Mr Harwin said. I’m thrilled to welcome Lisa to this crucial role. There is no doubt her wealth of experience puts her in a class of her own. MAAS’s future, in particular the move of the Powerhouse Museum requires expert governance – I have total confidence Lisa is the person for the job,” Mr Harwin said. “With eight years at Carriageworks, six years of experience as Director of Campbelltown Arts Centre and six years at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Lisa understands Western Sydney and the vibrant arts and culture sector that is growing daily in the West.” Interested applicants are encouraged to register their details for the international design competition at https://competitions.malcolmreading. com/maasparramatta/.





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Developer acquires sought-after site  RED DWYER PROMIENANT private property developer has acquired a redevelopment site in one of the most highly soughtafter precincts in south-west Sydney for $52M. The Leda Group beat tough competition for the eight-hectare industrial at 286 Horsley Road, Milperra, from Lennox Industrial, with plans for a land subdivision and strata units to meet the demand by investors in the region. Billionaire investor Rob Ell, Leda’s managing director, said the site was “strategically acquired given the significant investment in infrastructure that is planned or currently under way by the government. “Most of this investment is happening within south-west Sydney,” Mr Ell said. “The attraction to the south west is not only buoyed by the new airport and the new aerotropolis economic zone around the new airport, but by a shortage of industrial space closer to Sydney,” said Colliers International’s Gavin Bishop The vendor, Singapore-listed Frasers Property Australia, bought the property in mid-2016 for $65M. The sale is indicative of the increasing demand from companies in the e-commerce sector for warehouse and logistics space in the tight industrial market in Western Sydney. The Outer West and South West have received the strongest levels of demand, accounting for 45.1 per cent and 44.3 per cent respectively of the total space absorption over the three months to October 2017, according to research by Knight Frank Fund manager Charter Hall, for example, has bought a 16.7-hectare industrial asset in


Help for affected businesses MALL businesses impacted by infrastructure projects in NSW are to get more protection under a plan announced by the State Government. The Government is setting up new processes and a specialist team to help resolve problems encountered by small businesses during the construction of major infrastructure projects. Under the changes, small businesses will be provided with key information and options on what help and support they can access, and where necessary specialist case officers appointed by agencies as a key point of contact. Treasurer Dominic Perrottet will take on responsibility to ensure large budget projects, with potentially significant impacts on small businesses, are identified early and businesses offered the support they need. “This Government is building an unprecedented amount of new roads, rail, schools and hospitals across the State,” Premier Gladys Berejiklian said. “We are transforming NSW with $87B worth of projects in the pipeline over the next four years, but we recognise these cause some disruption along the way.” “That is why the Treasurer is taking on this new role focused on ensuring small businesses impacted during the construction of these projects have access to the support they need as quickly as possible.”


Sydney’s south west for $90.5M in an offmarket acquisition. Charter Hall made the acquisition in partnership with the wholesale Core Logistics Partnership, forming a joint venture to acquire the Coles-leased distribution centre in at 80 Hartley Road, Smeaton Grange. GPT has expanded its logistics footprint with plans to construct a 30,000-square-metre logistics and office site, in Old Wallgrove Road, Eastern Creek, Frasers Property Australia has boosted its prime Western Sydney holdings by paying $75.5 million for two sites in Horsley Park and Eastern Creek. US retail giant Costco has bought more than 14 hectares in an area which is drawing


strong interest from e-commerce companies and plans to develop a $77M national distribution centre in Kemps Creek, near the airport site. Amazon is opening its second Australian distribution centre in Moorebank, while Toll Group opened its $160M retail and e-commerce centre earlier this year and DB Schenker opened a new $50M facility last year. Industrial land values have reportedly more than doubled over the last five years. Tenant demand – driven by the everincreasing e-commerce sector – the growth of infrastructure in the south-west, Western Sydney Airport and Badgerys Creek Aerotropolis are driving up land values to new levels.



Artistic concept for Parramatta North  DALLAS SHERRINGHAM ARRAMATTA North will become an exciting artistic community supported by cafes, museums and small businesses under a bold new plan unveiled recently. Officially tagged The Parramatta North Heritage Precinct, Minister for Arts Don Harwin launched the report at The Laundry in North Parramatta. It was followed by a panel discussion including Urban Growth CEO Barry Mann, Greater Sydney Commissioner Peter Poulet, Urban Theatre Projects representative Rosie Dennis, Parramatta Female Factory Precinct Memory Project Director Bonney Djuric and Sydney University External Relations Vice Principal Tania Rhodes-Taylor. In its discussion paper, the Western Sydney Cultural and Creative Industries Hub, the new concept idea is expected to breathe new life into the heritage precinct.


Artist impressions of the development.

“While it is a beautiful, historic precinct, many of the heritage buildings have been closed to the public for many years and it is long past time that we find a new and innovative use for this remarkable site,” Director of the Western Sydney Business Chamber David Borger said. “The Chamber has come up with a new way to revitalise this precinct by inviting and encouraging artists, creative industries and start-ups to be located in the precinct. “Great cities need great cultural precincts

and Western Sydney currently does not have a home for its growing creative industries,” Mr Borger said. “The precinct is a special place for many members of our community and contains traumatic memories for the people who have inhabited the site, from our first Australians to recent times, and they need to be honoured and remembered. This idea is a way we can recognise this history. “The paper explores a number of national and international examples that have nurtured

the cultural life of great urban places and that could inspire new activities in the Parramatta North Heritage Precinct. “This is just one way to open the site to the community and honour the past as well as address the critical shortage of community and arts space in Western Sydney and keep the buildings in public ownership. “Our region has a vibrant arts and cultural community and we need to embrace this growing sector and this is one idea we have explored in order to share this wonderful and unique precinct with everyone,” Mr Borger said. Urban Growth CEO Barry Mann said Parramatta North’s potential would soon be realised. “Together with our partners and community, we are developing a shared vision for the heritage core that is future focused and respects the indigenous, colonial and institutional stories of Parramatta North,” Mr Mann said.

$632m Campbelltown hospital upgrade LANS have been unveiled for stage two of Campbelltown’s massive $632m hospital redevelopment. The Macarthur community is taking its first look at the inside of the major redevelopment, which is on track to deliver first-class health services to the region. Premier Gladys Berejiklian joined Health Minister Brad Hazzard to unveil the new designs recently, as well as inspect the start of construction on the hospital’s $34m multistorey car park. “The Campbelltown region will, for the first time, have the most modern and exciting


health facilities that this community deserves,” Ms Berejiklian said. “We are building this hospital with the future in mind - more modern wards, more treatment spaces and world-class medical and surgical services.” Mr Hazzard said Stage 2 of the redevelopment would include a new clinical services building that was five times bigger than the existing one. Once completed, the hospital will become a tertiary facility which means more complex surgeries and conditions can be managed closer to home.

Stage 2 of Campbelltown Hospital’s redevelopment will include: • A new clinical services building with modern wards and patient facilities. • A bigger emergency department with more treatment spaces. • Enhanced medical and surgical children’s services. • Modern centrally-located mental health units. • State-of-the-art operating theatres and intensive care unit. • New women’s health services, including birthing suites and maternity ward;

Artist impression of the redeveloped hosital.

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“If an employer makes a contribution to its employees’ social club there will be no fringe benefit. This is because at the time the contribution is made to the social club, the employees who will receive a benefit as a result of the contribution cannot be identified.” – Langdon Patrick.  LANGDON PATRICK HEN it comes to the Festive Season, employers potentially face several fringe benefits tax (‘FBT’) issues, particularly when it comes to events such as Christmas parties and other entertainment. Holding a Christmas party attended by employees and their associates will be the provision of entertainment for FBT purposes. Often a Christmas party will involve entertainment by way of supplying food and drink and hiring or leasing an entertainment facility. Meals are considered as entertainment not only with the offering of food or drink but also any accommodation or travel connected with this. Rather than calculating the taxable value of meal entertainment based on the actual expenditure incurred, a taxpayer may elect to


value meal entertainment using one of two methods: • The 50/50 split method; or • The 12-week register method. Under the 50/50 split method, half of all expenses incurred in providing meal entertainment are subject to FBT, and there is no need to identify if the entertainment is provided to an employee. Alternatively, where the 12-week register method is adopted, the FBT is based on the proportion of entertainment expenditure attributable to employees and their associates, derived from a register maintained for 12 weeks of the FBT year. If one of these two methods is used, the inhouse property benefit exemption and minor benefit exemption will not be available for a Christmas party held on business premises. If an employer makes a contribution to its employees’ social club there will be no fringe benefit. This is because at the time the contribution is made to the social club, the employees who will receive a benefit as a result of the contribution cannot be identified.

Often a Christmas party will include the hiring of a specific venue. This may, for FBT purposes, give rise to entertainment facility leasing expenses. Entertainment facility leasing expenses are those incurred in hiring or leasing: • Corporate boxes; • Boats or planes for providing entertainment; or • Other facilities for providing entertainment. The actual cost of leasing an entertainment facility to provide entertainment to employees or their associates may be used in determining the taxable value. However, you may elect to value the entertainment facility leasing expenses using the 50/50 split method. Remember, you cannot elect to use the 50/50 split method or the 12-week register method where you provide benefits attributable to entertainment facility leasing expenses under a salary packaging arrangement on or after 1 April 2016.

Christmas gifts give rise to FBT considerations too. Where presents or hampers are given to employees, the taxable value for FBT purposes will be the amount of expenditure incurred in providing the gift. Generally, presents or hampers given to employees at a Christmas party will not be considered to be the provision of entertainment. Accordingly, the minor benefit exemption for the benefits with a GST-inclusive value of the gift being less than $300 per employee or their associate may be available. Taxi travel to or from the entertainment venue is often offered to employees. If travel is from an employee’s home to the party venue (that is not the work place) and home again, this is considered part of the Christmas party costs and the taxi fare should be included in the cost of the benefit. To learn more, please contact David Pring on 9455 9996 or First published by Langdon Patrick, Director, KPMG

It’s not what you see, but how you see it. Together, we can take a fresh perspective. Whether you’re an innovative start-up or thriving business, KPMG Enterprise can help you take the next steps to growth. To learn more, contact David Pring on 9455 9996. Anticipate tomorrow. Deliver today.

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The KEY challenges facing small to medium Australian businesses in 2019 WNING a small or mid-size business in Greater Western Sydney comes with all kinds of challenges. Whether it’s negotiating with a supplier, trying to hire a new team member, or staying cash flow positive in the lead up to Christmas, you need a wardrobe full of hats, and must be many things to many people. Often, you’re so busy servicing clients, chasing invoices, paying people or managing stock, it can be hard to take a step back and think about how you could be doing things faster, or better. To understand some of the key challenges that keep businesses awake at night, we surveyed over 1,000 small to medium businesses in Australia and researched various business reports to paint a clearer picture of Australia’s business landscape to help support growing businesses in Greater Western Sydney. Let’s take a look at some common challenges facing small to medium sized businesses.


43% of employees say they have to copy/paste or re-key information* Time spent re-keying information impacts the overall productivity of your business, your staff and results in late nights in the office. With roughly 47% of business owners spending 29+ hours a month° managing finance and operational administration, more time is spent doing paperwork and less time is being spent working on the business itself.

Businesses lose 20-30% of revenue due to inefficiencies^ Loss of inefficiencies impact the way your business runs and the profit expected year on year. And as a business grows or becomes more complex, these inefficiencies grow with them. IDC released a report* that highlights some of these inefficiencies: • A lack of integrated systems that take triple the time to complete the most basic tasks

• Missing crucial insights around cash flow that help a business make decisions with certainty • Rigid systems that require multiple add-ons or won’t adapt as a business grows and evolves

90% of businesses haven’t found the right software to fit their needs Without the right insight, or integrated data, it’s impossible to make fast and accurate decisions regarding your business. We understand the frustration of reporting and not having the right information at hand. Businesses are looking for advanced analytics that helps them understand the impact of decisions and improve future performance but with so many tools and software available, it’s hard to find the right one. Many businesses are currently looking to digitise their business to bring about cost efficiencies and improve productivity. More than a third of business owners are look-

ing to make the switch to the cloud in the next 3 – 6 months to help modernise their business°.

So what’s the solution? We’re looking to help solve these common issues for businesses in Greater Western Sydney with Wiise. We recently launched Wiise, clever business software created by KPMG, in the KPMG Parramatta office with support of Hon. Matt Kean, MP, Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation, to help show business owners and their staff how Wiise can immediately give them time back to improve their workday. If you’re experiencing these challenges, we’d love to talk with you to understand what’s preventing your business in reaching its potential. To learn more, please contact David Pring on 9455 9996 or, or wise. com for more information.

Proposed tax changes to Division 7A  CLIVE BIRD ROPOSED tax changes to the Shareholder Loan rules in Division 7A will impact small to medium businesses all across Australia. The proposed amendments are contained within Treasury’s ‘Targeted amendments to Division 7A’ discussion paper which was released on 22 October 2018. Broadly, these rules were introduced to ensure loans made to shareholders out of private companies and related trusts are taxed as if they were dividends. This applies where the loans are funded by profits which have been taxed at the company tax rate. There is a key exclusion for loans that are subject to a complying written loan agreement, interest charges and principal repayments typically over a short seven-year period (or 25

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years in the case of securitised loans). The rules were first introduced in December 1997. Currently, loans entered into prior to December 1997 are exempt from complying with these rules. Treasury is now proposing that such loans be subject to Division 7A, requiring repayments over a 10 year period. This represents a retrospective change going back more than 20 years, placing onerous compliance and cash flow obligations on Australian business taxpayers. Treasury has also proposed that loans should be treated as dividends even where they are not funded out of company profits.

Shareholder benefit This could mean that benefits received by shareholders are taxed, even if they represent a return of the capital contributed by shareholders. This would be a clear departure from the policy intention of these rules historically and

would introduce some presumably unintended outcomes. In addition Treasury has proposed to eliminate the 25 year securitised loan option going forward on the basis of simplicity, proposing only one loan option going forward of 10 years. We view this as an unfavourable and unnecessary change. In particular, Australian banks will offer 30-year loans on interest-only basis in some cases. In this situation, there is no reason why private company loans should be so restrictive. Lastly, Treasury has suggested that the current four-year Australian Taxation Office (ATO) tax review period be extended to 14 years going forward for Division 7A loan arrangements, to allow ATO review throughout the 10 year life of the loan, plus the normal four year amendment period. KPMG Enterprise’s view is that any errors or omissions under Division 7A should be

treated in the same way as any other taxpayer error or omission, and on that basis the normal 4-year ATO review period should remain. Proposing a 14-year ATO tax review period places unnecessary recordkeeping and compliance obligations on Australian business and goes against the ATO’s aim to “simplify” compliance. The changes proposed by Treasury also include some useful simplification measures such as moving to standardised repayment arrangements and introducing self-correction mechanisms for inadvertent breaches. However, we would hope that some of these more onerous changes are reconsidered throughout the consultation process. To learn more, please contact David Pring on 9455 9996 or davidpring@kpmg. First published by Clive Bird, Partner, KPMG.


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I look forward to seeing USYD, UWS and UNSW open their campuses right here, as another step in driving significant socio-economic benefits in Parramatta.” – Geoff Lee. Artist impression of the campus.

Great universities make great cities ONE of the hallmarks of great cities is great universities and that’s why I welcome Sydney University to Parramatta.  GEOFF LEE top tier university, known for academic excellence, establishing a second campus in Westmead and North Parramatta, will transform our city. NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian visited Westmead to make the ground-breaking announcement. Sydney University was identified to partner with the NSW Government following a threemonth market sounding that attracted submissions from international education, medical and research providers and manufacturers. The university’s second campus compliments the NSW Government’s plans to develop a world-leading health, education and innovation precinct on the site. By any measure this is a major commitment - a $500M campus for 25,000 students by 2050. Phase 1 will be completed by 2030 and cater for a quarter of their target enrolments. This phase will also see the creation of more than 3000 local jobs and deliver affordable housing so that students and graduates can live, study and work close by. The co-location of the university with the world-class health and research facilities in the Westmead Health Precinct will be an enabler of innovation and economic growth as the campus also integrates research led education, research facilities and ‘complimentary industry activity’.


Photo Geoff joins NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian and Sydney University, Vice-Chancellor, Dr Michael Spence AC for the announcement.

20,000 new jobs Over the next 30 years, it will create 20,000 new jobs for our area, add $13B to the NSW economy and generate $3B in exports. This is not the only announcement by major universities in our region. In October, the Premier was in Parramatta to announce an Australian first - a joint venture between

As Boston is to New York, Parramatta can be to Sydney. Not competing, but complementing powerhouses of economic development with their own competitive strengths.” – Geoff Lee.


Western Sydney University and University of New South Wales to build a 15 storey Engineering Innovation Hub in Parramatta CBD. The new engineering hub, to be completed by 2021, will cater for thousands of new students. This collaborative effort builds on Western Sydney University’s already considerable footprint in Parramatta CBD and follows the successful opening last year of their $220M high rise campus for 10,000 students. It is a good sign that universities are looking to expand and grow in our region and there are a number of reasons why choosing Parramatta makes sense. Parramatta is centrally located and well serviced by public transport, with trains to Sydney CBD running every three minutes during peak periods. Western Sydney also has a large population and this is set to grow by a further one million people by 2036. NSW Government investment in major infrastructure is also a major catalyst for public and private investors. There is $1B committed to the Westmead Hospital precinct redevelopment, representing the largest NSW Government investment in health infrastructure across NSW. Billions have been committed to major transport projects with work already underway on Parramatta Light Rail and Sydney Metro West.

Like Boston To add to this, the NSW Government is investing in new flagship schools, a new stadium, museum, theatre, parks and heritage. This new infrastructure makes our area more liveable and is a drawcard for students, universities and business alike. Parramatta also benefits when universities increase their investment in our area, with

every university job supporting the creation of many more jobs across a range of sectors from hospitality, retail, to construction and private enterprise. Students generate economic activity as they spend money on their studies, accommodation, recreation and entertainment. The presence of more universities also increases public/private sector engagement and can lead to students that are better equipped for the jobs of the future. Universities also have the intellectual horse-power of academia – a depth of academic knowledge and research capabilities that, used in collaboration with public and private sectors, can drive quality research, innovation and development that advance our country and our economy. In my inaugural speech in NSW Parliament I said: “great cities provide an integrated, accessible and convenient public transport system; develop vibrant arts, food, theatre and cultural precincts; and have great universities where students are part of the town and the university is an integral part of the local community”. I am delighted to see this is becoming a reality for Parramatta. As Boston is to New York, Parramatta can be to Sydney. Not competing, but complementing powerhouses of economic development with their own competitive strengths. I look forward to seeing USYD, UWS and UNSW open their campuses right here, as another step in driving significant socioeconomic benefits in Parramatta. This is one more piece in the global-city puzzle that will make Parramatta standout as more than just the Central City, but as the health, education and innovation capital of Australia. Geoff Lee is State Member for Parramatta.



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CAREERS THAT ARE THE world of business has become a precarious place in the 21st century with whole professions disappearing or changing dramatically in just few short years.

 DALLAS SHERRINGHAM hoosing the correct career or making a vital career change will be critical to your chances of financial security. Even those with secure footing in their field of expertise must constantly update and learn new techniques to hold their rung on the corporate ladder. So, Western Sydney Business Access decided to look at some of the careers which will either disappear or change dramatically in the future. And in a future edition we will look at the careers expected to boom. Most of the disruption to industry has been caused by either the coming of the internet, automation and social media or the importation of cheaper imports from overseas.


Checkout Chicks

A career in danger which is obvious to all of us is the role of the traditional “checkout chick”. Any regular visitor to their local supermarket will have noticed the number of checkouts operating have shrunk dramatically in recent years as more and more people use the self serve checkout. Instead of a dozen checkout ladies putting your order through, it takes just one junior staff member to check your items as you depart. Eventually your items will automatically be tallied on a phone app and you will simply walk out with your account debited. The same goes for many stores where sales assistants will be few and far between as you buy a new suit or raid Ikea for that new bookshelf.

Most of the disruption to industry has been caused by either the coming of the internet, automation and social media or the importation of cheaper imports from overseas.”

because it is easy to book a flight online, but organising a complicated itinerary still requires a skilled agent to handle it. Also, over 50s provide the bulk of the travel market and they have not totally embraced the internet. Thanks to online travel booking sites, everyone else is their own personal travel agent these days. As a result, travel agents are expected to decline by more than 10% in the next 10 years. There is, however, an alternative travel career on the rise. There will be an increase in the need for people who are experts in specific destinations or particular types of travellers. That could include corporate, luxury, overseas cruising and seniors.

could be utilized elsewhere in the financial services industry.

Mortgage Brokers


The number of traditional mortgage brokers dropped by 80% during the Great Recession and for those who were able to keep their jobs, average salaries dropped by 30%. And the profession hasn’t really recovered, thanks to online brokers that make getting an online quote quick. Add in that Millennials, the home buyers of the future, have grown up doing everything online, and the outlook for mortgage brokers looks bleak at best. However, don’t despair, many of the numeric and financial skills possessed by those who might be attracted to that profession

Travel Agents The demise of traditional travel agents has been one of the oft cited results of the internet age. So far, it hasn’t happened, principally

legal eagles is to focus on specializing in nonroutine human emotion intense areas, like jury selection or witness profiling.


Blame artificial intelligence for the decline of the bookkeeping profession. With the technology constantly improving experts believe the age old job of bookkeeping will be eliminated.

One in 10 of the nation's radio and television announcers are expected to see their jobs disappear by 2026. Consolidation in the industry, as well as increased use of syndicated content, is fuelling the decline. There's also the explosion of streaming music services. More and more listeners prefer that over their local, drive-time disc jockey. Party DJs however, are seeing an uptick in business with demand for their services projected to grow about six percent by 2026.


Middle Managers

The world will always have lawyers, but a lot of the work they do — or used to do — is quickly being taken over by technology. A lot of the work once done by case researchers can now be done with increasingly sophisticated algorithms. The recommendation for aspiring

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Door-To-Door Salespeople

It really is the death of the salesman: About one in five of these jobs will be gone by 2026, according to statistics. Online advertising is far more efficient than having someone brave the elements, over-protective dogs and customers who just aren’t interested. There are, however, still plenty of opportunities for salespeople. Insurance sales agents, on average, earn close to double what door-to-door salesmen earn, and their numbers are growing: the number of people working in the field will expand by 10% by 2026, according to US statistics.

Print Binding and Finishing Workers

Casino Cashier

There are plenty of opportunities in gaming, but cashier is not one of them. Casinos are increasingly turning to automated machines to reduce labour costs, meaning the man or woman in the casino cage is going the way of the one-armed-bandit-style slot machines. The growth in the industry is expected to fuel demand for dealers. But there is a downside: While the number of dealers is expected to grow by 10%, they earn significantly less than cashiers.

IT Guys

Postal Workers

Fast Food Cook

It is predicted the number of postal workers, including mail carriers and clerks, will drop by about a quarter by 2026. Online bill paying and keeping in touch with friends on social media are the biggest culprits in the dreary outlook for workers in the postal Service. Mail sorters will be hardest hit, with a drop of 50 percent in available jobs. Yes, many online retailers use the postal service to deliver packages, but that demand doesn't make up fully for other areas of decline. Automated sorting systems, cluster mailboxes and tight budgets will adversely affect employment. And if you think Amazon will save the U.S. Postal service, think again. The company is building its own network of delivery drivers in an effort to reduce costs and increase productivity.

The promise of technology is that it will make low-paying jobs obsolete. And nothing is more symbolic of the bottom of the employment food chain than fast food cook, which is one of the few jobs in our list that require less than a high school diploma. The reason? Fast food is increasingly becoming an automated industry. The chains have found it cheaper to prepare food off site and simply have employees reheat it in their stores. That was unthinkable in most fast food businesses even a decade ago, but food technology has advanced to the point where the microwaved version doesn’t lack the flavour of the cooked-on-site version.

Photo Processor Digital photography continues to make job hunting more difficult in the photo processing industry. The best idea would be to buy a good camera and do some intensive training. You see, the need for photographers is on the increase. That profession is expected to increase dramatically by 12 by 2026. Portrait and commercial photographers – the people who take photos for businesses and advertising firms – are expected to see the greatest growth over the next decade.

Or, as they’re also known, system and server administrators. With so much of computing becoming cloud-based, the IT guy who patrolled your office is becoming less and less relevant in today's workforce. The change is already happening at smaller businesses, which find it cheaper and more efficient to outsource the work. The good news is, it is creating the opportunity for programmers, freelancers and system administrators willing to pivot to manage their client servers remotely and profitably, and at better scale.

We are witnessing the decline of traditional office and administrative workers. Once again, we can thank – or blame – technology. Word processing, voicemail and the internet means we end up doing a lot of the tasks that once would have been delegated to an administrative assistant. The profession had been in decline for several years and then saw a rapid increase in decline during the recession. The economic recovery hasn't been applied to people in this line of work.

Financial Planners

Telephone Switchboard Operators

Tasks once performed by low-level retail financial planners are quickly being outsourced to planning software, apps, robo advisors and investing algorithms. However, an opportunity remains for those than can implement market-timing strategies along with asset protection and risk mitigation.

Yes, there are still a few people who work as operators, but their numbers have been declining for decades and are projected to fall another 33% in the next 10 years. Once again, blame technology. Texting, voice mail and other A.I.-enhanced systems could make this job obsolete even sooner than projected.

Floral Designers The number of flower arrangers in the USA fell 25.6% between 2005 and 2015 and is projected to fall another 16.6% to 2025. Blame the internet and its burgeoning business of flower delivery, as well as a push by supermarkets to bolster their floral departments and sell loose flowers directly to customers. The visual design skills used by floral designers, however, are easily transferable to the higher-paying professions of interior design and merchandise display, both of which are growing.

Data Entry Clerks

Jeweller With more and more jewellery being produced overseas, there are fewer and fewer jewellers working in the traditional outlets.

Textile Machine Workers Another job that requires minimal education, low-skilled machine working is increasingly being done overseas. The decline affects setters, operators and tenders of textile knitting and weaving machines. But workers who have slightly more specialized skills, like skilled manufacturers, are seeing a slight increase in the number of opportunities available to them. An even better option? Train to be a machinist. The number of people who use lathes, milling machines and grinders to make bolts and other parts are expected to see the number of available jobs grow by 14% by 2026.

Furniture Finisher These craftsman shape, finish and refinish damaged and worn furniture. But with furniture prices constantly declining it's now often cheaper to replace than it is to repair a broken chair or table. Furniture finishers who work in production — the making of new furniture — are no better off as the process becomes automated, moved overseas or both.

While this job is expected to diminish at a slower pace in the coming decade than it did in the past decade, it’s still not a good time to be in the printing business. Hardest hit in the industry are the people who bind and finish books, thanks to increased automation and decreased demand. By 2026, the number of people working in binding and finishing will drop by 10.6%.

Detective Surveillance cameras, spyware and DNA databanks make it easier to solve crimes. Experts predict a decline of the traditional detectives depicted for generations in mystery novels and TV shows. Police work in the future will focus more on criminal rehabilitation and reducing crime and less on investigations

Routine Architect There doesn’t seem to a bright future for people looking to get into the field. To become a licensed architect requires several years of tertiary study and another three to five years of internships. All that to earn far less than the public assumes and provide a service that is not exclusive or in demand. A lot of the services architects provide can now be provided by people who do not have licenses. In the corporate world, engineers can do the same tasks and in a residential application, anyone can draw plans for new homes or for remodelling permits as long as they comply with the current code.

Family doctor The primary care GP you go to for your annual physical or when you're feeling under the weather may be going the way of doctors that make house calls. Routine diagnostics for things like strep throat and ear infections will be replaced with cheap, in-home tests. The alternative will be for doctors to spend less time diagnosing illness and more time on addressing human factors that produce better wellness outcomes: counselling for obesity and addiction, performance coaching, or addressing urgent conditions like emergency room doctors or first responders. Don't worry, artificial intelligence (AI) isn't about to replace your doctor anytime soon, but it may shift the job market and change the day-to-day work for many GP’s.

Farmers We all know the sad story of many of our farmers battling the biggest drought in history. Adding to their woes is the demise of the traditional farm handed down from father to son with loving hands. The number of agricultural workers is also expected to decline by around 10% in the next few years. It’s not because people are eating less, but because farmers are getting more efficient, replacing workers with machinery and getting bigger yields out of smaller plots of land.



Parramatta Light Rail

Activating Parramatta during construction IVE entertainment, pop-up parks and interactive street installations are some of the business activation opportunities Transport for NSW will bring to life to support Parramatta businesses before and during construction of the Parramatta Light Rail. Activate Parramatta outlines measures to maintain foot traffic, create activity around construction zones and develop unique experiences that will encourage patronage along the alignment. Measures outlined in Activate Parramatta include: • Public events, street art, installations and live entertainment. • Pop-up ‘parklets’ with temporary greenspace and outdoor seating. • Business Advisory Services: free oneon-one support including specialist workshops and marketing advice. • A Business Reference Group (BRG) to provide local knowledge, advice and recommendations to the Parramatta Light Rail project team. • Business forums and networking opportunities offering educational tools and resources on a range of topics.


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Parramatta Light Rail

Images from Active Parramatta including examples of SCO activation.

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• Attractive wayfinding signs to communicate changed access arrangements and create awareness of the dining and retail options on offer. • ‘Shop Local’ campaigns to attract visitors and shoppers. • Vacant premises to be considered for pop-up galleries, cafes and retail space • Light rail street celebrations or ‘launch events’ as each section is completed.

Activate Parramatta will extend across five key precincts including Westmead, Parramatta North, the ‘Eat Street’ dining district, the Parramatta CBD, and Camellia to Carlingford. Transport for NSW will work closely with all businesses along the route to ensure they are aware of the wide range of support and services on offer. Each business activation initiative endeavours to promote the vibrancy and unique identities of precincts to attract visitors and communicate that businesses are open during construction. Transport for NSW is also investigating


how Eat Street could benefit from a flexible construction schedule which works around the street’s busiest trading times, weekends, early evenings and holidays. Construction on Parramatta’s busy ‘Eat Street’ is guaranteed not to commence until 2020. Activate Parramatta has been developed in consultation with key stakeholders including Transport for NSW’s Sydney Coordination Office, City of Parramatta Council, Parramatta Chamber of Commerce and Parramatta Light Rail’s Business Reference Group to ensure a coordinated approach. Stage 1 of the Parramatta Light Rail will

connect Westmead to Carlingford via Parramatta CBD and Camellia and will transport nearly 30,000 passengers per day. Roadworks and traffic changes associated with the Parramatta Light Rail will begin in late 2018, with main works to commence in 2019 and in Parramatta’s Eat Street from 2020. More information will be announced after the awarding of final contracts for the major works, with light rail services expected to commence in 2023. For more information and to view the Activate Parramatta plan, visit



Gold rush of business opportunities THE world’s biggest companies are being drawn to the massive Aerotropolis complex, but what does it mean for the average Western Sydney business and resident?  DALLAS SHERINGHAM ell, if you play your cards right, the sky is the limit for those who take a chance. Western Sydney Aerotropolis is being billed as Greater Sydney’s third city centre, after the CBD and Parramatta. It is only the second time Australia will be building a fully planned city from the ground up, following in the footsteps of Canberra. According to David Pring, managing partner at KPNG Western Sydney is being transformed with growth projected to lead the country over the next two decades. “Businesses have the opportunity to transform from being local operators to being globally competitive,” said Mr Pring. The Airport will also bring global connectivity with businesses being able to have their products in Asia in hours with the 24-hour airport. “It will also mean that more visitors will arrive in Western Sydney, both as tourists but



Western Sydney is being transformed with growth projected to lead the country over the next two decades. Businesses have the opportunity to transform from being local operators to being globally competitive.” – David Pring also as visitors to local friends and families. The so-called visitor economy, in addition to the tourist economy will add more opportunities for local businesses.”

Modern gold rush Western Sydney Airport itself will generate operational jobs and commercial, retail and business park development within the Airport site. By 2031, the Airport is expected to support almost 28,000 jobs. The success of Western Sydney Airport will flow through to the Aerotropolis. On-

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Airport development will provide infrastructure and connections to enable the Aerotropolis to flourish. However, if you are planning to be part of the modern gold rush, you need to start planning now. Aerotropolis will need everything a modern city requires - and it’s all brand new. It will not only be a place to work and relax, but thousands of hotel rooms, new homes and apartments will be a part of the development. This means a business will benefit from day workers, tourists and permanent residents, which provides the perfect trifecta for business success. I have drawn up a short list of just some of the services and outlets that you could consider starting: Retail, transport, fast food, restaurants, courier services, tech support, management, finance, media, community services, child care, infrastructure, shop and office fit out,

office décor, internet services, graphics and art, printing, accounting, gardening services, painting, cleaning, medical services, office and home furniture, day tours, travel agents, electrical, conventions and conferences, removalists, gyms, security and lighting . Out of my hastily drawn up list, most of them could be provided by existing businesses in Western Sydney.

Tourist centres In these days of internet communications, a business no longer has to be situated in the heart of a particular city. You could be a web page designer in Ryde, an accountant in Penrith or a media company in Rhodes and still have a strong presence in the Aerotropolis. Clubs and business centre that host conferences, business meetings and conventions can provide a shuttle service to their facility from the Aerotropolis. Continued on page 21



Artist impressions of the developed Western Sydney Airport.

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Similarly, the region’s major tourism centres such as the new Sydney Zoo and Wet n Wild, will be reached by shuttle bus for visitors staying in the Aerotropolis precinct. Another important factor is that the airport will be operating 24 hours and day. This will require that services are available around the clock, further enhancing the role of local businesses. With passenger demand in Sydney more than doubling in the next 20 years, the new Airport will be a critical link for tourists and visitors. Another key point for Western Sydney business is quicker and more convenient access to overseas markets and access to Asia overnight. The Airport will be curfew-free, operating 24 hours a day. Five million passengers will pass through when it opens in 2026. This figure will grow to more than 80 million each year by 2056 – more than the

number of passengers who pass through London’s Heathrow Airport today. Only 50km from the Sydney CBD, the Airport will be connected to the Aerotropolis and surrounding areas by strong transport networks. A North South Rail Link will bring passengers between St Marys, the Aerotropolis and Western Sydney Airport. There are also plans for a link south to Macarthur, and a South West Rail Link connecting Leppington to the Airport. A future rail connection will provide rapid service between the Airport, Aerotropolis and Parramatta CBD. With a connected Airport at their core, the Aerotropolis precincts will offer a diversity of jobs across aerospace and defence industries, agribusiness, health, education, tourism and other sectors. The Western Sydney Aerotropolis represents the chance to build a city from the ground up – not just an airport. o

Greenfield site Investors can join with the three levels of government in creating the Aerotropolis. As construction continues on this significant greenfield site, investors will be able to establish themselves in this growing market and help build this economic centre from day one. The development of the Aerotropolis will be guided by a number of designated industry precincts, three of which are already in planning. These will support the development of key industries including aerospace and defence industries, food and agribusiness, health, research and advanced manufacturing; and freight and logistics. These will be serviced by a network of public transport and road infrastructure, with convenient access to the Airport and businesses in complementary industries. “Businesses tend to cluster where there are benefits of being near other businesses,

transport and population meaning that we can expect to see more business fanning out from the Aerotropolis itself and surrounding areas will also benefit,” said Mr Pring. “The announcement of a STEM education precinct will add opportunities for people to gain skills needs in the future. The collaboration between 4 universities being WSU, UNSW Wollongong and Newcastle will create a best of breed STEM facility. This facility will also provide opportunities for business to collaborate and grow.” Businesses will need to be best of breed from a technology perspective as the market is being built and the airport’s first flight will be 2026. Businesses need to ask themselves: “Am I building a business or products that the market will demand in the future or will my business be superseded by businesses with a focus on the market of the future?”

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Two years of preschool have more impact than one, research shows ď Ž STACEY FOX ROVIDING universal access to preschool programs for all three-year-old children could improve academic results in the longer term and prevent the learning gap that sees nearly one in four children not ready for school when they start. Our research shows that it is an achievable – and high priority – policy goal for Australia. With two thirds of three-year-olds accessing early education and care (ECEC) services, Australia already has the foundations of a universal preschool program. Australia currently has a national preschool program for all children (around four years old) in the year before school – a significant reform that started in 2008 and now provides 15 hours of preschool, delivered by a qualified early childhood teacher. It is now time to extend this to three-yearold children, so that all children can access two years of preschool. In establishing a second year of preschool, the challenge is to: • Make sure all three-year-olds receive the right amount of sufficiently high quality preschool that will have a sustained impact on their development. • Ensure the children currently missing out because of financial or other barriers have the opportunity to participate. Nearly a quarter of Australian children start school without the foundations they need to take advantage of learning opportu-


nities at school. And our school systems are struggling to help them catch up. There is a direct correlation between how wealthy a child’s community is and their risk of developmental vulnerability. Children from low socio-economic status

communities are more likely to experience developmental vulnerability – but half of all children who are developmentally vulnerable come from the top three fifths of the income distribution. There are many children across our com-

munities who need the learning environment preschool programs provide; and all children benefit from opportunities preschool provides to develop and master new skills. Continued on page 23





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Many children who start school behind their peers struggle to catch up. At age 24, 26% of young people aren’t fully engaged in employment, education or training.

Meta-analyses looking at the impact of two years of preschool find that while all children benefit, it provides a major boost to children from low-income households. This is important because children from poor communities are often significantly behind their peers, even by the age of three.

Children experiencing development vulnerability by socio-economic status, Australian Early Development Census. AEDC 2015

Reduced educational opportunity has lifelong consequences for young people and for the broader community and economy. Two years of high-quality preschool is one of the most effective strategies we have to change the trajectories of children. It is a key strategy for investing in the most important economic asset we have - the capabilities of the Australian people.

Two years of preschool have more impact than one For the children most likely to experience developmental vulnerability, two years of high-quality preschool can be transformative. But it has positive impacts for all children. There are many studies that show the long-term benefits of two years of preschool for children of all socioeconomic backgrounds. • A landmark UK study showed that students who attended two to three years of preschool obtained higher overall scores in their end-of-school exams, better grades in English and in maths, and took final year exams in more subjects. • Analysis of international test results (Programme for International Student Assessment - PISA, Progress in International Reading Literacy Study - PIRLS and Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study - TIMSS) show that children with at least two years of preschool achieve much higher scores than those who attend no preschool or only one year. • The Abbott Pre-K program in New Jersey, which provides two years of high quality preschool programs to all children in priority communities, found much greater benefits for the children who attended from age three.

Access and quality are the priorities Establishing an entitlement to two years of preschool for all children is the most practical and achievable way of boosting the accessibility and impact of our existing early education and care system. Setting up minimum and consistent hours of attendance and high-quality learning programs, in the way we have for four-year-old preschool, is critical. Although many three-year-olds currently attending ECEC will be experiencing a highquality learning environment, this isn’t the case for all children. • Quality levels are lowest in poorest communities, where children are most in need of exceptional quality. • Only 7% of children in the lowest socioeconomic quintile attended programs delivering the highest levels of instructional support. • Quality levels are highest for older children, especially those in fouryear-old preschool programs, and much lower for younger children.

Foundations are already in place The National Quality Framework already provides the foundations of structural quality needed for a three-year-old preschool program - appropriate educator to child ratios, and a second early childhood teacher coming online in many services from 2020. We have achieved near-universal enrolment in preschool for four year olds in the past five years. We can do the same thing for three year olds. This article was first published at www. Stacey Fox is Policy Fellow, Mitchell Institute, Victoria University.

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Brett and Wendy Whiteley for Sydney Festival World premiere exploring the tumultuous world a love story bounded by art. IVERSIDE Theatres and Theatre of Image will present the world-premiere production, Brett & Wendy…A Love Story Bound by Art, from January 18 to 27 as part of Sydney Festival 2019. This compelling drama will delve into the tumultuous world of iconic artist Brett Whiteley and his wife, muse, model and confidante, Wendy. Together, they experienced incredible highs and lows, and ultimately wove an unforgettable impression on the Australian art scene. Written, directed and designed by Kim Carpenter (Monkey…Journey to the West), the production will feature a stellar cast of six alongside three dancers choreographed by Lucas Jervies (The Australian Ballet’s Spartacus). A percussive score by Peter Kennard (Monkey…Journey to the West) will feature snippets of Brett’s favourite songs including Bob Dylan, Nina Simone and David Bowie. The story follows Brett and Wendy’s relationship from first meeting in their teens; their time spent in New York’s Hotel Chelsea in the 60s; their days in Lavender Bay where Brett immortalised Sydney Harbour in his signature ultramarine blue; and finally, the separation which saw Brett in The Studio in Surry Hills and Wendy in the tower home overlooking her magnificent Secret Garden. Audiences will be immersed in the love, joy and poignancy of the Whiteley world; from Brett’s rise to become a superstar artist,


his struggles to express himself with paint and canvas, and ultimately the road to tragedy. Brett & Wendy…A Love Story Bound by Art stars Paul Gleeson (TV’s House of Bond, Home and Away) as Brett, Leeanna Walsman (Star Wars and TV’s Wentworth) as Wendy, Jeanette Cronin (Letters to Lindy) and Tony Llewellyn-Jones (Opera Australia’s My Fair Lady) amongst others. Carpenter said, “Brett and Wendy’s story has always captivated me and I’ve been searching for a way to bring it to the stage – the story of the mind and heart of this fascinating couple. And of course, to capture the art for which Brett is so well known. This story is irresistible subject matter for Theatre of Image as the company is focused on visual story telling.” Creator/Director/Designer: Kim Carpenter Composer/Live Musician: Peter Kennard Choreographer: Lucas Jervies Cast: Paul Gleeson, Leeanna Walsman, Tony LlewellynJones, Jeanette Cronin, Olivia Brown and Yasmin Polley Dancers: Robbie Curtis, Dean Elliot and Naomi Hibberd. What: Brett & Wendy…A Love Story Bound by Art. When: 18th to 27th January 2019. Where: Riverside Theatres - corner of Church and Market Streets, Parramatta. Tickets: Adult: $60, Concession: $55 via or from the Box Office (02) 8839 3399. Discounts available for Riverside The-

atres’ Members. Transaction fees: phone $4.60, web $3.60, counter $2.60

PAUL GLEESON - Brett Whiteley Gleeson’s recent TV credits include Wanted, Reckoning and The Family Law. He has also featured in House of Bond, High Life, Hyde & Seek, Home and Away, Secret City and Love Child – to name a few. Film credits include The Little Death and The Thin Red Line. On stage, Gleeson has starred in Rain Man, All My Sons, Stella By Starlight and a national tour of Grease.

LEEANNA WALSMAN Wendy Whiteley Walsman’s best known role was Zam Wesell in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones and Looking for Alibrandi. Her TV credits include Wentworth, Jessica, Seven Types of Ambiguity; Eddie Perfect: The Future Is; Janet King; Cleverman and Home and Away. Theatre credits include Melancholia, Malthouse; Speaking In Tongues, State Theatre Company of SA; Stockholm, Sydney Theatre Company; Othello, Bell Shakespeare; and A Streetcar Named Desire, QTC.

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Success Story

We are hoping to install the machines in offices, clinics and service offices, where they will be handy for customers during long waiting times and are keen to take as many orders as possible.” – Irving Bangalan.

Irving and Geralyne Bangalan and Elizabeth and Michael Rasgo.

Desiree and Bernie Acabal.

Turning their passion into a business  TERRY COLLINS RVING Bangalan and his wife Geralyne have always enjoyed a fine cup of coffee. The Rose Hill couple shares that love with friends Elizabeth and Michael Rasgo and Desiree and Bernie Acabal. This year the six friends decided to turn their coffee passion into a small business, at the same time giving a little something back to the community. Cafe Near Me is a coffee vending machine business which can bring barista-style coffee from the beans to your office, saving time and energy as your staff will have no need to venture outside the office in search of a delicious beverage. “We have brand new vending machines from Italy which make barista-style freshly ground coffee at just a touch of a button,” Mr Bangalan, whose background is in IT, said.



“Our space saving and energy efficient machine can be placed anywhere within your office and can lead to a significant increase in staff productivity and a better work environment which will translate to happier staff or happier customers. “We do all the set-up and maintenance at absolutely no cost.” Mr Bangalan said the three couples had been looking for a while to establish a business together. “We wanted a business which does something that really interests us and at the same time can help our growing families financially,” he said. “We also wanted to be able to share part of our income with charities of our choice, with a small percentage of profits going back into the community. “Each partner took a part in sharing business ideas until we found this coffee vending machine business.  

“We were all very excited about the idea and started working to get the business rolling. “We are hoping to install the machines in offices, clinics and service offices, where they will be handy for customers during long waiting times and are keen to take as many orders as possible.” Café Near Me offers businesses the chance to say goodbye to pre-ground and powdered coffee in the staff room or waiting room and say hello to fresh coffee ground from the bean right on the spot. You can enjoy everything from cappuccinos to expressos, lattes and even French vanilla coffee and hot chocolate. The only cost to businesses is the coffee supplies themselves, with each cup costing much less than you would pay at a regular café. Set up your free trial of a Café Near Me coffee machine by emailing






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Tropfest 2019

Winner recounts her Tropfest experience LAST year’s winner, Greta Nash, talks to WSBA about her Tropfest experience.


: What was your motivation for entering Tropfest last year? A: I entered Tropfest because I had made another short film earlier in the year, which did well at film festivals in the end - but at the time I was frustrated by how much time and effort had gone into it and how few people were getting to see it. I wanted to counteract that by making a film that would be seen by a lot of people at once and would go up online immediately! Something accessible I could share with everyone, to publicly show what I cared about as a filmmaker. Q: How has being crowned Tropfest winner changed your film making goals? A: I don’t think my goals so much have changed, but the path to achieving them certainly has. It has opened up doorways and introduced me to so many great people in the industry and given me a recognizable credit to my name. Also, the confidence boost has been wonderful - it helps me feel like there’s a chance I will be able to continue my career and make more films. Q: What did you learn from the experience? A: The experience of making the film itself was a massive learning experience - to pull something together so fast meant I really had to think on my feet and make my decisions from instinct and gut feeling. Tropfest

itself also taught me a lot about the subjectivity of competition - particularly in the arts. I see myself as very lucky that I was accepted into the finalists in the first place, and even luckier that the jury happened to choose my film as their favorite. With other people on the jury it could have gone a totally different way. Q: What surprised you most about the Tropfest experience as in preconceived notions about the event? A: I had always thought of Tropfest to be a great platform for laugh-out-loud comedy or heavy-hitting drama, so I was totally surprised that a film like mine - which I see as being quite gentle and simple - would win. I think I was pleased to see that the festival is also making more and more of an effort to improve the diversity of their finalists. Q: What does the future holds for Greta Nash as a film maker? A: I am currently working on a proposal for my first externally funded short film, which would be incredible if it all comes together. I’ve only ever self-funded before! I’ve spent most of this year steadying myself as a filmmaker financially - through learning the ropes of commercial directing - but hopefully in the year to come I will be able to get back to the creative side of things and work towards making a debut feature.

Last year's winner, Greta Nash

Scenes from Troipfest 2018.

Key information for Tropfest 2019 ROPFEST, the world’s largest short film festival, supported by foundation partner CGU Insurance, returns on Saturday, February 9 2019 to Parramatta Park. Pack a picnic and a few cold ones (Tropfest is BYO!), gather the loved ones and head down for a free night of phenomenal short films. Entries are now open to anyone with a camera and a story to tell - all you have to do is start shooting. Films must be no longer than seven minutes, and must contain the Tropfest Signature Item (TSI) – “CANDLE.” Entries close January 4 with submissions through the Tropfest website. Trop Jr is also back and calling for submissions from filmmakers 15 years and under. Trop Jr’s Signature Item (TSI) for all films is PIZZA so get cooking up some ideas!


How to Get To Tropfest & Seating Getting to Tropfest is a breeze. Parramatta is just a quick 25-minute train ride from Sydney’s Central Station, and Parramatta Park

is an easy walk from both Parramatta and Westmead railway stations, with plenty of bus services available too. In true Tropfest fashion, Trop fans are

invited to pack a picnic and nab themselves a spot anywhere along the grassy hill of the Crescent. Spots are first come, first served though, so be sure to get in early!

Tropfest Brief History Tropfest has grown incredibly since its humble beginnings at the Tropicana Café in Sydney’s Darlinghurst in 1993, where an eager crowd of 200 showed up for a short film screening organized by Tropfest founder John Polson. Relocating to Parramatta in 2016, the event now attracts tens of thousands of Trop fans, with past jurors including Susan Sarandon, Julianne Moore, Nicole Kidman, Liev Schreiber, Cate Blanchett, Naomi Watts, Billy Crudup and George Miller. WESTERN SYDNEY BUSINESS ACCESS DECEMBER 2018





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