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Business news 7 UltraServe unveils growth plans with Hackett cash 8 IT group formed in Gosford 8 Budde says NBN alive and kicking 9 Gibbens on to next stage at Riverside Park 11 Wyong Council adopts DCP for ‘key site’ at The Entrance 12 Big business out to crush tiny business 13 Central Coast Digital Enterprise Programme launched 13 Teleworking strategy launched 14 Wyong Council’s land swap for Woolies at Budgewoi 15 BlinkMobile Interactive: From Central Coast to World stage 16 New Executive Manager appointed for CCRDC 16 Sydney business broker buys into Coast 17 Colin Pugsley elected to API NSW Council



17 Paul Brasch joins The Springs Golf Club 17 New appointment at the KDR Group 18 Pluim completes Bunnings West Gosford, Tuggerah next 19 Start soon on Terrigal development 21 Syndicate buys Somersby industrial investment 26 Prestige property sales 27 FWC restrains worker in first substantial bullying order 27 To register or not to register

Regular features 6 Edgar Adams Editorial Manufacturing still an important part of the Coast economy 16 Business Briefs 21 Property News 24 Commercial and industrial property for sale / lease 26 Prestige Property Report 27 Business Tips 29 Events Calendar 29 Eating Out 30 Funny Business 31 Business Services Directory

Front cover: Pro Ali Design Maganing Director Miles Fink

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Big business thinking, small business culture The journey of a 28-year old Central Coast based manufacturer – from 1,500 borrowed dollars and a dream to national market leader. Adaptability, Patience, Passion, Excellence, Culture and Stability – these are the key words that summed up my interview with Director of PRO ALI Design, Miles Fink. The business that Fink started in the back of a shared tin shed in Terrigal is today regarded as the national market leader in the delivery of stainless steel processing solutions for raw, packaged and boxed food products. Established in 1986, PRO ALI Design specialises in the design, manufacture and installation of stainless steel conveying systems and associated equipment for the Australian and New Zealand food industries. The company’s client list reads like the ‘who’s who’ of the national and international food manufacturing industry. Some regular clients include Inghams, Tegel Foods (NZ), Thomas Foods, Masterfoods, BE Campbell, Snack Brands, De Costi Seafoods, Sara Lee, Cordina Farms Chickens and Primo Quality Meats. So how does a business evolve so successfully when its founder arrived in a brand new country with little more than 1,500 borrowed dollars and a dream? It basically boils down to the key words I started this story with. Adaptability & Patience Fink arrived on our shores from New Zealand in 1981 at the age of 21. Using

his sheet metal and stainless steel fabrication skills gained from working in the boat building and dairy industries in New Zealand, Fink had no trouble finding work in his new home on the NSW Central Coast (selected because his brother had settled in the area). His first job was with a business that designed and built aluminium products, including oyster punts. Shortly after Fink went out on his own, his former employer closed their doors, at which point Fink took the opportunity to buy out the oyster punt side of their business. He began manufacturing oyster punts and other aluminium products in the back of a tin shed at the Fisherman’s Co-op in Terrigal. While today oyster punts form only a small portion of his business, it remains part of the big picture. “You should never lose sight of where you started,” said Fink. A unique skill-set that Fink brought to the table was his ability to work with stainless steel, which at the time was a requirement in New Zealand’s stringent dairy industry. In Australia however, the use of aluminium and other sheet metal still dominated. So Fink had the benefit of an immediate heads-up. Aware of the need to be adaptable, Fink opted to “go with the flow” by working with aluminum. In a nutshell, rather than ‘hitting the ground running’, Fink opted to take things step by step. “You’ve got to crawl before you can walk,” he said. It wasn’t until word had spread of his expertise that Fink decided the time was right to make the transition back into familiar territory – the food industry. The

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fact that Sara Lee and Chickadee were also based on the Central Coast made the transition relatively easy. In 1990, Fink was ready to leave the tin shed and open a small factory in West Gosford. From there the business grew steadily and today operates from a purpose-built facility in North Gosford with a steady team of 25 and its own b-double truck and shipping container for national and international distribution. Passion & Excellence Fink makes no excuse for the fact that marketing and advertising are almost non-existent in the company, with business growth the result of word-of-mouth referral. “In this industry, it’s essentially big business operating with a small business culture,” said Fink. PRO ALI’s solid referral base is the result of Fink’s passion for “designing the system and seeing it run” combined with the support of a strong team and a deep commitment to service excellence. Every PRO ALI Design project is centrally controlled from concept through to completion. Fink makes it a point to personally meet with the client at the start and finish of each project to ensure the initial vision is followed through, and all expectations are met or exceeded. In addition, his manufacturing team travels to the client’s site to take delivery of and install their new system. This is almost always done over a weekend to ensure their client is able to open and run as normal at the start of the new working week. PRO ALI Design is also renowned in the industry for outstanding after care service. Culture & Stability A high percentage of the PRO ALI Design team has been with the company for 15 to 22 years. This level of employment longev-

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Pro Ali Design’s manufacturing facility at North Gosford ity doesn’t happen by chance. An emphasis on strong workplace culture driven by transparency, reward, recognition and incentives has resulted in a level of loyalty not often seen in business these days. It’s clear listening to Fink speak about his team that there is a strong mutual respect within the company. Both Fink’s 2IC and Drafting Manager have been with him for 22 years and are treated as part of the family. Two of Fink’s three sons also work in business and his wife Cathy is the self-designated “social director”. Her responsibilities include planning the team’s end-of-year reward retreats, which often entail a 4-day all expenses paid trip away with partners. “Stability helps your

business grow and if your staff are happy your business will run well,” said Fink. Fink said he generally puts on two apprentices a year, sourced predominantly from local schools, to “keep the wheels rolling in the business” and fulfill a personal obligation to help up skill young Australians. He is also adamant that further growth of the team is not a priority at this stage as he finds this number of employees manageable and sustainable. Furthermore his staff members enjoy the benefit of the time and a half and double time pay they regularly receive in their pay packets. It’s not unusual for team members to willingly work 10 or 11-hour days during busy times. In terms of stability, PRO ALI Design has

always had two distinct industry advantages: 1. The company specialises in manufacturing for suppliers of staple food items (lamb, beef, poultry and small goods), which tend to thrive, even in times of economic instability. As Fink said, “People will always need to eat.” Even the GFC had no impact on his business. 2. The space in which PRO ALI mainly works is very specialised. As a result, the company has only two main national competitors. And given there is more than sufficient work in the industry, Fink says they have the luxury of being able to collaborate with their competitors by referring on work rather than regard them as a threat.



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Edgar Adams discusses local issues

Manufacturing still an important part of the Coast economy


We must engage with him and explain our concerns and our needs. We erred! In my Editorial last month about the third anniversary of the Adelaide Dive Site I said that the Liberal Party had supported the ‘red shirts’ who opposed it. Well that wasn’t totally correct because the now Liberal Member for Gosford, Chris Holstein, backed it all the way. As Mayor of Gosford he was an enthusiastic supporter and I should have given him credit for that. Sorry Chris! Edgar Adams Editor

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These days CCBR has a Linkedin page and a Facebook page and regularly ask questions of our readers via Linkedin. One question which has received some excellent comment was: State Government

shake up. Will it be good for the Central Coast and should we be thinking about an amalgamation of Gosford and Wyong Councils to give us more influence? It followed the appointment of the new Premier and the announcement about Badgerys Creek airport. We should all be concerned that the funds for infrastructure now being committed to Badgerys Creek won’t be siphoned off what the Central Coast needs. So, the question about amalgamation. Some very sound thinking people have commented and maybe it is not a good idea. But while ever the Central Coast is seen as Gosford and Wyong and not a region like the Illawarra, Hunter or Western Sydney, taking our case to government will continue to be difficult, Worse still, with three of our local state members of parliament now virtually impotent, by virtue of the current ICAC enquiry, we need to think very seriously about how we are being represented in Macquarie Street. One has to ask, “In the three years that the Liberals have been in government and our region has had more government representation than ever before, what has been achieved?” The answer is not much. But I believe we now have at least a stronger voice in Cabinet. Michael Gallacher is Minister for the Central Coast. He is also Minister for Police and Emergency Services which makes him a busy bloke.

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Regular readers of CCBR will have noticed that since the start of this year we have focused on leading business figures as our Cover Story. This month is no exception and it highlights how local business people can take on the world, so to speak, as Miles Fink has done. This is a story of a very successful local businessman and his manufacturing business which started in a very small way and is now a national leader in the work they do in the food industry. They don’t get hand outs from government. In fact the government probably doesn’t even know they exist. But they employ people and won’t be moving off to China like the larger companies. It is businesses like Pro Ali that we need to look up to and emulate. Of course Pro Ali isn’t the only successful manufacturer here on the Central Coast, there are many. They just beaver away doing what they are good at and keeping a low profile. But they contribute in spades to our regional economy. Individually they are not large employers but collectively they are bigger than one might think.

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UltraServe unveils growth plans with Hackett cash Australian leader in trusted cloud and managed hosting services UltraServe last month announced it will use a multimillion-dollar investment by Internet entrepreneur Simon Hackett to accelerate its growth. Erina based UltraServe has thousands of servers under management for customers that include some of Australia’s leading e-commerce retailers including Catch of the Day, Deals Direct, Appliances Online, General Pants and Radio Rentals. UltraServe founder and CEO Samuel Yeats has agreed to sell a 40-per-cent stake in his 14-year-old company to Internode founder Simon Hackett. The multi-million-dollar investment will enable UltraServe to accelerate its international growth servicing e-commerce retailers, including in Europe and Asia. UltraServe will also establish its Lighthouse customer management platform under a standalone company Orchestrated ( to support telecommunications carriers and Managed Service Providers (MSPs). Hackett said he was investing in UltraServe as it was the right company at the right time. “UltraServe has smart leadership, a strong market presence and unique IP that will scale internationally,” he said. “As companies embrace Cloud infrastructure to provide more on-demand services for their customers, UltraServe has the opportunity to transform its Australian achievements into international success and also to leverage its hard-won expertise into a new segment of the market.”

UltraServe Founder and CEO, Samuel Yeats with Internode Founder, Simon Hackett Yeats said UltraServe would benefit from both the extra working capital and from the credibility of having Hackett as a major investor. “This investment enables us to execute on our expansion overseas, initially in Europe and further into Asia,” he said. “We can now take advantage of Amazon Web Services’ global Cloud infrastructure and other cloud platforms to expand very efficiently in other countries. “In addition, UltraServe has built a Cloud infrastructure orchestration system called Lighthouse, with some very unique features, that lets us offer a managed services layer across Amazon, VMware and other clouds, which equips us to keep our vendors honest,” said Yeats.

“We are now commercialising Lighthouse for use in the telco and Managed Service Provider and are working closely with some very large organisations. When the inevitable question about backing is asked, Simon’s investment will give us additional credibility and offer greater assurance to customers. Simon’s involvement will leverage his experience and his passion for the telco sector.” Simon Hackett’s long-time colleague John Lindsay - former Chief Technology Officer for both iiNet Limited and Internode - will take a seat on the UltraServe board and work closely with the company’s management to develop its services to even better meet the needs of the carrier and ISP markets.

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IT group formed

Budde says NBN still alive and kicking

Aaron Stephenson, Patrick Spedding, Steve Lambert, Ian Farmer, Phil Williams, Tim Wilcox, Miranda Nickel, David Abrahams, Jim Henry, Bob Mudge, Gordon Ryan, Steve Mann, Alan Williams, Nigel Lawrence and Edgar Adams April 1 held additional significance this year with the formation of an Information Technology group made up of industry professionals who are residents of the Central Coast. The brain child of members of Gosford Council’s Employment and Economic Development Committee, Edgar Adams, Tim Wilcox, Patrick Spedding and Maggie McFie the first meeting was attended by twelve enthusiastic IT professionals and entrepreneurs. The meeting was held at the Reviver Bar Gosford owned by Gordon Ryan who specialises in the delivery of technical training

with a primary focus on Microsoft infrastructure and unified communications. It turned out to be the perfect location and is expected to become a focal point and regular meeting spot for IT and communications professionals and entrepreneurs particularly for start-ups even those who work in Sydney or are based outside the Central Coast. It is hoped that young entrepreneurs with good ideas and sound business plans will also find encouragement through this group. Meetings will be held on the first Tuesday in each month from 5.00 pm.

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International telecommunications guru, and NBN champion, Paul Budde has made the following comment following Government announcements last month in respect to the NBN: “I found nothing in the speech of Minister Turnbull and the ‘Statement of Expectation’ to make me conclude that we are on a downhill spiral, as was reported by many of the commentators. As mentioned on many occasions, since then the Opposition now Coalition government dropped its ‘kill the NBN at all costs’ campaign the road ahead has been consistently positive. True I would have preferred the more visionary and ambitious FttH plan and I am still convinced that over the longer term – let’s say 10 years – a well-planned long-term FttH option is certainly not more expensive. Nevertheless we will have to move on, but I daresay we are reaching a point where logically FttH will still be the final outcome of the NBN. I will argue this point below. continued on page 28

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Gibbens on to next stage at Riverside Park

Image of Riverside Park Homemaker Centre Work will start on the last stage of the Gibbens Group’s Riverside Park development, Riverside Home Maker, in July with all 11,500 sqm expected to be committed prior to commencement. Already Nick Scali, A Mart Sports, Baby Bunting and City Farmers have committed to the project with others under negotiation. Gibbens Group CEO, Matthew Gibbens, said that in the last four months they have leased a total of 9,000 sqm of space in the Tower Building, the ground level underneath the Masters building opposite the Tower Building and Home Makers. Anytime Fitness has taken space under the Masters building and more spaces are available from 60 sqm to 900 sqm.

Gibbens said that only 1,202 sqm of space remains available for lease or sale in the Tower Building following the recent leasing of space to Herron Todd White and Lindsay Dynan who have relocated from Erina due to availability of high speed broadband in the very near future and reduced occupancy costs of up to 36% compared with other quality buildings in Erina. The Gibbens Group Property office will also be located in this building. “Our focus across the whole Riverside Park development has been to attract new businesses to Gosford which will certainly create additional jobs,” he said. Simon Gerrish Joint Manager Director of Lindsay Dynan who relocated from Erina

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Wyong Council adopts DCP for ‘key site’ at The Entrance It was declared a ‘Key Site’ at The Entrance thirty years ago and since then Wyong Council has approved many Development Applications for the vacant lot on the corner of Marine Parade and The Entrance Road all of which led to nothing. Last month Council adopted a site specific Development Control Plan (DCP) for the Key Site addressing development criteria in line with the new Wyong Local Environmental Plan 2013 (WLEP). It follows on from a Planning Proposal lodged with Council in August 2013 by Pelican Horizons Pty Ltd for a $45 million twenty storey building comprising 93 apartments and ground floor retail space including a restaurant. Pelican Horizons Pty Limited bought the

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property which comprises two lots in July 2010; 2 Ocean Parade of approximately 2,232 sqm and the adjoining lot, 14 The Entrance Road of 1,530 sqm. “The Key Site DCP was approved as no significant issues were raised in submissions during exhibition of the draft and it complies appropriately with the new WLEP,” said Wyong Mayor, Doug Eaton. “We’re now looking forward to receiving a Development Application from the site’s owner Pelican Horizons Pty Limited, who have indicated that this will happen soon.” However, the developer will have to agree to a suite of public benefit contributions totalling over $1.5 million that will go towards improvements in the Town Centre including Memorial Park.

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Big business out to crush tiny business

Sam and Sarah Hogg decided to move out of employment in the corporate world and back themselves as small business operators. They have bought TJ’s Take Away in the North Gosford Industrial Area and renamed the business Hoggy’s Take Away. They moved in at the beginning of March and in mid March received a letter from the lawyers for HB Investments, operators of the Hog’s Breath Restaurants chain, demanding that they take the name down or face legal action. The lawyers are claiming that they have breached trademark laws. The Hogg’s were not going to take bullying by big business lying down so have started an Internet petition and put their plight on their Facebook page. They are getting massive support. Their case has some similarities to the


Wambie Whoppers issue a few months ago when lawyers for Hungry Jack’s demanded that the operators stop using the Wambi Whoppers name. It turned out to be a public relations disaster with Hungry Jack’s backing down. The only difference this time is that Wambie Whoppers have been around for over twenty years while the Hogg’s have only just registered the name. But it is still a case of big business always looking to crush small business. It turned out to be a public relations disaster with Hungry Jack’s backing down. The only difference this time is that Wambie Whoppers have been around for over twenty years while the Hogg’s have only just registered the name. But it is still a case of big business always looking to crush small business.

National Aged Care Conference attracts 300 A sold-out regional aged care conference has attracted more than 300 senior executives to Terrigal’s Crowne Plaza Hotel to discuss the challenges facing the aged care sector and future business, workforce and employment opportunities. The Elephant in the Room Aged Care Conference, hosted by lead project partner Regional Development Australia Central Coast (RDACC), is a two-day event created for the community by the community. The event forms one part of a larger three-pronged strategy, developed in partnership with CEO’s of regional aged care providers, key education providers and the Central Coast Aged Care Workforce Innovation Network (WIN) project. The aim of the conference was to discuss the projected impact and importance of innovation for organisations within the aged care sector, particularly discussing the issues and changes that the government’s aged care reforms will bring. John Mouland, CEO of Regional Development Australia Central Coast said, “The conference was conceptualised and developed by the Aged Continued onto Page 28

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Digital Enterprise Programme launched

RDA CC Chairman, Phil Walker launches the Central Coast Digital Enterprise Programme Wednesday 9th April saw the launch of the Central Coast Digital Enterprise Programme which is aimed at assisting small and medium business take advantage of high speed broadband. “It will help them better understand how they can maximise the opportunities from greater digital engagement to drive productivity improvements, expand their customer base, increase sales and create further local jobs growth, by utilising new technologies, enabled by high speed broadband”, said John Mouland, CEO or RDA CC “The Central Coast received a $280,000 grant to facilitate the delivery of the Programme for the region and have partnered with Hunter TAFE Central Coast Campuses, who deliver it. What is it?

The programme is a series of free 1-2 hour group training sessions, as well as one-on-one advice to help local businesses maximise the benefits of high-speed broadband within the region. An additional component of the Digital Enterprise programme is an online Virtual Advisor programme that is primarily designed to assist Indigenous Australians, small-to-medium Indigenous owned and operated enterprises, and notfor-profit organisations located in regional, rural and remote areas of Australia”. “We strongly encourage all small to medium businesses on the Central Coast to take advantage of this free training opportunity for business owners and their staff. Interested businesses can enrol and find additional information at “, said Mr Mouland.

Teleworking Strategy launched At the same event that launched the Digital Enterprise Programme the Central Coast Teleworking Strategy 2014 - 2020 was also announced. John Mouland, CEO of RDA CC, said that the Strategy directly aims to leverage high speed broadband connectivity and new business models being delivered by the digital economy to foster a new workforce participation model. “Smart Flexibility’ which is the ability for employees of distant employers to telework from the Central Coast, is aimed at driving business productivity and workforce participation and improve the economic, environmental and social fabric of the community. Mouland said, “The goal of the strategy is to create one million days of telework on the Central Coast by 2020. That represents 16% of the workforce working closer to home for one day a week”. The benefits will depend on a range of factors including the way telework is implemented. The employers the benefits can include: Reductions in operational costs, increases in the level of productivity and a driver for innovation, Continued onto Page 28

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Wyong Council’s land swap for Woolies at Budgewoi Wyong Council has developed an innovative land-swap proposal that could increase sporting facilities for the community whilst enhancing the existing Budgewoi Shopping Centre with a new supermarket creating some 100 new local jobs. Last month Council resolved to negotiate with Woolworths for a possible land swap between part of the Council-owned Halekulani Oval and land owned by Woolworths along Scenic Drive at Colongra. Council had previously rejected a Planning Proposal by Woolworths for a new supermarket on the Colongra site, which is some kilometres out of Budgewoi. “We were conscious that a new store at the Colongra location would decimate the nearby Budgewoi Shopping Centre,” Mayor Eaton said. “The new Masterplan for Budgewoi aims to revitalise the town, and we can’t afford to have business taken away from it,” he said. “However, in September 2013 we vowed to work with Woolworths to find a suitable location for their development, and we think this land swap could be the solution.” If the land swap proceeds, Council would own the Colongra site and have use of the neighbouring land owned by Delta Electricity.

Council would then ultimately control around 10 hectares of land at Colongra for a large community sporting complex including four new sports fields, with associated amenities, parking and courts. This would be double the size of the Halekulani Oval. In return, a new Woolworths would be built on part of the Halekulani Oval within the existing Budgewoi Shopping Centre, directing more traffic to the Centre and creating around 100 local jobs. As part of the proposal, Woolworths would make a significant contribution to help establish of the regional sporting complex. “The concept will be subject to significant public engagement and require rigorous planning approvals, including rezoning and reclassification of the Oval by the NSW Government. In addition, the Colongra sporting precinct proposal would require a successful acquisition or long term lease of the adjacent Delta land to provide sufficient space for the sporting complex. Budgewoi Masterplan The Budgewoi Masterplan was adopted by Council on 11 December 2013 and will

guide public domain improvement works and development for the coastal village. A number of works have been proposed to assist in linking the village centres, natural assets and recreational areas, while making every effort to retain the relaxed coastal village atmosphere of the area. The Masterplan ensures that the study area is appropriately planned for and developed over the coming decades. It offers opportunities to enhance the quality of the public domain, create dedicated public spaces, facilitate pedestrian and cyclist activity, encourage greater utilisation of public spaces, shape future development and enhance the distinctive character of Budgewoi. In 2008 the NSW Department of Planning published the Central Coast Regional Strategy, which is intended to guide future planning for the region. In the Strategy, Budgewoi is defined as a Village Centre: Village Centres are generally small to medium sized concentrations of retail, health and other services integrated with medium density (largely town house style) residential living. Local public transport will provide connections to Town Centres.

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BlinkMobile Interactive: From Central Coast to World Stage BlinkMobile Interactive, a Mobile Enterprise Application Platform (MEAP) provider, continues to expand its operation both domestically and internationally from its Gosford location. Recent wins in Australia and New Zealand include, the successful deployment of the Blink Mobility Platform at the New South Wales Food Authority (NSWFA), where the platform has enabled information and services to be mobilised efficiently across the Authority, and the company’s further expansion into the New Zealand market with the signing of an agreement with Auckland City Council through its partnership with Vodafone New Zealand. Darren Besgrove, Director and COO, BlinkMobile Interactive said, “Beyond recent signings of healthcare, education, construction and logistics firms, we are now in the position of also providing the mobility platform for more than 40 Local Councils including both Gosford and Wyong Councils as well as Brisbane City Council and Auckland Council, the two largest local government authorities in the southern hemisphere.� BlinkMobile Interactive is also forging ahead with its international network through its recent expansion into the European mobility market. The company has partnered with Spargonet Consulting, an innovative UK-based IT consultancy and services company, who will deliver BlinkMobile solutions and services to government and enterprise organisations across Europe, and who already has a number of clients in pilot stage testing of BlinkMobile’s platform. “Demand by organisations for consistent, manageable solutions around enterprise mobility has never been stronger,�


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BlinkMobile Directors Alan Williams and Darren Besgrove said Besgrove.  “Devices and operating systems are on a rapid evolutionary path. The Blink Mobility Platform offers a way for organisations to exploit all the new device capabilities and embrace future change to unlock productivity improvements while still protecting their investment in current systems and business processes. Our success with mobility solutions in local government and enterprises in Australia has been exceptional, and we look forward to working with Spargonet in the UK, to translate those achievements to both local government and private sector businesses across Europe.� The European expansion follows on from BlinkMobile’s extension into the fast growing Latin American and African mobility markets in 2013, where it appointed distributors in Brazil and South Africa to provide enterprise and government agencies with access to its award-winning mobility platform.

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New Executive Manager appointed for CCRDC

Greg South The Central Coast Regional Development Corporation (CCRDC) has announced the appointment of Greg South to the position of Executive Manager. Prior to his appointment, South spent twelve years at Landcom/UrbanGrowth NSW, where he most recently served as the

Chief Operating Officer. In that role, he was responsible for developing, negotiating and executing contracts, as well as managing all commercial and operational aspects associated with new business opportunities. With close to three decades in a long and distinguished career, South has held various executive positions with Transfield Pty Ltd and Stal Refrigeration Pty Limited “I’m excited about this new opportunity to lead CCRDC. This is truly an exciting time. Major revitalisation and reactivation projects are being undertaken on the Central Coast which will produce extensive benefits for the area and its residents. I look forward to working with the community, business sector and all levels of government as a means of contributing to the region’s economic development and growth,” he said.

Pugsley is a Fellow Member of the API and an active member of the Central Coast Study Group, where he has served as treasurer for five years and Group Chair for four years. The Central Coast Study Group is one of the most active study groups in the state with consistently strong attendance from local valuers and high quality guest speakers. Pugsley is the Rating & Taxing Division Manager for Robertson & Robertson Consulting Valuers. Sydney business broker buys into the Coast

Colin Pugsley elected to API NSW Council

Geoff Trebble and Zoran Sarabaca

The Australian Property Institute NSW Divisional Council has elected well known property valuer, Colin Pugsley, to serve as a councillor for a two-year term.

“XERO is giving business owners visible control over their cashflow, so they can take the right action at the right time. XERO is beautiful for business.” Troy Marchant CA Director Robson Partners

Southern Cross Business Brokers have joined forces with Sydney-based Xcllusive Business Sales. Geoff Trebble, Southern Cross Director, said, “ now, with the backing of a major Sydney based firm behind us, with all of the extra marketing power and resources at our disposal we’re going to be able to provide much better and faster results to our Central Coast clients.”

As XERO specialists, we know how to get you organised & streamline your finances. At Robson Partners we believe beautiful business starts with good looking numbers. XERO is the leading online accounting software system, that connects small businesses to their advisors and other services. It provides business owners with real-time visibility of their financial position in a way that’s simple, smart and secure. We teach business owners that one of the ways to drive profit in their business, is to systemise and leverage new technology, that will lead to more time to focus on key drivers of asset growth, such as marketing and selling. So no matter what you do or where you do it, with XERO and Robson Partners we can help you do beautiful business. Want to learn more? Come along to one of our regular FREE seminars or 1 on 1 sessions, to show you how you can “do beautiful business” too.

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Perhaps the biggest addition to Southern Cross Business Broker’s services is the inclusion of the 120-day find-yourbuyer guarantee. Zoran Sarabaca, Principal of Xcllusive said, “the 120 day guarantee means that if we don’t find the buyer for your business within 120 days of going to the market you can halve our commission. It’s a simple, effective guarantee and we think it’s going to be a game changer for the Central Coast.” Both  Sarabaca and Trebble said they expect that the acquisition will improve business sales success rates in the Central Coast area for all business owners.  Xcllusive Business Sales was formed in 2004 and services clients across metropolitan Sydney, Canberra, rural NSW and now the Central Coast, Newcastle and Hunter Regions.

Until recently, Brasch was the Manager of Gosford Business Improvement District Inc. responsible for coordinating many projects and events to improve the Gosford City Centre. Prior to this he was Area Manager for the Mantra Group, being based at Mantra Ettalong Beach and overseeing a total of 5 hotels for the Mantra Group. Commenting on his appointment Brasch said, “I am absolutely thrilled to join and lead The Springs team. The Springs is the complete golf, dining and function venue in the most beautiful setting at Peats Ridge. New appointment at the KDR Group

Paul Brasch joins The Springs Golf Club


Paul Brasch has been appointed General Manager of The Springs Golf Club at Peats Ridge.

The KDR Group have announced the appointment of Kevin Self as Sales and Marketing Manager to their team at Erina. QUALITY BUSINESSES ONLY With over twenty-two years experience Including print, caravansignage parks/mobile home villages, in the design, and media manufacturing, industries. industry, motels, Self brings along service a wealth of ACCOUNTANTS FIGURES ARE ESSENTIAL knowledge and expertise to KDR’s already extensive customer base locally ARGYLE ESTATES 02 4332 6555 Fax: 02 4332 0095 and Ph: nationally. We pride ourselves on selling quality businesses only and have done so for the past 35 years.


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Pluim completes Bunnings West Gosford, Tuggerah next

West Gosford builder, Pluim Commercial Contractors Pty Ltd have completed Bunnings’ West Gosford warehouse on time and on budget. The $14 million project in Yallambee Avenue included the 17,350 sqm building and was completed in 9 months. Pluim Managing Director, Scott Allen said that the majority of the subcontractors on the project were long term local subcontractors. Pluim completed Bunnings’ new store at Umina Beach last year and have been awarded the redevelopment of Bunnings Tuggerah. They have also been awarded the contract from Coles Developments Pty Ltd for the early works package for the redevelopment of the Tuggerah Supa Centre. Pluim were the original builders in 1995 of the Supa Centre.

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Bunnings NSW Regional Development Manager, Andrew O’Neill, said that the company would invest more than $40 million in the development which is over the four hectare site. Bunnings bought the site in December 2009 paying $9.9 million with the intention of building a new larger warehouse but hit snags with their Development Application which was finally approved in May last year. At the time Mr O’Neill said, “Gosford City Council is extremely supportive of this development, with Paul Anderson and me meeting to work through the planning constraints that had been imposed to ensure that this development got off the ground as soon as possible. Commenting on the opening of the new Bunnings, Gosford Council Mayor, Lawrie McKinna, said, “We are hoping that other big businesses and investors follow Bunnings lead and now see Gosford Council as proactive and supportive making investing in Gosford City an easy and attractive option,” Clr, McKinna said. The new Bunnings Warehouse includes a main warehouse, indoor timber trade sales

Caption: (l to r) Lloyd Johnson, Site Supervisor; Nichole Robertson, Reception and Accounts; Scott Allen, Chief Executive Officer; Lewis Solman, Contracts Manager; Liam Cox, Commercial Manager and Dean Rogers, Site Supervisor area and outdoor nursery, as well as a café and kids playground and parking for more than 500 cars. As part of the development, the intersection of Yallambee Avenue and Central Coast Highway is being upgraded. The new expanded warehouse will employ around 200 people.

For Lease • Four large consulting rooms with basins and examination beds • One procedure room • Full reception, including counter, filing draws and cupboards • Waiting room • Two separate bathrooms • Full kitchen and staff facilities • Secure file storage room • Parking for 7 vehicles

Burnside House, 43 Pacific Highway Suitable for professional use 83 square metres DA approved for shop or office. Amenities include: unencumbered space, wired for modern communications, parking outside, own bathroom and kitchen facilities, air conditioning, HWS. New building with excellent exposure in Ourimbah shopping centre. Lease now 3 years with option to renew for 5 years Rent: $19345.80 Plus GST (negotiable) PA Call Anne Burke 0423800377 or 4362 1300


Medical Rooms/Office Accommodation Price: $40,000 + GST & Outgoings This freestanding building has been fully refurbished for medical rooms (formally occupied by GPs), offering quality fit out and presentation together with a prominent high profile location. Complete fit out for medical rooms, ready to occupy, fully air-conditioned and painted throughout.

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Start soon on Terrigal development

The Pine Tree Apartments project in Pine Tree Lane, Terrigal is about to get underway with builders to be appointed shortly and construction expected to take take about 22 months. PTL Land Pty Limited, will build a 6-level residential, commercial and retail development opposite the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Comprising 50 architecturally designed 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments including 3 penthouses on the top level Pine Tree Apartments will optimise its premium location close to the beach, shope and services in Terrigal.

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Sales Representative for the project, Anne Glaser, said that enquiry has been strong with off-the-plan sales being made across all age groups. “A lot of Sydney buyers see them as an ideal weekender but we are also seeing buyers who want to live right in Terrigal.” Prices for 1-Bedroom apartments are from $410,000, for 2-Bedrooms from $650,000 and for 3-Bedrooms from $960,000. At this stage the developer has not put the Penthouses on the market. The ground level will comprise 7 retail spaces fronting Pine Tree Lane ranging in size from 49 sqm to 206 sqm and 5 commercial spaces to the rear of the building overlooking an extensively landscaped area ranging from 50 sqm to 74 sqm. The streetfront retail spaces, with extensive outdoor areas, are aimed at attracting cafes, restaurants, wine bars and associated spe-

cialty shops. All have rear access for loading, recycling as well as storage facilities and tenant parking. The Level 1 commercial space will comprise 20 suites from 32 sqm to 137 sqm which can be configured to create larger spaces if required. These suites have been designed with an emphasis on natural light and lifestyle advantages including end-of-trip facilities including lockers, showers and bike storage with state of the art male and female amenities including showers and change facilities. A kitchen, two communal meeting rooms and an open lounge area leading to lift access finish off the contemporary layout and design. The project has been designed by architects EJE Architecture and the interior design is by SJB Interiors. For more information phone Anne Glaser on 0414 434 090

SAVE ON COMMUNICATION & DATA COSTS Refurbishment commencing mid 2014 New retail opportunities available Exciting changes in store in the Centre and in Gosford city.

Opportunity to connect to the National Broadband Network with superfast upload speeds capability providing voice, data and video links at a significant cost saving. If you are a big data user or producer then we have the perfect location for you right in the heart of Gosford The Digital City.


Multiple spaces from 240 sq. to 1200 sq. on one level with NBN connection. Make Gosford City your global or national headquarters. • Enthusiastic labour pool • Excellent public transport links • Enjoy the Central Coast lifestyle

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Syndicate buys Somersby industrial investment Local business owner buys Reliance One unit at Tuggerah Business Park

A local business operator has paid $875,000 (GST excluded) for a vacant industrial factory/warehouse unit at 1 Reliance Drive, Tuggerah Business Park. Unit 11 of 720 sqm comprises a 150 sqm premium office space and features double rear roller door access. The sale was negotiated by Ty Blanch from LJ Hooker Commercial Central Coast.

An investment syndicate consisting of Central Coast and Hunter investors has paid $5.85 million for 6 Chivers Road, Somersby showing a return of 10.5% per annum net. The property is on the corner of Chivers Road with a frontage of 159 metres and Gindurra Road with a frontage of 109 metres and has an approximate site area of 20,480 sqm and is zoned 4(a) industrial. The property comprises 2 large and 3 smaller warehouse buildings plus storage areas, main office building and several satellite offices constructed in the 1990â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s along with extensive onsite parking and truck access.

The whole of the property is leased to Pall Australia Pty Ltd a wholly owned subsidiary of Pall Corporation of New York. The lease commenced in August 2004 and expires in July 2020 with no options. The lessee pays all outgoings. The sale was concluded in December 2013 following Expressions of Interest that closed on the 11th December with agent Dean Venturato, Director of Burgess Rawson saying that interest was very strong with 52 parties enquiring due to the long lease and quality multi-national tenant as well as the large land area and a spread of several buildings on the site.

Owner occupier buys unit in Tuggerah Business Park

Sydney investor buys Wamberal shop/residence

An owner occupier has paid $400,000 for Unit 9, a 162 sqm commercial unit at 19 Reliance Drive, Tuggerah Business Park. The buyer has gained additional income from a long term tenant on the ground floor and will occupy the upper floor space of approximately 80 sqm. The unit comprises a kitchen and bathroom on the ground level and upper level. The sale was negotiated by Ty Blanch and Brad Rogers from LJ Hooker Commercial Central Coast.

A Sydney investor has paid $625,000 (GST not applicable) for 774 The Entrance Road, Wamberal a retail and residential property in the Wamberal neighbourhood shopping area The property comprises a 123 sqm shop with 94 sqm residence above on a 164.4

Investor buys Ettalong shop An investor has paid $235,000 excluding GST for a 25sqm shop in Memorial Avenue, Ettalong Beach. Shop 7 is leased to Wollombi Pantry. Karen Aubrey from LJ Hooker Commercial Central Coast negotiated the sale

block with rear access and is leased to the Wamberal Newsagency while a 2-bedroom flat above is separately leased. The price paid reflects a net annual return of 7.5%. David Tawyer from Citicoast Realty negotiated the sale CENTRAL COAST BUSINESS REVIEW may 2014



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Deepwater Plaza expected to fetch $100 million Deepwater Plaza at Woy Woy has been listed for sale through agent Steven Lerche National Director of Retail Investments with Savills. It has been suggested that the sub-regional shopping centre at 52 Railway Parade, Woy Woy is worth around $100 million. Mr Lerche said, “We expect a high level of interest from listed and unlisted buyers as well as private and offshore investors.” Deepwater Plaza was originally built in 1984 and has been expanded on two occasions, in 1994 and 2005. The 2005 redevelopment saw an invest-

ment of $8.9 million and the gross lettable area increase from 16,252 sqm to 18,372 sqm. It resulted in two major tenants, Best & Less and The Reject Shop plus fifteen specialty stores being added. The Centre is set on a site area of 42,910 square metres and is anchored by a full-line Coles Supermarket, Kmart, IGA Supermarket and 51 specialty stores. Deepwater Plaza is owned by the Schwartz Family who is selling the property to concentrate on their private hotel portfolio. They bought the property in 1994.

Manufacturer leases at West Gosford

TUGGERAH 154 Pacific Highway

SPECIALIST MEDICAL & PROFESSIONAL SUITES Ideally located on the Pacific Highway within the established Tuggerah Straight Commercial Centre, these Specialist Medical & Professional Suites are perfectly situated. Neighbours include Healthscope Medical Centre, PRP Radiology, Pathology, Sports & Spinal Physiotherapy, Chiropractor, Dentist, Psycologists & more. With a variety of suites available and plenty of parking, opportunities include both ground floor and level 1 suites. Tuggerah Medical & Professional Rooms range from 13m2 to 24m2 and start from as little as $1,250 per month +GST. Level 1 accessed via lift or stairs hosts suites from 59m2 with the East Wing Professional Suites ranging from 73m2 to 103m2 there is a size to suit a variety of Professionals including Medical, Financial, Legal etc... Other tenants include BCF, Super Cheap Auto and Romi’s Café and make this an ideal location with plenty of parking. Features include · Flexible lease terms · Very Competitive rentals · Excellent parking · Air-conditioning · Carpets, kitchenette · Balcony access for most suites

Interpod Offsite Pty Ltd, manufacturers of bathroom pods for the healthcare, hospitality and multi-unit residential sectors, have leased A 944 sqm factory at 20 Dell Road, West Gosford. The clearspan factory building with gan-

try crane is on a 2,000 sqm site. Terms of lease are 22 months with 2 x 1 year options at a rental of $82,500 per annum including Outgoings and GST. Geoff Broadhurst from Chapman & Frazer Real Estate negotiated the lease

Home improvement company leases at West Gosford Watkins Supplies a home improvement company specialising in bathrooms has leased Unit 10 at 10 Enterprise Close, West Gosford. The industrial warehouse unit of 239 sqm comprises an 80sqm mezzanine office with air conditioning and additional storage / showroom area. Terms of lease are 2 years with 3 year option at a rental of $24,000 per annum plus Outgoings and GST. Karen Aubrey from LJ Hooker Commercial Central Coast negotiated the lease.

pany engaged in the rollout of the NBN on the Central Coast, has leased a 205sqm factory with front yard at 18 Wollong Street, North Gosford. Terms of lease are 1 year with 1 year option at a rental of $21,780 per annum including Outgoings and GST. Geoff Broadhurst from Chapman & Frazer Real Estate negotiated the lease.

Company engaged in NBN rollout leases at North Gosford Infrastructure Constructions Pty Ltd, a com-

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Julie Davies on 4355 5111

Frozen food distributor leases in Berkeley Vale Coldchain, a frozen food distributor, has leased Unit 4, a 160sqm unit with mezzanine, at 19 Hereford Street, Berkeley Vale. Terms of lease are 1 year with 2 year option at a rental of $20,262 per annum including Outgoings and GST Geoff Broadhurst from Chapman & Frazer Real Estate negotiated the lease. CENTRAL COAST BUSINESS REVIEW may 2014



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commercial and industrial property for sale/lease


Affectionately known by Central Coast locals as the ‘Taj Mahal of Toukley’, this massive existing structure is situated on approx 935.8m2 of amazing waterfront land. Views from each of the 3 levels the existing development approval allows for a mix of residential & business use. Auction 26th June


Work & live by the lake & sea in this freehold motel on one of the Central Coast’s busiest roads. 6 self contained 1 bedroom units & 11ground floor motel rooms with a net profit of $105,216 (last financial year). SALE $1,400,000 EXC GST


Commercial / retail space with great exposure. Approx 135m2 of partitioned office space which can also be used for retail. Own toilet, air conditioning & currently furnished. Just a super offering so make sure you add this one to your list to inspect. LEASE from $15,000pa net + GST for 1st year.


Great freestanding showroom & warehouse with excellent exposure. Approx 450m2 floor area on 15825m2 of land.10 on site car parking spaces & security fencing. If you need to upgrade to grow your business then this property is a must to inspect!!! LEASE $67,366pa net + GST


Corner position with high exposure, 120m2 (approx) completely fitted out with ovens, fridges, freezers & counter. There is potential to lease up to 350m2 if you require more space. This one is a MUST to inspect! LEASE $330/m2 inc GST


Brilliant international tenant (DHL) have signed their intention to exercise their option on this exciting property featuring double high & wide roller doors, in (total approx) 855m2 high clearance factory/office! Office of approx 360m2 is over 2 floors and large clearspan warehouse/factory area is (approx) 490m2. Current rent $70,000 (full net lease) per annum + GST due for rental increase 1 July 2014.

436 Pacific Hwy Wyoming – approx 100m² display office + small covered display yard $36,000 pa net.



Ground floor consulting rooms approx 90m², partitioned & aircond + 2 car spaces. $26,000 pa net.


A rendered brick industrial unit approx 125M2 to suit Retiree or small business operator. Has small office; WC; translucent roof panels and fluoro lighting.



Ground floor retail space approx 223sqm. Airconditioned and wired for phones and cat5 cabling. Located in Erina CBD.


107sqm office space with 27sqm terrace, 3 car spaces, 2 partitioned office, large open plan area, kitchenette, fully cabled, storage units. Well positioned in the Platinum Building.

“In Liquidation” 4475M2 at end of cul-de-sac with just moderate slope $330,000 excl GST OR Level 4407M2 with DA consent for 2 x 1000M2 factory units $352,000 excl GST (reduced from $545,000).



Ground floor 425sqm, Immaculate showroom presentation, loading dock, great signage opportunity, High exposure, ease of access with ample parking.

$299,000 GST N/A

Currently has two monthly tenancies returning $27,600pa net. Suit owner occupier. Ring Geoff for details.



Manns Rd near speed camera, approx 169M2 + storage mezzanines and only $1,500 pm gross GST N/A. Storage Yard optional at $1,600 pm gross GST N/A.



Modern as new 180M2 + 40M2 carpeted mezzanine office at 218 Wisemans Ferry Rd $20,000pa net.

WEST GOSFORD FREEHOLD FACTORY $ 985,000 excl GST (Negotiable)

105sqm space would suit professional or medical users with reception area & 6 offices, air conditioning, ample off street parking.


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225sqm warehouse space with 2 x roller doors, 3 phase power, Fully self contained, great lighting, convenient location.

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Richard Ellis 0416 072 444 Suite 4, 206 The Entrance Road, Erina

Fully fenced 2061 sqm site with extensive concrete hardstand surrounds. Very modern standalone building approx 760 sqm includes 630 sqm warehouse with 4 roller shutters + 130 sqm air cond brick offices and amenities + 130 sqm storage mezzanine.


Approx 909M2 incl air cond office area + large concrete yard. Has exposure to Barralong Rd $105,000 pa net. Prices shown with * are inclusive of GST.

SOMERBSY - FURTHER REDUCED - OWNER WANTS TO SELL!!! Great exposure for professional, commercial, business & retail services. Each unit has ground floor & 1st floor both fitted out with ceilings, a/c & access to 3 phase power. 2 units have grease traps & designated as potential food outlets. Below cost from $220,000 + GST

SOMERSBY - VACANT LEVEL LAND WITH DA APPROVAL Fully serviced block just off M1 Motorway in Somersby Industrial Estate. 2520m2, cleared & level. Comes with DA approval & CC to build 2 adjoining warehouses with floor area of 822m2 + 88m2 office space + 49m2 loading bay in each one. SALE $450,000 + GST


Brand new tenant commencing a 2 year lease (expiring 31st March 2016) + 3 year option with a current net return of 8.13%. Warehouse approx 129m2 with upstairs office/showroom approx. 80m2. A/C & lots of natural light. SALE $295,000 + GST VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR ADDITIONAL PROPERTIES and MORE INFORMATION –

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Entertainers dream in Matcham

The property: 24 Kallaroo Road, Bensville. Set over a commanding and very rare 2,928 sqm lot (Zoned 2A and subdividable STCA), this property comprises 2 separate residences. The first with 3-bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, master chef quality kitchen, large loungeroom with open fireplace, separate dining room and large outdoor entertaining deck and in ground pool. The second is a 1-bedroom fully self contained residence with double garage. The price: $950,000. A record for the suburb of Bensville. The buyer: A local family. The sale: The property had been on the market for some time however it sold within a month when listed with PRD. The property last changed hands in 2006 for the same price. The agent: Dale Bassett from PRD Nationwide Ettalong Beach

The property: 2/380 Matcham Road, Matcham. This 300sqm home is built across a 2.02 hectare acreage and features large entertaining areas with inground pool and rural views. It comprises 5 bedrooms and bathrooms and 4 garage spaces. The price: $1,617,500 The buyer: A Sydney family The sale: The property sold shortly after auction following an auction campaign The agent: Carol Jennings from Raine & Horne Coastal.

Rare private acreage in Terrigal

The property: 21 Wycombe Road, Terrigal. This property is on a 1.01 hectare lot and comprises a 6-bedroom home with magnificent views to Terrigal Beach and Haven The price: $1,737,500 The buyer: A Sydney family The sale: The buyer came from internet advertising. The property had been on the market for an extended period with many agents as the vendor had maintained their high price expectation and in the end achieved above that. The agent: Paul Champion from Raine & Horne Coastal. CENTRAL COAST BUSINESS REVIEW may 2014

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‘Nunkeri’ – A beautiful place in Yarramalong

The property: 213 Yarramalong Road, Yarramalong. With 15 cleared acres on the banks of the Wyong River this colonial style homestead comprises 7 bedrooms, with two living spaces, inground pool,

ducted air conditioning overlooking manicured lawns . The price: $1,455,000 The agent: Tyson Nicholson from The Property Market, Tuggerah

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FWC restrains worker in first substantial bullying order With the introduction of the new bullying legislation this year the Fair Work Commission was given the power to make "Stop Bullying Orders". The orders are designed to protect employees who have experienced and continue to experience bullying in the workplace. Until recently there has been little information on what type of orders the Fair Work Commission (FWC) could and would make against the individual employee or group of employees subject to the order. However, recently the FWC handed down its first decision in which it has made orders designed to stop further bullying of the Applicant. The employee subject to the order has been directed to:

• have no contact with the co-worker alone; • make no comment about the co-worker's clothes or appearance; • refrain from sending any emails or texts to the co-worker except in emergency circumstances; • "complete any exercise" at the employer's premises before 8am; and • raise no work-related issues without first notifying the employer's chief operating officer or his subordinate. These directions effectively take the form of restraining orders. Managing such orders within the daily flux of an office will be challenging; particularly when managers want to take leave and will not be there to police it. A contravention may occur where there:

"has been in any way, by act or omission, directly or indirectly, knowingly concerned in or party to the contravention". Thus a company (or even a member of management) could be further drawn into it and face a penalty if the orders are contravened. Having one of these orders imposed by the FWC creates a real corporate hazard. This highlights the need for prevention through proper training of staff in this area to avoid the potential involvement of the FWC in your workplace. At Swaab, we have developed a range of workplace training approaches tailored to the needs and resources of our clients. For further information, please contact Warwick Ryan on 9233 5544 or

To register or not to register? The PBL Key 5 Advantages of Applying for a Trade Mark Once upon a time, there was no statutory scheme available to register a trade mark. Stakeholders used to rely on common law rights to assert ownership of trademarks and often went through a tortured litigation process to seek various remedies to protect their valuable IP often without great success. Times have changed and we now have the ability to register trademarks since the advent of the Trade Marks legislation, more recently in its modern form, the Trade Marks Act 1995 and the regulation of this statute by IP Australia. As businesses have become more sophisticated and strategic in the quest to add value to their goodwill, an increasing number have looked to their IP inventory for opportunities to register a variety of IP rights including trademarks. So what are the advantages of registration? Several come to mind, but the 5 key benefits that we have identified are as follows: 1. Immediate protection and exclusive rights Registration is everything in trade marking. Once you file your Application you obtain priority from the date you file not from the registration date provided your application is successful. You will more likely succeed if you do not use geographic or generic words and images as you must be able to distinguish your brand from others in the market place. Having said that well known generic brands , such as “ Virgin “ have been able to register in particular classes where the term used is associated with particular industries. Once you obtain registration you have the exclusive right to use the mark in your industry which leads to other advantage identified below.

2. Registration is not limited to words and devices. Typically most marks are either a word or words or an image or a combination of both. In more recent times that formats available have been extended to include sounds, smells such as perfumes, shapes including 3 dimensional varieties and colors, for example the well known case of Cadbury Chocolates and Darrell Lea where although losing the case, Cadbury was able to register a distinct color purple in boxed and block chocolate after it had amended its application. You can now even register distinct building names as marks such as the Q1 building in Queensland. 3. It is much easier to enforce your rights Apart from anything else , you are able to immediately take action to enforce your hard earned rights and seek the necessary relief against infringers including declarations injunctions orders for damages and the less well known Anton Pillar orders allowing access to premises , for example, to seize offending material and the like. This has become a significant advantage since the passing of the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Raising the Bar) Act in 2012. In that regard this statute enables aggrieved parties to take action in the Federal Circuit Court which is a far less expensive and streamlined process than was available previously. Furthermore the Act enables the judiciary to impose significant pecuniary and personal penalties, including incarceration on infringers. (For example up to 5 years imprisonment). 4. Registration enables you to add significant value to the goodwill of your business Once you register and provided you continuously use and promote your mark through

marketing and advertising, you distinguish your business from those of your competitors and it is now well established that registered marks will add significantly to the value of your business so that it becomes of itself an attractive proposition for potential buyers down the track. For example, Coffee Club has been successful in promoting its business through its marks over a wide variety of applications for some time and recognizes the value attributable to these marks, In other ways owners of Trade Marks can grow wealth by licensing the rights to use the Marks in exchange for significant royalties and furthermore can easily assign some or all of the rights associated to independent third parties. Franchising is a vehicle of choice for progressive IP owners who want to expand their IP licensing arrangements. 5. Registration gives you Australian and International Coverage if you want it IP is a federal matter so registration will allow you to assert rights across the Commonwealth of Australia. In addition, in this day and age, with many businesses operating on a global scale, there are opportunities to go international. As Australia is a signatory to the Madrid Protocol you can lodge for registration within this country through IP Australia which enables registration in most (but not all) countries provided that you do it in a strategic way. Further rights can be enforced using the WIPO against infringers; the downside of this is that the costs involved can be quite prohibitive if you adopt a scattergun approach. Priority Business Lawyers is regularly retained to give advice and act on stakeholder’s behalf in making applications for trademarks and welcomes new inquiries either by phone on 43053500 or by email to




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Budde says NBN alive and kicking Reviewing the last few weeks But let us analyse a number of the developments of the last few weeks, or months. It is fairly easy to call for reviews and get experts together to provide us with their wisdom about what should, could, and will have to be done. But it is a totally different matter to show leadership in this. For too long the NBN has been sitting in a ‘review vacuum’ and it was good to see that the Minister began to show leadership in his recent speech. There was significantly less political revisiting of the situation under the previous government and I have to say that in this respect I truly appreciated NBN Co’s Chair Ziggy Switkowski’s clear message that we should actually stop this politicking altogether – very refreshing, but linked to another realistic prediction from him that this might still take some time. I was also impressed by Shadow Minister Jason Clare’s position, clearly showing the willingness from the Opposition to work with the government – what a difference from the adversarial environment that the current government created during its time in Opposition. So, very optimistic messages from all of the key players involved. For the first time the Minister also mentioned that he is positive about the future of the NBN, indicating that he is truly beginning to take ownership.

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The end goal will remain FttH On several occasions the Minister has indicated that he also believes FttH would be the ideal end solution; the reason he supports the MTM solution relates purely to cost. So his heart is in the right place – we don’t have to try to convert him. In order to get the MTM solution moving he will need to have the cooperation of Telstra and, to a lesser degree, that of Optus. To a large extent that is not really an issue. The operators have already accepted lucrative deals to retire their old networks. So the solution is for these retired networks to be handed over to NBN Co, at basically no cost. But NBN Co will then have to take over the maintenance of these ageing assets. I estimate that this maintenance will cost the company approximately $2 billion a year, perhaps slightly less, and over time this will start to add up. The compromise with Telstra might be to offer it a maintenance contract for all or some of this money. However, this solution might turn out to be something of a poison chalice, because now NBN Co (the government) will have to face the ongoing complaints and problems relating to this network, in particular during heavy rains and floods. It will also have to solve the problems of customers linked to the low quality parts of the old telephone and cable TV networks; these parts will be hard (read costly) to upgrade through the MTM solution. With NBN Co (the govern-

ment) becoming the owner of these problems the issues could easily become politicised, especially in regional and rural areas. Over time these old assets will only deteriorate further and the maintenance costs will go up – together with the political pressure to solve those low quality infrastructure problems – and this, in my view, can only speed up the final upgrade to FttH. The NBN future looks bright Over the last two years the messages from Malcolm Turnbull, both in Opposition and in government, have become more and more positive. He is now fully committed to the NBN. He has also taken leadership of some of the contentious issues and this will create further clarity in the market. With a more positive political attitude in place and, in line with our above assessment, whatever way you look at the current developments there will have to be a final date linked to the ageing telecoms infrastructure assets. Therefore FttH will eventually have to be the final outcome for fixed network infrastructure; it may take a few years longer than the previous government promised, but that promise looked shaky anyway. With the positive messages from the Minister we are reaching the point of no return and, given the forward direction of the road so far, there is no reason to believe that this direction will be changed.

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National Aged Care Conference attracts 300

Care sector, to provide a forum for discussion on the region’s ageing demographic challenges and inspire possible solutions to keep local aged care businesses sustainable in the face of reform”. Presenters will share information, explore solutions and exchange ideas in relation to delivering innovation in residential and community aged care - focusing on the change to consumer-directed care, the onset of reform and the value of leadership, management, training and world-class quality in the aged care industry. “The event attracted more than 300 attendees and we are pleased to be able to contribute and support local aged care organisations by hosting this important conference. “The two days of discussion will shine a spotlight on industry-wide challenges but importantly focus on regional solutions within one microcosm of demographic change - the Central Coast region,” continued Mr Mouland. The Central Coast is one of the nation’s fastest ageing locations with 28 per cent


of the population aged over 55 compared with the state and national average of 22 per cent. Projections also indicate that by 2030, 37 per cent of the Central Coast population will be aged 55-plus. Conference topics featured include: innovation in aged care; consumer-directed care and the aged care reforms; workforce development and the cultural shift; training quality; navigating the way through leadership and management; marketing aged care; and the road to integration. “We were overwhelmed by the popularity of the conference reflecting on the need for industry collaboration, local innovation and regional solutions to ensure strength in the sector, and would like to acknowledge Wesley Mission as a major sponsor of the conference. “RDACC is committed to helping support growth and development in the Central Coast aged care sector and we strongly encourage innovation across the region to ensure that together with the right information, ideas and support, organisations can adapt and thrive in the future.

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Teleworking Strategy launched Improved recruitment and retention outcomes. Particularly when telework is implemented to help overcome skill shortages caused by geographical barriers, A reduction in absenteeism associated with short term staff family issues and through improving work/life balance for staff. For the Central Coast region the benefits will be realised through: Increased workplace participation, Reductions in traffic congestion, fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, Greater local spend by employees working locally, and Enhanced community involvement in the region by employees.

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I went to the cinema the other day and in the front row was an old man and with him was his dog. It was a sad funny kind of film, you know the type. In the sad part, the dog cried his eyes out, and in the funny part, the dog laughed its head off. This happened all the way through the film. After the film had ended, I decided to go and speak to the man. “That’s the most amazing thing I’ve seen,” I said. “That dog really seemed to enjoy the film.” The man turned to me and said, “Yeah, it is. He hated the book.”

His wife had been killed in an accident and the police were questioning Finnegan. “Did she say anything before she died?” asked the sergeant. “She spoke without interruption for about forty years,” said the Irishman.

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