Weekly Jobs Update

Posted by | March 24, 2017 | Weekly Update

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IN 1967 seatbelts were an aftermarket accessory, there were about 450,000 cars sold in Australia and the average family sedan cost about $2000.

This year an estimated 1.15 million new and used cars will exchange hands with an average small car going for about $25,000 but featuring more mod-cons — such as reversing cameras, keyless entry and rain sensing wipers — than anyone ever dreamt of back in the swinging ’60s.

So much has changed in the automotive industry in five decades with autonomous cars, which drive themselves, looming as the next big thing.

But the one constant on the Central Coast has been “the big local” with Brian Hilton Motor Group celebrating its 50th anniversary last week.

Starting out as a second-hand car yard, the family business became a Peugeot and Renault­ dealership before becoming predominantly a Toyota dealer in 1972.

It moved just up the road to its current sprawling North Gosford location in 1985.

“At the time it was one of the biggest facilities in the country,” dealership principal Joshua Hilton said.

“It was quite ahead of its time. It’s allowed us to grow into it.”

Starting with just a few employees, Brian Hilton Motor Group now has more than 300 staff across nine dealerships including six on the Coast and others at Taree, Forster and Mascot.

Mr Hilton said he was very proud of his father’s foresight to get into the automotive industry and the family business had managed to “remain together and remain strong” during the economic ups and downs over the years.

“I know there’s quite a few old Toyotas — and Peugeots and Renaults for that matter — still running around with Brian Hilton stickers,” he said.

Mr Hilton said it was not just cars that had changed dramatically since his dad began selling second-hand motors but the dealership model was also vastly different with the whole servicing and vehicle financing side of the business.

While a new car cost about $2000 in the late 1960s Mr Hilton said engineering advances meant cars were better featured, safer and more reliable than ever. And because they were galvanised and spray-painted robotically “they don’t rust like they used to”.

“As a cost of living, the affordability­ of a car has come down,” he said.

“New cars have never been more affordable.”

50-YEAR DIFFERENCE IN CARS

2017 Toyota Corolla

Price: $21,240 — $31,920

Engine: 1800cc variable cam timing fuel injection

Power: 103kW

Length: 4620mm

Width: 1776mm

Height: 1460mm

Wheelbase: 2700mm

Safety features: Seven airbags, ABS brakes, traction control, stability control, reversing camera and sensors

1967 Toyota Corolla

Price: $1849

Engine: 1100cc carburettor

Power: 44kW

Length: 3848mm

Width: 1491mm

Height: 1379mm

Wheelbase: 2286mm

Safety features: none

Source: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/central-coast/brian-hilton-motor-group-celebrates-50-years-on-central-coast/news-story/5aac378f86ad261ee0adf28eb1ccf085

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Being the newbie at work is always rough, despite it being something we all go through again and again throughout our careers. On top of learning the day-to-day requirements of your new position and trying to impress your boss, you also have to navigate the intricacies of office politics and making new work friends.

It’s a lot. And it probably feels a little bit like a whirlwind.

So before you dive back into that tornado of newness, here are nine things to read that’ll help you navigate this challenging (but temporary!) stage in your career.

1. Your Guide to Your First Week on the Job

The perfect way to set yourself up for success if you’re about to start that nerve-wracking first week.

2. 3 Things You’re Overthinking at Your New Job (and 3 Things You’re Not Thinking About Enough)

To help make sense of all of those nerves, here are a few things you’re probably overthinking (and how to stop!).

3. Ask a Career Coach: How Do I Make My Mark When I’m New at Work?

We all want to make a great impression (and prove that we were the right choice!) in the first few weeks after starting. Our resident career coach shares how to do just that.

4. 3 Basic Mistakes You Can’t Blame on the Fact That You’re the New Person

Making mistakes because you’re just starting is expected. But you can’t really blame these three on being the new kid in town.

5. Excuse Me, Silly Question Here—But What Exactly Is a 401K?

Yes, you should be thinking of your savings starting from day one of that new job! And yes, you’re not the only adult out there who needs this refresher.

6. How to Ask for Time Off at Your New Job (the Right Way)

If you’re too scared to put in a vacation request for that family wedding coming up (because you just got to this job! What will your boss think?), this’ll help curb those worries.

7. The 6 Unwritten Company Rules You Won’t Find in the Employee Handbook

No matter how comprehensive your orientation is, there are just some things you won’t learn about the job and culture in a handbook.

8. 5 Impressive Things All Smart People Do When They Start a New Job

Find out how to use the 70/30 rule, as well as four other tricks, to establish yourself as the team all-star.

9. 4 Insane Thoughts Everyone Has When Starting a New Job (and How to Keep Your Crazy in Check)

Finally, no matter how excited you are for a position, the first few days are rough. Here’s what might be going through your head as you try to adjust.

Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-9-best-things-you-can-read-before-you-start-your-new-job?ref=carousel-slide-5

Weekly Jobs Update

Posted by | March 17, 2017 | Weekly Update

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Sometimes we all need a little bit of luck coming our way, especially when we’re job hunting!   We’re sharing all the latest Central Coast job vacancies with you right here, and wish you the luck of the Irish in securing your new role!

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Member for Wyong, Mr David Harris, has confirmed his nominee for the Wyong local woman of the year as Ms Danielle Habib of Chittaway Point.
Ms Habib has been active in community organisations including White Ribbon, the Central Coast Domestic Violence Committee and the Central Coast Women’s Health Centre.
She has sat on Wyong Council’s multicultural advisory committee and volunteers to assist migrants and refugees in settling into communities.
“Danielle is a thoroughly impressive woman, not many people can say they dedicate so much to people who have so little,” Mr Harris said.
“Danielle is a well-known Central Coast identity who doesn’t seek recognition for the important work she does.
“This nomination is a chance to say “thank you” on behalf of the Wyong and wider Central Coast community.”
Ms Habib said she was humbled to have been chosen for the award.
“There are so many deserving women in our community that give their time and energy tirelessly to so many worthwhile issues,” Ms Habib said.
“It is important that we all stand up against violence in our community and see that through the use of sexist jokes and language, and the objectification of women, that it leads to a culture of violence against women.
“As a community we can challenge these values and be a part of the changing attitudes towards women.”

Source: https://coastcommunitynews.com.au/2017/03/danielle-habib-is-wyong-electorate-local-woman-of-the-year/

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Omitting your graduation date isn’t “sketchy,” in fact, it’s a very effective technique for older job seekers. There are plenty of tips and tricks out there, but here are three techniques that’ll propel you past the age-specific concerns that are getting in your way.

1. Get Ahead of Objections

Before you head into an interview (regardless of your age) you should ask yourself what in your background might be of concern to the hiring manager. Sometimes frequent relocation or short stints of employment raise eyebrows. For the older job seeker, they might be how your professional experience lines up with the role you’re after and what kind of salary you require.

For example, if you’re interviewing for a more mid-level role that won’t have you managing anyone, a younger hiring manager may wonder why you aren’t after a lead or management position. They may also presume that they can’t afford you based on your years of experience.

You can get ahead of their worries in how you answer the “tell me about yourself” question. Providing examples that proactively address a hiring manager’s age-based concerns is the way to eliminate them. Talking about your desire to remain hands-on can explain your lack of interest in a management position.

2. Align With the Culture

This is possibly the most important thing that you can do. Having a thorough understanding of a company’s core values, and being able to demonstrate your alignment with them is crucial to overcoming the unspoken concern that the rest of the team might be younger than you.

Pay special attention to the office culture, and if possible, try to land an informational interview with someone from the company. Nothing quite compares to having an internal champion singing your praises before you even apply to the job.

3. Do Not (Directly) Comment on Your Age

If you’re interviewing with a person several years younger than you, keeping the focus on your relevant skills is key. Avoid statements that shift the focus to your age. Saying things like “Oh, I’m probably aging myself” in reference to an industry tool or obsolete brand or “I’ve worked with this system—but not since 2004” isn’t helpful. Instead, refer to your experience by employer, not by year.

Try, “I had a chance to use this system with JP Morgan,” or “I’ve been playing with the most recent release”—both better options than unnecessarily dating yourself.

At the end of the day, a company that won’t even look your way because of your age is not a place you want to be. When experience is viewed as a liability instead of a benefit, it’s not a job you will love or a place you will succeed. Finding companies and roles that value employees for their skill sets is key to finding professional happiness.

Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/ask-a-career-coach-how-do-i-get-around-ageism-in-the-job-search?ref=recently-published-2

Weekly Jobs Update

Posted by | March 10, 2017 | Weekly Update

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CENTRAL Coast Council has approved a development application for Stage 1 of a controversial aircraft manufacturing facility at Central Coast Airport, Warnervale.

Construction of a new 2760-square-metre aircraft hangar to house an office and showroom is expected to progress quickly, a spokesperson for Central Coast Council said today.

“This first stage of development is expected to inject $3 million in the local economy and create around 30 direct jobs,” they said.

Last October, American manufacturing company Amphibian Aerospace Industries (AAI) announced plans for its $100 million relocation to Warnervale.

Former Premier Mike Baird declared it was “a great day for the Central Coast” because “thousands of jobs” would flow from the venture.

Mr Baird’s office later distanced the Premier from the project after the company confirmed it had never built a plane and its development application in December proposed “a $2.84 million project with 27 jobs”.

Council maintained that it had fulfilled its “due diligence” obligations in entering into the agreement with AAI.

Council administrator Ian Reynolds said the announcement was the culmination of more than 12 months of negotiations with the company.

And council chief executive Rob Noble said AAI had provided senior council staff with information about its business plan, construction certificate and financial backing.

Mr Reynolds said attracting firms such as AAI to the Central Coast and enabling employment growth was one of the top priorities for the council.

“There were a number of locations that AAI were investigating and we’re pleased to have successfully attracted AAI to the Central Coast,” Mr Reynolds said last year.

AAI owns the licence to build the HU-16 Models A-E and G-111 Albatross Amphibian Aircraft.

AAI indicated it was now planning Stage 2 to include a full aircraft manufacturing facility “worth almost $100 million dollars and creating 270 jobs”, the council spokesperson said today.

Source: http://www.lakesmail.com.au/story/4504346/coast-council-approves-da-for-first-stage-of-airport-facility-photos/

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One of the biggest mistakes people inadvertently make when communicating with others is passing off their feelings, perspectives, or observations as fact. This happens especially when sharing difficult messages, like critical feedback for a colleague or boss. Unsurprisingly, this often leads to conflict or frustration, instead of the resolution or change you were going for.

In such situations, the key is to avoid passing off your feelings as objective statements, and in particular to avoid doing it in a way that could come off as judging. Take these two examples of giving a seemingly checked-out colleague feedback:

“You weren’t interested with what I had to say at last week’s meeting.”

“When I shared my ideas at last week’s meeting, I noticed you didn’t make eye contact or share your thoughts, and I felt like you weren’t interested in what I had to say.”

The former states your feelings as fact, and it shuts down the conversation by giving your colleague the opportunity to deny or disagree—he might answer, “Well no, I was actually very interested.”

In the second example, however, your colleague can’t argue with your feelings. You also make it harder to deny by giving specifics as to what made you perceive the situation the way you did. Even if he didn’t mean to, you felt like he wasn’t interested. The conversation can now focus on the effect, rather than the intention.

The trick is to use this simple formula: “When you did/said X, I felt Y.”

You can even add “Next time, it would be great if you could do Z” if there’s an actionable change you think would help. With a little practice, this strategy can become second nature and make you a pro at handling challenging conversations.

Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-simple-formula-for-communicating-hard-messages-at-work?ref=recently-published-1

Weekly Update

Posted by | March 3, 2017 | Weekly Update

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THE Central Coast has spoken, and residents have chosen 10 local projects to share $9 million funding through the state government’s Stronger Communities Fund.

Last December, ‘Your Voice, Our Coast’ asked Central Coast residents to directly vote on what they wanted to see funded from 30 eligible projects.

On Wednesday night, Central Coast Council formally endorsed the 10 projects to get the green light.

Council administrator Ian Reynolds said the funding was made available as a direct result of the amalgamation of the former Wyong and Gosford councils.

He said the $9 million was designed to fast track the delivery of priority infrastructure and services for the Coast.

‘These funds are additional to council’s existing operational budget – so it means we can now get on with some projects that we know the community want,” Mr Reynolds said.

“The selected projects will contribute to improved access to the Coast’s natural spaces and community facilities; upgraded sporting facilities and child care play spaces; foreshore improvement works and improvements in moving around one of the coast’s key tourism precincts.

“These projects are spread right across the Coast, so the long-term social and economic benefits to the Coast are huge.”

The 10 major projects to receive funding are:

  • Disability Matters – improved accessibility to natural spaces across the Coast: $800,000;
  • access and inclusion upgrades to community facilities across the Coast: $580,000;
  • San Remo BMX facility – new amenities: $640,000;
  • Peninsula Leisure Centre, Woy Woy – starting blocks and electronic timing system: $135,000;
  • Foreshore stabilisation – Brisbane Water Foreshore, adjacent to Elfin Hill Road Reserve, Green Point: $470,000;
  • Playground renovation / upgrade – Niagara Park Children’s Centre and Umina Child Care Centre: $122,500;
  • Alan Davidson Oval, Wyoming – Drainage and irrigation system installation: $349,000;
  • Austin Butler Oval and Woy Woy Tennis Courts – shared amenities redevelopment: $900,000;
  • Avoca Beach Foreshore protection works (Stage 1): $2.8 million; and
  • Terrigal CBD – traffic flow and pedestrian movement Improvements: $2.2 million.

Of the 10 projects selected, three are scheduled for completion before the end of this calendar year – the new amenities building for the San Remo BMX facility (the first stage, the track itself, was officially opened on Sunday), the Peninsula Leisure Centre and Alan Davidson Oval in Wyoming.

The remaining projects are to be completed by the end of 2019.

Source: http://www.lakesmail.com.au/story/4487650/coast-communities-to-share-in-9-million/

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Organisations which recruit and retain the best people develop an honest and thoughtful employee recognition culture…

A culture that motivates and rewards people in a way that extends far beyond simply material incentives.

A culture which makes them belong and so feel safe!

According to Gallup, 65 percent of surveyed employees reported that they received no recognition over the last 12 months for their work. In the same report, 89 percent of employers feel that most employees leave their companies to earn more money. But, most workers who leave their jobs cite lack of employee recognition as a major concern.

Best Practice For Employee Recognition Culture:

Some of the best practices for recognising employees include:

* Establishing solid criteria for work performance

* Recognising people from all areas of operations and all levels

* Fostering a recognition culture where informal feedback is frequently offered

* Aligning performance benchmarks with the company’s goals, mission, vison and values.

* Providing opportunities for advanced training and career development as part of staff recognition

The following specific recognition culture initiatives are effective ways to recognise and reward your employees:

1. Make it personal, instant, include peers and your boss!

It’s critical to be specific, personal and accurate. Use positive words, and demonstrate to the person that you actually understand their accomplishments.

2. Provide opportunities

Some people don’t get the chance to excel because of the nature of their jobs or reduced expectations for certain types of work. Anybody who does their job well should be afforded opportunities for interesting, expanded responsibilities and training for job advancement.

3. Magnify recognition

While verbal communication is clearly the most effective way to recognise employees, the best strategy is to back it up by publicising accomplishments across multiple forums such as company newsletters, dashboards and in team meetings.

4. Offer beyond-the-call-of-duty perks

People who consistently perform at the highest levels should earn discretionary privileges.

5. Motivate with financial incentives

Although financial incentives aren’t always the best motivators, they certainly demonstrate appreciation for work well-performed. The best financial incentives are spontaneous because they motivate people to work their best at all times.

6. Give holiday rewards and bonuses

Award holiday bonuses include offering a cash or gift package to reward people for outstanding performance

7. Facilitate peer-to-peer recognition

Include recognition from peers.

8. Recognise people’s passions

People love to be recognised for their outside activities, hobbies and passions because it helps people belong not simply for their work, but also for their life out of work. belong Recognising peoples passions can also work as rewards in their own right.

9. Use technology and social media to publicise accomplishments

In today’s environment of instant communications, it is important to publicise important accomplishments and even human interest items in the company’s social media forums.

Recognition and positive motivation are powerful tools for encouraging people to give you their best

The tips outlined above are simply starting points, but depending on your business and industry, we can work with you to create an HR strategy that attracts, retains, and develops talented people that enhance your organisation.

Source: http://www.versatileresourcing.com/nine-ways-recognise-performance/

Weekly Jobs Update

Posted by | February 24, 2017 | Weekly Update

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Much like groundbreaking design, the best creative careers rarely adhere to a pre-determined template.

Nobody knows this better than Debbie Millman. An author, artist, illustrator, educator, and brand consultant, Millman’s career path looks much more like a winding road than it does a straightforward climb.

What’s more, it wasn’t always smooth. In fact, she describes the first 10 years of her professional life as, “experiments in rejection and failure.”

If you’re familiar with her work, this statement might surprise you—Millman is, after all, the author of six books on design; she chairs the School of Visual Arts’ Masters in Branding program; and her popular podcast, Design Matters, has accrued numerous accolades.

But arguably, those experiments, combined with a set of serendipitous curveballs, are what led to her success.

Whether you’re still contemplating the shape of your creative career or you’re looking for a bit of inspiration in your day job, take a page from Millman’s playbook on finding fulfilling work, navigating tough decisions, and defining success in a way that matters to you.

Follow Your Interests

Millman’s initial goal was to design magazine covers for a proper glossy in New York City, but despite being the editor of her college newspaper, her attempts fell short.

It wasn’t until her early thirties that she “fell into” a role in branding; the field was a perfect fit for her skill set, interests, and passions. At Sterling Brands, Millman began exploring the relationships between people and the brands they choose to integrate into their lives.

Then, in 2005, she started Design Matters—the world’s first (and now longest running) podcast about design—in which she converses with notable figures in the design space. It was the first thing that put her on the map, especially after garnering the People’s Choice Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in 2011; in 2012, Millman was invited to the White House and personally congratulated by former First Lady Michelle Obama.

Today, Millman dedicates a significant portion of her time to educating others about design. She finds her day job exceptionally fulfilling—a key litmus test for career success.

“I think that any time you are doing work that fulfills your soul, it has the opportunity to become much more universal—because chances are there are other people out in the world who it will fulfill, as well,” she says.

Look Beyond the Beaten Path

Recently, Millman found herself at a career crossroads: She was offered the position of CEO at Sterling, where she’d served as President for years. For many, it would have been the logical next step, but she wasn’t sure it was the right one for her.

“It was a really exciting opportunity, and one that I know I would have enjoyed—but it would have meant putting my own artistic and creative aspirations aside. It took me four months to decide to turn down the job. It was the hardest decision I have ever made,” she says.

The decision ultimately aligns with one of Millman’s core beliefs about careers: Financial and creative fulfilment aren’t mutually exclusive. Seeking the proper balance of both is key.

Plus, “if anything takes you four months to decide, you probably don’t want it,” she says.

Difficult choices aren’t the only element of Millman’s career that have led her off the beaten path—she’s also had the opportunity to travel to some of the most obscure corners of the country for her work.

“Travel has really impacted my career. As much as I am a homebody, I love seeing new places,” she says, adding that she’s always prepared for a spur-of-the-moment trip or opportunity. “I have a bag that’s always packed with the day-to-day things that I need when I travel. I keep everything that I need in that bag—all my toiletries, technology, cords… all of the things that make me feel comfortable when I’m not home. All I need to do is pack the clothes that I’m going to wear,” she says.

The Lowest Moments Can Reap the Highest Rewards

When Millman talks about the early rejections and hurdles, it’s easy to dismiss her protestations as humility. But, she insists, at one point in her career, she actually thought she might be “the most hated woman in design.” The low blow occurred when she read a piece in a blog called “Speak Up” criticizing the work she’d done for a major brand, as well as for a major film franchise.

Instead of folding when she faced criticism, she decided to actively join the conversation.
She connected with the blog’s founder, Armin Vit, and began contributing to the site, persuading the design community about the merits of her work. Millman and Vit went on to form a long-term professional relationship. Today, she’s the godmother of his oldest daughter.

“I look back on it now and think, ‘I’m so glad that happened,’” Millman says. “Almost every major [accomplishment of mine]—the kernels and the seeds—came out of that experience. Ultimately, that turned into one of the most profound, life-affirming, life-changing things. So, sometimes the worst moment of your life can be a catalyst for the best life you could possibly imagine.”

If You Can Dream it, You Can Be It

As an accomplished writer, it’s perhaps no surprise that Millman’s most emphatic piece of advice for young creatives is to turn to the power of the pen.

“Write an essay about the life you’d like to have five or 10 years from now,” she says. “Write it with as much detail as you can muster. What does your day look like? Where do you go? How do you get there? What does one perfect day in that life look like? Write it down, savor it, save it, reread it every year, and I will guarantee that the life you envision is one that you’ll get closer to.”

As for Millman’s perfect life?

“I’m living it,” she says.

Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/how-to-design-the-career-of-your-dreams-advice-from-creative-genius-debbie-millman?ref=carousel-slide-0

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CENTRAL Coast Council has revealed the preferred locations of two long-awaited landmark projects after years of frustration.

The Leagues Club Field on Gosford waterfront is set to become “the new cultural hub on the Central Coast” and the preferred location for the hotly anticipated Regional Performing Arts and Conference Centre.

Council announced the Georgiana Terrace site as the preferred location for the highly controversial entertainment venue at tonight’s council meeting, along with the preferred setting for Gosford’s Regional Library and Learning Centre at the Parkside Building in Donnison St.

The performing arts centre announcement is expected to spark further debate with many business and community stakeholders originally pinning their hopes on either the old Gosford Public School site or at nearby Poppy Park.

Council’s administrator Ian Reynolds acknowledged the community had been eagerly awaiting a decision and said it was important to “move the conversation” towards making it the best centre it could possibly be.

“There is still a long way to go but council will be working closely with our state and federal counterparts to secure their previous funding commitments and enthusiasm for the development of this important cultural venue,” Mr Reynolds said.

“This is another great step forward for our new council, making progress on an important community project that will help revitalise the Gosford CBD and put it on the arts and cultural map.

“It will support tourism and business as well as promote culture and talent development throughout the region, creating jobs and opportunities for our growing region.”

Council’s group leader of connected communities Julie Vaughan said council staff explored a number of site options for the performing arts centre in and around Gosford CBD before making a decision.

“Staff will now be undertaking detailed assessment of the site, revising business plans and progressing with detailed designs for the RPACC and we will keep the community involved as we go,” Ms Vaughan said.

“An appropriate business model and venue specification is important for the RPACC’s longevity and overall success — ensuring the community see the full value of this cultural facility for generations to come.

“We want to create a world-class, financially viable facility that the Central Coast can be proud of.”

Meanwhile, Ms Vaughan confirmed council staff would liaise with the Federal Government and Robertson federal Liberal MP Lucy Wicks to confirm the $7 million funding for the library project as promised from the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development’s Community Grants Program.

“This is an important project for the Central Coast community and will be the focal point for library services across the region,” Ms Vaughan said.

“Staff will now begin designing detailed plans to redevelop the site into an engaging learning space that will effectively meet the needs of the community.

“We will also work with the current tenants of the Parkside Building to ensure they are completely informed of the progress of this development and their future options.”

Mr Reynolds said the new library location highlighted the importance of Kibble Park as the heart of development in the CBD.

“We want to lead the way in revitalising Gosford and this project is a fantastic starting point,” he said.

Source: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/central-coast/central-coast-council-reveals-leagues-club-field-preferred-site-for-performing-arts-centre/news-story/3b81d7a44852ff3f3889992142a81401

Weekly Jobs Update

Posted by | February 17, 2017 | Weekly Update

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Jobs in hospitality, retail and manufacturing – just a few of the new vacancies available this week on Jobs On The Coast!  Click here to see more…

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Your team drive the success of your business, but can also be one of the hardest aspects of the organisation to get right.

Paying attention to these five fundamentals will positively affect your company’s performance and profitability:

  1. Effective recruitment
  2. Talent retention
  3. Performance management
  4. Compensation and pay equity
  5. Productivity

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Versatile Resourcing offers cost effective HR solutions while allowing you to focus on growing your business.

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Source: http://www.versatileresourcing.com/five-strategic-hr-metrics-every-employer-capture-sustainable-competitive-advantage/

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Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) firefighters are urging residents and businesses to find the water hydrant on the footpath and street closest to their home or place of work and check its condition.

In NSW Hydrants are located just a couple of feet underground on either a road or pathway and have a cover known as a surface fitting.

In residential areas, hydrants are positioned approximately 50 – 100 metres apart depending on the lay of the land and provision of other services such as phone lines, power and gas.

What does a hydrant look like?

The covers or “surface fitting” is what you will find when you go looking for your closest hydrant. They come in different sizes and designs. The most common cover or surface fitting is one with the letter ‘H’ on the top and may be coloured in yellow. This is what covers the hydrant and protects it from damage as well as sealing the hydrant pit.

You will find these types in most residential areas. These types of fittings can be located on either roads or pathways.

The hydrant cover should be clearly marked, cleared of vegetation or other obstructions and not parked over at any time.

Find the hydrant using markers

Firefighters use hydrant markers to identify the location of a hydrant. These markers are critical in locating a hydrant in a quick and timely manner during firefighting operations.

Without these markers they would not know where a hydrant is unless they have prior knowledge of the area.

These markers not only assist firefighters in locating a hydrant, but assist Sydney Water also.

The markers are divided into two groups: Primary and Secondary Markers.

Primary Markers

Primary Markers are found on power / light poles and face directly towards the hydrant.

These plates can have the letters H, P or R stamped on them and a series of numbers.

The letters stand for:
H – hydrant
P – pathway
R – road

Primary indicator plates are marked with two sets of numbers. The top number gives the distance (in metres) from the plate to the hydrant and the bottom number gives the size (in millimetres) of the water main.

A black line horizontal through the middle of the marker indicates that the hydrant is located across the road.

Secondary Markers

Secondary Markers can be found on power poles or marks on paths and roadways.

These markers indicate the presence of a primary marker or a hydrant located adjacent to by the blue marker or on the other side by the green ‘H’ marker.

Additionally, white or yellow triangles or arrows may be painted on roads, or blue markers may be fixed to the road to one side of the centre line. Hydrant cast iron cover may also be painted yellow.

Can’t find your hydrant?

Hydrants may be hidden or unuseable when;

  • Grass or vegetation has grown over the hydrant cover
  • Dirt, earth or rubbish has been piled over a hydrant
  • Cars are parked on top of a hydrant
  • Gardens have been grown over a hydrant
  • Hydrants have been relocated due to building construction
  • Markers have worn out or been dislodged
  • Insects have infested a hydrant

If maintenance or marking is required, report it to your local fire station, council or water authority.

Keep the area around the hydrant clear of any grass, vegetation, gardens, rubbish and dirt. 30cm around the hydrant cover is adequate.

Don’t place large heavy objects on top or next to the surface fitting.

Ensure no one parks over the hydrant at any time.

If you feel something is not right or just want answers regarding hydrants, or if you see a marker or markers that are old, unreadable or worn out, signs of insects or if other maintenance might be required contact your local fire station, council or water authority and report it.

These people are trained in hydrant systems and will provide you with assistance.

Source: http://www.centralcoastaustralia.com.au/news/frnsw-hydrant-education-and-location-program/?current-news

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When you think about advancing your career, what do you think about doing? Learning new skills? Building your network? Maybe pursuing a side gig?

These are all great options for getting ahead at work. If you’re gunning for a promotion or simply want to make yourself more marketable for future opportunities, you can’t go wrong by expanding your knowledge and building relationships.

But as you solidify your plans for advancement this year, I’d like you to also consider a different approach: letting go. Sometimes the thing holding us back isn’t a lack of something—it’s our refusal to ditch something that’s become outdated or irrelevant. Check out the list below, and ask yourself if you can make room for those new skills or relationships by abandoning that which you no longer need.

1. An Unhelpful Mentor

You will always need people who can help you professionally. There are plenty of examples of top performers who access coaches or mentors to help them navigate difficult decisions or major changes. Because relationships evolve over time, however, it’s entirely possible for someone to be influential and helpful at one point in your relationship, and then become problematic later on.

As you progress in your career, someone who was once a great mentor may grow competitive. Or he may simply get stuck in an outdated mindset while you (and your company) move on. Whatever the reason, if you outgrow a mentor, consider letting go of the relationship—at least in its current form. You don’t have to cut ties completely or end a friendship, but you don’t have to hold onto this person as your career guru, either.

2. An Irrelevant Goal

Goals are obviously important. If you aren’t working toward something concrete, after all, then what are you doing? And yet being inflexible in the pursuit of your goals may lead to trouble in some situations. A leadership change at work, a transfer to a different department, a new opportunity, or any other number of unforeseen changes could all impact the feasibility of any given goal.

Let’s say you set a goal to increase revenue for a specific product line, but your supervisor tells you she wants you to increase revenue on a different product line. If you can’t do both, you better align yourself with the company goals or you may land in hot water.

While you certainly don’t want to get in the habit of abandoning a goal the minute you feel challenged or stressed, you do need to get in the practice of periodically evaluating whether your goals are still high priority.

3. An Outdated Approach

No one plans to be the person who blurts out, “But we’ve always done it that way!” And yet, when we get comfortable, we become afraid of change and seek security in what we know.

Ask yourself if you’re sticking with something—a routine, a software system, a practice—because it’s familiar. Do you feel a twinge of fear when you think about modifying your approach? That twinge is the beginning of the “We’ve always done it this way!” mindset.

There’s certainly a benefit in knowing a particular tool of your trade backward and forward. You can work quickly and confidently when you’re at ease with your processes and technology, but getting stuck is dangerous. Committing yourself to exploring even one new thing a year in your industry can help you avoid attachment to products or practices that are increasingly outdated.

4. Technology

Think about an interaction with a colleague or friend that was profoundly impactful. Did it happen over text or an email? Unlikely. If you need to make a convincing argument, elicit assistance, make a difficult decision, or deliver an apology, technology is an aid, not the vehicle for communication. Make an effort this year to set your phone down, walk out of your office, and engage with people face-to-face.

Of course, seeking worthwhile and meaningful interactions with colleagues is only one reason to let tech go when possible, but there’s also an argument for increased productivity. How many minutes a day do you lose to mindless scrolling on Facebook? How long does it take you to coin the perfect Instagram caption?

I’m not saying to abandon your apps, but to look at much you . Wrest back control of your time before your boss takes note of your distractions. You’ll likely be amazed at how your productivity blossoms when you control your use of technology instead of the other way around.

This is certainly not a comprehensive list of all the things you might consider ditching. Most of us have habits, relationships, beliefs, and practices that warrant occasional scrutiny to determine if they still have a place in our lives. If you haven’t considered this before now, it’s a good time to review your plans to determine what you want to add, and what you want to leave behind to make this your best professional year yet.

Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-things-you-need-to-ditch-if-you-truly-want-to-get-ahead?ref=carousel-slide-2

Weekly Jobs Update

Posted by | February 10, 2017 | Update, Weekly Update

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A contract has been awarded by Central Coast Council for the construction of stage one of the Tuggerah Regional Sport and Recreation Complex.

The $23.71 million sporting complex will include a premier ground with another nine playing fields, cricket pitches, public amenities including change rooms, canteen facilitates, store rooms and parking at Lakes Rd, Tuggerah. Council’s Administrator, Mr Ian Reynolds, said the awarding of the contract was a step towards positioning the Central Coast as a destination of choice for major sporting events. “We have previously had to turn away some state competitions due to a lack of appropriate facilities,” Mr Reynolds said.

“The economic benefits that will fl ow to our community from hosting large sporting events is huge in dollar value, creating local jobs and boosting tourism,” he said. Work on stage one is anticipated to take 12 to 18 months to complete and will create up to 70 new full-time employment opportunities during construction. “A further 28 new fulltime jobs will be created in the region after fi ve years of operation of this complex, boosting much needed employment opportunities on the Coast. “This is a really exciting time as Council brings much-needed infrastructure and facilities to the Central Coast to improve our community’s quality of life and deliver projects the community needs, wants and values.”

This project was made possible with the support of the Australian Government’s $10 million National Stronger Regions Fund to go with Council’s $13.71 million, Mr Reynolds said. He said Council recognised the importance of the funding and was looking forward to collaborating with the Australian Government to deliver future projects for the Central Coast community.

The final stage of the project will see construction of an indoor sporting centre incorporating six basketball courts, amenities, sporting officers, a kiosk and a 3,000 seat grandstand to bring the total value of the complex to $53 million. The tender was awarded to Norths Construction who also built The Art House in Wyong, for which they won a 2016 Master Builders Association Award.

Source: http://coastcommunitynews.com.au/2017/02/contract-awarded-tuggerah-regional-sport-recreation-complex/

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Local students from disadvantaged families have been urged to apply for new scholarships worth $1,000 to support their education.

NSW Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Mr Scot MacDonald, said the FACS High School Scholarship program was now open to students in Year 10, 11 and 12 at a NSW high school or TAFE. “This is a wonderful initiative from the NSW Government to help students from struggling families get all the support they need to do well at school,” Mr MacDonald said. “Funds can be spent on expenses including textbooks and course fees, or practical supports such as child care and internet access,” he said.

The program will award 240 applicants $1,000 to help with their studies. Twenty successful students will also be eligible to receive both a scholarship and mentoring. “Previously this scheme was only available to HSC students living in social housing, but we are expanding it right across the board,” said State Member for Terrigal, Mr Adam Crouch. “Now students in social housing or on the waiting list, in Out of Home Care, receiving private rental assistance, or living in crisis accommodation, can apply,” Mr Crouch said. Mr MacDonald said another key benefit of the program was the chance for students to reapply each year, all the way through to the end of their tertiary studies.

“These scholarships had been a one-off, but now students can apply year after year – potentially for up to seven years if they successfully apply from high school onwards. “Education is one of the most effective means of ensuring the cycle of disadvantage does not become intergenerational,” Mr Crouch said. “We have many families on the Central Coast doing it tough and these funds will ensure bright kids are rewarded, no matter what their financial circumstances.” Applications opened on January 16 and close on February 24.

Source: http://coastcommunitynews.com.au/2017/01/1000-scholarships-available-students/

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We all often face the same problem: The workweek drags by at a glacial pace, while the weekend speeds past us before we even realize what’s happening.

Mathematically, of course, it all makes sense. But, what if you could change that? What if you could use your time so efficiently that you had all of your important to-dos wrapped up by Thursday?

Even if you can’t actually pack up, leave the office, and take every Friday off (we wish, right?), wouldn’t it be nice to know that you have that whole “bonus” day to stop putting out fires and instead get a jumpstart on next week—or even use that day to tackle those bigger ambitions that have been permanently parked in your back seat?

I know, it sounds impossible. But, skepticism aside, it’s totally doable if you use your time effectively. In fact, numerous companies have actually begun instituting flexible or four-day workweeks for their employees.

So, how do these people manage to pull this off? It’s not as tough as you think.

1. They Schedule Intentionally

You’re aiming to view Friday as the extra day tacked onto the end of your workweek—a day when all of your weekly tasks are finished and you can finally have a clear head and a somewhat empty plate.

This means you’ll want to avoid scheduling meetings, phone calls, and other important get-togethers on that day (unless it’s just a casual coffee get-together with a networking contact). Instead, you want Friday to provide a large chunk of totally uninterrupted time that you can use however you’d like.

Dustin Moskovitz, co-founder and CEO of Asana, swears by this no-meeting structure—although, he implements it on Wednesdays for his team. “With very few exceptions, everyone’s calendar is completely clear at least one day out of the week whether you are a maker or manager,” he says in an article for Inc., “This is an invaluable tool for ensuring you have some contiguous space to do project work.”

This intentional scheduling applies throughout your entire workweek. In order to set yourself up for an empty Friday, you’ll also need to keep a close eye on your schedule during the other days as well.

No, you don’t always have complete control over your calendar. However, it’s important that you frequently check through your schedule to see how your week’s shaping up. If you think you have far too many commitments and not enough time to actually work, you’ll need to see what you can move around or back out of.

2. They Focus on Priorities

You start your week with the best intentions and a laundry list of things you’re going to tackle in the office. But, when Friday rolls around, you’re shocked to realize that you barely accomplished any of them. You were too caught up in the emergencies that cropped up.

As Stephen R. Covey, the incredibly successful businessman and author, said, “Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.”

People who get everything wrapped up before Friday know the value of effective prioritization, and many of them use the time management matrix developed by Covey in order take a step back and readjust their focus on the things that are critical, rather than time-pressing.

Oftentimes, there’s a big difference between how you’re actually spending your time and how you should be spending your time. And, if you want to have Friday reserved as free space, you’re going to need to constantly evaluate your priorities and ensure that you’re channeling your energy into the right things.

3. They Tune Out Distractions

Of course, you’re going to need to maximize every single minute of the days you actually do have. And, that means minimizing distractions as much as possible.

If you can’t focus at your desk with the office chatter and phone calls happening around you, try to find a quiet spot (or, if you’re desperate, some noise-canceling headphones) so that you can get into a groove and zone in on whatever you’re working on.

Another distraction you’ll want to keep at bay? Emails. So, close out that browser tab and resist the siren song of your inbox. You can even take a cue from Tommy John’s CEO, Tom Patterson, and set an out-of-office message that lets everybody know you’re only reading your emails at a certain time. That way, you won’t feel as tempted to keep checking in on your inbox.

4. They Find Shortcuts

You might hear the word “shortcut” and assume that means shoddy work. But, that’s not what this strategy is about at all.

Successful people are always concerned with producing top-notch results—however, they also find little ways to save time in the process. So, take a page from their book and have a good, hard look at your routine. Are there places where you’re spending a lot of unnecessary time?

Perhaps it’s a document you’re repeatedly drafting. Create a template so you always have the barebones in place. Is it an email you’re always sending? Save a canned response so you don’t have to draft the same message over and over again. Is there a menial task you need to complete daily or weekly? See if there’s a way you can automate it.

These changes seem small. But, if you managed to save yourself 15 minutes each day between Monday and Thursday, that’d be an entire hour by the time Friday rolls around. See? It all adds up.

Cutting a day out of your week might seem like a surefire way to get far less done. However, that’s not always the case. In fact, four-day workweeks have been proven to offer plenty of benefits—including increased productivity, higher levels of engagement, and happier employees.

Studies also show that longer hours don’t always equal more tasks being accomplished. After a certain point, we check out and our productivity either flat lines or takes a total nosedive.

So, even if your office won’t officially implement a compressed week, you can still roll up your sleeves, make the most of Monday through Thursday, and reserve Friday as a more low-key day when you can tackle bigger projects or set yourself up for success next week. After all, there’s no better way to head into the weekend.

Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/how-successful-people-finish-all-their-work-by-thursday-stressfree?ref=carousel-slide-5

Weekly Jobs Update

Posted by | February 3, 2017 | Weekly Update

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Premier Central Coast tourism destination, the Australian Reptile Park, has lodged a Development Application (DA) with Central Coast Council to erect a new exhibits building and upgrade other areas on site.

The DA proposes a new exhibits building comprising of a steel structure, precast concrete walls and an insulated colourbond roof covering an area of 587.35m2 with two 10,000L water storage tanks. The new building will provide two new exhibit areas, a new covered picnic area and toilets. The proposed works include the demolition of the existing picnic area and an upgrade to the existing adjacent children’s play area, as well as a new 4.2 metre access road upgrade at the rear and associated landscape and drainage works. A

According to the Statement of Environmental Effects (SEE) presented with the DA, the proposed new building is to be located next to the Crocodile Pond, with construction having minimal impact on day to day operations or management. According to the SEE, the upgrade is necessary to continue cultivating and promoting the Reptile Park as a world class tourism destination, and to continue to generate and support tourism on the Central Coast. The SEE concluded that the proposed development should be considered appropriate for the site and locality in that: “It is adequately serviced by existing roads, car parking, utilities and stormwater infrastructure. “The site is zoned to accommodate the proposal. “This is a minor addition/ upgrade to the existing development; and the proposal will generate employment during construction and ongoing increased operations.” The SEE recommended council consent to the proposal.

Source: http://coastcommunitynews.com.au/2017/01/facelift-proposed-australian-reptile-park/

Trusted Leaders

Posted by | February 3, 2017 | Employers, Industry News, Training

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These are the essential traits of a trustworthy boss.

By Marcel Schwantes, Principal and founder, Leadership From the Core

Organizations far and wide have for years attempted to crack the code on what makes for a healthy and profitable work culture. Well, let me save you time and money and simply break it to you here: It is trust.

We already know this to be true from several studies. For example, Great Place to Work — the global research consultancy that partners with Fortune to conduct the annual study of those “best companies” — confirms that trust is the human behavior you cannot afford not to have.

The research on those companies (Google, to no surprise, being No. 1 on the list seven out of the last 10 years) says that 92 percent of employees surveyed believe that management is transparent in its business practices. And transparency begets trust.

Author and thought-leader Stephen M.R. Covey makes his living on this. In his book, The Speed of Trust, Covey says that a team with high trust will produce results faster and at lower cost (not to mention it’s free).

5 Leadership Habits You Absolutely Want for Developing Trust

In all my years working with HR and executive teams, I have often found that these five leadership habits are difference-makers in building trust. Trustworthy leaders:

1. Are willing to give up power.

You will find that many successful leaders give up power and entrust it to their team. They do this because they are confident in their team’s ability, since trust is freely given as a gift even before it’s earned. By giving up their power and pushing their authority down, they empower others to own decisions, thus creating a proactive leader-leader culture of success, rather than a reactive leader-follower culture.

2. Show remarkable resilience in the face of adversity.

Thomas Edison once said, “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” Such leaders are the ones who bounce back from setbacks by self-diagnosing why the same issues keep coming up over and over. They will recover and be open to change much quicker — changing what’s holding them back, and changing what no longer serves the company. This is someone you can trust.

3. Are willing to trust and believe in the people they lead.

Bringing Stephen M.R. Covey and The Speed Of Trust back to the discussion, he says that a team with high trust will produce results faster and at lower cost. But should you first earn the trust of your people? Or does trust develop from having a belief in your people first — their strengths, abilities, and commitment? In other words, which of these two statements would you agree with?

A. Trust is something that people must earn.

B. Trust is something that should be given as a gift.

If you chose A, you’re in the majority. Conventional thinking says that people have to earn trust first, and if they violate that trust, it becomes difficult to earn it back, right? But if you selected B, pat yourself on the back. It has been found that, in healthy organizations, leaders are willing to give trust to their followers first, and they give it as a gift even before it’s earned.

4. Display humility as a leadership strength.

I’ve heard a few times from people in positions of power that humility is weak. Yet this core virtue drives against the inner strongholds that make a bad leader: pride, self-centeredness, judgmentalism, control, and impulsiveness.

Author and thought-leader Jim Collins has probably dedicated more time to researching and writing about humble leaders than any other topic in his landmark study of Level 5 Leadership. He states:

Level 5 leaders channel their ego needs away from themselves and into the larger goal of building a great company. It’s not that Level 5 leaders have no ego or self-interest. Indeed, they are incredibly ambitious — but their ambition is first and foremost for the institution, not themselves.

5. Are willing to seek input from peers.

Wondering how you are doing on your leadership path? Ask. It takes humility to say “How am I doing?” And even more humility to consider the answer.

Conclusion
Any company with a leadership team committed to developing a culture of trust will eventually realize that it starts with them. That is, if they’re willing to change and set the wheels in motion.

There is an absolute ROI when organizations invest in creating a high-trust culture. Great workplaces have significantly less turnover and attract employees who have a vested interest in their companies.

These factors ultimately lead to a competitive edge and enable companies to quickly bounce back from challenging situations.

Source: http://www.versatileresourcing.com/trusted-leaders/

Weekly Jobs Update

Posted by | January 28, 2017 | Weekly Update

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Central Coast Council has awarded the contract for the construction of stage one of the Tuggerah Regional Sport and Recreation Complex.

The grand $23.71 million sporting complex will include a premier ground with another 9 playing fields, cricket pitches, public amenities including change rooms, canteen facilitates, store rooms and parking at Lakes Road, Tuggerah.

Council’s Administrator, Mr Ian Reynolds, said the awarding of this contact is a step towards positioning the Central Coast as a destination of choice for major sporting events.

“We have previously had to turn away some state competitions due to a lack of appropriate facilities, but not anymore,” Mr Reynolds said.

“The economic benefits that will flow to our community from hosting large sporting events is huge in dollar value, creating local jobs and boosting tourism.”

Work on stage one is anticipated to take 12 to 18 months to complete and will create up to 70 new full time employment opportunities during construction.

“A further 28 new full time jobs will be created in the region after five years of operation of this complex, boosting much needed employment opportunities on the Coast,” Mr Reynolds added.

“This is a really exciting time as Council brings much needed infrastructure and facilities to the Central Coast to improve our community’s quality of life and delivering projects the community need, want and value.”

This project was made possible with the support of the Australian Government’s $10 million National Stronger Regions Fund and Council’s $13.71 million.

Council recognises the importance of this funding and is looking forward to collaborating with the Australian Government to deliver future projects for the Central Coast community.

The final stage of this project will see construction of an indoor sporting centre incorporating six basketball courts, amenities, sporting officers, a kiosk and a 3000 seat grandstand to bring the total value of the complex to $53 million.

The tender was awarded to Norths Construction who also built The Art House in Wyong for which they won a 2016 Master Builders Association Award.

Source: https://www.centralcoast.nsw.gov.au/contract-awarded-stage-one-tuggerah-regional-sport-complex/

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A man who has given countless hours to those less fortunate has been named the inaugural Central Coast Citizen of the Year.

Mr Lester Pearson of Fountaindale received the honour tonight at Central Coast Council’s 2017 Australia Day Awards ceremony.

Lester has been volunteering for more than 30 years with his latest passion focused on helping local youth.

Council’s Administrator, Mr Ian Reynolds, said Lester was a great example of how volunteering can make a difference in a community.

“Lester is a deserving recipient for the first Central Coast Citizen of the Year award, showing that his work in the community isn’t going unnoticed and it is truly appreciated,” Mr Reynolds said.

“He’s been instrumental in setting up a number of foundations to support our youth in crisis as well as those overseas.”

Lester and his wife, Sue, established ‘Coats for Kids’ through their dry cleaning business, collecting and cleaning more than 5000 coats, jackets and jumpers for Youth off the Streets programs to help keep young ones warm in winter.

His most recent achievement, the establishment of Save Our Kids (SOKS) has saved more than 190 young lives across the Coast since it started in 2013.

Lester conceived the idea of SOKS to address the issue of youth suicide on the Coast, through raising funds for Lifeline. The program has now grown to also provide young achievers with opportunities to attend leadership programs.

“Lester is truly one of the unsung heroes in our community,” Mr Reynolds added.

“He and his mates have now formed the Gosford North Rotary Benefactors Club to help raise funds and continue to support the kids on the Coast.

“I would like to personally thank Lester for all the time he has given to improving young people’s lives and also congratulate him and all the other winners of this year’s inaugural Central Coast Australia Day Awards.

“I would also like to thank the independent panel who had the hard job of considering all the nominees for our Awards and coming up with the winners. Thanks to Sarah King, Andrew Church and Ron Sharpe.”

Other Australia Day Award winners announced tonight at the first Central Coast ceremony include:

  • Youth of the Year – Miss Courtney McDermott
  • Community Volunteer of the Year – Mr Peter Hurley
  • Community Volunteer of the Year (Highly Commended) – Mr Michael Sharpe
  • Community Activity and Service Award – Mrs Meg Champness
  • Arts, Culture & Entertainment Award – Ms Meredith Gilmore
  • Arts, Culture & Entertainment Award (Highly Commended) – Mrs Vivien Sale
  • Environmental Award – Ms Carol Long
  • Environmental Award (Highly Commended) – Mr Ian Carr
  • Sportsperson of the Year – Mr Keenan Derry
  • Business Connecting Communities Award – Mr George Abourizk

Congratulations to the 2017 inaugural Central Coast Australia Day Award winners.

Source: https://www.centralcoast.nsw.gov.au/leading-citizen-recognised-30-years-dedication-youth/

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Have you ever desperately wanted to quit your job and find something you love, but then—fear. Desperate, overwhelming, soul-crushing, stop-you-in-your-tracks fear.

Maybe you’re ready to quit or maybe you’re just thinking about it. Maybe you’re thinking of putting in your name for a promotion at work or maybe you’re trying to work up the guts to tell your boss you want to change your role. Regardless, your stomach’s a pit of despair, and your mind’s screaming at you to stop trying to change the status quo.

Feel like I’m reading your mind? Well, good news, I’m not! Rather, you’re going through something very common. In fact I don’t know anyone, including myself, who didn’t freak out before making a leap.

So first things first. Let’s get over the idea that fear is a bad thing.

It’s not—it’s a biological reaction that tells you when things are changing so you stay alert and react. Or, if you prefer explanations that sound less textbook-y, think of it this way: It’s also a tool to help you on your journey.

Think about the last time you were on a roller coaster. Were you screaming your head off wanting to get the heck off of it as you inched towards that first big drop? But then as soon as it ended, wanted to get ride back on and live the thrill again?

That’s the roller coaster effect.

So, if you let of of of the idea that fear is a bad thing and instead think of it as a useful indicator that you’re about to do something amazing, what would you do differently?

For starters, you’d probably follow through more on things that scare you because you knew that getting through to the other side would be worth it. Maybe you’d finally make the first move to change careers because the initial discomfort would lead you down a path that you truly love. Or maybe you’d set up that meeting with HR to talk about an internal transfer. Or perhaps you’d sign up to give a presentation  at the company meeting.

Whatever it is that’s currently getting you excited, yet also making you want to curl up in the corner, do it! Really. Whenever you feel afraid I want you to acknowledge your fear, and recognize that it’s giving you a choice: Stay stuck and make no progress—or push through it and get to the top of that roller coaster ride.

Yes, it’s scary, but it’s also thrilling and exciting and in both cases—the roller coaster and your life—the only way to get to the fun part is to push through that fear.

 Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/being-scared-is-a-great-sign-youre-about-to-do-something-amazing-in-your-career?ref=carousel-slide-0