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A DOOR to station on-demand shuttle service will be trialled at sites across Sydney and the Central Coast as the NSW government attempts to tackle traffic and parking problems around commuter hubs and encourage more people on to public transport.

NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance will today announce the trial of minibus services at the Northern Beaches, Sutherland Shire, Manly and Eastern Suburbs, Wetherill Park and Greystanes, the Central Coast and Edmondson Park, near Glenfield.

A separate 18-hour-a-day hospital to transport hub service will be trialled at Bankstown but the remainder will be from people’s doorsteps to public transport, with patrons able to order the minibus service via a smartphone app, online or phone call from October, with prices ranging from $2.60-$5. “We have on demand movies, on demand food, and finally — NSW will have on demand transport,” Mr Constance said.

“This trial is just the start of our transport future in NSW. Imagine not having to check a timetable because you know your service will be there when and where you need it.”

He said the trial sites had been selected based on demand, and regional locations were being considered for a second pilot, while another service would begin in early 2018 to take commuters living within 15km of the Macquarie Park employment precinct to work.

NSW Finance Minister and Ryde MP Victor Dominello said that the service would boost capacity for people living in the region ahead of the start of Sydney Metro Northwest train line in 2019.

In Edmondson Park, a service will pick customers up from home and drop them at the train station for $3.10 from early next year.

On the Northern Beaches, a service to begin late this year will connect customers from Palm Beach to North Narrabeen to bus stops on the Northern Beaches B-Line at a cost of $3.10. In the ­Sutherland Shire, a service starting in November to pick customers up from home or a nearby location in Jannali West, Sylvania, Caringbah and Gymea will go to transport hubs and local shops at a cost of $2.60, while in the eastern suburbs, a bus service will pick customers up at home and take them to Edgecliff and Bondi Junction stations or ferry wharves at Double Bay and Rose Bay for $3.10. And at Wetherill Park and Greystanes, a service will connect employment precincts to T-way interchanges for $3.10, and on the Central Coast, a service to take customers to Woy Woy station from locations along the Woy Woy peninsula will start in early 2018.

The services will be provided by private sector contractors with some offered during the morning and evening peaks, and others available continually from 6am to 10pm. Existing bus services will not be affected.

Source: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/door-to-station-shuttle-service-across-sydney-to-central-coast/news-story/98406dc8975ba8670b1e545b3f3c0964


Interviews come in all shapes and sizes: Sometimes you’re with one interviewer, others you’re with five. Maybe you’ll be asked to lunch, expected to solve a problem, or invited to a Skype interview.

But no matter what the format, we’ll give you what you need to succeed.

We’ll show you how to nail every type of job interview you might face. Check out these 10 common interviews and what you need to know about them.

1. The Traditional Interview

This is the scenario you’ll face most often: You sit down with a solo interviewer and answer a series of questions designed to help her figure out if you’re a great candidate for the job.

2. The Phone Interview

Asked for a phone interview? A call is typically a first-round screening to see if you’re a fit to come in for a full interview, so nailing it is key. You’ll want to prepare just as you would for an in-person interview, with some key adjustments for the phone format.

3. The Skype Interview

Skype video interviews take the phone-screening interview to the next level, and they’re becoming a regular part of the job application process for many companies. From choosing the right on-screen look to making sure all of your tech systems are a go, you’ll want to be 100% ready for your TV debut.

4. The Case Interview

The case interview is a more specialized format in which you’re given a business problem (“How can BigCoal Co. double its growth?”) or a puzzle (“How many tennis balls fit in a 747?”) to solve. While case interviews were once exclusively the domain of aspiring consultants, they’re now popping up everywhere from tech companies to NGOs.

5. The Puzzle Interview

Google and other highly competitive companies have been known to ask “puzzle” questions, like, “How many people are using Facebook in San Francisco at 2:30 PM on a Friday?” Seems random, but your interviewer wants to determine how quickly you can think on your feet, how you’ll approach a difficult situation, and how you can make progress in the face of a challenge.

6. The Lunch Interview

Has your potential employer suggested an interview over a meal? That’s a good sign—it usually means she wants to learn a little more about you and how you act outside of the office. We’ll show how to highlight your strengths and accomplishments while trying to maneuver a mouthful of chicken Piccata.

7. The Group Interview

Group interviews aren’t common, but you might find them for sales roles, internships, or other positions in which the company is hiring multiple people for the same job. How do you catch the hiring manager’s eye when you’re part of the group? It takes a little gusto and a few smart tactics.

8. The Working Interview

In some industries—writing, engineering, or even sales—you may be asked to complete an actual job task as part of the interview. Basically, your interviewers don’t want you to tell them you can do the job, they want to see it.

Don’t panic: If you go in prepared, this is your chance to shine.

9. The Firing Squad

If you’ll be reporting to several people or working with a team, it’s not uncommon to meet with multiple interviewers—all at the same time. Sounds nice, because you only have to answer those tough questions once, but it can also be tricky to make a strong connection with each decision maker.

10. The Career Fair Interview

If you’re attending career fairs as part of your job hunt, get ready for impromptu interviews, where you’ll only have 10 or 15 minutes to sell yourself to the recruiter for a chance to come in for a full interview.

Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/10-types-of-interviews-and-how-to-ace-them?ref=carousel-slide-0

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Posted by | August 14, 2017 | Weekly Update

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THE Central Coast has officially become God’s waiting room with the highest percentage of population aged over 80 in Australia.

The region also recorded the highest number of centenarians in NSW with 64 residents who have notched up a tonne or more, according to exclusive analysis of last year’s Census data.

The Express Advocate can reveal 19,396 people — or 5.9 per cent of the Coast’s population — were aged 80 or over when residents sat down to complete Australia’s first ever internet-enabled Census form or when interviewers came knocking on August 9 last year.

This is compared with 5.2 per cent of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast’s population aged over 80, 4.9 per cent of Sydney’s Northern Beaches, and 4 per cent of the Gold Coast.

Australia’s 17th Census of population and housing uncovered­ the full extent of the Central Coast’s ageing population with the region ranked fourth in Australia for 100-year-olds behind greater Brisbane with 180 centenarians, the Gold Coast with 83 and the Sunshine Coast’s 68.

The Coast also ranked third in the country for the highest number of residents aged 90-99, with 3666 people, behind Brisbane (7817) and the Gold Coast (4374), and third for residents aged 80-89.

According to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics the country’s life expectancy hit an highest last year with babies born today expected to live to the ripe old age of 80.4 years for males and 84.5 years for females­ — up a bit over a month each for men and women on the year before.

Margaret Hanney, of William Cape Gardens at Kanwal, moved to the Central Coast with her late husband and four children in 1973 after selling their garden nursery in Sydney.

She said while there were a lot of elderly residents there were also “babies everywhere” which boded well for the future.

“I’ve noticed a lot of change,” the 86-year-old said. “Where there was a lot of older people, there are [now] a lot of younger people, which is reassuring for the next generation.”

Mrs Hanney said having suffered asthma as a child she “never smoked” and credits her grandmother’s skin for her youthful disposition­.

“There’s not many things I have not done but I never smoked and never drunk,” she said.

Mrs Hanney said the Coast was a wonderful place to retire­. “I love it, I would not live anywhere else,” she said. “I love the people.”

A RELAXING coffee and hairdresser appointment, followed by a trip to the cinema, a splash in the pool and an alfresco dining experience — it sounds more like a luxury resort than an aged care facility.

But Aurrum has raised the bar on retirement living by officially opening its luxury five-star retirement complex at Erina.

The 71-bed Aurrum Terrigal Drive facility boasts everything from alfresco dining, with electronic menu boards and a Maitre D’, to a wellness centre with hydrotherapy pool, cinema, library and hairdressing salon.

Aurrum chairman David Di Pilla said the $20 million project, which included the upgrading of a residential aged care centre behind the new complex, was designed to provide 24-7 clinical care as well as “high quality of life”.

He said it was designed around four key elements; clinical care excellence, wellness and lifestyle, food and drink, and exceptional environment.

“There was a demand for this type of facility on the Central Coast,” he said. “We see the Central Coast and the broader Gosford/Terrigal area as the second largest city and region in NSW.”

The latest site in Erina is the fifth Aurrum facility on the Coast. The group has over 500 beds in the region with other sites at Wyoming, Kincumber and Norah Head.

“We started upgrading the existing Terrigal Drive site three years ago,” Mr Di Pilla said.

“The reaction from residents has been positive and our occupancy levels are high. We felt the people of the Central Coast deserved an aged care facility that reflects our learning and growth. We are really pleased with the new facility.”

The individual suites have creature comforts including smart wiring, so lights turn on when residents walk in a room, marble ensuites and wide-screen televisions. The company has its own Aurrum Channel so residents can see what’s planned for the day and what’s on the menu, which has been created by Aurrum Food Ambassador Karen Martini. The hallways are lined with beautiful artwork, and there are spacious lounges with electronic fireplaces.

Mr Di Pilla said the project would bring “significant economic benefits to the community”, creating 70 new jobs.

Source: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/central-coast/central-coast-has-highest-percentage-of-population-aged-over-80-in-australia/news-story/4ff34003ca515f5aedaa760dd835b321


“Where do you see yourself in five years?”

When a hiring manager asks you this, there may be a few things running through your brain. “Moving (way) up the ranks,” “running this place,” “working for myself,” or “in your job,” for example.

None of which are necessarily things you should say out loud in an interview.

So, how do you answer the question? Watch this quick video, where Muse CEO Kathryn Minshew shares a formula developed by our career expert Lily Zhang. It’ll help you share your goals and ambitions the right way—and not give your interviewer anything to worry about.

(Can’t watch the video at work? Don’t worry—we’ve also copied the transcript below.)

How to Answer “Where Do You See Yourself in 5 Years?”

So, how do you answer, “Where do you see yourself in five years?”

This can feel like a bit of a trick question, because sometimes the answer is, “not in this job,” or, “in your job,” or something like, “at a bigger better opportunity elsewhere.” But none of those are things you actually want to say to a hiring manager.

The good news is you can be honest while still telling them what they really want to know. Do you have realistic expectations for your career? Are you ambitious? And does this particular position align with your growth and goals overall?

For example, one way I like to think about it is: Think about where this position could realistically take you, and think about how that aligns with some of your broader professional goals.

So, for example, you might say, “Well I’m really excited by this position at Midnight Consulting because in five years, I’d like to be seen as someone with deep expertise in the energy sector, and I know that’s something that I’ll have an opportunity to do here. I’m also really excited to take on more managerial responsibilities in the next few years and potentially even take the lead on some projects. I’ve been lucky enough to work with some amazing managers, and so developing into a great manager myself is something I’m really excited about.”

So, what if this position is not a one-way ticket to your professional aspirations? It’s okay to say you don’t really know what the future holds, but you see how this experience could really help in making that decision.

Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/how-to-answer-where-do-you-see-yourself-in-5-years?ref=carousel-slide-1


The state government has awarded a $34,396 grant to Central Coast Local Health District to connect Aboriginal cancer patients with healthcare services.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald, said the NSW Health grant would boost Aboriginal healthcare workers’ skills to support communication between healthcare providers and patients.

“Healthcare workers in the District’s Aboriginal Health Services will have a better understanding the unique needs of cancer patients, and the services they can access,” Mr MacDonald said.

“Aboriginal people on the Central Coast will be the beneficiaries of this grant.”

The latest round of funding under the Innovations in Cancer Control Grant Program delivers more than $3.4 million to metropolitan and regional local health districts, primary health networks and non-government organisations.

This includes $300,000 for statewide projects to increase Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer Women’s (LBQW) participation in breast screening and to help primary schools implement the SunSmart policy.

NSW Health awards these grants through the Cancer Institute NSW for projects targeting groups at higher risk of poor health outcomes, such as refugees, multicultural and Aboriginal communities, LGBTIQ people and people living in regional NSW.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the funding recognised the innovation and good ideas that come “when all our sectors work together to get better health outcomes for people”.

Source: http://www.lakesmail.com.au/story/4817141/grant-for-central-coasts-aboriginal-cancer-patients/

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Many of the most successful people have gotten job interviews down to a science.

They’re not in the habit of wasting time with dumb or irrelevant queries.

In fact, they often have one favourite go-to question they like to ask. This typically reveals everything they need to know about a job candidate.

Check out the questions 10 business leaders love to ask candidates:

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk

According to the biography ‘Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future,’ the Tesla and SpaceX CEO likes to ask candidates this riddle to test their intelligence.

There are multiple correct answers, and one is the North Pole.

Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh

One of Zappos’ core values is to ‘create fun and a little weirdness,’ Tony Hsieh, CEO of the company, tells Business Insider.

To make sure he hires candidates with the right fit, Hsieh typically asks the question: ‘On a scale of one to 10, how weird are you?’ He says the number isn’t too important, but it’s more about how people answer the question. Nonetheless, if ‘you’re a one, you probably are a little bit too straight-laced for the Zappos culture,’ he says. ‘If you’re a 10, you might be too psychotic for us.’

Another question Zappos usually asks candidates is: ‘On a scale of one to 10, how lucky are you in life?’ Again, the number doesn’t matter too much, but if you’re a one, you don’t know why bad things happen to you (and probably blame others a lot). And if you’re a 10, you don’t understand why good things always seem to happen to you (and probably lack confidence).

Facebook HR chief Lori Goler

Business Insider previously spoke with Lori Goler, Facebook’s president of people operations, about how the social media giant recruits top talent. That’s what this question is all about — on a perfect day at work, what activities allowed you to ‘get in the zone’ and do great work.

She recommends that people interested in working for Facebook apply to roles that play to their strengths:

‘They should just apply,’ Goler told Business Insider. ‘We hire people every day who just apply to the website. We love meeting people that way. Jump right in.’

Paypal co-founder and Clarium Capital President Peter Thiel

PayPal cofounder, managing partner of the Founders Fund, and president of Clarium Capital Peter Thiel always looks to hire people who aren’t afraid to speak their minds, reports Business Insider’s Aaron Taube.

To do this, he always gives job candidates and the founders of companies seeking an investment this interview prompt: ‘Tell me something that’s true, that almost nobody agrees with you on.”

In a 2012 interview with Forbes, Thiel said the reason he loves this question is: ‘It sort of tests for originality of thinking, and to some extent, it tests for your courage in speaking up in a difficult interview context.’

Virgin Group founder Richard Branson

Virgin Group founder Richard Branson explains in his new book ‘The Virgin Way: Everything I Know About Leadership,’ that he isn’t a fan of the traditional job interview, reports Business Insider’s Richard Feloni.

‘Obviously a good CV is important, but if you were going to hire by what they say about themselves on paper, you wouldn’t need to waste time on an interview,’ Branson writes. That’s why he likes to ask: What didn’t you get a chance to include on your résumé?

Dropbox founder Drew Houston

Drew Houston, the 33-year-old billionaire founder of Dropbox, tells Adam Bryant of The New York Times that he has five questions he always likes to ask job candidates:

1. Who is the best in the world at what you do?

2. Who are your influences?

3. What have you learned in the last year?

4. If you were able to sit yourself down 10 years ago, what advice would you give your younger self?

5. What are the most important lessons you’ve taken away?

As Business Insider previously reported, Houston explains that these questions help him discern if a candidate is passionate about constantly improving. ‘I’m drawn to people who really love their craft, and treat it like a craft, and are always trying to be better and are obsessed with what separates great from good,’ he tells Bryant.

Paramore founder and EVP Hannah Paramore

Hannah Paramore, president of Paramore, a Nashville-based interactive advertising agency, told the New York Times’ Adam Bryant that this is one of her favourite questions.

‘I’m looking for how deeply instilled their work ethic and independence are versus entitlement,’ she tells Business Insider. ‘If they worked part time in high school and college because they needed to, especially in jobs that were just hard work, that shows a huge level of personal responsibility. I love people who have to patch success together from a number of different angles.’

Charlotte Russe president and CEO Jenny Ming

Tell me about your failures.  A good answer to this question is important because it means that the candidate isn’t afraid of taking risks and will admit when things don’t work out, says Jenny Ming, president and CEO of clothing store Charlotte Russe and former chief executive of Old Navy.

‘It doesn’t even have to be business; it could be life lessons. I think it’s pretty telling. What did they do afterward?’ she says. ‘How did they overcome that? I always look for somebody who’s very comfortable admitting when something didn’t work out.’

People always like to tell you about their successes, she explains, but they don’t always want to tell you what didn’t work out so well for them.

Bluemercury CEO Marla Malcolm Beck

As Business Insider previously reported, luxury beauty retailer Bluemercury CEO Marla Malcolm Beck’s interviews tend to only take seven to 10 minutes.

She has on query she likes to ask in particular, she previously told Adam Bryant of The New York Times.

Her question for potential hires is: ‘What’s the biggest impact you had at your past organisation?’

‘It’s important that someone takes ownership of a project that they did, and you can tell based on how they talk about it whether they did it or whether it was just something that was going on at the organisation,’ she told Bryant.

Jigsaw head of research and development Yasmin Green

Yasmin Green, head of research and development at Jigsaw, Alphabet’s tech incubator formerly known as Google Ideas, wants to hire creative, independent thinkers, so she gets candidates to think on their feet by asking them how they’d manage an imaginary ice-cream stand.

‘I’m curious to see how people deal with ambiguity and whether they can have fun while thinking on their feet,’ she says.

Green says that to land a job at Google, you also need to ‘be prepared to challenge the premise of the question.’

Source: https://www.businessinsider.com.au/favorite-interview-questions-highly-successful-bosses-2017-7#/#tesla-and-spacex-ceo-elon-musk-1


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Posted by | July 31, 2017 | Weekly Update

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A $37.2 million development application has been received by Central Coast Council for the redevelopment of Woy Woy Sporties bowling club at the corner of North Burge and Brick Wharf Rds, Woy Woy.
The redeveloped site would consist of seniors housing, independent living units, a new club, retail tenancies and a basement car park.
The proposal is seen as a way for the club to meet losses of $800,000 accumulated over the past 12 years.
The applicant was listed as Woy Woy Holdings Pty Ltd, care of Barker Ryan Stewart Pty Ltd.
The number of units proposed, according to the application, was 87 over five storeys plus the basement parking.
The gross floor area of the new building work would be 20,557 square metres.
The NSW Office of the Environment and Heritage Aboriginal Heritage Information Management System recorded 15 aboriginal sites near or in the location of the proposed development.
An environmental noise assessment, submitted in support of the application, which concluded that, subject to recommendations being implemented, the redevelopment would meet the Liquor and Gaming NSW and the EPA’s acceptable noise limits at all nearby residential and passive recreational locations.
According to supporting information provided by the developer: “The proposal is an opportunity to invest in and upgrade the existing site and will complement recent growth and development in Woy Woy.
“The development responds to population growth and the need for additional, high quality accommodation for seniors in proximity to the town centre of Woy Woy,” the statement, made in support of the application, said.
“The proposal is compatible with recent infill development and the desired future character of the area.
“The proposal will stimulate the local economy, complement nearby commercial developments; provide additional housing for seniors and provide additional employment opportunities during and after construction.
“WT Martin and Associates have prepared a profit and loss statement from June 30, 2005, to June 30, 2016, showing that the club has traded at a loss every year since 2005 with cumulative losses of approximately $800,000.
“It is not financially viable for the club to continue trading at a loss.
“The proposed redevelopment will therefore enable retention of the club within a new building and ensure its long term financial viability through the co-location of compatible seniors housing and cafe tenancies.
“The proposed Woy Woy Sporties will be orientated to the north east with views towards Brisbane Water and the Lions Park.
“The proposal will include a bistro, auditorium, entertaining areas, deck and ‘all-weather’ bowling green.
“The club will be accessed from North Burge Rd and will have facilities to accommodate 300 people.
“The proposal is setback from the waterfront and will not cause substantive view loss or privacy issues for nearby residential developments.
“The proposal includes five retail tenancies and associated bathrooms.
“Retail tenancies were approved by Gosford Council on December 17, 2014 (DA 4596/2014).
“The proposed development achieves appropriate separation between the club, retail tenancies and residential units, with well-defined primary access points for each area.
“Residential units will have pedestrian access from street level off both Brick Wharf Rd and North Burge Rd and lift access from the basement car park to residential floors.
“Retail tenancies will be accessed via the boardwalk fronting Lions Park.
“The basement car park will be accessed from North Burge Road with internal lift and stair access to residential floors.
“One hundred and thirty eight basement car parking spaces are proposed, including 14 accessible spaces and 18 visitor spaces.
“The redevelopment of the Woy Woy Sporties Club will retain existing trading hours, operating from Monday to Sunday from 5am to 12am.
“The redevelopment will enable Woy Woy Sporties to continue to operate from the site and ensure the clubs long term financial viability.
“Recreational pursuits will be retained by providing a new meeting area for the local fishing club and an all-weather bowling green.
“The development will not detract from the natural environment for recreational purposes and the development is consistent with the desired future character of the area and includes an integrated architectural design to reduce visual impact, protect scenic values and promote view sharing.
“The proposed development responds to population growth and the need for additional, high quality accommodation for seniors.
“The proposal will provide additional housing choice in the form of two-bedroom, three-bedroom, sub-penthouse and penthouse units; and the development includes an integrated architectural design and landscaping to protect scenic value, promote view sharing and casual surveillance.
“The proposal represents rational, orderly, economic and sustainable use of the land and should therefore be supported,” the developer’s statement concluded.

Source: http://coastcommunitynews.com.au/2017/07/sporties-37-2-million-redevelopment-proposed/


THE five-year “farce” of a promised $500 million ‘Chinese Disneyland’ for the Central Coast “finally” ended late today after the contracts for prime land at Warnervale were torn up.

Central Coast Council revealed it had pulled the plug last week on the controversial Panda Paradise project, four months after Australia China Theme Park Pty Ltd (ACTP) failed to meet a $3 million land-payment deadline.

Council said it would retain a $600,000 deposit paid for 15.7ha of Sparks Rd land after it cut ties with ACTP on July 19.

“Any other potential sale or uses of the land will be a decision of the future elected council,” council said in a brief statement.

Former Wyong Mayor Doug Eaton, who pumped up the proposal from 2012 until his council was sacked on May 12 last year, said he was “disappointed but not surprised” there would be no Chappypie China Time.

“(The end) was clearly coming for the last few months,” Mr Eaton, who will be running for preselection this weekend as a Liberal Party candidate at the upcoming Central Coast Council election, said.

“Council and the community still benefit from the deal to the tune of nearly a million dollars.”

Wyong state Labor MP David Harris, a long-running opponent of the project, said it had been a “sorry episode from the start” and “the ratepayers have been the losers”.

“Valuable land locked up with a contract that raised considerable concerns because all the power was with a developer that had no money, no credentials and no hope of delivering,” the Central Coast Opposition spokesman said.

“Council, as a matter of urgency, should now reveal the cost to ratepayers of the whole sorry episode including staff time and any legal costs.

“And the former Wyong councillors who continually voted for and promoted this debacle should apologise and be held accountable if they try to run for the new council.”

In early May the wannabe Walt Disney of the Coast, ACTP boss Bruce Zhong, boldly declared his company had the cash to build the embattled theme park.

“Some moneys, this I got, don’t worries (sic),” he told A Current Affair.

“Don’t worries, because this is a big project — big, no small. Everything is OK … I just tell you ACTP (will) continue.”

Mr Zhong’s comments came amid mystery over whether ACTP — which had a credit rating last year of just 22/100 despite­ claiming to have a billion­-dollar asset base — had finally stumped up the $3 million first payment, which was due in March, for the Sparks Rd land. It was part of a revised $10 million land deal after the company failed to meet the original payment deadline on December 2, 2015.

Mr Zhong was never interested in answering the Express Advocate’squestions about the project. He failed to respond to at least a dozen interview requests over the past two years.

Former Wyong councillor Bob Graham said he “always” knew that ratepayers were being dudded in the “pie-in-the-sky” project.

“This was a Mickey Mouse deal and farce from day one,” Mr Graham, who will not contest the next council election, said.

“I believe both council and the ruling bloc since 2012 should hang their heads in shame over stringing ratepayers along for this long. Hundreds of jobs could have been created at this site over the past five years.”

Source: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/central-coast/council-kills-deal-for-500m-chinese-theme-park-at-warnervale/news-story/395f86e2330257c555b72ae1e0135da5


My career over the past seven years hasn’t been perfect—in fact, we could all agree that if we had the chance, we’d probably turn back time and do certain things a little bit differently.

Alas, this isn’t possible (otherwise someone please tell me where can I get one of those time machines). However, I have learned several valuable lessons throughout my experience that might help you as you navigate your own career.

Pst—you’re not too late to do any of these things!

1. Invest Less in Materials, More in Your Mind

The trajectory of your career will be largely based on how you decide to spend your initial paychecks. You’ll be tempted to spend it on getting a nicer apartment, upgrading your clothes, and going out to fancier restaurants.

While these aren’t necessarily bad things—you deserve to treat yourself every once in a while—you might want to think about spending your money on knowledge instead. It’ll not only give you the greatest return on investment, but also be the one thing that lasts over time.

There are certain skills that are applicable to any job, such as communication, knowing how to effectively read and write, building strong relationships, networking, and time management, while there are obviously others that are more specific to your industry.

To expand on any of these, you have several options for investing your money (instead of having a luxurious weekend away)—you can take an online class, or buy a career-boosting book, or even hire a career coach.

2. Make Health a Number One Priority

Health is the foundation that accelerates everything in your life, including your career. It elevates your creativity, energy, and grit to get through the inevitable ups and downs you’ll experience.

For far too long, I struggled to find breakthroughs in my career because I was neglecting my health, both mental and physical. This led to having less willpower and discipline during my day, and thus being less productive over time.

Prioritizing your health isn’t just a one-time task. It actually has to take priority over everything you do. That means scheduling it into your calendar, making investments to buy the right food and exercise regularly, and even giving up other bad habits.

It’s true: Once you have your health together, everything else comes easier.

3. Learn How to Best Manage Your Time (Whatever That Means for You)

How we spend our time ultimately determines how much we accomplish in our lifetime. While 30 minutes here or there getting sucked into Facebook or taking one too many coffee breaks doesn’t feel like much, it can start to add up in a bad way.

The thing is, how you manage your time is something only you can figure out—everyone works through their to-dos in different ways.

The best time management tactics I’ve learned over time—that might help you get started—are usually the simplest. For example, you can try scheduling everything into your calendar so each task has a specific time frame for completion.

Or, you can try the “One Thing” strategy of asking yourself, “What’s the onetask I can complete that will make everything else easier or unnecessary?”

Or, you can try one of these six better productivity hacks for people who don’t love the “famous” ones.

We can’t control how time passes, but we can maximize it to be, do, and achieve more.

4. Treat Every Relationship as Life-Long

The person you meet today may be someone you work with two, five, or 10 years from now. He or she could be an employee you want to hire, a potential business partner, or even your future boss.

When you treat every relationship as a lifelong relationship, you’ll be more giving, more patient, and more pleasant to be around.

To practice this daily, you need to focus on giving first without expecting anything in return. This might mean checking in with someone you met at a networking event via social media or over email every few months to see what’s new with them. Or, setting aside time in your calendar to regularly have lunch with team members.

And, you never know how even the most insignificant relationships will help you down the road. For example, because she stayed in contact with a networking connection, Ann Shoket, author and former Editor-in-Chief at Seventeen Magazine, turned a one-time meetup into the job that launched her career.

5. Think Bigger

One of the most common regrets I hear from successful people I interviewis that they “didn’t think big enough.”

Many of the things we want in our lives will come to us as long as we give ourselves the permission to receive them. I’m sure there are things you have in your life today that five years ago you only dreamed about.

Whether you’re looking for a promotion, a new career opportunity, or a better life overall, it starts by thinking 10X bigger and raising your standards.

Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/5-things-i-would-do-differently-if-i-could-start-my-career-again

Weekly Jobs Update

Posted by | July 24, 2017 | Weekly Update


THE Central Coast has long considered the Blue Mountains and Hunter as major tourism competitors but now the region is joining forces with neighbouring areas to boost international visitation.

A new tourism body stretching from the Blue Mountains to the Upper Hunter is on a mission to double visitation to the region by 2020.

Destination Network Sydney Surrounds North, one of six new regional tourism bodies, will have three staff based in the Gosford Smart Hub on Mann St as it looks to “package” the best of the Coast with other unique experiences in nearby areas.

“We’re keen to see more big events on the Central Coast, over and above the ones already on the calendar,” network chair David Fellows said.

“We’ll be close to all the local tourism stakeholders by being based at Gosford, and we see the staging of more big events as one of the key ways to growing tourism here.

“We also believe we can package up four or five-day experiences for international tourists arriving in Sydney, where they can spend some time in this region soaking up the great beaches and other unique parts along with, say, diving with dolphins at Port Stephens and a day at the wineries in the Hunter.”

Central Coast Parliamentary Secretary Scot MacDonald said the State Government was still considering whether to allow the expansion of Warnervale airport and pave the way for direct international flights.

The government left the airport off its latest regional plan for the Coast and has been considering for more than a year whether to repeal the Warnervale Airport (Restrictions) Act 1996. Despite this, Central Coast Council is already pushing ahead with major general-aviation plans.

Mr MacDonald said the Coast’s $844 million tourism industry would “greatly benefit” from the new network’s presence in the region.

“With Sydney Surrounds North stretching from the Blue Mountains to the Upper Hunter, more activity across our regions means more jobs and boosted local economies,” he said.

Former Coffs Coast tourism boss Glenn Caldwell has been appointed as the local network’s general manager.

 “Glenn comes to this important role with more than 15 years’ experience in tourism and major events management, having worked in both corporate and government environments,” Mr Fellows said.

The next major event in Gosford will be on October 14 when king of pop Lionel Richie says hello to Central Coast Stadium.

Source: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/central-coast/destination-network-sydney-surrounds-north-sets-up-base-in-gosford/news-story/ecca586d528850544918820213fe8550


As a soon-to-be college grad, I know that the world of work can catch you unawares. In preparing for the job search, I’ve found that experienced professionals often have a lot of great advice to dispense (also some not-so-great advice, but that’s an article for another day).

And it’s true that sometimes the wisest tips don’t come from experts, but from real people with real stories. So, with that in mind, The Muse team asked the LinkedIn community what wisdom they’d bestow on recent grads.

And upon reading all the tips, I couldn’t help but think that anyone—and really everyone—should read them, too. So with no further ado, here are my favorites:

1. Remember These Four Words

Be positive, principled, pro-active, and productive.

2. Discover Yourself

Consider this job a journey to learn about yourself. The purpose is to grow as a human being; to discover what you’re good at, what you love to do, and what you dislike.

Discover your why, and you’ll become happier and more passionate in life!

3. Be Open to Change

Don’t get discouraged when a job you really want does not pan out for you. It just opens up doors to other opportunities.

4. Don’t Hide From Mistakes

Be honest. Not sure about something? Ask questions. Screwed up? Own up!

I’ve always valued someone willing to learn, and we do that in different ways. I’ll always highly regard someone willing to be honest about their mistakes because we learn from those just as much as our successes!

5. Keep Moving Forward

Learn to hear feedback and never let it fester. Instead consider it, take what works, and move on.

6. Learn From Everything

Remember every moment is an opportunity to learn from everyone around you, no matter their title.

Pay attention when things go well; pay extra attention when they don’t, and watch how people react to it. Build relationships with the people who face problems by being their solution.

7. Make Connections

Your biggest asset is your network.

8. Be Patient

Networking + Resilience = Success

It won’t be easy but you have to start somewhere. This is just the first step on the stairwell, so don’t give up, and know that the best is yet to come!

9. Utilize Your Co-workers

Don’t be intimidated by your colleagues and superiors!

Remember that they were once in your shoes when they began their careers. Leverage their knowledge and experience and find ways to take what worked for them and adapt it to work for you.

10. Treat Everyone With Respect

Speak when you walk into the office everyday. Say good morning to your boss and peers as you walk past their offices, smile at janitors and receptionists in your office.

Don’t be so focused on getting ahead that it’s all business all the time. Treating people with humanity and integrity is most important.

11. Keep Your Own Counsel

Don’t assume that a co-worker won’t repeat your criticisms of a colleague. When asked how you feel about individuals in the office, be open and vague with your answers.

Always reserve judgment on your co-workers until you have enough time to make up your own mind.

12. Prepare for the Future

Develop good time management habits early on. Your workload will only increase with time, and so will your responsibilities. Be ready when they do.

From making the right impression to getting a handle on time management, a new work environment can be tricky to navigate. And, that goes for anyone, no matter how high up the ladder you are.
Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/12-pieces-of-advice-for-new-grads-that-everyone-should-take

Weekly Jobs Update

Posted by | July 18, 2017 | Weekly Update


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MORE than a hundred jobs will be created after plans were unveiled this week for a new $23 million private hospital in Kanwal.

Healthe Care Australia, which runs Gosford Private and Brisbane Waters Private, has lodged a development application with Central Coast Council to build a brand new “boutique” hospital — Tuggerah Lakes Private.

Located opposite Wyong Public Hospital, on the corner of the Pacific Highway and Craigie Ave, the company says it will create 50 hospital jobs and include four operating theatres, 20 inpatient overnight beds, 14 recovery bays, six recovery chairs, and consulting spaces­.

It comes a week after Healthe Care Australia missed out in the private tender process for Wyong Hospital, which will remain in public hands ahead of a $200 million redevelopment later this year.

“Now that decision has been made by the State Government, it gives us greater strategic focus,” Healthe Care’s Central Coast regional manager Matt Kelly said.

“Our new hospital will be perfect for doctors to do both public and private consulting, and if there are no delays with the DA approvals process, we’ll be ready to start building tomorrow.

“We’ll be using a local construction company and anticipate the building will create 60 trade positions over the next 12 months before we hopefully see our first patients in mid-2018.”

Mr Kelly said the facility would cater for day surgery and short-stay patients for multiple specialties including orthopedics, gastroenterology, plastics, urology, general surgery and vascular­.

Wyong MP David Harris said the proposed hospital was a “vote of confidence” for the fast-growing region’s north.

“This is significant investment, and I welcome the high-quality jobs and associated employment and investment this proposed development will bring to Wyong,” Mr Harris told the Express Advocate.

Source: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/central-coast/plans-unveiled-for-new-23-million-tuggerah-lakes-private-hospital/news-story/21ebcc57bd5cb314996fbfe989ad0886

You’re ready to make a career move—maybe you’re looking for a new job, launching a side business, or eyeing a promotion. In all of these instances, boosting your personal brand can help you achieve your goal.

That’s because a strong personal brand is a carefully designed message that’s compelling and attracts the right people. It helps you stand out for who you are and what you do best.

You’re probably nodding along, because you already know all of this. You don’t need to be convinced how valuable personal branding is: What’s holding you back is the time commitment.

That’s why you have a LinkedIn Profile, even though you haven’t updated it since you set it up. After all, who can devote hours each week on top of working or job searching? Well, believe it or not, 30 minutes is all you need to take your efforts to the next level. Here’s how to spend them:

Minutes 1-10: Evaluate What Makes You Stand Out

The first thing you want to do is perform a self-assessment. This step is often overlooked, but it’ll be super helpful as you find your voice in a sea of professionals with similar experience.

This evaluation helps you have a clear vision of your USP, or “unique selling proposition,” which is just a fancy term for the value you offer to your target audience.

Here are some questions to get you started:

  1. What are you passionate about? You want to think about what excites you, and what things you truly enjoy doing.
  2. What are your core beliefs? This is important because it’s like a mission statement. It’ll help you relay your personal approach to getting things done.
  3. What are your top four strengths? This’ll help you share what you do better than anyone else, to set you apart from the competition.
  4. Are you a good leader or a good doer—or both? This is good to know because it’s a way to identify and highlight the kind of roles that complement your strengths.
  5. What do others say about you? Ask around! You may have strengths you’re unaware of, or talents you need to put more emphasis on so people know they exist.

To be clear, I don’t expect you to answer these questions with witty taglines. This exercise is to help you target your branding efforts. So, answer the question(s) that inspire you by jotting down notes, and honestly writing what comes to mind.

Minutes 10-20: Compare That to What You Already Have

Now that you’ve done some reflection on what you want to say, it’s time to see how it stacks up against what’s already out there.

If someone were to read your LinkedIn profile, tweets, or personal website, would they see messaging that points them toward the answers you came up with?

You might be thinking: Wait, I only have 10 minutes, that’s not enough time to read my whole website or review my LinkedIn line by line. But, here’s the thing, people who click into one of your social profiles or visit your website are probably going to spend a fraction of that time looking at it.

So, you want to look for things that shout what you do. On LinkedIn, that means moving beyond filling out the basics and adding links to media, writing posts, and getting endorsements for skills. On your website, that might mean building a portfolio. On Twitter, it’s about not just following influencers, but composing tweets, too.

This step is about comparing what you want to highlight to what you have and asking yourself: What’s missing? What can I add?

Minutes 20-30: Create a Schedule

Truth talk: Personal branding isn’t a “set it and forget it” kind of thing. Once you’ve figured out what you want your message to be and how you can share it more effectively, you’re going to need to start posting—consistently.

A helpful way to be consistent is to set a schedule that you can use as a guide. It shouldn’t feel like a chore, but if you’re anything like me, if you don’t schedule it, it could get back-burnered. All I ask is that you give it 10 minutes a day!

Here’s an example of a schedule you can start with:

  • Monday: Make (or update) a list of people you’d like to engage with more (a former manager) or simply connect with (an industry influencer).
  • Tuesday: Reach out to someone from that list. If it’s someone you’re reconnecting with, try one of these ideas. If it’s a stranger, you can test out this Twitter trick, or, if you’re brave, just send a cold LinkedIn invite using these templates.
  • Wednesday: Spend time looking for industry-related articles in publications popular in your field and share one. Or, alternatively, comment on someone else’s post (or at a minimum, share it).
  • Thursday: Make (or update) your list of improvements you’d like to make to your online presence. Break it down into baby steps. For example, you wouldn’t write, “Build personal site.” You’d write, “Look into site designers” and “write copy for personal site bio.”
  • Friday: Spend today looking yesterday’s list and knocking just one thing off.

Of course, you can tailor your plan to whatever works best for you. Honestly, if you just do the five things above even once a month, you’ll see traction. Regardless of the schedule you choose, feel free to switch it up, and see what gets the best response. You won’t see results overnight, but, that’s OK.

My final piece of advice is to avoid being misled by the term “personal branding.” What I mean is: The most successful brands aren’t just about you. Take the time to know your target audience, and listening to what’s on their minds as well. Genuinely connect and build relationships! As best-selling author Dale Carnegie said, “To be interesting, be interested.”

Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/how-to-create-a-personal-branding-plan-in-30-minutes-even-if-you-hate-personal-branding?ref=carousel-slide-1

Weekly Jobs Update

Posted by | July 10, 2017 | Weekly Update

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The council recently adopted the Annual Plan and Estimates for the 2017-2018 year, detailing the initiatives to be funded this year.

A total capital works program of $20,886,000 is planned, with a major focus on completing the Dial Regional Sports Complex, bringing forward five projects to utilise the state government’s Accelerated Local Government Capital Program, and our ongoing asset renewal program, maintaining the existing asset base.

Major capital works this year include $2.435m for urban roads; $1.84m for rural roads; $250,000 for footpaths; $570,000 for bridges; $540,000 for car parks; $1.146m for parks and amenities; $140,000 for aged-persons home unit refurbishments; $131,000 for the Ulverstone Wharf precinct improvements; and $605,000 for recreation ground and sports centre upgrades. The program is supported by borrowings of $1m towards replacing our street lights with LED lighting.

Capeweed (Arctotheca calendula) is a widespread annual lawn/pasture weed in this region and becomes visible when in flower over summer. However its flat rosettes are growing now.  In early July, the Central Coast Council will commence the annual Capeweed Control Program in key locations across the municipal area, including nature strips.

Follow-up control will be in summer when the first buds appear. The program will continue for the next few years until effective control is achieved and then maintained on an annual basis.

Capeweed affects lawns from residential to parkland and is an economically-significant competitor of crops, grass and clover.  For more information please contact the council’s Construction and Maintenance Group Leader on 6429 8123.

 Source: http://www.theadvocate.com.au/story/4762826/major-works-planned-for-coming-year/

A fresh approach to your healthcare.

130 years of experience providing quality patient care in Warners Bay.

Three prominent medical practices in the local community, Warners Bay Medical Centre, Medical Centre Warners Bay and Bayway Centre Surgery are combining forces and relocating to a state of art new medical facility – Providence Medical, Warners Bay. Opening its doors for patients on Monday July 3rd, the exciting new clinic will be taking ‘a fresh approach to your healthcare’ whilst offering over 130 years of combined experience from established Principal GPs, Dr Colin Fair, Dr Prabakar Subbarju, Dr Chris Morrisey and Dr Karla Raja providing quality patient treatment and care in the Warners Bay area.

Situated just 100 metres from the current practice locations, the beautiful new medical facility located at 472 The Esplanade will offer the local community an array of valuable services including a dedicated Skin Cancer Clinic, onsite Pathology, radiology next door, not to mention the two pharmacies conveniently located nearby. Principal GP, Dr Colin Fair is ‘delighted to partner with other likeminded peers to provide the community with a comprehensive medical site where patients can continue their care with their trusted local doctor in a new and improved environment.’ Providence Medical, Warners Bay will have the ‘same friendly faces and quality care, in an upgraded facility.’

Local GP, Dr Colin Fair is known to be incredibly supportive, reassuring and thorough. Ray and Jan Milliss from Tingara Heights have been patients of Principal GP, Dr Fair for over 20 years. The lovely couple, their children and their grandchildren keep coming back because Dr Fair is ‘interested in them as people, not just as a patient.’ After a serious mountain bike accident, several years ago that involved being airlifted from the scene, Ray found himself calling his doctor at midnight highly sedated and paralysed with fear. Dr Fair calmly and diligently formulated an integrated care strategy for Ray and his family, and was with them personally through the entire healing journey. The couple are keeping themselves active and well and are embarking on a trip to Alaska having recently travelled to Machu Picchu. Dr Colin understood the importance of exercise and vitality for his patient’s quality of life and worked closely with Ray and his family to get him back on his bike.

The local region is incredibly excited by the arrival of the contemporary health hub and are looking forward to making their next appointment at Providence Medical, Warners Bay. Dr Karla Raja, Principal Practitioner of one of the amalgamating practices (Bayway Centre Surgery) is ‘pleased to be able to provide high quality, personalised care’ to our valued existing patients and hopes to ‘build and nurture long term relationships with new patients and their families.’

Kris Rickard has been visiting Dr Karla Raja since she first started practicing in Warners Bay, 29 years ago, in fact her father was the first patient Dr Raja entered into her computer on her very first day practising. Four generations of this family consider Dr Raja not only their long term trusted doctor, but also their close friend who has listened and been with them through the family’s up and downs, in sickness and in health. Dr Raja has always been ‘so supportive, she is a great listener but also straightforward and incredibly caring,’ explains Rickard. ‘We are all happy that we can continue to see Dr Raja but in a new and improved setting and look forward to visiting the new practice.’

The team at Providence Medical, Warners Bay are all about caring for our local families. The modern new practice will even have its own dedicated ‘Kids zone’ featuring a unique built in iPad zone to keep the kids entertained. Not that you will have long to wait, our doctors pride themselves on providing an exceptional patient experience and caring for patients throughout their lifetime.

The Warners Bay practice is the latest addition for Providence Medical Group (PMG), opening a beautiful medical and dental practice earlier this year in Belmont they also have impressive expansion plans for additional practices opening in high demand locations in the future. PMG provides a holistic healthcare solution through its medical and dental centres. ‘We focus on providing local communities excellence in healthcare through a quality health team,’ says CEO, Stephen Bunston. He also highlights that PMG ‘deliver integrated health solutions built on quality treatments, patient education and customer service while utilising leading edge technology.’

The team at Providence Medical, Warners Bay look forward to seeing you at the practice.

Call 02 4989 3400 to arrange an appointment or visit our website to make an online booking.

Source: https://www.centralcoastaustralia.com.au/news/providence-medical-opening-in-warners-bay/?current-news


You’ve probably heard that the average job posting receives 250 applications, but I’ve seen as many as 3,000 people apply for the same role.

I’m not telling you this to scare you, but rather as encouragement. Because some people do make it through to getting hired—despite that level of competition.

As the Global Head of Recruiting for Johnson & Johnson, I’ve seen what makes the difference in whether people move to the final stages of the application process—or not.

Without a doubt, from interns to C-suite level leaders, the most impressive candidates I’ve seen are the ones who’ve taken the time to define what they want to accomplish in their professional life.

They have a professional purpose.

By that I mean they know why they do what they do, what they want to ultimately achieve, and how they plan to get there. Because they’re so clear on their goals, and so open in sharing them, I can tell almost instantly when I’ve met someone who should be working at our company.

So, if you keep applying and hearing nothing back, the number one piece of advice I can give you is to find your professional purpose and then use that as a foundation point throughout any recruiting process—from your cover letter to final interview.

With that in mind, here are two steps you can take now:

Step 1: Get Clarity

It’s easy to get swept up in the day-to-day of your job. A constant flow of urgent deadlines can make time slip away and, before you know it, two or three years have flown by.

That’s why it’s important to take time out, hit the pause button, and think about what a successful career really means to you. Determine where you get the most fulfillment in your professional life and start thinking about how that could become your professional purpose. Then get something down on paper and iterate on it.

Here’s an example of how to use your answer(s):

I spoke to a candidate recently who lost one of her parents to Alzheimer’s and had decided to look for ways to contribute to curing this disease. Her plan was to become a recruiter for the next three years so she could identify and attract the best Research & Development talent for a pharmaceuticals company to help them in the search for a cure. Her ultimate goal was to save enough money to apply to medical school, so she could contribute more directly down the line. Needless to say, she really stood out against the other (equally qualified) candidates we were considering for the job.

Your professional purpose doesn’t have to be as profound as that (mine isn’t!), but it should be something bigger than the job’s duties or making money. When you tell a hiring manager something you really connect with, they’ll be more willing to put their neck out, because they know that you have the passion for sticking with it.

Step 2: Share It

Which brings me to this: Once you’ve figured out what’s driving you, don’t be shy about sharing it with others. Yes, it can be a little uncomfortable to put yourself out there, but authenticity’s an HR buzzword for a reason. When you share more of yourself, you’ll find that people gravitate toward you and are eager to help.

Next time you’re asked to introduce yourself, weave in your professional purpose. (If you’re not 100% confident in how it sounds, here are two strategies for creating a one-line elevator pitch.)

I’ll bet people will ask you more about it or offer to connect you to someone who can help you on your journey to achieve it. Sharing a genuine reason why you’re pursuing a certain avenue in your career is much more compelling than listing off your past positions’ titles.

It’s the same in interviews. There are so many boilerplate answers to the question: “Why are you interested in this company (or role)?” And, as recruiters, we’ve pretty much heard them all.

You’ll stand out more when you answer the question by explaining why the job’s values fit with your professional purpose—and why it matters so much to you. “I’d like to work here as a designer because I am passionate about more transparent package design which can help mothers choose better products for their children,” is an answer that’s true—and will get further than, “I want to work here because this company is a leader in the field.” (You don’t lose any points with the second option, but every other person may say the exact same thing.)

So long as it’s something you genuinely identify with, your focus and energy will shine through and make you memorable—and more likeable, too.

You might wonder if I have a professional purpose. I do, and I firmly believe it’s part of the reason I’m in my current job. For years, I’ve been frustrated with the bad recruiting experiences that I and several of my friends have had with many organizations. My professional purpose is all about helping to solve this issue on a large scale. And that’s the opportunity Johnson & Johnson provides me–to reimagine recruiting from the ground up for a large Fortune 100 company.

So, if you keep getting passed over on the job search, revisit that classic advice to “just be yourself.” Tune into what you really want to do and how you’d like to get there. Then, weave that into your materials, networking conversations, and interview answers. I promise it’ll help you stand out.

Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/this-is-how-you-stand-out-when-youre-competing-against-3000-people?ref=carousel-slide-1

Weekly Jobs Update

Posted by | July 3, 2017 | Weekly Update


Cleaners, Chef, Solicitor and more… these are just some of the 217 jobs advertised on Jobs On The Coast right now – click here to see more!


ETTALONG ferry wharf will be closed until July 3 for Central Coast Council crews to undertake $240,000 worth of upgrade works.

The project will include alterations and additions to the existing Ferry Rd wharf walkway as well as the installation of a new gangway and pontoon.

A council spokesman said the works would significantly improve accessibility on the popular wharf.

“The upgrade will support commercial maritime services and recreational fishers and boaters,” the spokesman said.

It comes as council conducts emergency dredging in Ettalong channel after the State Government stumped up $150,000 for the scraping.

The Palm Beach ferry boss welcomed the council’s dredging work and wharf upgrade, but called on it to deliver broader long-term solutions for the marquee waterway.

“The emergency dredging work will only buy us four to six months and we’ll be right back where we were,” Fantasea Cruising chief executive Anthony Hayes said, after the ferry service ran aground near Box Head several times in the channel earlier this year.

“There’s a big risk to the Central Coast economy unless there’s a permanent solution from council. We’ll need this solution in place before we hit the peak tourism season in summer.”

As a result of the wharf upgrade, the Palm Beach ferry service will operate from Booker Bay Public Wharf until works are complete.

Source: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/central-coast/240000-upgrade-of-ettalong-ferry-wharf/news-story/8c48ecce1f3978f8ddea67ff35d32b0b


Investing in regional cities’ economic performance makes good sense. Contrary to popular opinion, new research out Monday shows regional cities generate national economic growth and jobs at the same rate as big metropolitan cities. They are worthy of economic investment in their own right – not just on social and equity grounds.

However, for regional cities to capture their potential A$378 billion output to 2031, immediate action is needed. Success will see regional cities in 2031 produce twice as much as all the new economy industries produce in today’s metropolitan cities.

 Drawing on lessons from the UK, the collaborative work by the Regional Australia Institute and the UK Centre for Cities spotlights criteria and data all Australian cities can use to help get themselves investment-ready.
Build on individual strengths

The Regional Australia Institute’s latest work confirms that city population size does not determine economic performance. There is no significant statistical difference between the economic performance of Australia’s big five metro cities (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide) and its 31 regional cities in historical output, productivity and participation rates.

So, regional cities are as well positioned to create investment returns as their big five metro cousins. The same rules apply – investment that builds on existing city strengths and capabilities will produce returns.

No two cities have the same strengths and capabilities. However, regional cities do fall into four economic performance groups – gaining, expanding, slipping, and slow and steady. This helps define the investment focus they might require.

For example, the report finds Fraser Coast (Hervey Bay), Sunshine Coast-Noosa and Gold Coast are gaining cities. Their progress is fuelled by high population growth rates (around 2.7 per cent annually from 2001 to 2013). But stimulating local businesses will deliver big job growth opportunities.

Similarly, the expanding cities of Cairns, Central Coast and Toowoomba are forecast to have annual output growth of 3.2 per cent to 3.9 per cent until 2031, building on strong foundations of business entries. But they need to create more high-income jobs.

Geelong and Ballarat have low annual population growth rates of around 1.2 per cent to 1.5 per cent. They are classified as slow and steady cities. But their relatively high creative industries scores, coupled with robust rates of business entries, means they have great foundations for growth. They need to stimulate local businesses to deliver city growth.

But if there’s no shared vision, or local leaders can’t get along well enough to back a shared set of priorities, or debate is dominated by opinion in spite of evidence, local politics may win the day. Negotiations to secure substantial city investment will then likely fail.

The federal government’s Smart Cities Plan has identified City Deals as the vehicle for investment in regional cities.

This collaborative, cross-portfolio, cross-jurisdictional investment mechanism needs all players working together (federal, state and local government), along with community, university and private sector partners. This leaves no place for dominant single interests at the table.

Clearly, the most organised regional cities ready to deal are those capable of getting collaborative regional leadership and strategic planning.

For example, the G21 region in Victoria (including Greater Geelong, Queenscliffe, Surf Coast, Colac Otway and Golden Plains) has well-established credentials in this area. This has enabled the region to move quickly on City Deal negotiations.

Moving past talk to be investment-ready

There’s $378 billion on the table, but Australia’s capacity to harness it will depend on achieving two key goals.

  • First, shifting the entrenched view that the smart money invests only in our big metro cities. This is wrong. Regional cities are just as well positioned to create investment returns as the big five metro centres.
  • Second, regions need to get “investment-ready” for success. This means they need to be able to collaborate well enough to develop an informed set of shared priorities for investment, supported by evidence and linked to a clear growth strategy that builds on existing economic strengths and capabilities. They need to demonstrate their capacity to deliver.

While there has been much conjecture on the relevance and appropriateness of City Deals in Australia, it is mainly focused on big cities. But both big and small cities drive our national growth.

Source: https://www.domain.com.au/news/bust-the-myths-about-regional-australian-cities-and-look-beyond-the-8216big-58217-for-a-378-billion-return-20170626-gwydu0/



When are you most motivated at work?

Is it coming back from a long vacation? On Mondays after a great Sunday with friends? Or, Fridays when you have a relaxing weekend in store? Is it when you’ve just gotten great feedback from your boss, or had an especially productive meeting?

Chances are it’s a combination of all of the above—and science agrees with you.

More specifically, I’m saying that happier people get more done, and get it done better than most. In fact, a 2015 study at the University of Warwick in the UK found that they’re precisely 12% more productive than the average individual.

In order to test this, participants in the study were either “shown a comedy movie clip or treated to free chocolate, drinks, and fruit” during the experiment, while “others were questioned about recent family tragedies, such as bereavements” to see if emotions played a part in productivity.

This finding may not surprise you—but the alternative might. According to Harvard Business Review, unhappy people are not only less productive than the average individual, they’re costly for companies. To quote HBRauthors Emma Seppala and Kim Cameron:

“In studies by the Queens School of Business and by the Gallup Organization, disengaged workers had 37% higher absenteeism, 49% more accidents, and 60% more errors and defects. In organizations with low employee engagement scores, they experienced 18% lower productivity, 16% lower profitability, 37% lower job growth, and 65% lower share price over time.”

What does this mean for you? For one thing, it’s crucial to not just like your job, but for it to make you happy. And being happy isn’t about the perks, or benefits, or money, but about finding a career that makes you feel fulfilled every day and like you’re contributing to something bigger than yourself.

I know—cheesy—but it’s true!

On the other hand, it also means companies should be investing more in employee happiness—whether that means encouraging flexible schedules or team bonding activities—if they plan on being profitable and sustainable in the long run.

Either way, it’s clear happiness is a big player in success for both companies and employees—and if we set our sights on it, we might be surprised with the result.

Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/its-true-happy-people-are-just-more-productive?ref=carousel-slide-3

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Central Coast Council has welcomed $3m in funding for Tuggerah Lakes Estuary and Catchment Improvement as part of the Federal Government’s Improving Your Local Parks and Environment Program.
These funds will add to the $7m Council has already invested in Tuggerah Lakes in the current financial year, resulting in significant improvements in the water quality across the lakes system.
Council Group Leader Assets, Infrastructure and Business, Mr Mike Dowling, said the funds would be dedicated to whole-of-catchment issues in an effort to reduce the effects of pollutants, litter and environmental vandalism making their way into the lakes.
“This funding will support the ongoing implementation of the Tuggerah Lakes Estuary Management Plan, through stormwater upgrades, foreshore enhancement and a range of streambank, wetland and saltmarsh rehabilitation activities in the estuary catchment,” Mr Dowling said.
“The project will continue to improve water quality, enhance nearshore areas for recreational use, reduce pollutant loads to the estuary, control invasive species in ecologically sensitive areas, encourage sustainable use, and educate the local community about the estuary,” he said.
The project will build on a decade of estuary planning and management that has resulted in a measurable improvement in water quality and ecological condition of Tuggerah Lakes and the catchment.
Council Administrator, Mr Ian Reynolds, said the funding was a clear indication of the lobbying power the new Central Coast Council has, and he is looking forward to more funding flowing to the Coast for the Lakes and other key initiatives.
“The Tuggerah Lakes estuary is a jewel in the crown of the Central Coast, offering a unique environment which is rich in biodiversity and it must be protected,” Mr Reynolds said.
“Council is pleased to have this Federal Government support and it will help Council to continue to invest in monitoring and improving the health of our catchments and waterways.
“We all have a role to play in protecting our unique environment and waterways and I encourage everyone to get involved.”
Residents are urged to report environmental vandalism to Council.
The project will commence in July and will run over three years finishing in July 2020.


Source: http://coastcommunitynews.com.au/2017/06/3m-additional-federal-funding/



Knowing exactly what you’re doing at work is a great feeling. You’re confident, full of ideas, and ready to tackle anything.

Except—lately, you’ve noticed your co-workers seem to be avoiding you. They’re not extending invitations for group projects and you’re pretty sure you caught them rolling their eyes when you speak.

What gives?

The harsh answer is, to quote an old cliché: “nobody likes a know-it-all.” The more nuanced one is that they want to feel good at their jobs, too, and if you swoop in with the right answer all the time, they don’t have that chance.

So, it’s not enough to have the best ideas—you need to pay attention to how you deliver them, too.

On the bright side, a few simple shifts can help you salvage your reputation, and once you do, you’ll have the complete package of good ideas plus thoughtfulness.

Here are three changes you can start making today:

1. Be Patient

When you share your ideas first—especially if they’re strong—you eclipse your teammates’ ability to contribute. Yes, they can still build on what you’ve said or add something different, but your behavior sends a signal that you don’t really care what they have to say. After all, if everyone agreed to go with your plan, there’d be no reason (read: opportunity) to hear anyone else out.

Conversely, when you let others speak first, you’re giving them a chance. It shows that you think they have ideas worth listening to as well.

This strategy does run the risk that someone else will have the same brilliant thought as you, and he or she’ll get credit for it. But, that’s a good thing! If you agree, you can amplify it by saying, “I like Tina’s suggestion,” which’ll go a long way toward repairing the impression that you only value your opinions.

2. Be Open to Questions

One time you have to speak first is when you’re the one leading a discussion. But, as we all know, there are two ways to go about presenting an idea and asking for feedback.

The first is to share your idea and follow up with: “Can’t we all agree this is the best strategy?” Sure, this is a question—but the only answer you’re going for is a one-word “yes.”

The second option is to encourage your teammates to revise your work, by saying, “I’d love your thoughts on this: Do you see any areas for improvement?” Unlike a know-it-all who only looks for people to agree and execute their vision, you’re going out of your way to make a space for others to make valuable contributions. (If you want to dig into this a bit more, I lay out the right and wrong way to ask for feedback here.)

3. Be a Team Player

Truth talk: There’s usually more to being seen as a know-it-all than an excess of good ideas. It often comes with a side of arrogance.

It’s good to be ambitious and push yourself to contribute as meaningfully as possible, but it shouldn’t be at the expense of making your teammates feel like a bunch of runners-up.

So, ask yourself: Do you acknowledge when someone else has a good idea? Do you concede when you’re wrong, and back down when it doesn’t make a difference?

Where you’ve previously searched for holes in people’s ideas, challenge yourself to look for—and comment on—their strengths.

As someone who struggles to avoid coming off this way, I know the insecurities that come along with reining it in. You worry about downplaying all you know, and losing out on opportunities because of it. Or you don’t want to step back from a leadership role in a discussion—even once. Or you’d feel overlooked if someone else gets credit for an idea you were thinking and had forced yourself to hold in.

Here’s the thing: I’m not telling you to silence yourself or hide your genius. If you have an idea and you want to speak up and first, go for it. If you feel strongly about taking a project a certain direction, say so. Just realize you don’t have to operate at that speed all the time. If you pick your moments, you won’t just give others a chance—you’ll find they’ll be more supportive of you, too.

Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/how-to-share-your-brilliant-ideas-at-work-without-coming-off-like-a-knowitall?ref=carousel-slide-0

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Posted by | June 19, 2017 | Weekly Update

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