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


A truck load of Maitland’s finest hay is on its way to Queensland to help nourish stock battling drought stricken conditions.

Rutherford-Telarah Rotary Club member Glen Lewis and his wife Maree are driving 38 round bales of hay 1800 kilometres north to Muttaburra in central west Queensland with the Burrumbuttock hay runners.

They are also carrying bags of dog food students from Rutherford Technology High School, Kurri Kurri High School, Cardiff High School and Lake Macquarie High School collected to help feed the canines on the land.

The convoy started at Darlington Point on Thursday morning and moved on to Cobar where the Lewis’ met them.

Another 40 trucks joined the convoy at Bourke en route to Wyandra where they spent Thursday night.

Small communities along the route have backed the cause and organised meals for the drivers.

Eighty per-cent of Queensland is in drought. The state has been suffering dry conditions for years, but it has been severe since 2014.
Mr Lewis said the hay donations wouldn’t solve the problem, but it sent a strong message to the farmers who were dealing with the emotional, mental and financial stress of the situation.

He said 18 round bales were donated from farm land around Maitland and the rotary club bought another 20 at a discounted rate.

He said dry conditions across the Hunter in recent months had made it harder for farmers to spare a lot of hay.

“We’re really pleased with the 38 we’ve been able to get,” he said.

“It’s a good cause, it’s showing them we’re here to help and to let them know that people care.

“These are small rural communities who are suffering through the drought, and some of them are suffering in silence.”

This is the 12th time a convoy of hay has traveled to Queensland. It started in 2014 when a group of men decided to do something to help farmers in need.

Some of the trucks have left the hay run this year to deliver hay to areas devastated by fire in NSW.

Mr Lewis is driving his show truck and borrowed a trailer from a friend to make the journey possible.

The hay will be unloaded within 12 hours and delivered to farmers in need.

He is looking forward to meeting some of the landholders.

“The look on people’s faces will be satisfying,” he said.

“They’ve been in a long drought, that would be very tough for them.”

Source: http://www.maitlandmercury.com.au/story/4487707/citys-hay-dog-food-joins-burrumbuttock-hay-run-photosmap/

Weekly Jobs Update

Posted by | February 17, 2017 | Weekly Update

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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


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

Is it time to consider outsourcing aspects of your HR function?

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

What our clients are saying

When Tim Mackew of Versatile Resourcing started working with Australian Hose and Fittings Pty Ltd, their turnover was $150K per month.   At the end of September 2016 Versatile Resourcing received this message from the owner/MD:

“Hi Tim, I just wanted to thank you for all the effort and passion you put into AHF.  Because of your continued dedication to our team we have broken our last record ending the month of September 2016 at $962,000.00. How good is that! Have a great long weekend Cheers AL”

To receive a free, no obligation, consultation you can email Versatile Resourcing on service@versatileresourcing.com.

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

Weekly Jobs Update

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

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THE region’s largest support group for mentors will present 26 scholarships to deserving students across the Hunter this month.

And, in 2017, it will all take place at the Parade Ring room of the Newcastle Harness Racing Club on Tuesday, February 21, from 1.30pm

Since the first two scholarships were presented in 2008, Mentor Support Network (MSN) has supported 149 pupils from Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Port Stephens, Upper Hunter, Cessnock, Dungog and Muswellbrook.

Incoming chair Jon Chin says the educational scholarships would not be possible without the generous backing of their sponsors.

“This year marks the 10th anniversary since the scholarship program began,” Mr Chin said.

“The support from the wider business community and industry enables us to offer a real lifeline to help keep students at school.”

The scholarships are designed to assist eligible secondary or tertiary level students aged 15 years or older with their educational expenses.

Scholarships are granted to those students who demonstrate the drive and determination to achieve educational goals while experiencing a level of hardship.

Established in 2005, Mentor Support Network supports youth development organisations in the Hunter by providing regular networking events, annual forums, scholarship programs and youth mentor training.

Source: http://www.huntervalleynews.net.au/story/4456750/a-decade-of-youth-mentoring-support/


Owners of high-end vineyards in the Hunter Valley have been selling up, with two more luxury properties at Pokolbin hitting agents’ books in January.

‘The Longhouse’ off Palmers Lane is expected to fetch around $1.65 million and the nearby Iron Gate Estate has been listed for between $8 and $10 million.

But despite the surge in new stock, agents say there is no danger oversupply could dampen prices.

“There’s been a higher number of properties for sale in the higher price range than in the previous four or five months,” agent Cain Beckett of Jurd’s Real Estate said. “But demand is outstripping supply. There are many more buyers than there are sellers and that’s why the prices are so strong at the moment.”

Mr Beckett said that like the residential market, the main driver of demand was increasing levels of interest from Sydney buyers escaping an overheated market.

“People are cashing out of the Sydney market and doing a tree change,” he said.

“They can get a lot more for their money up here. These are not high end purchases in these buyers’ minds.”

The Iron Gate Estate features a palatial four-bedroom home on a 36 acre block, complete with mature vineyards, a commercial winery, olive grove and cellar door.

The Mediterranean-style mansion accommodates a home gym, media room and swimming pool.

“That property is really a lifestyle change one. I suspect the buyer would live there or use it as a weekender and employ an operator for the commercial side of things,” Mr Beckett said.

‘The Longhouse’ is at the top end of the Hunter Valley’s accommodation market and sits on a 25 acre parcel, overlooking its own boutique chardonnay vineyard.

It consists of three eco-friendly luxury villas, designed and built almost entirely by a group of architecture students from the University of Newcastle.

FOR SALE: The Longhouse

The sleek, modern theme was inspired by the traditional Australian woolshed; and the materials used in construction were even sourced from a 130-year-old woolshed in Western Australia.

“The interest in the Longhouse has been some of the strongest we’ve had,” Mr Beckett said.

Source: http://www.theherald.com.au/story/4435066/high-end-wineries-hit-the-market/?cs=305



One of Australia’s favourite holidays is a caravan and camping getaway and there is no better place to find all the latest RV products, accessories and holiday destinations than the 2017 Newcastle Caravan, Camping and Holiday Expo.

Each year, the industry’s peak body, the Caravan & Camping Industry Association (CCIA) NSW, stages an amazing caravan and camping showcase at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre and Showground, and this year it’s being extended to a four-day event.

“For the first time we will be operating the Expo over four days – from Thursday, February 9 to Sunday   February 12  – giving plenty of time to check out over 170 exhibitors on display,” CCIA CEO Lyndel Gray said.

“Our Newcastle Expo is our largest event in regional NSW, and the extra day will give more people more time to browse hundreds of caravans, motorhomes, campervans, camper trailers, tents and camping equipment, accessories and holiday park displays.

“Australians are taking record numbers of domestic holidays and the latest industry data shows there has been strong growth in NSW’s caravan and camping sector, with visitor nights up 22 per cent over the past 12 months.

“Our caravan and camping Expos are a fantastic place to browse, research, review and buy all the latest caravan and camping products in one convenient place.

“It’s a great opportunity to compare the huge range of brands and products on display and  speak to the experts who can help inspire your next holiday.”

Now in its seventh year of operation, the Expo will have  plenty of entertainment and activities for the kids, including a jumping castle, fairy face painter and  rides along with free towing demonstrations.

The Newcastle Caravan, Camping and Holiday Expo is on at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre and Showground and  open from 9am – 5pm (closes 4pm Sunday).

Tickets can be purchased at the gates: adult tickets $15, concession $10 and children 16 and under free when accompanied by an adult. There is free onsite parking, and a free shuttle service operates from Hunter Stadium.

Pick up your free reusable shopping bag to carry your free copy of the latest 2017 NSW Holiday Parks & Products Guide with information on over 400 Holiday Parks and more than 200 products and service providers.

Source: http://www.theherald.com.au/story/4443527/expo-adds-an-extra-day/?cs=5070


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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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.

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/

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A COUPLE of Upper Hunter companies are eyeing off the 2017 Hunter Safety Awards.

A panel of industry experts and sponsor representatives recently chose the finalists, with the winners – across 11 categories – being announced at a gala event on Friday, March 17, at the Newcastle Exhibition & Conference Centre (NEX).

Launched in 2016, the Hunter Safety Awards were developed to highlight and acknowledge companies and individuals within the region who are demonstrating best-practice and innovative approaches when it comes to workplace health and safety (WHS).

Awards founder Sarah-Jane Dunford said it was a rigorous process, with a number of close decisions.

“Just like last year, we were very impressed with the range of WHS initiatives being undertaken by organisations and individuals across the region,” she said.

“The finalists represent a wide range of industries and sectors and the calibre of entries was impressive.

“It was an honour to be able to read about and research how companies are developing world-first products or creating a culture of change for their organisation or inspiring others to embrace WHS.”

The Hunter Safety Awards are supported by a range of local, national and international sponsors.

“Our major partner, Blackwoods, has returned for the second year of the awards, and without them we wouldn’t be able to recognise and reward our finalists and eventual winners,” Ms Dunford continued.

“We are also supported by 10 awards sponsors including University of Newcastle, Laing O’Rourke, Greencap, WesTrac, Lifestyle Cleaning Services, 3M, KONE, Hunter TAFE, uvex, John Holland Rail.

“We are expecting a large crowd for the event, not only to support the finalists and celebrate the winners, but also to network with other WHS professionals, as there is no specific networking event in the Hunter.”

Tickets are available for the event by visiting www.huntersafetyawards.com.au

The 2017 Hunter Safety Award finalists are listed (alphabetically) below:

Organisations –

Airspeed Aviation

Anglican Care

Asset Training

Body & Mind 2000

Compass Housing


DADM Enterprises

Hunter Engineering and Fabrication

Hunter TAFE


Laing O’Rourke


Mahtech Industries

Mainstream Industries

Newcastle Men’s Shed

Newcastle Rescue and Consultancy


Port Stephens Council

Programmed Skilled

Service Stream



Training Wheels

Valley Electrical & Air


Individuals –

James Brown

John Hamson

Kim Skeffington

Lauren Meldrum

Leah Pringle

Lee Oakman

Lindsay Holt

Steven Whitehead

Source: http://www.huntervalleynews.net.au/story/4425542/finalists-revealed/

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Posted by | January 28, 2017 | Weekly Update

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THE new year has brought a smattering of new childcare businesses in Newcastle, with most citing demand for a growing shortage of vacancies in the region as their motivator.

Warners Bay centre Little Beginnings has opened its second, 92-place facility in Hillsborough Road and newcomer Creative Childcare has opened in Kotara with plans to open at least five centres in Newcastle and surrounds this year. In Waratah, purpose-built The Hub is run by veteran educators Raylee Davies and Nicole Denzin, who opened their first The Hub centre in Mayfield a year ago.

The pair met while teaching at Belmont Christian College and job-shared the role of director of Mayfield Community Preschool.

A restructure of government funding two years ago that potentially threatened the pre-school’s numbers led she and Mrs Denzin to start The Hub, which offers long day care hours and a focus on “holistic” quality care.

It opened on January 9 and is taking new enrolments.

“Council is saying there is demand, well we are not full and I am concerned but I feel happy because we are at 50 per cent capacity and we have only been open three days,” says Mrs Denzin.

A council spokesperson said council had received 24 development applications with a reference to child care in the past year. Of those, 15 have been approved, with one refused and nine still to be determined.

The Hub aspires for childcare that goes beyond best practice and its “heart and vision”, says Mrs Davies, is “that we become an extension of home for our families and children”.  It has seven rooms and “free flow” design, with indoor rooms all connected to the outdoors to maximise interaction between the two spaces in a natural setting.

Creative Childcare co-founder Craig Neil said the business will add as many as 400 places in planned centres in Newcastle, Warabrook and Hamilton this year.

“We want to raise the bar in the provision of childcare in the area,” he said.

The centre incorporates creative learning principles including music, art, dance and food into its curriculum.

Source: http://www.theherald.com.au/story/4411301/growth-spurt-in-care/?cs=4200


Aldi is on schedule to open its third Maitland supermarket in September.

The company will open in The Hunter Mall on The Levee in September.

Fairfax Media announced plans for the supermarket earlier this month after a liquour licence application revealed Aldi’s plans to move into The Hunter Mall and not into a property it owns in Elgin Street, the site of the former Sam’s Warehouse.

The application had been publicly displayed between Kmart and Best and Less, where the store will ultimately open its doors.

A spokesperson for The Hunter Mall owners said the move is not only great news for businesses in the mall but for The Levee as a whole.

“The company is working towards a September opening but there is still a lot of tenancy works that have to be carried out between now and then,” the spokesperson said.

“There are a couple of development applications that still have to go before council and then the store will have to be fitted out.”

The spokesperson said the inclusion of Aldi in The Hunter Mall has the potential to increase revenue in the centre by about 30 per cent.

“Everyone is very positive about the news and it goes to show the confidence big companies do have in Maitland.

“This was a much sought after site with a few businesses vying for the tenancy,” the spokesperson said.

Asked what Aldi’s plans were for the former Sam’s site, the spokesperson said to “watch this space.”

Aldi announced on January 4 it was pleased to confirm the company had reached an agreement with the owners of The Hunter Mall to take up a tenancy opportunity in the centre in mid 2017.

The news was applauded by long time Maitland businessman Patrick Lane of Ken Lane Menswear.

“This will be great for the CBD, fantastic and will further consolidate our position as a relevant centre.

“Aldi will bring more people back into the heart of the city,” Mr Lane said.

The Hunter Mall spokesperson said the delivery of an Aldi in the centre further “secures and anchors” the centre’s position as a new and vibrant shopping location.

“In an environment of uncertainty people will now see us as a place to come for a first class shopping experience.

“We’re expecting to draw customers from the wider Hunter Valley and Cessnock,” the spokesperson said.

“It’s a full house now.”

Source: http://www.maitlandmercury.com.au/story/4424118/third-aldi-city-revenue-booster/


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

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Posted by | January 20, 2017 | Weekly Update

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The announcement that cinema giant Hoyts has signed on to run the new movie complex as part of Stockland’s major revamp of its Green Hills shopping centre is another sign that there’s growing confidence in business in the Lower Hunter.

Stockland confirmed on Tuesday that Hoyts would run the seven-screen movie theatre in the new-look shopping hub in Maitland’s east, which is expected to be complete in mid 2018.

Fairfax Media reported previously that the $412 million redevelopment will feature a David Jones department store, JB HiFi, Target, Big W, dozens of specialty stores and a revamped dining and entertainment area.

When work on the upgrades began last February, centre manager Chris Travers told Fairfax Media that Stockland wanted to continue the momentum in Green Hills, which was one of the company’s busiest shopping centres, had built.

While the arrival of Hoyts will represent competition for some businesses – just as the revamped Green Hills shopping precinct will present an alternative to other shopping destinations in the Maitland area – ultimately such an investment is a clear indication of confidence in this region’s economy.

The redevelopment has been estimated to generate more than 2285 jobs – some of those during construction and others in the resulting shopping centre.

Given this region’s recent history with high unemployment, as well as repeated questions about the future of mining and the flow-on effects this could have on business, this confidence is just what the doctor ordered.

And you don’t have to extend your gaze far to see similar confidence blossoming throughout the Maitland area.

Foot traffic in The Levee appears to have grown significantly – with work on the long awaited Riverlink Building taking place, anticipation of the arrival of a new-look city centre is peaking.

There appear to be far fewer empty shopfronts in High Street compared with the situation a couple of years ago, and the recent confirmation that international supermarket behemoth Aldi plans to set up shop in Hunter Mall, near Kmart, also show that business and economic momentum in this region is building.

For an area that is experiencing rapid population growth, that’s a comforting thing. These are all good signs for the Lower Hunter’s economy.


We can all name a passive-aggressive person right now. Whether it’s the friend who takes forever to get back to your texts, or the roommate who subtly puts your dirty dishes on your bed, or even the co-worker who says hi to everyone but you in the morning.

Unlike the first two examples, the co-worker poses more of problem because we can’t just distance ourselves from them.

Amy Gallo recently wrote an article in the Harvard Business Review laying out the best way to deal with this issue. Besides the obvious suggestions to not overreact, make a big angry deal about it, or behave passive aggressively yourself, Gallo shares author Amy Su’s advice: The most important thing to remember is that, often, it’s not about you:

People who routinely act in a passive-aggressive way aren’t necessarily complete jerks. It could be that they don’t know how to communicate or are afraid of conflict…There’s also a self-centeredness to it. ‘They make the flawed assumption that others should know what they’re feeling and that their needs and preferences are more important than others’.

 Once you come to terms with the fact that that person might not be intentionally behaving this way toward you, you can address it with a clearer head. As Gallo suggests, focus on the crux of the problem, not the way it’s stated.

For example, if your co-worker huffs that you “Never listen to her anyways” in meetings, maybe that’s a signal that her opinion often goes ignored by others. Or, if your deskmate always tends to push your supplies off their desk, maybe they’re just struggling to find their own space in the crowded open office.

Thinking of it this way gives you two choices: You can just take action and do a better job at keeping your desk contained to just your desk. Or, you can say something. That doesn’t mean being confrontational, but rather conversational in the moment.

For example, the next time you see your colleague push a folder back on your desk, speak up.

“I didn’t realize that was on your desk. Sorry my stuff keeps spilling over, I’ll do a better job of staying on top of it.”

Or, in the case of the person who complains in meetings, you can say, “I’m sorry if I’ve made you feel that way, I actually really want your opinion on this.”

By acknowledging the problem without escalating it, you’re turning the situation from a passive-aggressive one to an open and honest one. And by doing that, you can set the standards of an appropriate and respectful workplace interaction. You’d be surprised how powerful your actions can be.

Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-mindset-change-thatll-help-you-deal-with-a-passiveaggressive-coworker?ref=carousel-slide-3

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Posted by | January 13, 2017 | Update, Weekly Update

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The Hunter Valley Tourist Centre in New South Wales is normally a hub for wine tasting and getting directions, but is now offering career routes for the region’s unemployed youth thanks to an innovative employment program.

The Cessnock Council-run program at the visitor centre provides on-the-spot training and courses, such as the Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA), to young people searching for employment.

It was established after the region was discovered to have one the highest levels of youth unemployment in the state. In 2015 more than one in five young people aged 20 to 24 were without work in the region.

Economic manager for Cessnock Council, Jane Holdsworth, said the visitor centre was the perfect location for training on the job.

“We have the ability with retail, with the visitor services, we have a wine centre and we have a cafe here, so it’s ideal to have all the kids to come in here and to learn all sorts of things,” she said.

She is now calling for the program to be rolled out nationally, saying it has had a 100 per cent success rate in its infancy.

‘We all found jobs within a week’

One participant in the $100,000 youth employment program, Kirra Moore, 20, said without the training she would still be desperately job hunting.

“I was in the course with four other people and we’ve actually all found jobs a week out of finishing,” she told the ABC’s 7.30 program.

It is programs like these that have helped the unemployment rate fall by more than 10 per cent in the region.

But in the NSW region of Shoalhaven, where youth unemployment sits at 21 per cent, young people are crying out for whatever help they can get.

Brendon Reed is 21 and jobless, and wishes opportunities like those in Cessnock were extended across the state.

Youth employment at historic low

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, employment rates of people aged 20 to 24 are at an historic low at 39 per cent in 2016, down from 54 per cent before the global financial crisis.

The figures, averaged out over 2016, show the hardest places to get work are all in Queensland, including outback Queensland which has a 29 per cent youth unemployment rate, Cairns (28 per cent), and Wide Bay (24 per cent).

Federal Labor spokesman for employment, Brendan O’Connor, said the Government needed to be doing more to help school leavers and university graduates be fully equipped for working life.

“It is critical the Government focusses on providing opportunities for young people and the only way to do that is grow the economy to instil business confidence to make sure [business owners] are employing [young people].”

In April the Turnbull Government will launch its internship program that will offer four to 12 weeks in unpaid work for jobseekers, but Mr O’Connor said he was concerned the program could be rife for exploitation.

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-10/visitor-centre-providing-direction-for-unemployed-youths/8172778


This article highlights how the simple act of recognising the performance of your colleagues can become part of a positive workplace culture.

An Easy Way To Make Your Workplace Happier In 2017: Recognize Your Colleagues More For Their Work

Some of the most common New Year’s resolutions are to lose weight, save more money and live life to the fullest. But this year, consider adopting one that will cost little time or effort and will make you and your co-workers happier: pledge to recognize your colleagues more often for their work. Human resources consulting firm O.C. Tanner recently released data on the state of employee recognition, and FORBES spoke with its vice president of marketing, Gary Beckstrand, about how to give recognition effectively.

Late last year O.C. Tanner surveyed nearly 3,500 employees of large companies and found that 29% hadn’t given recognition to a co-worker over the past month. Among non-managers, the figure was 36%.

Another recent study found that more than 50% of Americans want more recognition from supervisors, and 43% want more recognition from colleagues. And research shows recognition is a great motivator. Among the factors that drive employees to produce great work, recognition was the biggest lever, according to a O.C. Tanner-commissioned report.

Tips For Recognizing Your Colleagues

Given the need for more recognition, how can you deliver it effectively? O.C. Tanner vice president Gary Beckstrand shared best practices for making your messages sink in.

“Be timely,” he says. Recognize good work as quickly as possible. It makes your comments more relevant and powerful, and it increases the likelihood that you’ll complete the important task.

“Recognition is most meaningful when delivered publicly among co-workers,” adds Beckstrand. Go to an employee’s desk and recognize her among her peers. If some employees prefer to receive feedback in private, certainly grant their request, but for others, socializing the feedback boosts their reputation. It also broadcasts a culture of recognition.

Beckstrand’s third tip is to be specific. Acknowledge the action the employee took and the results. Explain how it benefited the company and connected to a larger business objective. These details will add depth to your message and make it stick.

Best Practices For Managers And HR Professionals

Executives and HR professionals should design recognition programs that everyone—not just managers—can participate in. “Provide little or no-cost opportunities to say thank you, like e-cards,” says Beckstrand. In O.C. Tanner’s survey, among people who often give recognition, more than 90% said their team had a formal recognition program that was easy to use and well-publicized by their organization. Social media-style recognition websites can be effective.

But don’t let tech tools dominate your recognition strategy. “Social media can drive recognition awareness quickly. But sometimes that limits the meaningfulness of the recognition,” says Beckstrand. Giving face-to-face feedback is critical and should be done often. Weekly team meetings are great opportunities to recognize an employee in front of her colleagues.

HR and senior managers should train junior managers and employees on how to give recognition, and shouldn’t position recognition as another HR to-do. Explain why it’s valuable—for instance, it can help an employee reach his goals by making his team more productive. And keep managers accountable. Check in and ask them who they recognized this week.

Lastly, don’t let HR be the only department pulling the company toward more recognition. “You need representation from all levels of the organization to come together, participate, provide input and help design the program,” says Beckstrand. Ask leaders to model the ideal behavior.

Source: http://www.versatileresourcing.com/easy-way-make-workplace-happier-2017-recognize-colleagues-work/ Source: Jeff Kauflin, http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffkauflin/2017/01/04/an-easy-way-to-make-your-workplace-happier-in-2017-recognize-your-colleagues-more-for-their-work/#2578b14620dd

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Posted by | January 6, 2017 | Update, Weekly Update

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Welcome to our first jobs update for 2017!  We wish you lots of success in your career this year.  Whether you’re actively looking, just keeping an eye out for something special or keeping your friends and family up to date, we have all the latest jobs right here!


While the hospitality and retail industry are experiencing their busiest period of the year, for some it is a chance to consolidate plans for the year ahead.

The Hunter Business Chamber is a significant voice in this region, as we advocate across many issues for small and large businesses. It is exciting to see urban renewal forging ahead in the city, but equally we continue to experience growth across the entire region. Appropriate infrastructure is important to support this growth and skilled labour is an essential part of this.

While the Hunter has experienced a steady climb in the number of apprentices starting this year, it is not true across the rest of the state. Generally speaking, apprenticeship rates are in decline and the system is in need of reform. This is outlined in the NSW Business Chamber’s “Thinking Business” report, Laying the Foundations for Apprenticeship Reform.

While some increase in apprentices has been seen, employers report a lack of job readiness and adaptability on the part of workers starting out in their trade. Findings in the June 2016 quarter National Centre for Vocational Education Research report show employers are increasingly turning to other sources of labour.

One of the issues is a misguided perception by young people, parents and, often, careers advisors, that an apprenticeship isn’t a desirable career pathway. This is interesting when figures show 85.5 per cent of apprentices have full-time jobs six months after completing their training, compared to only 68 per cent of recent university graduates. Conversations with our young people need to acknowledge there are many pathways a career can take. Skilled trades are crucial to our economy and will continue to offer great prospects across a wide range of industries.

The NSW Business Chamber proposes a new apprenticeship model involving a year of general industry training before moving to a specialisation, much like the model for undergraduate degrees. Other recommendations include improved vocational training by schools, a national industry led careers advice service, targeted incentive payments and job ready initiatives.

Changing the face of apprenticeship systems and working more closely with stakeholders will improve participation and retention rates and provide greater involvement by industry, delivering a valuable job ready workforce for the future.

Source: http://www.theherald.com.au/story/4379321/skilled-labour-vital-for-future/


In case you just woke up from a very long nap and missed it, 2017 is officially here! Everyone you know is making New Year’s resolutions to work out more often, eat less fried foods, and find a job that pays them one billion dollars a year to do the exact thing they want to do.

You probably roll your eyes every time you read a status along these lines, and when you do, I have a feeling it makes you think that making these resolutions is an exercise in futility. I’m as much of a skeptic as the next person, but there are a few things I know you can achieve by the end of the year.

1. You Can Stop Thinking About Networking and Just Do It

How many times have you bumped into someone you knew and said, “Hey, this was great. Let’s set up some more time to talk about what I want to do with the rest of my life,” only to see three months go by before you even think about following up?

I’m not here to give you a hard time for ghosting anyone you intended to connect with. But at the same time, this is an ideal time to be more intentional about staying in touch with your network.

If you meet with someone and feel the urge to say that you’ll reach out to set up some time, stop yourself and just schedule the meeting in that moment. If you can’t commit to doing this, don’t feel guilty about not throwing out the “Let’s catch up” line to close a conversation.

Nobody will hold it against you for not offering to meet whenever you run into each other, I promise.

2. You Can Look For New Career Development Opportunities

I get it—sometimes it feels like there are so many options out there to “boost your career” that it’s impossible to narrow them down and make any progress. But, as daunting as it might seem, the truth is that simply looking at your options is a great way to kick-start some serious career growth.

You can sit down and create a list of all the options out there—courses, books, career coaches. And you can just pick one and follow through.

Whether that requires you to create calendar events for yourself (with annoying reminders) to keep at it, leave Post-it notes around your place, or have a friend text you every week checking in—get started by surrounding yourself with as much encouragement as you need to make this one thing happen.

Sure, you might find hundreds of classes and thousands of books that aren’t relevant to what you want to accomplish this year. But when you find the one thing that inspires you to dig a little deeper, you’ll be amazed by how motivated you’ll be to keep going.

3. You Can Take a Hard Look at How You Feel About Your Current Job

You might like your job right now. In fact, if you’re lucky, you might really like it. But there will come a time when you like it a little bit less, and a little bit less, and a little bit less—until one day you wake up and want to quit.

Avoid that feeling of “How the heck did I get here?” by setting regular checkpoints for yourself throughout the year (and creating actual events on your calendar that’ll pop and and remind you).

On each of these days, ask yourself the following questions

  1. Was I happy to come into the office this week?
  2. Have I done anything recently that I’m proud of?
  3. Does my current path still fit my long-term goals?

As long as you can keep answering yes, keep on cruising. But the first time you have to pause and think for a second, it’s time to have a heart-to-heart with yourself on what you want your next step to be (whether that’s addressing a problem or starting to make small moves).

If you want to set some lofty goals for your career this year, I’m not going to stop you. But there’s nothing wrong with going easy on yourself and setting a few achievable resolutions.

Remember: If you run into any roadblocks along the way, try not to let it get you too down for too long. The beauty of these options is that they’re ongoing and it’s hard to fall behind.

Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/3-things-i-know-you-can-accomplish-this-year?ref=carousel-slide-1

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Posted by | December 22, 2016 | Weekly Update

Here is your last Weekly Jobs Update for 2016!  The team at Jobs In The Hunter wish you a very Happy Christmas and Joyous New Year!


Newcastle is a city experiencing a time of momentous redevelopment and growth and is considered the heartbeat of the Hunter. As Australia’s seventh largest city, Newcastle boasts an enviable lifestyle renowned for its stunning beaches, rich maritime history, vibrant arts culture, eclectic bars and acclaimed restaurants.

This positive growth has shifted the city from its prior disposition as an industrial hub to one of the top 10 cities in the world, according to Lonely Planet in 2011. It is also ranked the sixth most visited place in Australia, attracting more than 9.6 million visitors per year.

Newcastle has recently been the beneficiary of a surge in investment activity, largely stimulated by the $6.55 billion State Government investment mandate which has brought to light the new light rail system on Hunter Street, the new transport interchange at Wickham, construction of the Newcastle City University Campus and more.

Colliers International Director Residential Project Marketing Dane Crawford said that sales to Sydney metropolitan based investors have swelled to 20% of total market transactions, up from 5% in 2011.

As Sydney-siders continue their pursuit for stronger yields outside of the Sydney metro area, this has resulted in significant compression of yields in Newcastle. Symptomatically, price growth has now outstripped Sydney’s annual house price growth of 10.2% by 1.3%, currently sitting at 11.5%.

Why Newcastle?

Located on the eastern coastline of Australia, Newcastle presents a combination of city, metropolitan and regional living opportunities. It features golden beaches, world famous surfing, major shopping centres, boutique markets and world-class golf courses.

“Inspired by lifestyle and driven by opportunity, Newcastle is now entering a rising market. Acquiring the 2017 V8 Supercars has raised the domestic and international profile of Newcastle and has been the city’s biggest opportunity to invest in world-class infrastructure and drive an increase in visitation,” Crawford said.

There has also been government input with the NSW Government’s Urban Renewal Strategy for Newcastle in place, which according to the Property Council has raised confidence within the property market resulting in an influx of investors. Cutting-edge developers are now highly aware of Newcastle’s capability, and thanks to the government’s involvement in development it means the private sector is able to take more investment risk.


Redevelopment And Growth Make Newcastle Ripe For Sydney Investors




Newcastle is a city experiencing a time of momentous redevelopment and growth and is considered the heartbeat of the Hunter. As Australia’s seventh largest city, Newcastle boasts an enviable lifestyle renowned for its stunning beaches, rich maritime history, vibrant arts culture, eclectic bars and acclaimed restaurants.

This positive growth has shifted the city from its prior disposition as an industrial hub to one of the top 10 cities in the world, according to Lonely Planet in 2011. It is also ranked the sixth most visited place in Australia, attracting more than 9.6 million visitors per year.

Newcastle has recently been the beneficiary of a surge in investment activity, largely stimulated by the $6.55 billion State Government investment mandate which has brought to light the new light rail system on Hunter Street, the new transport interchange at Wickham, construction of the Newcastle City University Campus and more.

Colliers International Director Residential Project Marketing Dane Crawford said that sales to Sydney metropolitan based investors have swelled to 20% of total market transactions, up from 5% in 2011.

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As Sydney-siders continue their pursuit for stronger yields outside of the Sydney metro area, this has resulted in significant compression of yields in Newcastle. Symptomatically, price growth has now outstripped Sydney’s annual house price growth of 10.2% by 1.3%, currently sitting at 11.5%.

Why Newcastle?

Located on the eastern coastline of Australia, Newcastle presents a combination of city, metropolitan and regional living opportunities. It features golden beaches, world famous surfing, major shopping centres, boutique markets and world-class golf courses.

“Inspired by lifestyle and driven by opportunity, Newcastle is now entering a rising market. Acquiring the 2017 V8 Supercars has raised the domestic and international profile of Newcastle and has been the city’s biggest opportunity to invest in world-class infrastructure and drive an increase in visitation,” Crawford said.

There has also been government input with the NSW Government’s Urban Renewal Strategy for Newcastle in place, which according to the Property Council has raised confidence within the property market resulting in an influx of investors. Cutting-edge developers are now highly aware of Newcastle’s capability, and thanks to the government’s involvement in development it means the private sector is able to take more investment risk.

NSW Government's Urban Renewal Strategy for Newcastle

“The Council says the State Government’s Urban Renewal Strategy has sparked high levels of investment interest in the CBD, both in commercial and residential property,” Crawford said.


Meanwhile, Newcastle’s city centre is developing its own character and identity that reflects the needs and aspirations for ‘Novocastrians’ and Sydney investors alike. The architectural rescue of heritage buildings, such as the Herald Building in the East End, preserves Newcastle’s industrial heritage, simultaneously entrapping the city’s need for innovative architectural design.

Contained within a high quality urban environment which is designed for future improvement, Newcastle is built upon vibrant and emerging businesses that thrive on innovation and creativity to generate a new sustainable community. Increased amounts of people working in the private sector means amplified disposable income thus Newcastle’s economy has long-term capability to thrive.

“Investors are attracted to the convenience of inner city residency and the lifestyle opportunities it affords them in a commodified bundle,” Crawford said.

“The upward shift in price points over the last five years has placed Newcastle directly on investors’ map as a viable alternative to Sydney life.

“Despite the mining subsidence, the city of Newcastle remains beneficiary of noteworthy capital projects investment.”

Crawford went on to say that Newcastle offers authentic employment and lifestyle opportunities for Sydney-siders that are priced out of the market and as a result are rapidly penetrating the property market.

“Despite the mining subsidence, the city of Newcastle remains beneficiary of noteworthy capital projects investment.”

Crawford went on to say that Newcastle offers authentic employment and lifestyle opportunities for Sydney-siders that are priced out of the market and as a result are rapidly penetrating the property market.



A school student from Newcastle, New South Wales, has been awarded a scholarship to study and perform the works of Shakespeare alongside some of Australia’s leading actors.

Joel Okumu, a 17-year-old student at Newcastle’s St Francis Xavier’s College, was one of three students from around Australia awarded the scholarship by the Bell Shakespeare theatre company.

The company said the scholarship aimed to give aspiring actors from regional Australia an opportunity to learn from leading Shakespearean actors in order to help them develop their careers.

From Uganda to Newcastle

Joel arrived in Australia from his native Uganda in 2004.

He said his passion for acting and Shakespeare was born from a love of the English language.

“I’m a weird kid, so I can be weird and I can act in a way where nobody will say it’s rude to ‘do this’ or ‘do that’,” he said of his love of acting.

“I get to express myself [and] I’ve always been a big fan of English and how English is written and spoken.”

Learning from leading actors

As one of the scholarship winners, Joel will travel to Sydney for a week in January 2017, where he will take part in a masterclass, backstage tour, and watch rehearsals at the theatre company.

He will also be mentored by Bell Shakespeare’s founding artistic director John Bell.

“[I'm hoping to take away] new skills, crazy new skills,” Joel said.

“If I can learn how to do some crazy acting ability skill that Bell can teach me, I’ll love it. It will be awesome.”

Joel said he hoped to one-day act in major productions, but was aware of the competitive nature of the theatre industry.

“I’m hoping it can take me to a lot of places — maybe a scene, maybe a show, maybe a movie … It’ll take a lot of hard work to get to that,” he said.

“It is very competitive but also, when there’s a lot of competition, there’s a lot of bad people.

“All you have to do is get yourself in a certain area where there’s a lot of bad people … [and] you can actually outshine the bad people.”

Joel said he was resigned to having to leave Newcastle for acting opportunities in the future.

“Newcastle is still a developing city, so I’ll probably have to move around Australia, or maybe even go overseas to another country,” he said.

“[We need to] promote acting more. Anyone can open up a school in acting, and the competition in Newcastle is not that much.

“You can do a lot with acting — even a lot of academies are opening up, and that’s the only way to promote acting.

“I know a lot of kids want to become actors, singers… They’ll be inspired.

“You appreciate the fact that they came from this city, and that’s how you do it.”

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-08/bell-shakespeare-theatre-company-awards-scholarship/8104276