Wednesday, 25 January 2012

The Hills. Need for graduate school

The Hills Shire Council is calling on residents to have their say on establishing a graduate school of management in The Sydney Hills. Council has been working in conjunction with local business leaders to investigate the potential demand for a graduate school in the Norwest area by calling on as many people as possible fill in an online survey to determine the capacity for a new higher educational facility and the degree qualifications it should offer.

Council said this would not only be a major coup for Norwest Business Park and The Sydney Hills but an opportunity for local residents to undertake postgraduate studies close to home and work. With an estimated 100,000 new residents coming to the region in the next 20 years, planning for our future needs makes good sense. The survey can be accessed at and only takes two minutes to complete.


Liverpool. Inghams is a winner

Inghams Enterprises, in Liverpool, won the Best Workplace Health and Safety Management System category, in WorkCover’s SafetyWork Awards 2011. Inghams, a household name in food, particularly poultry, employees 2300 people and deals with more than 250 contractors in NSW. Over the past three years, Inghams has achieved a five per cent reduction in claims, a 38 per cent reduction in the number of incidents and a 35 per cent reduction in lost time injuries.


Region. New member on council

Professor Janice Reid, vice-chancellor and president, of University of Western Sydney, and convenor of NSW vice chancellors' committee, has been appointed a member of the NSW Innovation and Productivity Council. The council provides expertise across a wide spectrum including academia, economics and finance, creative industries, science, ICT, robotics, and the community and government sectors.


Parramatta. Banking job losses

Job losses in the Australia banking sector are likely to stymie the growth prospects of listed office landlords in the coming years, UBS analysts predict. The Commonwealth Property Office Fund is the most exposed to bank job losses, with 10.4 per cent of its portfolio leased to the Commonswealth Bank of Australia, and leases expiring in Melbourne and Parramatta in 2014 and 2015, according to The Australian Financial Review.


Rosehill. Application approved

Parramatta City Council has approved an application for the construction of a digital screen to display races and betting information at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse. The screen will have a height of two metres and surface width of 440 square metres.