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New Hunter Valley Jobs website launches

Cessnock City Council is urging businesses to assist in the test phase of a new local jobs portal and list their position vacancies for free. The new website, cessnockjobs.com.au, is being piloted to make hiring easier for Hunter Valley employers and job seekers.   The website is a one-stop online shop where businesses can advertise…

Gender pay gap still ‘disappointing’ in Australia

  This year’s Gender Equality Scorecard by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency has found across all industries that men are still taking home, on average, $25,000 more a year than women. Women are still hitting the glass ceiling at the highest levels. The number of female CEOs has stalled and Australia’s boardroom tables remain dominated…

From the Chambers: December 2019 – Kurri Kurri Towns with Hearts

TOWNS WITH HEART NEWS Two new murals unveiled November saw the completion of two new murals for Kurri Kurri. The Women of World War I mural was created by local artists Peter Sesselmann and Stevi Cannon and is located on the Allworth Street wall of the Kurri Kurri Library. This mural recognises the role of…

Popular furniture chains fined over misleading price

  Four well-known furniture chains have come under criticism for allegedly advertising sham ‘was/now’ sales prices. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has accused them of manipulating prices to create more attractive advertisements. The retailers, including Plush, Koala Living, Early Settler and OzDesign Furniture will each have to pay $12,500 following an investigation by…

If you spend local, Santa will create 62 jobs…

  If each Cessnock resident spends $100 more within the Cessnock Local Government Area this Christmas, the combined impact of this spend would have the potential to add 62 jobs to our local economy. That’s the findings of economic impact modelling by Cessnock City Council’s Economic Development team. If local residents could consciously invest their Christmas spend towards…

Free listings for regional businesses in Christmas campaign

Businesses can list their details on the NSW Government’s Buy Regional hub in the lead up to the Christmas shopping rush.   The NSW Government this week launched a campaign to attract metro-shoppers to buy from the regions. The free online hub includes information to help local businesses create an online presence to sell direct…

Business from biodiversity brainstorm – 19 November

Cessnock City Council is calling on local businesses to take part in a brainstorming workshop to discuss how Cessnock’s biodiversity can be used to market our area and broaden activities available to visitors. The workshop will take place at the Pokolbin Community Hall from 5.30pm to 7pm on Tuesday 19 November and all interested businesses…

Feedback wanted from viticulture stakeholders on Diploma at Kurri TAFE

Over the past 18 months The Industry Skills Council and Skills Impact have conducted a review into the Viticulture Diploma Training Package, which was recently endorsed by the Federal Government. A summary is found below with a request for feedback on the make up of the new course. At the start of this project industry…

Business opportunity – How to become an NDIS provider

One in five people in Australia are identified as having a disability, and many are covered by the NDIS. As a result, there has been an increase in business opportunities to supply goods and services from outside of the service areas traditionally associated with the disability sector.     Types of businesses include: Financial assistance…

Business Energy Advice Program (beap)

Rising energy costs are hurting small businesses across Australia. That’s why the Australian Government is funding two new initiatives, under the Business Energy Advice Program (beap), that aim to help small businesses find energy savings. Whatever business you’re in, their business experts can recommend tailored advice aimed at reducing your energy costs. Whether it’s understanding…

First it was “Champagne,” now other foodstuffs to be renamed

Calling food and beverages produced in Australia by European names could be a thing of the past if the European Union (EU) has anything to say about it.   It started with champagne, now members of the EU want to review a long list of product names in the lead up to the Free Trade…

Winners showcase the valley’s business excellence – From the Chambers

For the second year an entrant from the Professional Services category was not only winner of their category, but also overall winner of the Business of the Year – Palfreyman Chartered Accountants located in Cessnock, who provide a wide range of accountancy and financial planning services. Simone Palfreyman was our 2018 Business Woman of the…

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