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City dwellers could halve their mortgage and commuting distance

Residents of outer suburbs in some of Australia’s biggest cities would be financially better off living in regional centres, new research shows. City dwellers could take a slight pay cut to drastically reduce their mortgage by moving to regional towns, according to a new Regional Australia Institute (RAI) report. The institute’s Co-Chief Executive Dr Kim…

Major Grant secured for Kurri Kurri

$3.65 million secured for Kurri Kurri commercial centre upgrade Cessnock City Council has secured $3.65 million under the NSW Government’s Restart NSW Resources for Regions Fund to commence the Commercial Centre Masterplan for Kurri Kurri. The Masterplan was developed in consultation with the community to meet the evolving needs of Kurri Kurri residents. The upgrades…

Want to have your say on the future of the local vineyard district?

Cessnock City Council is encouraging residents, visitors and businesses to undertake a quick survey about the Cessnock Local Government Area (LGA) Vineyard District. Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent encouraged people to take the time to provide their views. “The results of the survey will help guide future policy development for the Vineyards District. Council…

A clean tax record is required to tender for major government contracts

Clean tax record required for government tender bids

New rules require companies to prove they have a clean tax record when tendering for major government contracts.   Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell welcomed the change, but said more needs to be done to protect small businesses subcontracted to these projects.     What do the new rules involve? From…

Cellar door and wine export grants available

Cellar Door and Wine Export Grants now open

Wine Tourism and Cellar Door grants Applications have opened for Wine Australia’s Wine Tourism and Cellar Door Grants program for 2019. To be eligible you must produce wine in Australia, sell wine domestically, and have a cellar door. Eligible wine producers will receive an annual grant of up to $100,000 to optimise visitors’ experiences at…

Instagram has changed how the LIKE system works

What do Instagram changes mean for business?

Instagram has become a popular place to do business, with many retailers relying on the platform as their largest online customer engagement tool. This has also led to Influencers building followings which they then monetise through brand partnerships.     It is therefore still unsure how businesses will be affected by Instagram’s trial update in…

Tax apps saving time and money

Keeping track of your finances in a small business can be a full time job. Tools that make this less of a headache can save you time and your sanity at tax time. There are numerous receipt scanning apps out there that can do a range of different things.     Some apps just take…

Debt recovery apps are a low cost way to improve small business processes

Debt recovery app getting results

Cash flow is the life blood of any business, it needs to keep flowing or the business dies. It is estimated that Australian small businesses are currently owed $26 billion dollars. But what can you do to get your overdue accounts paid?       Well there’s an app for everything these days. The debt…

Dealing with negative reviews is part of getting important feedback for your business

Dealing with negative online reviews

Everyone likes to be liked. So what should you do when someone goes online to say they don’t like your business, product or customer service? How do you deal with negative online reviews?   According to a survey by Bright Local, reading a negative review stops 40% of consumers wanting to do business with your…

Wine exports grow in value

A report released this week shows the value of Australian wine exports grew an impressive 4 per cent to $2.86 billion in the last financial year. China continued to drive growth and the United States of America (USA) also made a welcome return to growth. About 800 million litres (89 million 9 litre case equivalents) were…

Working holiday makers to combat labour shortages

Travellers will have an option to stay in Australia for a third year if they work in the regional areas that need it most, following an expansion of the Working Holiday Maker (WHM) visa program in July. More places are now available to young people from more countries, which is expected to benefit farmers and…

Implementation of Hunter Valley Wine Country Signage Strategy

Council is currently rolling out the street signage component of the Hunter Valley Wine Country Signage Strategy, in the Pokolbin, Lovedale, Mount View and Wollombi areas.   The new signage, which includes street name signs and pictogram signs, is being installed at all intersections within ‘Wine Country’ as replacements for the existing street name signs…