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Market imbalance threatens industry growth

Future growth prospects for the Australian wine industry will be heavily dependent on reforms to improve competition for wine grapes, according to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). The current low level of competition between winemakers buying grapes not only leads to inefficient outcomes in production and pricing but also discourages innovation and capital…

Survey of wine industry

Stakeholders in the Australian grape and wine community are encouraged to have a say in a new survey. More than 8000 people are being surveyed by Wine Australia on how their levies are spent on research, development and extension, market insights, marketing and regulation. Wine Australia chief executive Andreas Clark said the survey gave grape…

Tourism export workshop in Lovedale

A workshop on exporting tourism to the international travel trade will be held in Lovedale on August 26. The practical Inbound Strategy Workshop is being hosted by Destination NSW and is designed to provide tourism businesses, such as tours, attractions and accommodation, with the necessary steps to develop and sell export-ready tourism products. This workshop…

The ATO are targeting businesses illegally trading in cash

ATO targeting cash economy

The cash only, or black economy, is widespread in Australia. It was thought that it would be all but eliminated through the introduction of the GST, but it’s as prevalent as ever. While many think of it as a victimless crime, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) understandably has a vastly different perspective. From 1 July…

Advancing Cessnock City through business engagement

Council’s economic development team is determined to make the region a better place to do business! Under the Advance Cessnock City partnership, the team are rolling out a survey to better understand the capacity of local businesses. Mayor of Cessnock, Councillor Bob Pynsent, urges local businesses to participate by completing a short 8-10 minute survey….

Fair Work Ombudsman website has templates for businesses to use

Hiring staff – getting the paperwork right

Being in business can be a daunting proposition. The owner of a small business has to be a Jack (or Jill) of all trades, or at least be across what is supposed to be happening in all aspects of their business. It’s easy to hire a new employee and plan to get back to complete…

inclusive tourism good for business

Unlock the potential of new customers with inclusive tourism

Inclusive tourism refers to tourism services and products where people of all abilities feel welcome and wanted as customers and guests. Being able to service people with a disability, an ageing population and young families becomes increasingly important as these segments of the public continue to grow.   Becoming more inclusive could prove to be…

Cessnock Council negotiates to host Golf NSW tournament

Cessnock improves its swing to host Golf NSW regional qualifying tournament

Cessnock City Council is excited to partner with Golf NSW to grow the city’s reputation as a great golfing destination. The Council is negotiating to host a NSW Open Golf Championship Regional Qualifying tournament over the next three years. Golf NSW is now engaging with golf clubs in the Cessnock area that are interested in…

Here's to the good life!

Calling for Pledges – 2nd phase of ‘Here’s to the Good Life’ campaign

The Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Alliance, including Cessnock City Council, Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism Association (HVWTA) and Singleton Council, has committed to run the ‘Here’s to the Good Life’ cooperative marketing campaign in partnership with Destination NSW (DNSW) for the next 2 years. We are now working towards the launch of the 2nd…

Beware of EOFY scams purporting to be from the ATO

ATO scams

The end of financial year (EOFY) is looming and that means…a new round of scams. As account departments and small business owners’ ramp up to finalise their EOFY accounts and compute their group certificates, cybercrime also increases.     According to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Australian business reported more than 5800 scams…

pay rise of $21.60 will apply to the minimum wage

1 July: Minimum wage up, penalty rates down, STP starting

It’s ‘all happening’ on 1 July 2019! First there’s the much touted rise to the minimum pay rate, plus further changes to some penalty rates, and the beginning of the mandatory Single Touch Payroll (STP) system for small businesses who employ fewer than 20 staff. Minimum wage increase The Fair Work Commission has announced a…

Look after your staff's wellbeing

Wellbeing at work

Instigating a wellbeing at work program can have many obvious and some less obvious benefits. It can improve productivity, help reduce sickness and sick leave, and it can improve employee retention rates. It can also show the people who work for you that you care about what happens to them. Recent studies show that 40.3%…