Can the Central Coast take out the coveted NSW Business of the Year Award second year in a row? Last year the Australian Reptile Park took out the prestigious award in front of 1,000 business leaders at Sydney’s Luna Park. We can do it again!

To get started enter the 2019 Central Coast NSW Business Chamber Business Awards here and you could proceed to the prestigious State Business Awards. Entries close Friday 23 of August.

thinkingBIG hailed as the best Central Coast Innovation Summit yet

Nearly 200 leaders from local industry, government and education praised NSW Business Chamber for encouraging the audience to think big on whether being a smart city was the answer to our competitiveness, low rate of infrastructure investment and high unemployment rates.

Excitingly, a plan for progress has emerged out of the Innovation Summit. The first task being NSW Business Chamber Central Coast, Council and the University of Newcastle collaborating to bring high knowledge jobs to the region to reduce the daily 40,000 commuters to Sydney, and offer exciting high tech career paths locally.

The event addressed the skills shortage gap in high knowledge sectors like health and professional services, the impact of changing digital consumption on traditional sectors like retail and education, the transformation of traditional manufacturing, and food production using technology to minimise waste.

Your law firm does it again

Congratulations to Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors, (providers of your Workplace Advice Line) who have taken out the Workplace Relations and Employment Team of the Year Award at the prestigious Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards for the second year running.

Watch this space – increased refunds from Luxury Car Tax

Under new arrangements, eligible primary producers and tourism operators will be able to apply for a refund of any luxury car tax paid, up to a maximum of $10,000, for vehicles acquired on or after 1 July 2019.

Currently, primary producers and tourism operators may be eligible for a partial refund of any luxury car tax paid on eligible four wheel or all-wheel drive cars, up to a maximum of $3,000.

The eligibility criteria and types of vehicles eligible for the current partial refund will remain unchanged under the new arrangements. Please email:

Our local Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 24 September. To be part of our exciting organisation through participation as a Regional Advisory Committee Member, please contact Paula Martin on

Enjoy this month’s edition of e-news.

Kind regards,

Paula Martin – Regional Director Central Coast, NSW Business Chamber