Only one month to Christmas (scary I know) and there is still so much to be done. At NSW Business Chamber Central Coast, we have been busy collaborating with members on vital issues that need to be addressed to kick off the new year with a bang.

Skills taskforce

Twenty members have come together to form a taskforce aimed at developing solutions to our skills shortage and youth unemployment challenges.

The Central Coast currently has the fourth highest youth unemployment rate in NSW with nearly 4,800 young people not contributing to the region’s productivity.

Combined with the state’s highest commuter rate of 40,000 residents leaving the region to work in Sydney, and our recent NSW Business Chamber Workforce Skills Survey highlighting an average of three vacancies per business across the Coast. We don’t need to call Houston to say we have a problem.

This industry led taskforce will focus on three major issues facing the Coast, transport connectivity, knowledge of opportunities and pathways within the region, and upskilling schools, career advisors and parents with the latest information on industry futures.

A full report will be published in March 2020.

Economic development for the Coast

NSW Business Chamber Central Coast hosted 225 business leaders at Mingara for an economic update on how global trends will affect regional businesses in the short term.

Rob Rennie, Global Head of Financial Markets Strategy Westpac walked us through the impact of US and China trade relations, Brexit and overall global volatility playing out amongst weakening global growth rates.

The biggest takeout for Central Coast members is to expect a modest recovery in GDP, which means business is still going to be tough and we need to work extra smart to innovate and attract customers.

Buy Regional

The NSW Government has recently launched the Buy Regional website, if you have not seen it please check it out at here. This website gathers regional businesses from drought-affected communities into one website. 

The website will list businesses with an online presence selling products in a number of categories: food, wine, fashion, kids, art and design, hampers, wellbeing, experiences and gifts for pets. What better place to buy your Christmas gifts.

The Australian Reptile Park does it again!

Congratulations goes to the Australian Reptile Park who this month took out the prestigious best ‘Major Tourist Attraction’ at the 2019 NSW Tourism Awards.
 
Managed by the Tourism Industry Division of the NSW Business Chamber, and supported by the NSW Government via its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, the NSW Tourism Awards recognise those businesses who exemplify quality tourism.

We are thrilled the Australian Reptile Park took out the award for Major Tourist Attraction. The Park work tirelessly to provide the Central Coast a regional anchor that attracts tourists from around Australia, and indeed the world.

The Australian Reptile Park is a shining example of an innovative business with great leadership and an exceptional product. Our region is lucky to benefit from this fantastic tourism asset.

Christmas Networking evening

Our final networking event is taking place at the Bon Pavilion on 10 December 2019, where we will be treated to a chic venue, great food and entertainment.

Tickets to this popular end of year event can be purchased here.

Enjoy this month’s edition of e-news.

Kind regards,

Paula Martin – Regional Director Central Coast, NSW Business Chamber