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By Jem Perez 13 Mar, 2017
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The monthly passenger throughput record at Newcastle Airport was smashed last month when 113,970 passengers passed through the Airport.

This figure is 2% higher than the previous monthly passenger record of 111,757 passengers which set in six years ago in October 2010. This month’s figure is also 7% higher when compared with October last year.

The growth in passenger volumes can attributed to the airlines increasing capacity into the market due to major events around the country, school holidays, and increased business-travel demand.

“October is typically a bumper month for us,” said Newcastle Airport’s CEO, Dr Peter Cock. “Traditionally it’s a solid month for business travel, but it also coincides with the end of the school holidays, the October long weekend, and this year, the start of the Melbourne Spring Racing Festival.

“The fact that the airlines saw the potential for increased demand in our region, provided us the extra seats, and our community responded resoundingly by choosing to fly from Newcastle proves our popularity as a true alternative to Sydney Airport.

“Our region will reap the rewards for this huge month into the future as the airlines sit up and start to pay attention that our region loves to fly and we mean business,” said Peter.
Newcastle Airport also passed, for the third time ever on a rolling 12 month period,
a passenger throughput of more than 1.2 million.

“For us, passing the 1.2 million passenger-mark in a rolling 12-month period has proven to be elusive. We’ve only done it twice before: in 2011 and 2014. This is a major milestone that the people of the Hunter region really should be proud of. This milestone has been reached because of you.

“I encourage our locals to continue their rekindled love of air travel and book your Christmas and New Year getaways now. This summer there are almost half a million seats on sale to and from Newcastle Airport, with the airlines providing extra services to meeting the expected increased demand.

“We’re working with our partners to ensure that when you choose to fly from Newcastle Airport, your experience is one that is easy and enjoyable. We have entertainment planned in the coming months from live music on a Friday, Carols at Christmas, to children’s entertainment during the school holidays,” concluded Peter.

Newcastle Airport is serviced by Jetstar, Virgin Australia, QantasLink, Regional Express, and FlyPelican who connect the region to 10 destinations along the eastern seaboard, and seamless hub access to passengers flying internationally through Brisbane and Melbourne.

By Jem Perez 20 Apr, 2016
As President of the Maitland Business Chamber I am calling on members to help this great cause.

If you can spare $5 please bring it along to the Chamber breakfast this Thursday 21/4 and grab a #shootforsherlock wrist band.

The Maitland Basketball community is rallying around one of our own.

Charlie is 17, coaches kids in our community and is a big part of what makes the Mustangs great.

We are supporting Charlie and his family through a very difficult time.
By Jem Perez 30 Mar, 2016

As part of the State Government’s local government reforms, Council has been formally advised that the Minister for Local Government, the Hon. Paul Toole MP, has made a proposal to amalgamate the existing areas of Maitland and Dungog into one new area. A merger inquiry process is now being undertaken by the Office of Local Government. This merger proposal is consequent to a decision by Gloucester Shire Council to propose an amalgamation of Gloucester, Great Lakes, and Taree councils, which if successful, could potentially leave Dungog without a merger partner.

Even though there will now be an inquiry into the proposal put forward by Gloucester, the original Gloucester Dungog merger inquiry will continue. Port Stephens have also formally put forward a proposal to merge with Dungog.

The Hon. Paul Toole MP has stated that the Government is continuing to work with councils on local government reforms underscoring the fact that no final decision has been made about any proposal.

It has always been, and continues to be, Maitland City Council’s position that Maitland is ‘Fit for the Future’ and that a stand alone model best meets the needs of both Council and the community. However, Council must now again consider its position in relation to a potential merger with Dungog.

Council is encouraging the Maitland community to inform themselves about this proposed merger and to make sure that they have their say by making a submission or attending the public inquiry to be held on Thursday 7 April between 9.00am and 1.00pm at Club Maitland City (Maitland City Bowling Club).

For Further Information Visit: Maitland City Council

By Jem Perez 21 Mar, 2016

With Easter rapidly approaching the NSW Industrial Relations' enquiry service has been receiving a number of enquiries about trading restrictions over that time. Here is a quick summary of the advice those callers receive.

The Retail Trading Act 2008 defines that Good Friday and Easter Sunday are restricted days. This means it is an offence under the Act for retail shops to trade on restricted days unless exempted. Service industries are not affected by these restrictions.

A retailer cannot trade on a restricted day unless:

For more details about a small shop and an exempt shop visit

#1 Please note Sydney Precinct Area is not an exempt local government area and the above outlined provisions apply.

The Retail Trading Act 2008 clearly identifies that any employee of a shop exempted to trade on a restricted day must freely elect to work without any coercion, harassment, threat or intimidation by or on behalf of the shop owner.

Merely rostering a person to work on the day does not mean that they have freely elected to work.

However, voluntary staffing arrangements do not apply to small shops as defined under the Act.

Easter Saturday and Easter Monday are public holidays in NSW but are not restricted days.

To find out what public holiday penalties apply to those working over the Easter period contact the Fair Work Ombudsman on 13 13 94.

Other information available on the NSW IR website

By Jem Perez 03 Mar, 2016

After Dark at The Levee will be the first of a series of night time place activation events to take place across Maitland. For the evening The Levee Shared Zone will be transformed into a night time street celebration.

There will be lots to see and do for the whole family. Be amused with vibrant and exciting live performances, enjoy a funky selection of music, sample delicious street food from a variety of food trucks, or just roam The Shared Zone and find a comfy seat to enjoy the atmosphere of this exciting night.

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