President's Message

We are always excited at Business Port Stephens to launch a newsletter with a Business Breakfast Event invite. Our flagship event is moving slightly on the radar further afield this month to Medowie, to become more inclusive for our members from our very large LGA.  We invite all members and non-members within the Raymond Terrace, Seaham, Tomago, Williamtown, Medowie and the Tilligery Peninsular to join us at Medowie for our renowned event. There are important messages being delivered at this event surrounding sustainability within the business sector. 
Thank you to all our Elvis die hard fans who supported the recent PCYC fundraising event at Nelson Bay and Raymond Terrace.  With $2,000.00 raised, it was a great night and enjoyed by all.  To be able support the cinema's, a local organisation and eat choc tops in the process is a big win for all.

Welcome to our new members for the month of June, it is a pleasure to be welcoming you to the BPS family. Our membership continues to grow with 220 members and we continue to work throughout the LGA consulting on the benefits of Business Port Stephens. 

I look forward to catching up with  you all at the Business Breakfast in  August. 
Mel Turner

Don't miss our next Business Breakfast!

Join us for our Business Breakfast to meet new connections, re-connect with old ones and learn what is happening in Port Stephens and the Hunter.

When: Thursday August 4, 7am – 9am
Where: The Greenhouse Eatery, Pacific Dunes Golf Club, Medowie.
  • Business Port Stephens update from President Mel Turner
  • Port Stephens Council update by Mayor Ryan Palmer.
  • Update of plastics bans for business by Rebecca Jaensch Waste Education Officer Port Stephens Council
  • Sponsor Rob Peel from Port Stephens Packaging will give an overview of alternative products to plastics for businesses.
  • Update from Chontelle Grecian from Plastic Free Port Stephens
  • Guest speaker Bob Hawes, CEO of Business Hunter will be speaking on environmental sustainability in business in terms of challenges and opportunities, advocacy outcomes across workforce and skills development, infrastructure, the new energy economy and housing availability and affordability.
Proudly sponsored by Port Stephens Packaging
Bob Hawes joined Business Hunter as CEO in January 2017. He is responsible for driving the organisational strategy and program of thought leadership, policy development and advocacy. He oversees the delivery of events, networking and member development programs. 
Prior to joining Business Hunter, Bob led the Hunter Development Corporation for over five years. This coincided with a period of significant change in the region and a refocusing of State Government priorities and investment to facilitate the revitalisation of the Newcastle CBD. Bob also led Lake Macquarie's economic development organisation, Dantia.
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Elvis fundraising event for PCYC

It was a smashing night at the Elvis Premiere Fundraiser at both Nelson Bay Cinemas and Scotty's Cinemas in Raymond Terrace, raising $2K for the PCYC to go towards their youth music programs.

A huge thank you to the following for the support of the event:
View event photos here


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Welcome to our newest members!

WELCOME to Dee and Glenn Short from Tanilba House!
Tanilba House is a state heritage listed homestead built back in 1831 and is set on 3 acres of beautiful, mature gardens with sweeping water views of Port Stephens. Convict built from local stone, we offer wedding ceremonies & receptions, high teas & other functions. 
We bought Tanilba in March 2018 and we still can't quite believe that we live in such a beautiful, historic house in this lovely unspoilt paradise overlooking Port Stephens. We decided to jump in boots and all and since then have been dedicated to her restoration, maintenance and beautification and we get so much satisfaction from seeing her blossom under our care. We thoroughly enjoy sharing our beautiful old girl with others and love being an important part of peoples weddings and other special events. We give all our events our personal focus and attention to make sure they are as perfect as possible.  
Visit Tanilba House website
Welcome to The Tilligerry Community Association!

The Tilligerry Community Association was established in 2006 as an incorporated body to encourage the Tilligerry residents and businesses to work together. 

Their community objectives are:
1. Protect and enhance our natural, heritage and cultural identity. 
2. Inform community about local issues so we can co-operate to find solutions. 
3. Work with all community groups and levels of government. 
4. Plan community events and projects. 

Image: Fran Corner (President) at The Tilligerry Habitat (Port Stephens Examiner).
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Welcome to the HR & Consulting division with Addison Partners
Addison Partners HR & Consulting can assist you to work with your employees from recruitment to termination to meet your business goals while complying with all relevant legislation. 
We provide practical advice and guidance tailored to your business needs. Addison Partners HR & Consulting can provide services in all aspects of People Management:
  • Strategic HR Planning and Advice
  • Performance Management
  • Recruitment
  • Payroll & Award Interpretation
  • Contract Drafting
  • Policy & Procedure Drafting
  • Employment Termination Advice
  • Superstream Assistance & Implementation
Visit their website
Welcome to Adam and Katrina Walker from AWCE Consulting Engineers and Town Planners

AWCE are a consulting company which specialises in structural design and statutory planning. Their team has all the necessary skills to manage and run your next project from start to finish.

They have a strong emphasis on structural engineering, with strengths in design, planning, construction observation and certification. The AWCE team is a small group of professional engineers and town planners specialising in structural design, subdivisions, project management and construction supervision. The team provides engineering and planning assistance to builders and developers. 
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This is an opportunity for Mel to get to know you, what your business is about, what’s happening on the ground for your particular industry, and what makes you tick as a human outside the work place. If you wish to nominate yourself or another member please email us here.
Karin Hensley from Angel Tots
Angel Tots having a fun day out at Oakvale Wildlife Park
Tell us about yourself and Angel Tots:
My husband Steven and I bought Gumnuts, in May 2018. We changed the name to Angel Tots Early Learning Centre. This is our only Centre and we love every moment of this adventure. We are a 56 place centre and have an amazing team of Educators welcoming the children every day. Steven is our handy man - sometimes this is a full time job! I am a teacher by profession, but also have a qualification as a Laboratory Tech. Steven and I have owned our own business since 2000. This was in medical supplies though.

If a new parent enrolled their child at Angel Tots what could they expect?
Although it takes a little while to settle in, our aim is to let each new little one feel included and loved from day one. Our hope is that the parents will also quickly feel part of the Angel Tots community. 
Tell us about your philosophy at Angel Tots?
To summarise: It takes a village to raise a child! Something new happens every day.

What’s the best thing about operating a child care centre in Port Stephens?
It is having a positive impact on children younger than 5. I love this age. The honesty and cuteness is to die for. 

Shout out to your favourite businesses in Port Stephens: dining, shopping, services…
  • I buy my morning coffee from SATRA in Salamander Bay -Yumm! 
  • and we love David at The Cafe in Shoal Bay.
  • Iron Door Craft Street food is highly recommended. 
  • Hannah Bowman Photography...she is the best
  • Corey at Let It flow plumbing is amazing....These are just a few!
Visit their website here

Power creative videos

An exciting opportunity has arisen from one of our members Power Creative to create professional member videos. These videos will be professionally interviewed, edited and available to use across all your promotional channels. 

What is involved:
🎥 A director/interviewer will interview you for 15-20 minutes inside of a 30/45 min time slot at a selected location (all interviews conducted in same location).
🎥 This raw footage will then go through a 2 hour editing process.
🎥 You can add your own videos/photos as overlay content (alternatively you can add on additional filming if preferred at your own cost directly with Power Creative).
🎥 The end result is a professionally produced video of 3 – 5 minutes.
🎥 Use it on your website, YouTube, FB, Insta, send to potential clients – the possibilities are endless!
🎥 Investment – approx. $900 per video (incl gst).
🎥 There is a minimum requirement of ten members for production to go ahead.
🎥 Allow 30-60 days from filming for editing process and time with each interviewee.

Take a look at what Sydney Hills Chamber members have produced. 

Learn more about Power Creative.

If you are interested in taking advantage of this opportunity or if you have any questions, please email Kerri here. 

Regular gig on the radio!

Business Port Stephens now have a regular gig on Port Stephens FM! Listen in on the third Monday of the month at 1:30pm to hear our latest news and views. 
Visit their website here

TAFE Open Night

From our President Mel Turner:
It was an absolute pleasure to attend an induction tonight at the Tomaree Connect Learning Centre (TAFE).What an amazing state of the art facility we have in our backyard. Thankyou to Uncle John for your wonderful Welcome to County. I strongly recommend local business to connect with all the wonderful team at TCLC to discuss how they can help with training opportunities for new and existing team.

Study online, anywhere, anytime!

TAFE Digital have just released a range of newly updated and nationally recognised online certificates including Conservation and Ecosystem Management, Dental Assisting, Business Administration, Medical Administration or a short course in Online Privacy Protection. Explore more flexible and affordable study options to suit your lifestyle.

TAFE Digital offers a wide range of nationally recognised, online study options, across a range of modern industries. You can study online and enjoy flexible learning to fit your lifestyle, with our online short courses, certificates, diplomas, and degrees.

Browse online courses here

Budget boosts for women-led startups

Female founders will be empowered to launch their own businesses thanks to a $10 million fund established by the NSW Government as part of the 2022-23 Budget. The Carla Zampatti Fund – named after the pioneer NSW businesswoman – will invest specifically in early stage women-led startups.

Women in small business will also have access to free TAFE courses and professional advice thanks to $15 million over the next four years in the Budget. 

Over four years: 

  • $3.5 million to provide fee free TAFE NSW Women in Business courses 
  • $2 million in grants to industry associations and chambers of commerce to run professional networking programs for women in small business 
  • $5 million to expand the Business Connect program to provide dedicated services to women led small business 
  • $4.5 million for the Service NSW for support for women Business program to provide targeted led small businesses. 

2022 NSW Sustainability Awards 

The 2022 NSW Sustainability Awards are now open for entry! The Awards celebrate the people and projects creating a sustainable future for NSW. They invite businesses, community groups, public sector organisations and individuals to tell their stories of innovation, collaboration and leadership.   

There are 11 categories including:
  • Large Business Transformation Award 
  • Small to Medium Business Award 
They are also looking for this year’s Minister’s Young Climate Champion – a school-aged individual or group taking action to create a better future in their school, home or community.  
Learn more and apply

Don't miss this FREE Webinar

Learn how to recruit students for work experience and create a talent pipeline for your business
Access to a suitably educated and skilled workforce is becoming increasingly challenging for many businesses, and as such, 'Workforce for the Future' is a key objective of Council's Economic Development Plan. One strategy to develop your future workforce is to engage with University of Newcastle students studying in your field. Find out about the value that a student may be able to add to your business at this free webinar hosted by the University of Newcastle and Port Stephens Council. 

Date | Wednesday 6th July 2022
Time | 12 noon - 1pm (AEST) - Online event
RSVP | Register below for your free ticket

In this seminar, you will learn:
   • how to host a student placement in your organisation; and
   • how hosting a student could help grow your workforce.

Register now to learn how to recruit current students for work experience and create a talent pipeline for your business. If you are unable to attend but would like more information or a recording of the session, please email:
Register here

SMEs at the Astra Aerolab in Williamtown

Tim Owen, Chair - Hunter Defence Taskforce recently spoke with Defence Connect about how the Hunter Defence Task Force and the Hunter Defence Conference are equipping Australian defence SMEs with the knowledge and expertise to enter the defence supply chain and expand their offerings internationally.

In particular, they spoke about the work being done to continue to bring SMEs and primes together at Astra Aerolab at Williamtown and how this highly secure and innovative precinct is creating a very strong air-combat ecosystem in the region.

Listen to the podcast below (hit the cross on the right of the landing page to remove dropdown ad).
Listen to podcast here

Proposed airport changes:
Community consultation

Proposed airspace design, including new flight paths, developed for Williamtown (Newcastle Airport).

Newcastle Airport is located at the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Williamtown. Defence, as the owner of RAAF Base Williamtown, provides air traffic control services to both the civilian and military aircraft at Williamtown.

In 2015, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority Office of Airspace Regulation and Defence conducted a Joint Aeronautical Study of Williamtown Airspace, focused on improving its safety, efficiency, and future operability of the Williamtown airspace, recognising the growth in civilian air traffic and the need to maintain safe separation with next generation military aircraft. The study recommended implementation of separated arrival and departure flight paths for civilian aircraft, so they can continue to fly safely and efficiently alongside the fast jet military aircraft that are based at Williamtown.

A proposed airspace design, including new flight paths, has been developed. This proposed design takes into consideration safety requirements, findings from the community engagement activities undertaken in 2021, as well as Australian and International flight path design standards and operational constraints.

The proposed design has now been made available for public consultation. Throughout June and July 2022, Airservices Australia will provide the community with the opportunity to learn about the new airspace design and provide feedback on any aspects of interest.

They will be hosting a series of community consultation sessions; the schedule of dates and venues for these sessions is available on their website below. This website also contains detailed information on what the proposed airspace design could mean for you and other communities surrounding Newcastle Airport.

Should you have any questions, please contact the Community Engagement team at
Learn more here
Port Stephens Council’s newly developed draft Communication and Engagement Strategy is on public exhibition for community feedback. The Strategy reflects Council’s commitment to inform and improve community awareness of programs, activities and services. More importantly, it shows Council’s commitment to listen to the community and use their ideas to help shape the future direction of Port Stephens.

Highlights of the Communication & Engagement Strategy 2022-2027 include:
• Ensuring diverse engagement opportunities enabling time for considered thought and contribution. 
• Community input into design of engagement planning. 
• Continued investment in the growth and improvement of Council’s website. 
• Building on the use of social media. 
• Maximising use of livestreaming and video. 

Council want to check in with the community to make sure feedback has been understood and the proposed direction aligns with community expectations. The documents are currently on exhibition through to 5pm on 15 July 2022.

We encourage you to share your thoughts on the draft Communication & Engagement Strategy and complete the online survey here
Download Communication & Engagement Strategy

Wine, dine and support our koalas!

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Member events on the Tilligerry Peninsular

If you are interested in having a stall at the Lemon Tree High Tide markets call or text Fran 0407374384

School Holiday fun at the Botanical Gardens (FREE for Defence Families)

Visit their website here
Did you know...
... you can buy a membership to Shoal Bay Country Club? Not only do you receive 10% off all food and drink, but you receive a $50 voucher for your birthday. Plus the $10 joining fee goes to charity. Cheers to that!
Join here

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