• 29/07/2019 5:30 PM | Anonymous

    You are invited to a free parenting information session. You will be introduced to the key elements of the Good Enough Parenting program developed by John and Karen Louis to provide guidance to parents so that they may engage with their children in a way that:

    1. Meets their core emotional needs

    2. Avoids exasperating them

    You will also be invited to take part in ongoing group training sessions in the weeks following this information evening, with groups likely to be formed for parents of children aged:

    • 0 –3 years old (The toddler years)

    • 4 –7 years old (Early childhood years)

    • 8 –12 years old (Middle childhood years)

    • 13 –17 years old (Adolescence)

    This evening will be hosted by local psychologist and educator, Gerald Haslinger, who will be facilitating all ongoing group training sessions in his Bowral office.

    WHEN: Friday 6th September 2019, 5.30pm for 6.00pm start, 7.00pm finish

    WHERE: Mittagong RSL, Cnr Hume Hwy & Bessemer St, Mittagong, NSW, 2575

    WHO: Parents with children of all ages, pregnant mums and all dads please!

    Email your interest to as numbers are strictly limited.

  • 09/07/2019 3:40 PM | Anonymous

    Valentina Borbone (Val) is the owner of Banter Group (full service marketing agency) and Speak Group (digital marketing training company). She lives in Bowral and her businesses are based on Station Street. She's also an Industry Expert Advisor for the International Social Media Association (ISMA). Banter can manage your social media, design your branding and signage, create your cinema ad, write marketing strategies and plans, or build your website. You name it, they do it.

    Val set up her businesses specifically to help small businesses work out the best way to promote their offering to the audiences, either locally, through tourism, or globally. Her mission was to provide a local working environment for experienced people who didn't want to commute long distances, and those who wanted a continue to deliver great work for businesses.

    Her children are thriving at Moss Vale Public School with her daughter integrated into the Support Unit, and her husband is the Site Manager at Camp Wombaroo, part of the Moss Vale based Outdoor Education Group.

  • 07/07/2019 10:21 AM | Anonymous

    Stronger Country Communities Fund email header image

    Stronger Country Communities Fund – Round Three is open now

    Stronger Country Communities Fund Round Three is now open, delivering $100 million to support crucial local infrastructure and programs that improve the quality of life of people living in regional NSW. Since 2017, the Stronger Country Communities Fund has supported more than 1,000 local projects that make regional communities even better places to call home.

    There are key changes in Round Three – the funding envelope is $100 million with at least $50 million of this dedicated to youth-related infrastructure and initiatives.

    For the first time, the Stronger Country Communities Fund has been expanded to cover programs and events as well as infrastructure, and not-for-profit and community organisations can apply for funding. The application period has also been extended to three months, giving organisations more time to prepare their applications.

    Key dates

    Applications open – 9am, Monday 1 July 2019

    Applications close – 5pm, Friday 27 September 2019

    Applications assessed – October to January 2020

    Successful projects announced – from January 2020

    For more information

    You can find the 2019 Program guidelines, frequently asked questions and project plan/budget templates on the Stronger Country Communities Fund web page

    How to apply

    Applications should be submitted online through the SmartyGrants online portal. Remember, applications must be submitted by 5pm on Friday 27 September.

    Holland Park Pool, West Wyalong

    Growing Local Economies Fund – temporary pause 

    Launched in August 2017, the Growing Local Economies Fund invests in the crucial projects needed to support job creation and economic growth in regional NSW. The NSW Government is committed to ensuring the Growing Local Economies Fund maximises benefit to our towns and communities in regional NSW. A review of the program will make sure the program is being administered effectively and is on track to deliver the stated objectives.

    A temporary pause on new applications will start from midnight on 14 July 2019. The fund will not be open to new applications from this date until further notice.

    The Growing Local Economies Fund will re-open once the review has been completed.

    You can read more information and frequently asked questions about the pause on the Growing Local Economies web page.

  • 07/07/2019 10:13 AM | Anonymous

     Employers with 20 or more workers are now past their 12-month introductory period for Single Touch Payroll, with the ATO outlining what and how penalties will apply for late or missed reports.

    The ATO has repeated its previous position that no penalties would apply for the first 12 months of Single Touch Payroll (STP), which took effect for larger employers from 1 July 2018 and has now been rolled out to smaller employers (those with 19 or less employees) from 1 July 2019.

    However, with the 12-month waiver on penalties now over for larger employers, the Tax Office has clarified what these penalties will look like and how they will be applied.

    “There are penalties for late or missed STP reports, although the ATO would generally only apply these penalties where an employer is routinely and repeatedly late,” the spokesperson said.

    “The penalty is calculated at the rate of $210 for each 28 days or part thereof that the Single Touch Payroll report(s) is/are overdue (to a maximum of $1,050).

    “This penalty increases to a maximum of $2,100 for medium entities, $5,250 for large entities and $525,000 for significant global entities.”

    Such penalties would “generally” only apply where the employer has not rectified the error “within a reasonable time frame”, the ATO suggested.

    “The STP law allows for the commissioner to provide a period of grace for an employer to correct a mistake without penalty; as such, we would generally only apply penalty where an employer knowingly reports incorrect information and does not correct it within a reasonable time frame — usually that period is 14 days.”

    There will also be fines for lodging false or misleading reports, the spokesperson confirmed.

    The clarification around penalties comes amid revelations that thousands of larger employers – potentially even government agencies – were yet to begin STP reporting ahead of June 30.

    According to the Tax Office’s spokesperson, its focus remains on assisting smaller businesses to become STP compliant, reiterating that these employers will not face penalties for mistakes or missed lodgements over the next 12 months.

    Small and micro businesses are legally required to begin reporting their payroll and superannuation information via the STP system from Monday, 1 July 2019, although there is a three-month grace period through to 30 September.

    There is also a 12-month waiver for closely held employees, including immediate family members.

    Despite these extensions, accountants have suggested small businesses “rip the band-aid off” and begin their reporting as soon as they can, rather than leaving things to the last minute or taking a piecemeal approach according to different types of employees.

  • 07/07/2019 9:37 AM | Anonymous
    Wingecarribee Shire Council has  appointed Jan Campbell as Coordinator of Economic Development and Izabella Lane as Coordinator of Tourism.
    The announcement was made by Wingecarribee Shire General Manager, Ann Prendergast.
    “Jan and Izabella’s appointments are the next step in our Shire capitalising on the enormous business opportunities we believe the Southern Highlands has to offer,” she said.
    Ms Campbell takes on the Economic Development role following years of experience in similar positions at a number of Sydney Councils. Likewise Ms Lane comes with a strong background in tourism management having coordinated many of the Shire’s high-profile tourism campaigns and events.
    The announcements come on the back of the recent merger of Council’s Tourism and Economic Development portfolios whereby Group Manager Steve Rosa took the reins of both departments.
    “Both Jan and Izabella will work closely with Steve at the Southern Highlands Welcome Centre in Mittagong,” Ms Prendergast said.
    “It’s here that they’ll centre their ‘concierge’ business and visitor model designed to showcase just why the Southern Highlands is the ideal destination to live, work, invest and visit.”
    “I encourage anyone considering either visiting, relocating or wishing to seek advice on local industry and business opportunities to book an appointment with the team to discuss how they can assist.”
    To contact either Jan Campbell or Izabella Lane at the Mittagong-based Welcome Centre phone 4871 2888 or email

  • 06/07/2019 3:17 PM | Anonymous

    The chamber would like to encourage the business community to support the efforts of the Wingecarribee Council by entering pictures and stories about our area.

    We love living in the Southern Highlands but what is it that makes the character of this place so special?

    Residents of all ages are invited to explore and celebrate our people, places, landscapes and buildings. We’re looking for images and thoughts which reflect the attributes that contribute to the character of our Southern Highlands.

    These will then be used to identify aspirations for the different towns and villages within the Shire and to develop local character statements which the community can consider and hopefully endorse for future planning purposes.

    Enter the photo competition & you could win a $100 Gift Card!
    The photo competition is open to residents of the Wingecarribee local government area and entries must be submitted online by 5pm Friday 16 August 2019. There are four $100 Mastercard Gift Cards to be won!

    The competition is divided into four categories - people, place, landscape and buildings. A panel will create a shortlist of submitted images and then we will invite the community to vote for the winners.

    Place a marker on our map or share a story
    Not all of us are photographers so if you'd like to share your thoughts about favourite locations without the hassle of uploading a photo please do so. You'll be helping develop an understanding of the local landmarks and places that are important to our community.

    Learn more at

  • 22/06/2019 4:32 PM | Anonymous

    Carisa Wells is the General Manager of Southern Highlands Community Hospice. Having relocated from Sydney in 2017 and with a background in business management, strategic planning, marketing and retail she quickly become part of the business community in the region. Growing up in Goulburn, Carisa saw Bowral as being an aspirational place to live. Bringing up her daughter and two fur babies here is truly a dream come true. She is completely obsessed with the beautiful Southern Highlands and

    feels truly blessed to call the area home


  • 22/06/2019 2:59 PM | Anonymous

    I would like to welcome Carisa Wells to the SHCCI Board. Carisa has taken up the role of Vice-Chair and comes with a wide range of skills particularly in the Strategic Planning and Retail Sector. Carisa is our featured member this month and you can read more about Carisa in our newsletter.

    This week was the inaugural meeting of the Southern Highlands Key Stakeholder Group. This group has gathered to offer a united voice for the business sectors of the Southern Highlands. The group includes representatives from Southern Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Illawarra Chamber of Commerce, Moss Vale Chamber of Commerce, Southern Highlands Food and Wine Association, Wingecarribee Shire Council, Destination Sydney Surrounds South, Destination Southern Highlands, Low Carbon Living Southern Highlands, Regional Development Southern Inlands, Southern Region Business Enterprise Centre, TAFE NSW and Wollongong University. I will keep you advised of progress with this group.

    The last Six Degrees of Separation Networking event was a great success with over 40 in attendance. There were 10 new businesses that presented their business to those in attendance. If you have not attended one of these event I suggest you do they are free and a great way of getting your business know by the business community. The networking events are held on the third Thursday of each month at Gibraltar Hotel commencing 6pm. You can find the event at in the events section simply register and bring your business cards along and enjoy the event.

    I would like to thank the board members for their work in completing the Strategic Plan that is now available on the SHCCI Home Page.

    Finally I would like to bring everyones attention to the increased activity on our Social Media platforms and encourage everyone to take a look at what we are presenting and to also post information about your business or anything that you want to share that may be of interest to the business community of the Southern Highlands.

    Steven Horton
    Chair SHCCI 

  • 22/06/2019 2:10 PM | Anonymous

    Cash, wallet, money

    Undeclared cash-in-hand payments to employees and contractors will no longer be eligible for a tax deduction, the ATO has warned, as part of a crackdown on undeclared earnings.

    The new rule was unveiled as part of the 2018–19 federal budget. It will take effect for all payments made from 1 July this year, for income tax returns lodged for the 2019–20 financial year and beyond.

    According to the ATO, the new rule aims to level the playing field where businesses pay workers in cash to avoid PAYG withholding obligations, and where contractors do not provide an ABN or withhold any tax and cash payments they receive.

    ATO assistant commissioner Peter Holt said in a statement that the removal of tax deductions for cash payments is just one way it is tackling the black economy.

    “It’s fairly straight-forward: do the right thing and you can claim a deduction. Deliberately do the wrong thing and you’ll miss out on a deduction and risk being penalised,” he said.

    “The Black Economy Taskforce estimates that the black economy is costing the community as much as $50 billion, which is approximately 3 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP). This is money that the community is missing out on for vital public services like schools and roads.

    “Businesses that operate in the black economy are undercutting competitors and gaining a competitive advantage by not competing on an even footing.”

    Mr Holt also warned that employers not complying with PAYG withholding requirements can be penalised.

    He noted that cash is “a legitimate way of doing business, and we recognise that some industries do tend to take more cash than others”, but that it is often being used to avoid paying tax and superannuation.

    “When cash is used to deliberately hide income to avoid paying the correct amount of tax or superannuation, it’s not only unfair, it’s illegal,” Mr Holt said.

    Honest mistakes won’t be impacted

    The removal of the tax deduction will not apply to innocent errors, where an employer accidentally classifies an employee as a contractor if they are provided with an ABN.

    “Our objective is to support small business to help them get it right,” Mr Holt said.

    “But anyone caught deliberately doing the wrong thing will lose their deduction.”

    According to Mr Holt, employers that voluntarily disclose that they have not met withholding requirements before the ATO takes any form of compliance action will still be eligible for the deductions, and may also be entitled to penalty reductions.

  • 17/06/2019 4:28 PM | Anonymous

    The SHCCI Board have now reviewed and updated the plan for the chamber. The diagram below is a snap shot of the chambers strategic direction which is how featured on the home page of the SHCCI Web Site.

    If you would like to comment on the plan please email Steven Horton at 



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