Business Focus May 2016
B C C I
The View From Townsville
Thanks to Business Station, a not-for-
profit provider of enterprise development
services in the metropolitan area, the
Chamber in partnership with Business
South West took a very late opportunity to
host an Innovation Sundowner on May 19.
The team from Business Station brought
their special guest Simon Millcock, the
Economic Development Manager City
of Townsville who shared some of the
innovative and successful businesses being
encouraged in Townsville and in the USA.
Simon is also the Chairman of the
Queensland State Practitioner Network
for Economic Development Australia.
He described how the City of Townsville
Futures Plan “recognises and supports
creative industry as an economic driver
that is an integral element of Townsville’s
development by including it in economic
development strategies for the city”.
It was interesting to learn how the
Townsville Council supported business
groups to travel overseas to look at
innovation opportunities in creative
industries as well as sponsoring relevant
speakers for networking events.
The council was also very active partnering
with the local university, small business
centre and chamber to deliver business
development skills, a creative industries
cluster and an ICT business precinct.
It was a timely reminder of the globally
competitive environment that we operate in
and great to see the people who attended at
very short notice.
Everything is moving faster nowadays and
the Chamber will continue to take these
opportunities to increase our knowledge as
they come available.
Kelsen HR is a niche Human Resources
Consultancy that has recently relocated
Servicing Perth and the South West
region for over three years, Kelsen
HR’s Director and Associates have
many years of experience, servicing a
wide range of industry sector clients.
At Kelsen HR we understand what
is needed to create a harmonious and
productive work environment and
through sound HR practices, we assist
clients to maximise the return on their
people investment by bringing out the
best in their employee’s performance.
We assist clients through:
1..Enabling them to understand their
strategic HR needs today and into the
2..Reviewing their existing HR practices
and, where necessary, develop HR
policies to ensure they are legislatively
compliant and in line with best practice.
3..Prepare employee contracts of
4..Conduct salary reviews to ensure
their employees are fairly (not under or
over) paid within the market in which
5..Provide on-going HR assistance and
advice as issues/matters arise in the
Our website iswww.kelsenhr.com
Simcoa Operations GM Production Drew Harris and GM Marketing and
Administration David Miles were some of the Chamber members and their guests who
attended the recent Lunch Box with three-times Olympic Gold Medalist and world
record-breaking swimmer Stephanie Rice as our guest speaker.
The audience had the opportunity to ask Stephanie questions on both her sporting and
business achievements, and everyone enjoyed the honest and entertaining way she
shared her worldly experiences, challenges and the extreme ability she possesses to get
that extra mile out of herself.
The Chamber partnered with Quit Bunbury Speedway to bring Stephanie to Bunbury
for the benefit of the business community as well as the general community.
A sundowner was held on the same day to give the sporting community an opportunity
to interact with Stephanie and this was a very special opportunity, especially with only
a short time to go until the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
A special thanks to our sponsors for this event - Alcoa, The West Australian Regional
Newspapers and Healthway.