24.03.14Urban Growth – Testimonial

Students working on the Bungarribee Community Hub

Students working on the Bungarribee Community Hub

Urban Growth has had a very good experience with BREED in managing work placement for High School construction students.  We had students every week through the Bungarribee Hub contract.

It is important for our community that school kids get opportunities for work experience. BREED is funded by the State and Federal Governments to manage this and their arrangements are professional, students are fully insured, trained in WHS and have personal protective equipment, eg fluro-shirts/hard hats, and working with BREED was seamless!

Jennifer Sweeney,  Senior Development Manager Urban Growth

19.03.14Tai Chi at the BREED Business Centre

Every Wednesday, 8:00am – 8:30am
Ph. 0416 085 432

Dr. Jimmy Le Tai Chi Master

Dr. Jimmy Le
Tai Chi Master

14.03.14eheadspace live info session 20 March

eheadspace is an online and telephone mental health support service by headspace for young people and their families.


An eheadspace live info session is another way for young people and their families to ask professionals some questions in a totally anonymous and online environment.


The next eheadspace live info session is about sleep hygiene and is titled ‘The need for sleep’.

This will be held Thursday 20 March from 5.00-6.00pm (AEDST).


For more information, visit: http://www.headspace.org.au/about-headspace/news-videos/news/the-need-for-sleep


12.03.14Home Based Business and Business; just sometimes don’t go…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATerence O’Toole ran Advanced Bushfire Performance Solutions (ABPS) from home for five years; before finding that the mixing of home life and managing the demands of a busy consultancy, was just not working.

Terence saw that the best option for him and his business was to move out of the home office and into an environment where business was the primary focus. The BREED Business Centre was close to home, and offered the flexibility of a home office, but also provided the business facilities and corporate image of a serviced office environment.

“There is even a fantastic child care centre just a few minutes walk away from my office. I can take care of my business and also my child-care requirements; being on the same location makes it very convenient.” said Terence.

Advanced Bushfire Performance Solutions is a professionally accredited bushfire consultancy service that works with clients who are seeking development advice and bushfire assessment reports.

ABPS assist property developers achieve and maximise their design outcomes by applying advanced bushfire modelling and scientific principles.

For more information about the BREED Business Centre, contact Donna Patriarca on Ph. 9853 3200 or go to www.breed.org.au/businesscentre.


06.03.14A letter to the Prime Minister

The Hon Tony Abbott MP
Prime Minister of Australia
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Friday 14 February 2014


Dear Mr. Abbott,

Educating young people and preparing them for work and life beyond school is a responsibility shared by schools, business and the broader community. Working alongside educators, business has a critical role to play as active partners in the learning and development of young Australians.

It is only by working together that schools, businesses and the broader community can improve student outcomes, create a more agile and responsive education and training sector, and develop young people who are qualified and work ready. Engaging businesses as active partners in education who contribute and influence the learning and development of their future workforce is central to this goal of improving student outcomes.

As partners in education, business has many strengths and a unique perspective to contribute. This includes supporting the development of occupation specific skills, as well as generic employability skills that prepare young people for the world of work.

However, making connections, developing relationships and building partnerships between the education and business sectors can be difficult. The two sectors have very different ways of approaching their work.

Partnership Brokers, acting as independent intermediaries, have proven to be an important asset in enabling business to build stronger connections with the education sector and form effective, enduring and mutually beneficial partnerships.

While improved education and transition outcomes for young people are the central purpose of these partnerships, engaging with schools and young people also provides benefits for business. Most importantly, partnerships enable business to play an active role in addressing the workforce development challenges that are holding many businesses back.

Australia’s network of Partnership Brokers is an important piece of infrastructure that supports business and builds the capacity of schools, businesses and community stakeholders to act collectively at a local, state and national level.

Given the broad ranging benefits to individuals, society and the nation, funding a program that supports the development of school, business and community partnerships is an important role for the Australian Government. With the continued support of the Partnership Brokers program, business is ready to maximise its contribution to the goal that all of us share; all young Australians reaching their full social and economic potential.

Carmen Auer
Chair, Partnership Brokers National Network

03.03.14BREED Business Centre – Highly Commended in Western Sydney ZEST Award for 2014

Highly Commended AwardBREED Business Centre was Highly Commended in the Exceptional Social Enterprise in a Not for Profit Organisation category, at the 2014 ZEST Community Awards last Wednesday, 26th February. The Award ceremony took place before almost 500 guests at the ANZ Stadium.

The ZEST Awards celebrates the extraordinary work of individuals and local organisations that support the communities of Western Sydney and it helps to promote a positive image of the Western Sydney Region. There were a record number of nominations for 2014.

ZEST Award patron is NSW Premier, Barry O’Farrell and the organisation is a partnership between, triCommunity Exchange Inc, Western Sydney Community Forum and Westir Limited.

Stephen Frost, BREED Managing Director, said, “We are proud of this achievement and it is wonderful to be acknowledged for the important work that the BBC does for small and developing business”.

BREED Business Centre (BBC) is a business incubator, established in 1997 with the capacity to host 30 businesses. The BBC was established by the then Blacktown Regional Economic and Employment Development Taskforce (now BREED) to focus on nurturing small and developing businesses in order that they may develop entrepreneurial skills, become self-sustaining and meet the needs of their own customer base.

The BBC reduces the overheads of its tenants by providing shared facilities, such as, reception, internet and telephony services, office equipment, office cleaning, security and meeting rooms.

For more information about the BBC, contact Donna Patriarca, BBC Manager Ph. 9853 3200 or refer to www.breed.org.au.

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