Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Minchinbury. Opposition to $45 million facility

A local residents’ group has objected to a proposal by Dial A Dump Industries, one of the State's leading waste management service providers, to build a $45 million building materials recycling facility in a disused quarry at Minchinbury. The group is concerned about possible exposure to asbestos. The company said asbestos would be buried 150 metres underground. The company told the ABC that 45 direct and over 100 indirect jobs would be created


Auburn. OFIS outlet to close

The OFIS outlet in Auburn is one of Harvey Norman’s five office supply stores which will be closed before the end of June. When launched less than a year ago, the plan was to open 100 stores over the next 5-10 years. Executive chairman, Gerry Harvey, said the operation was losing too much, too fast to continue operating in the economic climate. “We are going to loose $7 million to $8 million in this six months ... the sales we were writing were not in a bull’s roar of where we wanted to be,” he said in The Australian Financial Review. OFIS was established to take on Officeworks.


Sydney Olympic Park. SOPA reduces staff

The Sydney Olympic Park Authority (SOPA) implemented its “most significant” restructure in the 2007-08 financial year and reduced its staff by more than 30 per cent., “reflecting the authority’s determination to streamline its operations,” said CEO, Alan Marsh, in the annual report. “The challenge now is to find innovative ways to do more with less.” Mr Marsh said SOPA’s financial performance had enabled it to reduce its reliance on NSW Government funding, which had declined by 71 per cent since 2003.