Saturday, 3 April 2010

Parramatta. Fitted out for work

Fitted for Work, a Melbourne-based not-for-profit organisation committed to helping long term unemployed and disadvantaged women obtain work, maintain employment and ultimately achieve financial independence, will open its Sydney office, at 70 Phillip Street, in the Parramatta CBD, on April 12. “Parramatta was chosen because of its central location, good transport links and accessibility for our clients and referral agencies,” said Courtney Smith, program manager - Parramatta. The Fitted for Work service is free of charge and is available to any woman seeking work who would benefit from a new outfit for her interview, improved presentation and interview skills, and who has been referred by employment and other agencies supporting women


North Ryde. Sale opposed by ACCC

Goodman Fielder Limited has expressed its disappointment at the decision by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to oppose the sale of its commercial edible fats and oils division to Cargill Australia, which is also a refiner of edible fats and oils and the largest supplier of crude oils to Australian refiners. The ACCC said the acquisition would lead to a substantial reduction in competition in markets for the supply of certain refined oil products, in particular those used by industrial food manufacturers. Goodman Fielder's managing director, Peter Margin, said that if they are unable to find a resolution to the issues put forward by the ACCC, they would retain ownership of the business and proceed to develop and restructure its operations to improve profitability.

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Region. Top polluters

The federal government’s Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts’ National Pollutants Inventory identifies the OneSteel mill, at Rooty Hill, and the Shell Clyde refinery as among the big polluters in the Sydney area, while the state’s most polluted areas are in the Hunter Valley and the Lithgow regions because of the number of coal-based activities there.