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BUSINESS EVENTS TURBOCHARGED ACROSS NSW

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BUSINESS EVENTS TURBOCHARGED ACROSS NSW

BUSINESS EVENTS TURBOCHARGED ACROSS NSW

A total of 27 business events across NSW will receive grants of up to $30,000, helping to turbocharge local economies and create more jobs across the State.
Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said while it has been incredibly tough for the business events sector, now was the time to rebuild business confidence and kick-start momentum across the industry.
“From Ballina and Coffs Harbour to Bathurst, and the Murray, the events will be staged across various corners of regional NSW, hosting more than 35,000 delegates in our State,” Mr Ayres said.
“These grants will not only support event managers and venues, but it will have huge flow-on effects and will help to boost the entire supply chain, putting more dollars into the pockets of local businesspeople and creating jobs.”
Mr Ayres said the opening of the $500,000 NSW Regional Business Event Development Fund in February could not have come at a better time, as the return of more face-to-face events ramps up.
“There’s a strong appetite among NSW businesses to get back to hosting and attending face-to-face events. People have a strong desire to build business connections in-person, while still taking advantage of virtual events,” Mr Ayres said.
“I congratulate the business event recipients for their contributions to growing the NSW visitor economy, and we look forward to welcoming delegates to the fantastic destinations and venues across regional NSW.”
Managed by Destination NSW, the NSW Regional Business Event Development Fund offers matched dollar-for-dollar funding of grants up to $30,000, and is designed to assist stakeholders create and attract business events for regional NSW while also supporting new business event initiatives.

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Payment redirection scams cost Australian businesses $128 million in 2020

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Payment redirection scams cost Australian businesses $128 million in 2020

Payment redirection scams cost Australian businesses $128 million in 2020

Payment redirection scams were the most financially damaging scams for Australian businesses in 2020 according to the ACCC’s latest Targeting Scams report. Combined losses reported to Scamwatch, other government agencies, banks and payment platforms totalled $128 million in 2020.
Reports to Scamwatch show that Australian businesses lost $18 million to scams in 2020, a 260 per cent increase on losses reported in 2019.
“Small and micro businesses made most of the reports to Scamwatch and experienced an increase in losses in 2020, although larger businesses reported the highest losses,” ACCC Deputy Chair Mick Keogh said.
Based on Scamwatch data alone, false billing scams were the most commonly reported scam by businesses and accounted for three quarters of total losses to businesses. Small and micro businesses accounted for almost 60 per cent of these false billing reports.
There are a range of false billing scams, but the most common type was payment redirection scams, also known as business email compromise (BEC) scams, with 1,300 reports and $14 million in losses. This is a substantial increase from the 900 reports and $5 million in losses reported in 2019.
In a payment redirection scam, scammers impersonate a business or its employees via email and request an upcoming payment be redirected to a fraudulent account.
Scamwatch also observed a new type of scam in 2020 that targeted farmers looking for a good deal on tractors and farm machinery. Scammers advertised equipment at prices well below market value, and told farmers that they couldn’t view the tractors prior to purchase due to government restrictions from the pandemic. Farmers made payments to secure these special deals, when in reality the equipment never existed. Farmers were conned out of $1.1 million in these scams.
“One thing we know about scammers is that they will take advantage of a crisis,” Mr Keogh said.
Businesses were also targeted by health and medical scams in 2020. About half of the $3.9 million in total losses reported to health and medical scams were from businesses, as they attempted to procure personal protective equipment for their staff to comply with government guidelines during the pandemic.
Other scam types that impacted businesses throughout the year included phishing, identity theft and hacking scams.
“It is so important for businesses to stay informed about scams so they can protect themselves,” Mr Keogh said.
“The ACCC provides a range of resources for businesses on how to avoid scams on the Scamwatch website and in our media releases throughout the year.”
Businesses that have been scammed should contact their bank as soon as possible. If the scam occurred on a platform such as Facebook, contact them directly to report it.
Businesses can also report a scam to ReportCyber, which is run by the Australian Cyber Security Centre and passes reports to law enforcement agencies for assessment and intelligence purposes.
The Small Business Information Network also provides details about new or updated resources, enforcement action, changes to Australia’s competition and consumer laws, events, surveys and scams relevant to the small business sector.

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The Northern Rivers Times Edition 49

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The Northern Rivers Times Edition 49

The Northern Rivers Times Edition 49

The Northern Rivers Times Edition 49 is out today as usual it is available from all Newsagents, leading Service Stations, General Stores and Woolworths Supermarkets from Coffs Harbour to Southport and as far west as Tenterfield, every town in the northern rivers. A very full 80 pages to read on these rainy and cold days ahead with over 32 pages of local news, 4 page lift out TV Guide, 2 pages of puzzles, 7-8 pages of local sports, 7 page of Rural news, 4 pages of Local Entertainment, trades and professional services, funerals, community news and events and a special 7 Pages on Lismore’s the Star Court Theatre 100 year Anniversary. This is a brilliant edition and all of our readers will absolutely love it from page 1 to page 80. Only $2. But HURRY as last weeks edition 48 sold out all copies within 3 days.

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Win-win: Feeding hungry people while helping the environment

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Win-win: Feeding hungry people while helping the environment

By Samantha Elley

Up to 40% of food purchased by restaurants, cafes and other foodservice businesses ends up in the bin.

With that statistic in mind Foodbank and Y Waste have teamed up to find a better way for food businesses to give worth to their waste and provide meals for people who might otherwise go without.

Arianne Schreiber runs Yummify, a catering company located in the Byron Bay Industrial Estate which has registered to use the Y Waste app to offer food left over from an event.

She provides organic, vegan and mainly gluten free catering for retreats, events, home deliveries and at the Mullumbimby markets.

“I’m very committed to zero waste and plastic free,” said Ms Schreiber.

“I’m committed to organic biodynamic and growing regeneratively, so joining the app was a no-brainer.

“I specifically try to know how much I’m cooking and make as least waste as possible with food, but sometimes there are leftovers that people have taken home.

“But having somewhere where you can offer it cheaper, it’s a no-brainer.”

Ms Schreiber is already practicing low waste. At the end of the day at the markets, her leftover food is marked to half price to ensure she takes no extras home.

The app will now help her to reach more people locally, and hopefully provide some yummy dishes like her eggplant parmigiana and Zucchini Spaghetti Napoli to those who need it and not in the bin.

Through Foodbank, local charities connect and identify vulnerable people who live in the area and need assistance.

They can then log on and find local offers nearby and claim them with dignity just like any takeaway meal, according to Ian Price, the founder of Y Waste.

“Ninety percent of the food outlets we’ve spoken to want to donate meals in their communities and the indication is that over half of all the meals being offered through Y Waste will end up with people who can’t afford to buy them,” he said.

After a successful trial of the concept, Foodbank and Y Waste are now turning their attention to the Northern Rivers Region as the place to launch the initiative, thanks to a project funded by the NSW Environment Protection Authority and the Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre.

Aside from Yummify, other Northern Rivers food places that have registered so far are Elixiba of Byron Bay and Flock Espresso of Lismore.

Foodbank and Y Waste are now looking for local restaurants, cafes and takeaways to register.

The registration process takes only a few minutes, and the app takes care of notifications, receipts and is free to use with no contract or minimum term.

When registered, businesses can save on waste disposal, help the environment and help genuine people facing hardship.

More information can be found at the website www.foodbank.org.au/y-waste.

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Foodbank 1 -3: Flock Espresso Cafe, Lismore. Photo: Samantha Elley
Foodbank 4 Vegan dish Zucchini Spaghetti Napoli made by Yummify. Photo contributed

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