Congratulating Emerge Graduates of 2015

  On Tuesday the 8th of December Shayne attended the 2015 Emerge graduation, representing the Minister for Disabilities, the Hon. John Ajaka. Emerge is a nine month leadership program designed to develop leadership capacity and experience in young adults with cerebral palsy. In Sydney this program partners staff from the Commonwealth Bank with young adults from the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. Each participant is matched to a personal coach for a year who assists them to identify and build on their strengths. The program aims to build confidence and familiarity in the business environment, and develop a network of professionals and friends. Click here to read Shayne's speech and find out more about Emerge. Continue reading

My Speech to SSROC's Contaminated Land Conference

  Last week on the 23rd of November, it was my pleasure to present the keynote speech to a Conference on Contaminated Lands organised by Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (SSROC). The conference was held at what was once the headquarters of Fairfax where I previously worked in their corporate division. It is now the University of Technology’s Aerial Function Centre. Continue reading

Unification Turns 65

‘Unification’ is one of the oldest multicultural media outlets in Australia, having covered matters of interest to the Russian community since December 1950, throughout successive waves of Russian migration to Australia. From the first settlers who made their home here in the 1880s, to those who came after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, members of the Russian community have contributed significantly to our lives here in Australia and from December 1950, Unification has been there to chronicle their stories and challenges. Continue reading


  We’ve all heard the stories about first home buyers buying off the plan thinking they’ve just bought their dream home, and then in 12 months time, finding out they've been ripped off buy someone who it turns out reckons they could make more money if they put the home they were promised back on the market at a higher price. NSW Parliament today approved amendments to the Conveyancing Act 1919, strengthening protections for buyers who purchase properties off the plan. Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation Victor Dominello said the new laws are intended to prevent rogue developers from rescinding contracts using the sunset clause to make windfall profits. “The NSW Government has listened to the community’s concerns and acted swiftly to provide home buyers with greater certainty,” he said. “Any developers who are thinking of acting unethically should know that their behaviour will no longer be tolerated.” Continue reading