Good morning!

From the Digital Business Advisors at the Hunter Region Business Hub:

Has your business made the move to online?
Is it invisible?
Want to turn the Google light on?

You may have a web-presence, but are you showing up in search results? Are you on the first page of google, or so far down the results even random page checks for less well known businesses won’t find you?

Customers are actively searching & researching online. Where once they’d pop to the local shops or grab a yellow pages directory, they are now jumping onto Google for information about locally available products and services before leaving home. Covid-19 has accelerated Australia and the World’s transition to an online economy seeking locally made products and digitally accessible services.

Everyone wants their website to be on the front page of Google to take advantage of this … Did you know that Google rates Advertising first, Business Listings second and websites third! People can be searching for your type of business and if you don’t have a Google My Business listing you will not be in the running to be featured.

The Digital Business Advisors from the Hunter Region Business Hub can help! We can show you how to create and optimise your own free listing, post and add photos to Google and find out how powerful Google Reviews really are.

Having a Google My Business page and actively adding content to it can boost your businesses visibility. The Hub is offering you the opportunity to attend a FREE 1 hour webinar “Drive Customer Engagement with Google My Business” at 10am Tuesday 15 September. Click here to book your ticket.

The Hunter Region Business Hub are rolling out the Digital Business Solutions program to small businesses with less than 20 full time employees within the Hunter Region. At the moment the fees for the service have been waived, so there has never been a better time to book in an hour of power to focus on your business and see how we can help. For further information visit or email

Central Waste Station operates one of the most advanced resource recovery facilities in Australia at its Kurri Kurri base. This automated facility is able to greatly enhance the recoverability of recyclable materials found in mixed construction and demolition (C&D) waste, commercial and industrial (C&I) waste as well as other bulky waste streams. Materials that are recovered include metals, aggregates, plasterboard and wood, which instead of ending up in landfill can be sustainably recycled.

Central Waste Station has continued to provide essential waste collection and resource recovery services during the period of the COVID19 pandemic. Despite the current challenging environment, the company is continuing to press forward with its construction and expansion plans. Among the projects that are currently underway are the construction of an enlarged receivals area for its resource recovery operations as well as a new maintenance workshop and office building.

The establishment of several new sites at different locations within the Hunter Region is also planned, with different sites currently in the planning phase of development. Soon these facilities will provide Hunter businesses, residents, and government entities with more convenient access to the sustainable waste management solutions that Central Waste Station provides.

The Company also continues to provide significant employment opportunities to local people which will expand in line with the expansion of the company’s operations. Central Waste Station provides a substantial economic stimulus to the local community, both as a result of the filter-down effect of wages earned by local residents and through procurement from local suppliers and services providers.

Central Waste Station is also actively seeking to add to the range of organisations that it supports with key interests being: community sporting clubs, organisations that provide employment to disadvantaged members of society, conservation groups and charities that provide support to children affected by life-impacting medical conditions.

The company is also currently evaluating opportunities to support research institutions that undertake research that is relevant to resource recovery, waste management and contaminated site remediation. It is hoped that this will not only result in improved ways of working across the resource recovery industry but will also provide opportunities for doctoral students and post graduate research staff.

Kerry Hallett
Chamber President