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The Centralian advocate Tue 18 Dec 2012

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The Centralian advocate Tue 18 Dec 2012

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Centralian Advocate; NewspaperNT

Date

2012-12-18

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English

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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Alice Springs; Tennant Creek (N.T.) -- Newspapers; Alice Springs (N.T.) -- Newspapers.; Australia, Central -- Newspapers

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

Place of publication

Alice Springs

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2019C00211

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https://hdl.handle.net/10070/243406

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https://hdl.handle.net/10070/603302

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10 Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, December 18, 2012 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 1 8 -D E C -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 1 0 C O L O R : C M Y K COMMERCIAL AND RETAIL Matt, Ripley, Violet, Wednesday, April and Rafferty Pyle are all heading to Victoria to live Picture of a new future for Pyles Steve Menzies MORE than 20 years of photographing Centralian people and events comes to an end for April and Matt Pyle on Thursday. They are closing their Moving Pictures business and moving closer to their families in Victoria. The Moving Pictures team, the Pyles and other photographers, have covered all the big events in Alice Springs during the past two decades. These include 10 Alice Springs Masters Games, attended by 5000 athletes each time, and 15 Finke Desert Races in as many years, as well as international cricket matches and AFL games. Moving Pictures has also been an official photographer for the World Masters Games, with 25,000 participants, and the Deaflympics, with 10,000 competitors, which were both held in Melbourne. Treasured among all these major events are taking pictures for the people of Alice Springs. We feel privileged to have had the trust and investment that hundreds of families have made using Moving Pictures photographic services for their weddings, then a few years later taking their family portraits; creating a real history, that we have been fortunate to document. Mrs Pyle said. Many social events, school functions and students photos have been snapped at every level from preschool to secondary and each session has been memorable and enjoyable. Tourism has also been a major part of our business, including coaches with visiting schools from all around Australia, Outback Ballooning and numerous conventions held here. And Alice Springs businesses have been equally supportive. Any business is only as good as the returning clients and we have been so excited with the continuous loyalty of the wonderful people of Alice Springs. Matthew and April came to Alice Springs in 1992 and are leaving with four children, who will remember fondly the town where they were born. During the years the Pyles have been able to train a number of young people in the art of photography; many of whom have gone on to work successfully in Melbourne and Sydney. While closing the business in Alice Springs, Moving Pictures will continue in its new home once the Pyles have had a break. We would like to take this opportunity to express our appreciation to the community of Alice Springs for the outstanding and continued support you have given to us, Mrs Pyle said. During our 20 years of living, raising four children, and working in Alice we have made many lifelong friendships, so that has made it difficult to come to the decision to return to our families in Gippsland, Victoria. However, that decision having been made we are delighted to be going home, but we will never forget our Alice experience, she said. A merry good time for planning Business expert Mark Loader ITS been a tough year for small and medium-sized businesses and Christmas will provide a much-needed break. But, according to business analyst and adviser Mark Loader from HAS Business Solutions, it is also the perfect time for businesses to look carefully at what they have achieved over the past six months and what they want to achieve by July 2013. He says business owners who are innovative and entrepreneurial have the best chance of success in the tightening economy. A lot of people consider they are in business just to make money, he says. But to do really well you need to have a greater purpose; otherwise you are just in the commodity business and someone could easily come in and just undercut you. You have to look at what you can do exceptionally well so that people want to come to you over someone else, regardless of price. It might be your follow-up service, or the fact you are pleasant and patient to deal with. He believes that one of the big issues for business in Alice Springs is that it is hard to find the right people. That is due to a combination of factors, one of which is salaries not keeping pace with the high cost of living here, particularly housing costs. Two of the priorities for business owners over the endof-year break are to have a good look at mitigating risk and how they use their marketing expenditure. Insurance costs have decreased in recent years but it is still expensive, he says. However, you need to weigh that up against the impact on your business if you are injured and off work for some time. And too many businesses just keep throwing away money on advertising that is ineffective because they dont know what else to do. Many businesses have spent a heap of money on advertising that hasnt worked, he says. Yet they havent done anything to change that. They need to get a whole deal smarter but, in order to market the business, they really need to understand what their message should be. Whats my story? Whats my message? And then translate that to a consistent message through all marketing. He believes most business owners know they have weaknesses but think they dont have enough time or money to do anything about it. Yet there are many Federal and NT Government programs available free or at a reduced cost that are undersubscribed. You need to start off with a proper review: Here are my strengths, here are my weakness, how can I prioritise things to be of the greatest benefit? he says. That process can begin with the NT Government-funded business growth program. Owners could then follow up with a business and a mentoring program. Thats invaluable to help you through the various stages to ensure that your strategic plan is implemented properly ... someone experienced who can hold your hand through the process. Above all, Mark says, make planning for your business a priority. It will be money and time very well spent. Small to medium businesses should be optimistic about 2013. They just need to constantly think about what is a better way to do something, he says. And then make sure they follow through. Top performers only can hope for big pay rise Sarah Michael DO you want a big pay rise in 2013? You either need to be working in energy or be really, really good at your job. Research from consulting firm Aon Hewitt found performance will be the main consideration in pay decisions next year, with some 95.1 per cent of organisations saying it is an influence. Individuals that are actually contributing to overall success are more likely to get a pay rise, Rachael Finnemore from Aon Hewitt said. Will you be getting a pay rise thats above average next year? See the list of industries at right. Companies will also rely more on bonuses in 2013 to recognise high performers, with 43.8 per cent of employers planning to review the criteria of bonuses. The same portion of employers said they would review how they reward and motivate high performers in the new year. Workplace hierarchy is also a factor for pay rises, with top executives and senior and middle managers projected to get an average pay increase of 4.2 per cent, junior managers and administrative staff to get 4.1 per cent and manual staff having to make do with 4.0 per cent. Ms Finnemore said this was related to the fact that a number of enterprise bargaining agreements have come into effect this year. They have a predetermined pay rise so that will affect clerical, admin and manual staff, she said. The report predicts the average Australian employee will receive a salary increase of 4.2 per cent in 2013, which is higher than the CPI but conservative compared with the 4.6 per cent increase that was predicted for 2012. The research also projects workers in the energy, power and gas sector will receive the highest pay increases next year, averaging 6 per cent. Retail employees will receive the lowest average increases of 3.7 per cent due to a drop in retail sales value across the sector. The retail sector is doing a large amount of discounting in order to bring people through the door, Ms Finnemore said. Volume of sales is increasing but the actual value of sales is still modest. The most recent survey of Australia by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) this week said our economy had weathered the global economic crisis well, reflecting sound macroeconomic policies and strong demand from China. It forecasts the economy to grow at 3 per cent in 2013 after a robust 3.7 per cent expansion in 2012, and a moderate growth of 2.3 per cent in 2011. The OECD said although Australia would be less vulnerable to a potential worsening in Europes sovereign debt crisis, because of its low exposure to Europe, it did face potential risks from any substantial weakening of growth in China and other Asian countries. Industry salary increases SERVICES Above average Construction engineering 5.0 per cent Health care/medical services 4.8 per cent Banking/finance 4.4 per cent Entertainment/communicat ions/publication 4.3 per cent per cent Average IT enabled service 4.2 per cent Professional services (advert ising, PR, accounting, consulting, legal) 4.2 per cent Below average Hospitality/restaurant/travel 4.0 per cent Not for profit 3.5 per cent Retail 3.7 per cent MANUFACTURING Above average Energy (power/oil/gas) 6.0 per cent Automotive 4.9 per cent Industrial engineering 4.4 per cent Life science 4.3 per cent Average Mining/milling/smelting 4.2 per cent Below average Chemical 4.0 per cent Consumer products 3.8 per cent


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