NEWS

Gladys Berejiklian has officially been sworn in as the 45th Premier of NSW

Michael Sharpe congratulates the new leaders of the NSW Liberal Party, Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Deputy Liberal Leader Dominic Perrottet.

Gladys Berejiklian has announced she is "ready for anything" as she rises to become the state's 45th Premier and first female Liberal leader. "I am excited by the prospect of taking our State to the next level and making sure every community feels part of the success we have built for six years as a Government."

The John Howard Debating Cup

Michael Sharpe was able to catch up with former Prime Minister John Howard at the University of Sydney. The John Howard Debating Cup is a chance for mainstream students to engage in civl debate about important issues concerning modern Australia. It brings together eight universities from across New South Wales.

Infrastructure Commitments for the Central Coast

Working with Premier Mike Baird, Michael Sharpe has been able to gain significant funding commitments to infrastructure investment on the Central Coast. Over one billion dollars will be invested to infrastructure priorities including the massive redevelopment of Gosford and Wyong Hospitals, improvements to the Pacific Highway at Ourimbah and Lisarow and major upgrades to intersections at Tumbi Umbi, Mingara, Chittaway and Tuggerah.

$50,000.00 raised for Lifeline

As an Ambassador for Lifeline, Michael Sharpe was able to help raise vital funds for suicide prevention services. It came as part of the ANZ Charity Tennis Challenge, which raised $50,000.00 for Lifeline Newcastle and Hunter.

The stage was set for former Newcastle Knights star Clint Newton and other high profile community leaders to take on Australian tennis great Alicia Molik in a series of best-of-three games. ANZ Regional Executive Paul Cragg said he was delighted to present Lifeline with the cheque, describing the day as a great success and an example of the strong community spirit that embodies the region.

New Industry Alliance Focused On Biotechnolgy Future

With the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) and industry co-operative HunterNet have formed a united front to encourage the growth of medical manufacturing and health investment potential within the region.

HMRI Director Professor Michael Nilsson and HunterNet Vice Chairman Michael Sharpe sealed the inaugural agreement in an official function at the HMRI Building. It coincided with a formal visit by the Ambassador of Sweden Pär Ahlberger and a Swedish health delegation, as Hunter researchers work closely with Swedish biotech companies, medical research institutes and government representatives to extend the reach of HMRI’s research programs globally.

The MoU aims to spur new collaborations through research investment, advanced manufacturing technologies and the exchange of technical information, with HMRI and HunterNet sharing a strategic vision to establish a biotech cluster for pharmaceuticals, medical devices and healthcare delivery in the Hunter New England Health region.

Mr Sharpe said that formalising linkages and fostering new synergies between researchers and advanced manufacturers was a logical next step in the evolution of the Hunter’s industry base. “We are extremely excited to sign a collaboration agreement with our friends at HMRI. Over the past few years we have witnessed an accelerated transition of businesses moving into advanced manufacturing processes and technologies, particularly in the medical sector,” Mr Sharpe said. “We know the region possesses the capabilities – now it’s time we match these capabilities with the needs of Hunter researchers to support their delivery of ‘world’s best’ medical solutions.”

Asian Business Engagement Strategy

HunterNet is widely recognised within Australian manufacturing and academia as the most successful industry ‘cluster’ of its type nationally. The organisation involves over 200 companies, active in national and international infrastructure and asset management, energy and resources, defence and advanced manufacturing supply chains.

Through its membership, HunterNet represents over 70,000 employees. HunterNet has signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with the China National Coal Association (CNCA) and the China Circular Economy Association (CCEA). A regional MoU has been signed between Hunternet and the Chinese region of Taian’s Chamber of Commerce, focused on boosting trade and collaboration between the regions and is one of the first developments from the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA). With a growing Asian business engagement strategy and trade missions with China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam, HunterNet is recognised as a gateway to Australian Industry.

Australia's Leading Defence Conference

The Joint Strike Fighter program was a key topic at the HunterNet Defence Conference.

The Federal Government has announced the purchase of 58 new Joint Strike Fighter jets at a cost of $12 billion dollars, with the majority to be housed at the Williamtown RAAF base. With represntatives from the Australian Defence Forces along with foreign defence delegates, prime contractors like Lockheed Martin, BAE, second tier companies like Varley and all the defence SME's the annual conference was an outstanding success.

HunterNet Chairman Michael Sharpe said "the HunterNet Defence Conference is the leading forum in Australia for the Defence industry and in particular SMEs, to hear updates on key Aerospace, Land and Maritime Projects, other regional activities and defence opportunities."

Marine Barracks Wahington DC

On a recent trip to Washington DC, Michael Sharpe visited the Marine Barracks as a VIP guest of General John Paxton who currently serves as the 33rd Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps.

Founded by President Thomas Jefferson, the Barracks is home to many recognised units, including the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon, the Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, the Marine Band, the official Marine Corps Color Guard, and the Marine Corps Body Bearers. It is also the site of the Home of the Commandants, which, along with the Barracks, is a registered United States national historic landmark.

Visiting the Middle East

Michael Sharpe has returned from a two week visit across Iran. With sanctions easing the Persian nation of around 80 million people is opening up to international ties. The Islamic Republic is the second largest country in the Middle East. The visit included the econmic centre and capital city Tehran, the northern regions around the Caspian Sea and central regions including Shiraz and Isfahan.

HunterNet Future Leaders Gala

The HunterNet Future Leaders Program is designed to significantly improve participant’s professional network and leadership skills and delivers a step change in skills across business, management and teamwork. The program includes a major project that runs over eight weeks where the participants work in teams to apply the practical skills that they have learnt through the course content. The project content has a focus on major infrastructure investment (Road, Rail and Ferry); State and Federal Government policy initiatives in the rapidly changing face of commerce in Newcastle, new industries and greater collaboration globally. The winning team is announced at the annual Gala Dinner.

Michael Sharpe Hosts HunterNet Chairman's Awards

The HunterNet Chairman’s Awards Night has recognised the outstanding achievements of the region’s companies over the previous twelve months. It recognises excellence in business and the significant contribution that they make to the Australian economy and community. The awards program provides a means by which outstanding performance is acknowledged and celebrated.

New South Wales Local Health Districts Conference

Michael Sharpe met with Health Minister Jillian Skinner and fellow board members of the Local Health Districts from across NSW. Also in attendance was Sarah Mitchell MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Regional and Rural Health and Western NSW.

The Secretary for NSW Health, Elizabeth Koff, talked about the role of effective partnerships in health services and community engagement.

Pictured - Michael Sharpe with Professor Maree Gleeson OAM.

Community Partnerships Building For 5 Lands Walk

Michael Sharpe is a committee member and transport director of the 5 Lands Walk.

A key community partnership of the annual event is the major sponsor Busways growing their support of the transport services with 13 buses and drivers along with co-ordination of travel routes. The 5 Lands Walk is a day-long festival along 10 kms of spectacular coastline.

In 2006, inspired by Italy's Cinque Terra, the 5 Lands Walk was created as a unique event to connect People to People and People to Place. It's been growing and improving every year since. In 2015, 99.6 % of surveyed participants rated their experience “good” or ‘excellent” and with participation rising from around 500 in 2006 to an estimated 18,000 in 2016, we're building a movement! There's plenty to see and do on the Central Coast to make a weekend of it. There's diving, bushwalking in fabulous National Parks, wildlife parks, fishing, whale watching, horse riding, golf, surfing and more.

The event boosts tourism throughout the year and injects over two million dollars to the local visitor economy. Proudly held on Darkinjung Country. ​ The longer term vision for the 5 Lands Walk is the construction of a permanent all weather pathway, from MacMasters Beach to Terrigal. It will become a significant attraction for both locals and visitors to the Central Coast. This Walkway will be a fully signposted path which provides a safe route that takes advantage of the best our coastline has to offer. ​It will respect the cultural heritage of the Central Coast, both Aboriginal and European, while showing the stunning views, beautiful beaches, bushland and cultural offerings of the community.

Ride Sharing Services Get Moving In NSW

Michael Sharpe has welcomed the green light for ride sharing services like Uber. After pushing for the legal approval of these new transport services and talking with local business and local transport operators, Mr Sharpe said "Uber and other ride-sharing services have the potential to create thousands of jobs on the Central Coast and could provide much-needed local transport options for the region. We need to do all we can to create more local jobs.”

“Ride sharing not only provides driving jobs, it can also help boost our tourism sector by providing more options to our local transport mix. Visitors could enjoy a nice dinner at a local restaurant and have door to door transport services on demand, at a better price.”

NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance hailed the move, saying the state “will have a new transport economy” that drives down the cost of travel for passengers. “People will have more choice, they will have better services, and better value when it comes to the point-to-point market,” Mr Constance said, “Overall you will see downward pressure on fares.”

Defence Reserves Support

Michael Sharpe was at The Singleton Military Area at a two day exercise for Defence Reserves Support.

www.defencereservessupport.gov.au

Launch party for "Stars of the Central Coast"

There will be some pretty special dance moves - all for a good cause! Supporting the Cancer Council Central Coast.

Start of the surf rescue season

The official launch of the Surf Rescue Patrol Season across Central Coast Beaches.

Andrew French Medal

Michael Sharpe with his Brother In Law Andrew French and Winner Terry Dries. Congratulations to Terrie Dries - Winner of the Annual Andrew French Medal for Player of the Match in the Mens Premier League First Grade Grand Final. The Entrance defeated Berkeley Vale 7 - 4

Meeting with Karen McNamara MP

Lester Pearson and Michael Sharpe met with Karen McNamara MP to discuss Rotary Youth Leadership Programs and the Gosford North Rotary Club's SOKS Program.

KickStart Music

Action time to set up for the grand final concert of the Kick Start Music Challenge! Michael Sharpe was pleased to be a major sponsor of this event. www.kickstartmusic.com.au

Federal Industry

As Vice Chairman of HunterNet, Michael Sharpe visited Parliament House in Canberra to brief the Federal Industry Minister, Ian MacFarlane MP, on the latest news with industry sectors in the Central Coast and Hunter Regions. www.hunternet.com.au

Gosford Art Prize

Local artist Felicity O'Connor with Michael and Elizabeth Sharpe at the launch of the Gosford Art Prize.

Michael Sharpe elected HunterNet Deputy Chairman

Photo L-R - John Gambrill, Michael Sharpe and CEO Tony Cade

Michael Sharpe has been elected as Deputy Chairman of HunterNet. A gateway to a network of firms representing key industries in Newcastle, the Central Coast and Hunter Valley, HunterNet is active in national and international markets in defence, power generation, mineral processing, transportation and major resource projects.

HunterNet involves over 200 companies. By combining their skills, expertise and "the power of many", these companies are able to focus on competing globally.

With over 10,000 SME's operating in the Hunter region, the numbers speak for themselves: With gross regional product of approx $35 billion, and a foreign trade surplus of $6 billion, the region is an important contributor to the national economy.

HunterNet members leverage their collective experience and diversity through networking, collaboration and the promotion of innovation to benefit and grow the manufacturing and engineering industries throughout the region.

Voices

Voices - live at Lizottes! Michael Sharpe is a major sponsor of this outstanding Central Coast competition. Here with Gina Jeffreys, Greg Gould and Brian Lizotte. www.iconicproductionsau.com

Freemasons

With the Freemasons on the Central Coast at Gosford Sailing Club for Emergency Services Open Day.

A great day out at the Charmhaven RFS open day

Michael Sharpe with the Freemasons on the Central Coast supporting the Central Coast community. www.facebook.com/FreemasonsOnTheCentralCoast

Social Procurement

Michael Sharpe was a guest speaker talking at a government conference about social procurement and social engagement - working with the community throughout NSW.

Julies Place

Michael and Elizabeth Sharpe cooking with Julie Goodwin at Julie's Place. www.juliesplace.com.au/juliesplace.html

National Servicemens Association

Michael Sharpe with friends Robert Bedwell and Derek Crawford in Gosford for the 17th birthday commemoration service of the National Servicemen's Association - Gosford City Sub Branch.

Swaziland

Michael spent time at Bondi Beach with Fortunate. Her first time seeing the ocean. Fortunate is a pre school teacher from rural Swaziland. Her school provides education to local children and employment for local women. Until 2010 the school was run from a mud hut but has now progressed to a brick building and employs 3 teachers and a security guard. Fortunate is in Sydney for 1 month as part of a university program in early childhood education and care. Check out www.facebook.com/matjana.preschool

The Rhythm Hut

Pumping drum circle to start off 5 lands tonight! Check out The Rhythm Hut - www.therhythmhut.com.au

Amnesty

Great afternoon at the University of New England with our Amnesty International action group. Check out our facebook page - www.facebook.com/AmnestyInternationalArmidaleUNE

Avoca Beachside Markets

Fun time with blue skies at the Avoca Beachside Markets!

5 Lands Walk

The 5 Lands Walk has Aboriginal ceremony and culture, music, food, artworks, gigantic kites, whales, dance, sculptures on the beach, craft workshops and it showcases five different ethnic communities. www.5landswalk.com.au

Rotary International Convention

The Rotary Club of Gosford North were recognised for the organising work as part of the Rotary International Convention. Michael Sharpe was honoured to be the Australian Flag Bearer, leading the "Flags of the Rotary World" opening ceremony at Sydney Olympic Park before approx 20,000 visitors from all over the World.

Local Hero Awards

Fantastic turn out at the National Day of Thanksgiving in Kibble Park. Michael Sharpe was humbled to receive a Local Hero Award for community service along with Local Area Commander Danny Sullivan who acknowledged the great work done by the team at the Brisbane Water LAC.

Relay For Life

At the launch of Cancer Council Relay For Life at Mingara. Great to again be part of Team Happy Ever After with Peter Hurley.

Central Coast Team Support

The Central Coast Mariners are a foundation team in the Hyundai A-League and represent the Central Coast region on the national and international sporting stage.

The Central Coast Mariners donated a team jersey, autographed by the team and supported Michael Sharpe during fundraising for the Cancer Council in Dancing With The Central Coast Stars.

The Central Coast Mariners have been one of the most successful teams in the relatively short history of the Hyundai A-League. With two Hyundai A-League premierships, three Hyundai A-League Grand Final appearances and two AFC Champions League campaigns already to their name, the record is strong, and the future for the Central Coast Mariners is undoubtedly bright.

Australian Defence

HunterNet Director Michael Sharpe with the HunterNet Defence Team at RAAF Base Williamtown, where guests were briefed about No 2 Squadron's Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft.

Coast Star Motors Supports Michael Sharpe

As the fun gets underway for Dancing with the Coast Stars, local Mercedes Benz Dealer – Coast Star Motors, has thrown their support behind Michael Sharpe.

Dealer Principal – Tim Bore said “Coast Star Motors are in full support of Michael and his efforts in raising funds for the Cancer Council NSW.” Michael will be learning to dance with a cast of high profile community and business leaders which will culminate in a Gala Event in February. 12 local personalities are preparing to swap their suits for sparkles and raise $100,000.00 all in the name of cancer research.

All details here - www.sharpebros.com.au/dancing

Michael Sharpe Joins Dancing With The Stars!

Michael Sharpe will be raising funds and learning to dance with a cast of high profile community and business leaders to be announced in the coming weeks and culminating in a gala event for the NSW Cancer Council in February.

Cancer Council NSW is the leading cancer charity in NSW and has been providing cancer support to NSW for over 50 years. We are a completely independent charity that receives no government funding and we rely on the generosity of the NSW community to fund our programs and services.

Cancer Council NSW is the only cancer organisation that works across all cancers. We are also the only charity that provides prevention, support, education, awareness programs and we are the largest funder of cancer research outside the government.

Sharpe Bros Meet with Tony Abbott

Hayden, Michael and Richard Sharpe with Hon. Tony Abbott MP, Prime Minister of Australia.

Michael Sharpe Gains Insiders Look at The New York Stock Exchange

Michael Sharpe gained special access to the floor of the New York Stock Exchange as a guest of markets guru and Wall Street icon Art Cashin, the UBS Financial Services’ director of floor operations at the NYSE. Mr Cashin is a legend on the floor of the Big Board and has been on The Street for nearly 50 years. He is well known for his daily newsletter "Cashin's Comments" and makes frequent appearances on financial television to talk about the markets. Meeting with market-makers at Wall Street, Michael Sharpe said "it is terrific to be at the engine room of one of the worlds largest centres of business financial activity."

Sharpe Bros Supports Rural Fire Service

Sharpe Bros have donated their services to refurbish the crumbling and long neglected driveway at Kariong Rural Fire Brigade, which posed a safety hazard for members and the public.

Sharpe Bros stepped in to help after seeing the poor state of the potholed and disintegrating driveway off Dandaloo Street, despite 10 years of fundraising and lobbying to get it repaired. The Sharpe Bros team completed the $7000 project in just one day, free of charge.

Joint Managing Director of Sharpe Bros, Michael Sharpe, said the repair work was undertaken while the brigade was out on call, much to the surprise of the members when they returned. “I left a message on the Captain’s phone to say we were going to do it, and I phoned him again when it was finished to tell him what we had done. He was very surprised and I’d say they were all pretty stoked when they got back to the station and saw the new driveway,” Mr. Sharpe said.

“We were happy to make this donation to the Kariong Rural Fire Brigade, who have been caring for the Gosford community since 1946.”

“They’re the sort of guys who are always on call and go out of their way to help the community in their time of need, so we were happy to be able to give something back and thank them for all the work they do"

Captain of Kariong Rural Fire Brigade, Robert Sterling, said the donation has had a huge impact on the station. “I know it’s just a driveway, but when you’re sitting in a 13 tonne truck and trying to get somewhere quickly and being bounced out of the station because of the potholes, it was just a menace.

“It’s a pretty active spot, with a child care centre opposite us, and other businesses around us. It’s a really well used area so now it will be a lot safer for everyone now it’s in tip-top condition,” he said.

Mr. Sterling said he was stunned when he received the call from Michael Sharpe to tell him the driveway had been fixed. “Just before he told me, I had asked if he could organise a time to come out and look at the driveway, so we could get a quote and have a target for our fundraising. But he told me it was already done, and to keep our fundraising money to spend on something better.”

“Everyone in the brigade went up to the station and just stood there and stared at it and just couldn’t stop saying thank you.”

Mr. Sterling said besides the obvious benefits of improved safety, accessibility and aesthetics, the Sharpe Bros’ donation has boosted the morale of the members. “It really has had a flow on effect with the members who have a newfound pride in their station and we can’t thank the Sharpe Bros enough,” Mr. Sterling said.

The family owned and operated company is run by the three Sharpe brothers, Michael, Richard and Hayden, and has a tradition of community service. “We work in a very team oriented environment and this type of work is something we have always done and learnt from our father. It’s part of our family heritage,” Mr. Sharpe said. “We believe it’s also a good example to set - that where companies can help, it’s important they do help.

“Times are pretty tough for a lot of businesses so where you can lend a hand it certainly has a flow on effect and is good for the whole community,” he said.

Michael Sharpe Paves a New Way At Harvard

Michael Sharpe completed programs in the Leadership Initiative at Harvard Business School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Faculty included Professor Niall Ferguson, who holds the positions of Professor of History and Professor of Business at Harvard Business School. Professor Ferguson published to international critical acclaim The World’s Banker: The History of the House of Rothschild which won the Wadsworth Prize for Business History. He also published The Cash Nexus: Money and Power in the Modern World, 1700-2000 following a year as Houblon-Norman Fellow at the Bank of England.

In addition to the history of the Rothschild family, he recently published High Financier: The Lives and Time of Siegmund Warburg and is currently writing a life of Henry Kissinger. Prof. Ferguson released his first feature-length documentary, “Kissinger," which won the New York Film Festival’s prize for Best Documentary. A prolific commentator on contemporary politics and economics, Niall Ferguson writes regularly for newspapers and magazines around the world.