Courting cash for novel nuptials

The pending nuptials of Peter Holmes a Court have taken on a new twist with he and his intended, Alissa, using the new avenue of crowd funding. The reception, according to the website, will be in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the end value, to use financial speak, is $24,000. So far, the couple have raised $9759, and there are 43 days left for donations. From Peter: ”All we want for our wedding is to help the women + children in DRCongo”. ”The ‘Gifts’ will be monetary donations to our programs”, the website says.Border slogs ACCC

CBD always likes having a late-night read through public submissions to the review of our nation’s competition policy. After all, you just never know who you might come across.

Parked among the recent submissions was one from a bloke named Allan Border and boy does he have something to say about competition policy in Australia.

”Break Coles and Woolworths supermarket power, where they charge small business 20.5 per cent in rebates and allowances, demand 55 per cent margin and demand suppliers 100 per cent promotions,” says the grammatically challenged submission.

Ahmed Fahour’s Australia Post also cops a spray with rate hikes ”forcing small business to lose business to overseas retailers whose shipping costs are almost half”.

In reply to the question asking if current competition laws work effectively, Mr Border replies: ”NO. The ACCC needs a massive overhaul and more teeth. They are pathetic and have failed Australia since formation.”Hotel honours

The top accommodation hotels in NSW are vying for honours at the industry’s gala awards night, the 2014 Tourism Accommodation Australia (NSW) Awards for Excellence. A record number of 55 accommodation hotels are nominated for awards across more than 30 categories. The InterContinental Sydney and the Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa lead the awards tally this year with 13 nominations each, while the Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel has 12. The Hilton, Sydney and Radisson Blu Sydney both have 11 nominations, while the Crowne Plaza Terrigal is up for nine awards. The Park Hyatt, Sydney and Rydges Sydney Airport both have eight award nominations. The Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney has seven as does Mercure Sydney.

The winners will be announced at the industry’s “night of nights” on Wednesday, July 16 at the Westin, Sydney before a crowd of more than 600 industry, business and community leaders. TAA (NSW) chairperson Nigel Greenaway said all the finalists represent excellence in accommodation services across Sydney and NSW with a full range of hotels represented, from established to aspirational brands.Symond’s a sport

The property industry was well represented last night at the State of Origin, with CBRE’s Tom Southern and the firm’s Asia Pacific chief executive, Danny Queenan, among others, making their way to Homebush. But was ”Aussie” John Symond in the Rugby Union mode, for Saturday’s Wallabies versus France, or in the Soccer world cup mode, when he was spotted at Felix Restaurant having some French steak and pommes frites with family members.

The French kick off Saturday morning in the Soccer and the Wallabies take on the French in the Rugby, in Sydney, Saturday afternoon.RSL ruckus

A ruckus is forming with the members of Hurstville RSL Club, who are calling for the board to convene a general meeting to consider a proposal from Skye Pacific to redevelop the club property in a joint venture. In the past couple of days more than 100 club members have signed requests to convene a general meeting ”evidencing their enthusiasm for a redevelopment of the club premises”. These have been lodged with the club’s office.

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