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Assisting small businesses located in the CBD of Newcastle NSW to take advantage of the new light rail.

You only pay $0

Program value $Fully Subsidised

Free business advice, through the NSW Government's Business Connect program.


How It Works

At no cost to businesses, this program has been tailored to assist businesses in the CDB of Newcastle who have been disrupted by the light rail construction. Our Business Advisors are able to meet you at your premises or you can visit our offices in Newcastle West.

How It Works

This free service will help you identify your unique challenges and apply specific strategies. You will receive:

  • Free advice

    Unlimited hours of 1:1 of support with one of our Advisors.

  • Strategic Framework

    We will introduce you to the disruption action plan and our strategic toolkit.

  • Tailored Service

    We work with you to identify your unique challenges and apply specific strategies to assist.

  • We work with you

    Visit us or we can come to you.


Maria O'Brien is dedicated to supporting business in the CBD of Newcastle. Having spent more than 30 years living in Newcastle, she has seen and experienced the changes in the Newcastle area infrastructure, particularly in the CBD. Maria’s passion for local businesses and her practical approach to troubleshooting problems benefits advancing business through strategic thinking.

Maria O'Brien
Maria O'Brien Business Advisor

A wealth of experience and passion for local businesses


Under Business Connect, this program is fully funded and supported by the NSW Department of Industry. Business Connect is a dedicated and personalised NSW Government program that provides trusted advice to help you start or grow your business. Save yourself the paperwork and register online.

Register for Business Connect here.


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