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  • PIMS Group – Positioning for Success

    16-Nov-2017

    Four men. One vision. To be the leading diversified mining service provider and viewed as the employer of choice in the sector. PIMS Group is a proud, locally owned Mackay company taking on the big names in the highly competitive mining services space. Manager Director of PIMS Gr..

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  • Residential real estate overview

    16-Nov-2017

    Up until 2002, the prices of residential property in Mackay matched the ebb and flow of the sugar industry. However, in 2002, this all changed and house prices became firmly aligned to the growth of the coal mining sector in this region. So when the price of coal started to take a batt..

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  • Terms and conditions go hand-in-hand with owning a business

    16-Nov-2017

    Over the years, many clients have admitted that they have never read their terms and conditions (often buried somewhere on their website) or have “borrowed” them from a website or from a competing business. This is disastrous, especially when it comes time to rely upon those terms to recov..

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  • The new labour hire law, don’t be caught out!

    16-Nov-2017

    The Queensland Parliament recently passed new a new labour hire licensing act, the first of its kind in Australia and many local businesses may be impacted. The Act requires labour hire providers to be licenced and that management are 'fit and proper' persons. There are also signi..

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  • Protecting Your Invention or Great Idea

    16-Nov-2017

    The region’s METS sector is known for its great innovation to improve productivity and sustainability. In fact, many local businesses have registered patents to protect their ideas. The Australian Patent Office is currently receiving 30,000 standard patent applications each year. There h..

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  • Are You at Risk of Losing Millions Overnight?

    16-Nov-2017

    Local companies have literally lost millions of dollars of equipment overnight in the collapse of Caledon’s Cook Colliery mine. This is a scary reminder of the importance of correctly registering on the Personal Property Securities Register. It is a cut throat system and ownership means no..

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  • Separation & Bankruptcy

    13-Nov-2017

    The property interests of creditors and non-bankrupt spouses often conflict, and although legislative changes have been made to alleviate this tension complications still arise between these competing interests. It is extremely important for advisors (bankers, accountants, financial planners, et..

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  • Dangers of the Deep Web

    09-Nov-2017

    Did you know that what you see through searching on Google or Yahoo is only about 4% of the content on the world wide web? The other 96% exists in the ‘invisible web’ or the ‘deep web’. The deep web are parts of the world wide web where the content is not indexed, so not picked up by standa..

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  • Industrial Manslaughter legislative amendments and their relevance for you

    27-Oct-2017

    Recently, the Queensland Parliament (Labor with the help of the Katter Party) passed the proposed industrial manslaughter amendments into law. The amendments broaden responsibility for workplace related deaths and substantially increases the potential penalty. The new offence of industrial m..

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  • Unsent Text Message Accepted As Valid Will

    19-Oct-2017

    An unsent text message found on a deceased man’s phone has been declared by the Queensland Supreme Court to be his valid Will. The text message was addressed to the man’s brother, and contained details about how he wanted his assets to be dealt with on his death. The man (who took his own l..

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  • Are competitors using the internet to ‘steal’ your customers? It’s more common than you might think

    16-Oct-2017

    If you get work from your good local reputation or the web, don’t be surprised if a competitor is using the internet to covertly steal your work and in the process, potentially damaging your reputation. In the last two months McKays has had 3 contractor clients seek advice about unlawful int..

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  • Google Rankings and Another Reason for a Trade Mark

    28-Sep-2017

    Want to improve your Google ranking? You need to be careful how you, and your web designer, go about this or you could find yourself in a Federal Court case such as the one below… One of the strategies used by businesses and their website designers to improve their ranking in interne..

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