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From left, front, Asif Dewan, Irene Ross, Ian Faulkner, back Jay Singh Ahluwalia and Peter Filmer. From left, front, Asif Dewan, Irene Ross, Ian Faulkner, back Jay Singh Ahluwalia and Peter Filmer. Featured
18 August 2014 Posted by 


Group sells message of Blacktown attractions

By Di Bartok

ROCKSTARS is their name and rocking Blacktown is their game.

And you will find them every Wednesday morning sipping coffee in the cafe adjoining Blacktown City Library - a diverse range of business people networking in an informal but fruitful way.

The Western Sydney Business Rockstars was started by business development manager Jay Singh Ahluwalia who saw a need for business people to sit down together in a small group to share ideas.

While Blacktown-based, businesses from other western Sydney areas are welcome to attend the 7.45am Wednesday meetings.

But, essentially, it is a Blacktown group of small business operators who think their area is often overshadowed by the bigger cities of Parramatta and Penrith.

“This is a more informal group than the chamber of commerce, where a small group of people can sit down and talk freely,” Mr Ahluwalia said.

“These kinds of coffee mornings operate in the eastern suburbs and north shore but we don’t think there are many in the west.”

On the day Western Sydney Business Access visited, Mr Ahluwalia, who works for wealth management firm Yellow Brick Road, was joined by preventive health promoter Ian Faulkner from The Healthwise Guy, Asif Dewan from VisionAds and Irene Ross representing women’s business group BPW.

Dropping by were Blacktown Council manager of community events Peter Filmer and manager library services Jennifer Burrell, happy to touch base with the Rockstars.

Apart from promoting the Blacktown business community, Rockstars want to highlight the more “unique” features of the city that appeals to Sydneysiders and tourists.

“Where else can you find places like Featherdale Wildlife Park, Wet ‘n’ Wild, Olympic Park with its competition track?” Ms Ross said.

“And let’s not forget our revolving restaurant at Blacktown Workers Club, where you can see the lights of Sydney at night and the harbour bridge during the day. Not any people outside Blacktown know this.”

To join Rockstars, call Mr Ahluwalia on 0404 223 046 or email


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