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June 2018

Chamber Activity Update to June 2018

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  1. New Chamber website is up and running, please comment. We are looking for Facebook administrators and assistance to help post Chamber information and generate discussion.
  2. Congratulation’s to Batemans Bay Paddle Challenge and River of Art organisers and volunteers for two wonderful events.
  3. NSW Marine Infrastructure Workshop at Narooma. Chamber forwarded Batemans Bay Cruise Ship Pier proposal, Dive Site and Pontoons for recreational boat access to the CBD. Event Strategy was also discussed.
  4. A letter was sent to RMS (NSW Roads and Maritime Services) regarding the bridge construction, planning and scheduling. The Chamber has asked how we can fit into their consultative process.
  5. Charles Stuart has organised meetings with RMS regarding the Dive Site and CBD pontoon proposals. Charles has also been privy to Councils report on the cruise ship pier.
  6. The executive is going through a series of questions with the executive leadership team at Council on a monthly basis. If members would like to pose any question please let the executive know.
  7. Guest Speaker for July is Wayne Kirkpatrick, former CEO Uluru, Thredbo and Hamilton Island developments and current NSW Network Destination Southern Region board member.
  8. Chamber has formerly asked Council to contribute $25,000 of the $50,000 for the Sculpture on Clyde acquisitive prize, which will be gifted to Council as a permanent piece of public art. Much the same as “Buoyansea” –(the octopus on Beach Road). This year we have renowned Australian and Overseas sculptors entering significant works.

Sculpture on Clyde includes World Class Venue

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To reignite the event, Sculpture on Clyde will host outdoor sculptures at world class venue Willinga Park, the indoor sculptures will be hosted at the Clyde St. heritage venue used last year. The winners of the Schools Mathematical Sculpture competition will be concurrently displayed in shop fronts in the form of a Sculpture Walk through Batemans Bay CBD.

Following supportive discussions with Eurobodalla Shire Council we await confirmation on additional public sites for the permanent display of the Acquisitive prize, which in turn increases the scope of potential entrants and art.
Willinga Park has been integral in assisting this years event. The world class equestrian centre has international award winning architecture, internationally recognised Sculptures and an unsurpassed garden which will be utilised for our event. All the key ingredients for a true destination event. As the Willinga Park area does not have Hotel or Food and Beverage options which Batemans Bay does, we will be integrating our marketing with Batemans Bay business and capitalising on the importance of the Canberra tourist route. This is a real opportunity for Batemans Bay to tap into a world class destination venue.

“We have made some changes to the format of the event” said Chamber of Commerce president, David Maclachlan. “This will enable us to overcome difficulties around bridge construction uncertainty, insurance, security and the site logistics of putting on such a major event with volunteers.”

“The changes will also allow the event to expand quickly as a true destination event bringing in domestic and international tourists, all to the benefit of local businesses and local resident, with a resultant legacy of a world class sculpture walk”.

The $60,000 total prize money which was entirely raised by Batemans Bay locals is still on offer. The money saved from working with Willinga Park will go to an additional sculpture acquisition for the Sculpture on Clyde Sculpture Walk.

The committee is also engaged with founding a local sculpture residency award and will shortly be in talks involving local artists for an underwater sculpture garden.

The two event venues will be linked by a bus shuttle service on the weekend.

“We are happy with continued support from Destination NSW, Eurobodalla Shire Council, State Member for Bega Minister Andrew Constance and Ann Sudmalis MP, Federal Member for Gilmore”, David Maclachlan said.
It’s a win for everyone and the Sculpture on Clyde committee is already busy with arrangements to make it happen. Entries close July 30 so artists are urged to continue sculpting their works so we can all enjoy them from August 25 until September 2.

Eurobodalla Business Awards

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The Eurobodalla Business Awards is a shire wide awards program that aligns with the NSW Business Awards through the NSW Business Chamber.

Follow the link to enter the Eurobodalla Business Awards.

This will take you to the Eurobodalla Business Awards website and the online entry portal.

Please note that the entry period is from Monday 2 July 2018 to Friday 3 August 2018.


Award Categories

There will be ten award categories in 2018:

  • Outstanding Young Entrepreneur
  • Outstanding Young Employee
  • Business Leader
  • Start Up Superstar
  • Excellence in Small Business (1-4 employees)
  • Excellence in Small Business (5-10 employees)
  • Excellence in Small Business (11- 19 employees)
  • Excellence in Small Business (overall winner)
  • Excellence in Business
  • Local Chamber of Commerce Award

Key Dates

  • Entries open: Monday 2 July – Friday 3 August 2018
  • Judging period: Saturday 4 August – Friday 17 August 2018
  • People’s Choice Award voting opens: Wednesday 8 August 2018
  • Finalists announced: Monday 20 August 2018
  • Gala Dinner: Saturday 8 September 2018