Chamber Activity Update to October 2017

Dear Members,

Your Chamber has been involved in the following activities to October 2017.

2017 Eurobodalla Business Awards hosted by the Batemans Bay Business and Tourism Chamber
A great night had by all, thanks to the working committee, Batemans Bay Soldiers Club, all Chambers from Eurobodalla Shire and Councils Business Development Team. There were approximately 360 attendees and the largest number of nominations to date. The following award-winning businesses are to be congratulated.

2017 EUROBODALLA BUSINESS AWARDS
Excellence in Accessibility Award: Batemans Bay Soldiers Club.

Excellence in Sustainability Award: Southlands Fruit and Vegetables.
Excellence in Innovation Award: Moruya Waterfront Hotel Motel.
Excellence in Export Award winner: Skydive Oz.
Young Entrepreneur Award winner: Isabel Darling.
Business Leader Award is winner: Tracy Innes.
Start Up Superstar Award winner: South Tribe.
Excellence in Small Business 1-4 Award winner: Badgelink.
Excellence in Small Business 5-10 Award winner: South Coast Electrical Solutions Pty Ltd.
Excellence in Small Business 11-19 Award winner: Southlands Fruit and Vegetables.
Excellence in Small Business Overall winner is: Surety Property Group.
Excellence in Business Award winner is: Katungul Aboriginal Corporation – Community and Medical Services.
Local Chamber of Commerce Award: Narooma Chamber of Commerce and Tourism.

2017 EUROBODALLA BUSINESS PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

Tilba: Tilba Lake Camp.
Narooma: Katungul Katungal Aboriginal Corporation.
Moruya: Moruya Waterfront Hotel Motel.
Batemans Bay: Perry St Cinemas
Mogo: Juela of Mogo

Sculpture on Clyde
The inaugural event hosted by the Chamber exceeded expectations on quality of sculptures, visitation numbers, sculpture sales, economic activity and community support. Thanks to many supportive volunteers, the core work group of Jeannie Brewer, Jante Kininmonth, Alison Miers, Maggie Brennan, Councils Events Team, ANU acting Head of Sculpture Paul Hay, Mayor: Liz Innes, Patron: Terry Snow and the Sculptors who exhibited from around Australia.

The acquisitive award will be positioned on the Seaside Sculpture Walk on Clyde St at the entrance of the new walkway between Clyde St and the new Bay Plaza carpark.

Next year’s event has interest from overseas. We are increasing prize money to attract sculptures befitting a permanent world class sculpture walk.

ACQUISITIVE AWARD $20,000, DUET by Dora A. Rognvaldsdottir

Inaugural Seaside Sculpture Walk Installation
The sculpture “Buoyansea” by Jesse Graham was installed at Pelican Point on Beach Road with the assistance of Council.
The Chamber thanks the following people for funding this permanent public art for the enjoyment of Batemans Bay residents and visitors: Tim and Nicole Powell, Jim Johns, Allan Rutherford, David Maclachlan and Batemans Bay Soldiers Club.

Floating Pontoon Proposal for the CBD
We have been informed by Roads and Maritime Services that our Floating Pontoon Proposal for the CBD will now come under funding and planning for the new Batemans Bay Bridge. The proposal for the pontoon closest to the bridge is being assessed in conjunction with the future of the T-wharf. We will continue to follow this up and seek installation prior to the completion of the new bridge.

Councils DMAP (Destination Management Action Plan) group met recently with Councils Tourism Advisory Committee and Business Advisory Committee’s. Council proposed the two advisory committee’s be disbanded and the DMAP group slightly expand. Chamber members on the DMAP group include David Maclachlan, Allan Rutherford and Mark Berry. There has been Chamber executive committee discussion about the pro’s and cons of these changes which is ongoing at the moment. Chamber would generally like to see skills based advisory groups rather than general community interest groups to assist with evidence based decisions, thus avoiding mediocre or box ticking outcomes. Community participation is generally ensured at later stages regardless of decision making.

The Chamber welcomes Council’s recent employment of Divisional Manager: Liz Rankin.
Liz will be integral to the implementation of Councils Destination Management Action Plan and the Integrated Economic Growth and Development Strategy.

Combined chambers submission to the Integrated Economic Growth and Development Strategy
The combined Shire’s chambers will meet with Liz Rankin and Mark Hitchenson to discuss the combined chambers submission to the Integrated Economic Growth and Development Strategy. Part of this proposal calls for strengthening local skills based input to Council, and strengthening existing institutional input to Council from organisations such as Chambers of Commerce. Councils spends approximately 1% or 4M per annum on consultancy which we believe could be slightly reduced, though with better outcomes if local voluntary expertise could be harnessed in a meaningful manner. Council supports this strategy within their draft Integrated Economic Development and Growth Strategy.

Events
Council has been very supportive of events and continues to improve event strategy. The Chamber proposed changes to Councils event strategies last year and will seek further changes after Councils yet to be employed Tourism Manager settles in. Major events across the Shire show volunteer exhaustion, financial strain, insurance issues, liability issues, professional issues and competition for calendar space, resources and funding.

Village Meetings
The success of last year’s Village Meetings has enthused another round of Village meetings. The meetings in the various villages in the 2536 postcode area are an opportunity for the Chamber to connect with the wider business community and allow people to inform the Chambers strategic action plan. This October the Chamber will also feedback to each village the actions resulting from the previous year’s village meetings.

Seaside Carnivale
On Sunday, October 15th Seaside Carnivale will kick-off at 10am. Thanks to Belinda Shalders and Robin Innes this year’s event has additional attractions including a Battle of the Bands between the high schools. Please see Belinda for volunteering opportunities.

Membership Renewal using Website Payments
Apologies for intermittent payment issues with Paypal. If issues continue with Paypal we will switch to another provider. For the time being, should the Paypal web payment app not work please direct deposit to the Chamber BSB:012-517 Account Number: 291659541 ,and remit with your registered name at the Chamber.

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