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Batemans Bay Chamber

COVID Safe Training for Businesses

By | Featured, News

Dear Members,

A message from one of our local training providers and members about COVID Safe Training

The Federal and State Government are paying for skillset training for workplaces to be COVID-Safe. This training relates to safe work-practices depending on the industry. This is tailored by industry i.e., Business, Retail, and Hospitality. If we can get groups of employers together our RTO can apply for and deliver this training. We see it as a great initiative for business to be able to promote they are COVID Safe and have been involved in recent industry specific training around safe work practices. This will improve consumer confidence and provide a positive experience to staff at present that may be in receipt of Job Keeper Allowance whilst performing reduced hours.

We believe that we could deliver this training to small groups of employees by industry to ensure that not only large employers are in receipt of this benefit. If you believe our members may be interested please have them reach out to me on 0244782500 we would be happy to help.

Regards,

Steve Millard

CEO

National College of Vocational Education (RTO 90283 | CRICOS 03686G)

Steven Millard & Associates Pty Ltd

Phone: 1800 180 881| International: +61 2 4478 2500 | Mobile: +61 438 722 600

National Head Office: Shops 5-8, 13 Beach Road, Batemans Bay NSW 2536

Web: www.ncve.edu.auConnect with us on Facebook

If interested, please review these documents below

COVID-19 Training

Course Information – COVID-19 Skill Set

Alison Miers

Vice President

26 May 2020

Tour Service Seeking Local Providers

By | Featured, News

Dear Members,

Local coach company, Rixons has approached the chamber in respect of a proposed tour service they wish to establish.

The tour will depart major regional centres and include a short trip around Canberra before travelling to the Eurobodalla for travel between Eden and Ulladulla.

Rixons are keen to hear from service providers in the areas of accommodation, sightseeing, dining and activities for possible inclusion in their tour.

Interested members should contact Rixons direct on 4474 4243 or rixonsdoortodoor@yahoo.com.au

Charles Stuart

Vice President

25 May 2020

Useful Resources for Businesses – May Newsletter from your Business Chamber

By | Featured, Love the Bay, News, Newsletter

We trust this newsletter finds you well and enjoying this amazing Autumn weather, amongst an extremely difficult time during the COVID-19 lockdown. We all should feel very fortunate to be living in this wonderful country and to have escaped the extreme health crisis many other countries have experienced.

With the easing of restrictions this weekend and businesses starting to open up slowly allowing the economy to rebound – we are certainly seeing more energy and vibrancy within the town which is very positive but it is clear, there is still no travel for leisure purposes.  With regional holidays not permitted, it is time to focus on our immediate surrounds, buy and shop local and support those businesses that have supported you.  Position your business to best support our local market, and lets’ hope we can welcome visitors again in the not too distant future.

The Chamber has been restricted during this timeframe not being able to hold monthly meetings but be rest assured we have been working behind the scenes – keeping abreast of the developments with regular Zoom meetings with the other chambers in Eurobodalla alongside the ESC and planning and discussing what is required for us to bounce back once restrictions have been lifted.  Also we were online a few weeks ago for a Tele Town Hall Event  involving the NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and Business NSW which came away with some interesting data which was very positive, that we feel necessary to share.

  • Three quarters of business owners believe their operations will survive the COVID-19 crisis (3,000 chamber members were surveyed on the line from across NSW, including the Capital and Far South Coast regions).
  • Asked whether they believe that their business would survive the current crisis, 72 per cent of respondents answered yes, while another 23 per cent said they were unsure. Just 5 per cent believed their business would be forced to close.

“These are very high numbers considering the impact the virus and the restrictions have had on businesses of all types and in all locations,” said Adam Zarth, Executive Director, Capital Far South Coast. “The optimism and ‘can do’ attitude of business owners and their employees has never surprised me; however, this has been the ultimate test of their endurance and perseverance,” Mr Zarth said.

“The Treasurer too was heartened by these figures, and by the grit and resilience being shown by the business operators on the call – their determination to continue operations, paying their staff and supporting their communities was there for all to hear and see.”

“Of course, the big challenge for businesses will be in coming months when our way of life slowly starts to return to a new normal and the harsh reality of their true financial position becomes clear after government subsidies end for them and for their customers.”

“The Business NSW has advocated for business owners and their staff to immediately download the COVIDSafe App as it advocates for a staged re-opening of businesses in the short term,” Mr Zarth said.

Appreciating there has been so much documentation coming through over the past few months and it is difficult to know which businesses need what and certainly we are here to assist if required but we have put a list of valuable links (below) together to assist if you require regular updates which you have not been able to assess.

Last but certainly not least – it continues to amaze me the uptake of support for the Chamber/John Holland initiative for the Love the Bay Campaign.  Who would have thought, when this was launched in December 2019 what the next 6 months was going to look like?  The social media presence is certainly building and we are fortunate to be able to have funded filming and developing wonderful promotional material for numerous businesses, which we have promoted via social media channels and the links are below for those that would like to check out some of the amazing resilient businesses we have in this town.

We look forward to the next chapter and will be in touch as soon as we can see our way clear to hold another chamber meeting.

Useful Links for Business:

  1. Business Australia Newsletter
  2. ESC Tourism Newsletter
  3. Destination Southern NSW
  4. Phoenix Programme workshops
  5. Biz Rebuild Mental Health link as they are offering assisting
  6. Love the Bay Video Series

Yours sincerely,

Alison Miers

President

Love the Bay – Club Catalina

By | Featured, Love the Bay


💥 Exclusive Love the Bay business video series 💥
Club Catalina plays a very special part in the story of Batemans Bay – and it’s 100 years old this year 🍰🍾🍻
Located in idyllic surroundings, this now modern and spacious golf club 🏌️‍♀️  🏌️‍♂️ continues to support its community through the good times and the bad.
Slowly opening its doors again (in line with public health advice), you can already grab a coffee  and it won’t be long before you can again order from the great menu 🥩🍗🥗 and enjoy time out with your friends and family 🥂.

This and all other amazing Love the Bay business videos have been produced by Martin Helmreich from Production Haushttps://productionhaus.com.au/

💕 Love the Bay is an initiative of the Batemans Bay Business and Tourism Chamber, supporting and promoting the wider Bay community 💕

Love the Bay – Dusty Road Apparel & Tad James

By | Featured, Love the Bay, News

Conor and Amanda Healy are a modern young family making our wonderful NSW South Coast lifestyle literally work for them.
There’s Amanda with her unique and environment-friendly children’s clothing business Dusty Road Apparel, there’s Conor running a large Sydney-based training business The Tad James Co NLP Trainings, sometimes from their local beach, and then there’s the three lovely Healy children.
Hear about their businesses, how much they value the local environment, and how very special they believe this community is.

This beautiful video has been produced again by Production Haus

💕 Love the Bay is an initiative of the @Batemans Bay Business and Tourism Chamber, supporting and promoting the wider Bay community 💕

Love the Bay – Blank Canvas, Crumb & THREE66 Espresso

By | Events, Featured, Love the Bay

As part of our exclusive Love the Bay local business video series 🎥Tammie Chrischen Goodliffe explains her three business pursuits, the importance of family support, and why she lives in this fantastic area.💕

Interviewed before our unprecedented summer of bushfires, this smart and versatile local foodie entrepreneur has since merged some trading operations to keep her valued staff working, locals well fed, and ensure business viability in a post-pandemic world.

Check out Tammie’s great food offerings on her Facebook pages here: CrumbBlank Canvas and THREE66 espresso bar

👉 “Canvas@THREE66 (Blank Canvas dinner service operating from Mosquito Bay)
– open for pick-up/takeaway, 5 nights (closed Sun & Tue), 4.30-7.30pm.
👉 “THREE66 Espresso Bar” at Mosquito Bay
– open for pick-up/takeaway, 7 days, 5am-4.30pm
👉 “Crumb” at Batehaven
– open for pick-up/takeaway, 7 days, 5am-2pm (Mon-Sat) and 6am-12pm (Sun)
Currently you can call, order, pay over the phone, and pick up your food at both the Batehaven and Mosquito Bay outlets.

💕 Love the Bay is an initiative of the Batemans Bay Business and Tourism Chamber, promoting and supporting the wider Bay community 💕

ESC Rate Increase Proposal – Chamber Response

By | Featured, News, Newsletter

Dear Members,

At the council meeting held on 7 April last, seven councillors were in favour of a general rate rise of 2.6% for 2020/21. Only two councillors spoke against the proposal, despite the enormous financial impact being suffered by business and the community at large in our shire. For minutes refer to link – https://www.esc.nsw.gov.au/inside-council/council/meetings/2020/april/ordinary-council-meeting-7-april-2020/Minutes-7-April-2020.pdf

Reference for financial data may be made to ‘Revised Draft Delivery Programme 2017-21 and Operational Plan 2020-21’ https://www.esc.nsw.gov.au/inside-council/project-and-exhibitions/public-exhibition/on-exhibition/revised-draft-delivery-program-2017-21-and-operational-plan-2020-21

The pie chart on page 67 of the Operational Plan indicates that the total budgeted income is $122M (see page 76). Rates and other charges make up 55% of income which equals $67M. Of this sum approximately $1.7M is attributable to the proposed 2.6% rate rise.

Disturbingly, the proposed budget also evidences a surplus of $5.6M

On the above figures, rate increases can be deferred for three years without the need to curb expenditure, or preferably, rates can be reduced as is proposed by other councils in NSW.

It has been reported that casual staff have been laid off as a cost saving exercise and there is currently a raft of government grants available to bolster council finances. In short, it is difficult to accept that a rate increase is justified.

Councillors determined that the matter of a rate rise be referred to the community for comment. See the covering page of the above Operational Plan link to make a submission regarding your thoughts on the proposed rate rise.  Submissions close 20 May 2020.

Charles Stuart, for the committee.

22 April 2020