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Love the Bay – Batemans Bay Flooring Xtra

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Sarah Chalk, born and raised in Batemans Bay manages the Batemans Bay branch of Flooring Xtra. This flooring and blinds business had been in the Bay for many years, when Cathy and Stan Foster took it over in October 2019. After losing their business premises in the NYE bushfires, Cathy and Stan relocated to Cranbrook Road in the industrial area. Sarah tells us how thankful they all are for the continued support from not only their customers but also the broader community. Flooring Xtra prides itself in offering excellent service and happily joined the Batemans Bay Business and Tourism Chamber. Sarah, Cathy and Stan feel it is import to stick together, support each other and give the ‘little guy’ a voice!

💕 This Love the Bay business video has been produced by local photographer/videographer Martin Helmreich from Production Haus💕

Committee 2021

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Batemans Bay Chamber Committee 2021

Member news

On Wednesday 2 September Batemans Bay Business and Tourism Chamber held their Annual General Meeting at Club Catalina. It was great to see a strong turn out from members.

We heard from Alison Miers, outgoing President of the Chamber, who very eloquently summed up the achievements and highlights of the year. Alison and the committee did a terrific job to promote and support local businesses during this very challenging time. One of the standout initiatives was Love the Bay. The campaign quickly gathered momentum and was fulfilling its aim of generating community pride in our local area when the fires hit our community so hard. After the bushfires, floods and COVID, it has now become a symbol of our resilience and community spirit.

Thank you to Alison and the past committee including Charles Stuart (Vice President), David Seymour (Secretary), Cameron Thompson (Treasurer) and Judy Apps (Membership Support).

Special mention must go to Marieke Janssen and John Holland for their support of the Chamber initiatives over the past year. Marieke’s energy and commitment helped drive Love the Bay and delivered several grants to be used on projects for our community. John Holland also contributed financially to support Chamber projects.

Introducing the new committee

Mathew Hatcher – President

Mathew is the Founder of Guerrilla Roasters and South Coast Donations Logistics. He moved to Batemans Bay 18 years ago and is proud to call it home. In the wake of the devastating bushfires and the COVID crisis he is pleased to be helping to drive the Bay forward.

Charles Stuart – Vice President (continuing)

Charles has a 25-year history with Variety – The Children’s Charity. Charles is the driving force behind raising funds for the accessible playground at Corrigans Beach. He is a retired owner of two successful private sector businesses and has had more than 30 years’ experience in the financial industry. In 2012 he, in conjunction with Batemans Bay High School, raised $150,000 for a school bus fitted with wheelchair lift and anchor points. More recently Charles raised $20,000 for a ‘Liberty Swing’, for children who use a wheelchair, which is installed at Corrigans Reserve Batemans Bay.

David Maclachlan – TreasurerDavid is a past owner of IGA and Local Liquor stores, motels, events and management consulting businesses. He is a current hotel and luxury lodge owner. David is no stranger to the Chamber, with past tenure as Chamber President and co-founder of Sculpture for Clyde. Now as a committee member he brings a strong interest in business development and tourism within the Shire.

Rebecca Mahon – Secretary

Rebecca and her husband Troy own Your Place Creations, a local building and home improvement company specialising in all types of indoor and outdoor blinds, shutters, curtains, awnings, retractable roofs and Accolade Screens. The couple and their two small children moved to Batemans Bay from Canberra in May 2020. Rebecca joined the Business and Tourism Chamber to meet fellow small business owners and to work together to help the community after such a challenging year.
Originally from Ireland, Rebecca has lived in Australia for over 11 years and has wanted to move to the South Coast for several years. She is very happy with the move and says she and her family have been welcomed with open arms into the community.

Alison Miers – Committee member

Alison moved to Batemans Bay 38 years ago, operating a jewellery studio in Mogo for 25 of those years. Since selling her studio, Alison has acquired business experience across a range of industries, with ventures involving caravans, hospitality, and accommodation.

Community is important to Alison. She has served on several sporting committees and was involved in the successful fight against the Charcoal Factory in Mogo. With a background in interior design, Alison has an eye for detail which comes in handy in her involvement with the successful Sculpture for Clyde event. After a hectic year as Chamber President, we are fortunate to have Alison’s continued support on the committee.

Amber Shutz – Committee member

Amber is a registered Architect having completed her Master of Architecture degree at the University of Newcastle in 2012. She has 10 years of experience in the design and construction industry across a broad range of sectors. In 2018 she relocated to Batemans Bay from Nowra to manage the Edmiston Jones office here alongside Stuart Scobie. Her role with Edmiston Jones allows her to work on a wide range of projects, however she has particular expertise in residential accommodation for seniors.

Amber understands the value that innovative, sustainable and considered design solutions can bring to the Batemans Bay community and actively seeks opportunities to contribute to her experience. She is committed to the strategic planning and development of the region.

Cate McMath – Committee member

Cate is Chief Executive Officer of Muddy Puddles, a not-for-profit organisation in Batemans Bay providing therapy and supports to children and young people with disability. Cate has guided the evolution of Muddy Puddles since its inception, using her experience in team development, strategic planning, and business systems. Prior to her foray into the not-for-profit sector, Cate held senior HR and project management roles in the corporate setting. As a mother of a child with disability, Cate has a passion for creating more inclusive communities where all people can thrive and belong.

The new Committee look forward to working with members to deliver positive outcomes for our business and tourism community.

We will see you at the next Batemans Bay Business and Tourism Chamber meeting at 6.00pm on Wednesday 21 October 2020 at Club Catalina.

Love the Bay – Soul Tribe Studio

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Meet Clare Lovelace, the proud owner of two Soul Tribe yoga studios in Batemans Bay. 🧘‍♀️ Clare believes in the power of yoga, because it is not just about the psychical yoga postures, but also about how you relate to yourself and others and how to find piece of mind. She is passionate about creating a safe place where both beginners and experienced ‘yogi’ can develop their skills.

Clare joined the Batemans Bay Business and Tourism Chamber because she wants to support local businesses thrive! She feels the Love the Bay campaign has created a real pink ‘buzz’ around town and has given Batemans Bay and surrounds a ‘positivity injection’!

This Love the Bay business video has been produced by local photographer/videographer Martin Helmreich from Production Haus

Check out our Love the Bay YouTube channel to watch all videos of your local businesses:

Sign up for a free course about how to make your own online shop

Free Training – Setup Your Own Online Shop from Love the Bay

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Set Up a Web Shop DIY Course – FREE

Sign up for a free course about how to make your own online shopEvery business is different, but one thing we all have in common is the challenge of adapting to the current situation. There has never been a more important time for small business owners to grow their digital skills and have a digital presence. For your shopfront business this could mean starting to diversify and look at other (additional) options to sell your products.

Are you that retailer who wants to get their products online but doesn’t know where to start?

Over two or three sessions* trainer Cameron Thompson will share tips on how to build your own web shop, how to put your products online and how to be found. In this practical face-to-face course, you will work through the creative E-commerce process from start to finish. Upon completion you know how to create their own online store ready to sell and ship your products to the world (if required)..

Topics covered include:

  • Research
  • Marketing strategies
  • Basic graphics
  • eCommerce store setup,
  • Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)

and more!

Training dates:

Friday 2nd and Friday 9th October 2020 from 9:30am – 2:30pm


Tuesday 13th, Tuesday 20th and 27th October 2020 from 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Have you ever wanted to start your own #online shop?

Are you a retailer who wants to get their products online?

This is your chance… thanks to the support of NSW Treasury (as part of the NSW Small Business Month 2020) this training course is totally free-of-charge for you!

All we ask of you is your commitment!

Click Here to Register

Note: we have 13 course spots available, allocation will be conducted on the basis of ‘first-in-best-dressed’. Preference will be given to current members of the Batemans Bay Business and Tourism Chamber, but other business owners are strongly encouraged to apply as well.

About Cameron Thompson

Cameron is the founder and director of Thompson Marketing (Batemans Bay), a website and marketing consultancy involved in delivering digital media and web projects. Cameron has consulted extensively on online marketing, social media and website development with organisations such as Bain & Company, Aussie Farmers Direct, Chubb Group, The Australian Charities Fund, Chugg Entertainment, Northcott Disability Services, Southern Phone Company and many more. Being a ‘local’, Cameron knows firsthand what the challenges and opportunities are for the business owners in our regional area.

Love the Bay – Sansom’s Furniture One

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Finding the best fit for every customer, is what Sansoms Furniture One does well, owner Vaughan Sansom explains in this exclusive Love the Bay video. That is probably why they received so much support from their customers and the community after they lost their building in the NYE 2019/2020 bushfires. Their new showroom is located on Orient Street, in the heart of Batemans Bay. Vaughan and local manager Kim are huge supporters of the Love the Bay campaign, highlighting wonderful businesses that people otherwise might overlook. Sansoms Furniture One is also an active member of the Batemans Bay Business and Tourism Chamber. 💕 This Love the Bay business video has been produced by local photographer/videographer Martin Helmreich from Production Haus💕 Check out our Love the Bay YouTube channel to watch all videos of your local businesses:  💕

AGM This Wednesday 2nd September

By | Events, Featured, News, Newsletter

Dear Members,

Spring has sprung, and with the warmer weather upon us, how wonderful it is to see some vibrancy happening in the town, with new shop openings, the returning of some visitors and the exciting news that the collaboration between the Chamber and River of Art beginning from the 18th September, when street art will be part of the CBD. Watch this space….

The chamber has a healthy bank balance due to some successful grant applications over the past 6 months, thanks to the Love the Bay Campaign and what it brings.  It is a great time to be a part of the chamber and the community.  Come on board and be part of the proactive team.  It’s not too late to put your hand up.

Date:- Wednesday 2nd September, 2020

Time:- 6.00 pm

Venue: – Club Catalina

Please note to allow extra time upon arrival due to the COVID 19 restrictions and obligations of Club Catalina.

We look forward to seeing you there.



Alison Miers


Love the Bay – Guerrilla Roasters

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Mathew Hatcher is a guy with his heart in the right place. After the bushfires he wasted no time starting up the volunteer organisation

South Coast Donations Logistic Team to help affected residents with their immediate and practical needs.  You could almost forget that he co-founded and runs an amazing local business: Guerrilla Roasters, which he recently moved from the Mossy Cafe to Moruya. In this video he tells us about this sustainable business, supporting farmers all around the world. Mat loves living here, when he finishes work he can be at the beach in just two minutes!

Mathew is a huge supporter of Love the Bay showcasing what we have here and of connecting businesses. He strongly encourages other businesses to join the Batemans Bay Business and Tourism Chamber, to maximise collaboration in our town.


 This Love the Bay business video has been produced by local photographer/videographer Martin Helmreich from

Production Haus:

Check out our Love the Bay YouTube channel to find the video with your favorite local businesses:

2020 Annual General Meeting

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Dear Members,

Another month has rolled around and unfortunately due to the recent small outbreak of COVID locally, we have been forced to postpone the AGM for another month, which will now be held on Wednesday 2nd September, 2020 @ 6.00 pm at Club Catalina.  The notice of the Chamber’s AGM, which includes a proposed amendment to our constitution and a nomination form for office bearers and committee positions is attached.

Proposed Constitution Amendment

The amendment contains a clarification of the various levels of membership and has been drawn up following advice from Business NSW, our parent body.

The changes were foreshadowed to members in a communique from our Membership Secretary earlier last month, but in short, it sets out to clarify membership classification, clear up uncertainty in the constitution regarding Council and political membership, not-for-profit organisations staffed by volunteers who provide community services, and associate members with valued input.  An appropriate membership fee structure will reflect that membership status.  More importantly the amendment clarifies voting rights and meeting attendance to ensure the Chamber is run by members for the benefit of members, free from possible conflicted influence.

The committee recommends members support the amendments.

Nomination Form

Proxy Form

It is important that three separate parties record their signatures for each nomination.  This will include the member nominating, a member being the seconder and the person being nominated. This ensures compliance with the constitution and as an indication that the nominee is comfortable with being nominated.  All signatories MUST be full financial members of the Chamber as at the date of the AGM.

Completed nominations must be recorded as received by the Chamber Secretary at least seven days prior to the AGM either by a scanned emailed copy or hardcopy by post, to the Chamber postal address.

I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate everyone for acting so promptly, to avoid any further COVID outbreak in recent weeks – the response was fantastic, with high numbers of people getting tested and self isolating if required.  It certainly has been a roller coaster this year and I don’t think we have seen the last of it.

Support any small business you know, we are here for the long haul and if there is any support required, please reach out and we will see how we can assist.

In finishing, how wonderful is it to see the activation on the foreshore with the recent additions of two new sculptures.   The purpose of public art is to engage the community, excite, amuse, challenge and reinvigorate a sense of place, pride, identity and connection.  The sculptures are certainly challenging some in the community but the overall response has been amazing.  We look forward to seeing many locals and tourists enjoying this wonderful sculpture walk for many years to come.

Kind regards,

Alison Miers


Love the Bay – Eurobodalla Home Improvements

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Meet Lucinda and Ainslie Dunn, 14 years ago they exchanged their busy city lives for the family-friendly environment of Batemans Bay and they never looked back. They love our pristine environment and the lifestyle. 💕
Lucinda and Ainslie own and run Eurobodalla Home Improvements (EHI), a window furnishing company on North Street in the Bay. They pride themselves on their craftmanship in delivering awnings, shutters, blinds, shade systems and security doors.
Lucinda and Ainslie are active members of the Batemans Bay Business and Tourism Chamber and huge supporters of the Love the Bay campaign.

💕This Love the Bay business video has been produced by local photographer/videographer Martin Helmreich from Production Haus💕

Check out our Love the Bay YouTube channel to watch all videos of your local businesses: 💕

Love the Bay – Hip Pocket Workwear

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Hear from Kim Smith who has been running Hip Pocket Workwear & Safety with his wife Sandra for the last 15 years and truly loves working in and with our community. 💕 Kim explains why he feels that especially now it is so important for businesses to stick together, promote shopping local and… join the Batemans Bay Business and Tourism Chamber*. Kim and Sandra have fully embraced the Chamber’s Love the Bay campaign and stock our pink Love the Bay shirts and white Love the Bay baseball caps. Get in touch with Hippocket to get yourself a beautiful outfit! 💕

*Do you have a business, however small or large? Join our Bay Chamber or renew your Chamber membership in July for a 20% discount – just pay $132 for a full year of membership benefits – for more info and to join: 💕

This Love the Bay business video has been produced by local photographer/videographer Martin Helmreich from Production Haus💕

Check out our Love the Bay YouTube channel to watch all videos of your local businesses: 💕