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AGM This Wednesday 2nd September

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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.

Regards,

Alison

Alison Miers

President

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

President

July Members Meeting

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Dear Members,

Please see the agenda, together with a paper prepared by David Seymour which sets out the pertinent points of interest that may assist members in their submission to the BATEMANS BAY WATERFRONT – ACTIVATION STRATEGY, at the links below:

Due to CoronaVirus restrictions, numbers will be strictly limited to 50 members only. This meeting is not open to the public.

Yours Sincerely,

Alison Miers

President

2020 / 2021 Membership

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Dear Member

My name is Judy Apps and I am writing to you as the newly appointed Membership Coordinator speaking to you on behalf of the Chamber Board to seek your continued investment in the Batemans Bay Business & Tourism Chamber.

First and foremost, we want to thank you for your continued commitment with the Chamber. Without your loyalty and support, we would not be able to continuously provide you and our members with the valuable benefits and networking opportunities our community deserves. Put simply, you make what we do possible.

Can you believe we are now at the end of another financial year and you’re receiving the next years’ members renewal email!  Can you also believe we are now halfway to Christmas!

Thinking of the end of the year brings me back to last Christmas and New Year – &   WOW, what a ride the last six to seven months have been…  Who would have known at the end of last year that we in Batemans Bay would have played such a large part in the monumental event that was the 2019/2020 Australian Bushfires Bushfire Season!  In my life have never seen Australia so covered with fire, and I imagine a lot of others feel this way too.

Man what a ride!  The fires went out and then just as we started to catch our breath, we, like the rest of the world, got hit by COVID-19.

Monumental – I think we can all agree this is a good word for what we’ve been and are continuing to go through, another word I relate to is transforming.  Transforming in the way we look at how we operate, transforming in the way we approach our everyday activities and interactions, and transforming in how we plan our future and interact.

For me, transforming with community tells me how we have adapted and just how important we are to each other.  I guess if I was to say this corporately, I would say – ‘This change process has strategically and collaboratively become how we work together to transform our community for a better outcome’.

Yeah, I think I will just go with the first sentence :).

WHAT HAVE WE ACCOMPLISHED THIS LAST YEAR

During the last year the Batemans Bay Business and Tourism Chamber developed The Love the Bay campaign, the Love the Bay working group and the Love the Bay Gift Card! An initiative that allows people to purchase gift cards online or from specific local businesses.  The best thing about the Love the Bay Gift Card program is that it is totally free to become a business where people can spend their gift card.

We are #allinthistogether, so make sure you join us in showing your love for our community:

  • Accept the Love the Bay Gift Card (register: www.whyleavetown.com/batemansbay)
  • Tag @lovethebaybb in your social media posts
  • Hand out Love the Bay bumper stickers to your customers
  • Display a Love the Bay poster in your shop window
  • Extend your Chamber membership on www.baychamber.com.au.
  • Need stickers or posters or would like to chat about Love the Bay opportunities, email: contact@baychamber.com.au or contact us via our social media pages

Back to renewals

Membership subscription for the 2020/2021 financial year:

In recognition of what we have all gone through the Batemans Bay Business & Tourism Chamber Executive have unanimously agreed to provide to our members a one-off 20% hardship discount for those members who renew their members in the month of July.  This offer will be only available from 1st to 31st July – so please get in quick to take advantage of this kind offer.

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP – $165.00/yr 

Full support and all benefits, including: Networking; Membership of Business NSW; Commercial profiles – advertising on the website; Full voting rights; Presentations to meetings/committee; Committee nomination; Attendance at meetings plus up to two accompanying employees/associates; Chamber communications & Representation and advocacy.

ASSOCIATE [Not For Profits] – subsidised $50.00/yr

Including: Networking; Attendance at meetings; Presentations to meetings on invitation; Membership of Business NSW & Chamber communications.

AUXILIARY (Fringe associates with valuable expertise) – Retirees/Ex-professionals $50.00/yr

Including: Networking; Membership of Business NSW; Attendance at meetings; Presentations to meetings on invitation & Chamber communications.

COUNCIL CO-OPERATIVE – No charge

Including: Attendance to meetings and presentations on invitation; Membership of Business NSW; Chamber communications to one nominated point of contact.

More details Full General Membership Benefits include:

  1. Support and drive of change and growth of businesses and local communities in the Bay.
  2. Contribute to fostering a positive & prosperous business environment for the benefit of all.
  3. Actively network with like-minded business people on a regular basis and encourage the philosophy of continuous improvement in business and the chamber.
  4. Draw from members experience and peer support to assist you in starting or improving your business.
  5. Engage in marketing your business website through the chamber with link building.  Be part of the 24/7 promotion of your business as we improve on e of the most searched website for the region.
  6. Group representation to more effectively lobby the three levels of government – Federal, State and Local.
  7. Complimentary membership of the NSW Business Chamber and enjoy the additional benefits of:

– Unlimited business support information hotline

– Free access to workplace & industrial relations advice (3 calls per annum)

– Online access to business and management templates

– Networking & Educational Events

– A monthly e-newsletter with relevant regional information

– Discounted insurance and electricity offers

– discounts on NSW Business Chamber membership and events

– Member Directory – allows you to expand your business networks & promote special offers or exclusive incentive3s

– Marketing advice support to help you raise your profile, develop or improve your marketing strategy, campaings etc.

SO LET’S DO THIS – Let’s band together and make the next financial year even stronger than the last, RENEW let’s become a Chamber to be envious of, let’s TOGETHER

“Love the Bay”

Finally, don’t forget the one-off 20% hardship discount for those members who renew their members in the month of July.  This offer will be only available from 1st to 31st July – so please get in quick to take advantage of this kind offer.

To renew please direct transfer funds to National Australia Bank:

Batemans Bay Business & Tourism Chamber 

BSB: 082-432

Account: 26 375 0313

Looking forward to meeting you at the next Chamber meeting.

Warmest regards

Judy Apps

Membership Coordinator

Useful Resources for Businesses – May Newsletter from your Business Chamber

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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

ESC Rate Increase Proposal – Chamber Response

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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

Invitation: Batemans Bay Waterfront Masterplan and Activation Strategy

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Please read below an invitation from Eurobodalla Shire Council to attend a workshop on the Batemans Bay Waterfront Activation. Apologies for the late notification.

Activation is your business

Activation means more people in Batemans Bay, visiting more often and staying for longer, leading to more business opportunities. See how activation and place-making can lead to a vibrant and thriving waterfront and CBD and what roles we all have in achieving this.

You are invited to hear from tourism planning and urban design specialists from Inspiring Place about activation principles and the draft masterplan and activation strategy (draft plan) for the Batemans Bay waterfront. The draft plan will go on exhibition later this year, and this workshop will help explain the project and explore what we do next. Find out more about the draft masterplan and activation strategy and what the community, including businesses, have told us during this process.

DATE: Monday 16 March 2020

TIME: 6-8pm (light refreshments will be available)

VENUE: Catalina Country Club

RSVP ASAP by Wednesday 11 March by emailing nardi.arnold@esc.nsw.gov.au

Inspiring Place is a Tasmanian based practice that creates experiences of place to inspire the mind, body and soul. Directors John Hepper and Jerry de Gryse thrive on delivering insight and creative solutions to questions in the built and natural environment.

John has worked for over 30 years in tourism, recreation and environmental planning across all levels of government and the private sector. Jerry combines an expertise in Landscape Architecture with his strategic vision and passion for making sustainable, vibrant and civic minded natural and built environments. Jerry has worked on projects from micro to macro scales, and from city centres to remote bushland. What unites Jerry’s work is his commitment to understanding the essential values of a place, employing this site-specific knowledge to shape the landscape.

More information about the Batemans Bay Waterfront Master Plan and Activation Strategy project can be found online: www.esc.nsw.gov.au/inside-council/project-and-exhibitions/major-projects-and-works/batemans-bay-waterfront

Introducing the Love the Bay Gift Card system to our area!

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Dear Chamber Members,

Since its launch at our December 4 Christmas party, you will all have noticed how popular our Love the Bay community pride campaign has become.

Nobody could’ve imagined back then the disastrous impacts the bushfires would have on our wonderful community and more particularly on our local businesses.

For these reasons, the Love the Bay working group have been working hard and have come up with an initiative I hope you will all support: the Love the Bay Gift Card!

The initiative allows people to purchase gift cards online or from specific local businesses. The gift cards work like debit cards and can be spent at all participating local businesses. It also allows people to donate funds into our community in the same way. Cards can have from $10 to $1,000 loaded onto them and that money will stay here in our area, injecting much needed cashflow into our economy. The best thing of the Love the Bay Gift Card program is that it is totally free to become a business where people can spend their gift card. If you already have an EFTPOS machine, it does not cost you any time, money or effort!

With the approval of our Chamber executive, and the support of our campaign partner John Holland and Eurobodalla Council, this initiative capitalises on the success of the Love the Bay campaign, particularly its social following which has been growing healthily every day.

The Chamber hopes all of our local businesses are able to survive the current challenges, so this initiative is not just for our Chamber Members but for all businesses in the Batemans Bay region: postcode 2536 and Tomakin, Mossy Point and Broulee.

We ask you to spread the Love the Bay Gift Card message to as many businesses as possible – the more participate, the more money we will keep in town, and the more options our locals and visitors have to make their purchases locally.

Please read all details about the Gift Card in the factsheet document here. We encourage you all to support this initiative in any way that you can.

Regards,

Alison Miers

President

Batemans Bay Business & Tourism Chamber