From the President’s Desk
I am pleased to report on various areas where we have been able to advocate for the interests of Chamber members. Members of the Executive met with senior Shire staff recently to discuss, among other things, the need for the Council to develop an economic development policy and to implement a tourism strategy, neither of which currently exist.
In relation to the economic development policy, we have also been advocating for the position of an economic development officer; the possibility of introducing a business liaison person who would assist businesses in negotiating some of the complexities of dealing with various areas within the Shire; and consideration of the modes of operation of the Mundaring Visitor Centre. These are part of our desire to see some practical expression of the statements and principles about fostering business and economy in the Shire that are to be found in the Shire’s current Strategic Community Plan. And, to see the Shire and Council, for the benefit of those active in the local economy, taking some steps to align policy and action with the economic priorities of the State Government.
Our discussions with Shire officers have been generally positive and we are following them up with discussions with Councillors who will soon be working on the Shire Budget for 2020/21. If there is anything you would like to add to this, we strongly encourage you to either get in touch with us by emailing our Executive Officer, Karen Mummery at email@example.com, or by contacting your local councillor directly. Councillor contact details can be found here.
The raffle organised by the Bendigo Bank yielded sufficient return to enable us to purchase a new laptop for the Executive Officer and the sales of the Weir In Business voucher book has or is near to break even and thus, will provide additional source of income into the new year.
We have had a number of successful social/networking events and my thanks to our Executive Officer for her organisational work (and for her work more generally) and those members who have hosted events and to those who have attended. The recent event at Mundaring Visitor Centre that followed up the Tourism Forum and the workshop on Packaging was well attended and we look forward to working with members to discover connections that might enable businesses to develop “packages” for visitors to the Shire.
I would like to express my thanks to all Chamber members for your continued support throughout 2019, and to the Executive and Committee for their work over the year, and my best wishes to you all for Christmas and the New Year.