Thank you to all those members and friends who attended the recent AGM of the Chamber. Thank you to T’Anne, Ryan and the Parkerville Tavern team for hosting the event and providing such excellent hospitality. I would also like to once again thank the out-going Committee for their work over the last year, and thank those among you who have volunteered their time to serve on the Executive and Committee for the coming year.
One of the most gratifying developments that the Chamber has been involved with in the past month or so has been to work with Shire Officers in developing plans for practical assistance to businesses and the general community as part of the response to the impacts of the SARS COVID-19 pandemic. Three members presented excellent deputations to a Council meeting to outline the effects of the pandemic on their businesses and to reinforce the importance of assistance for businesses and Council recognition of businesses as an integral part of Mundaring Shire and its community. These efforts and the lobbying by the Chamber generally have been instrumental in ensuring that grants are available equitably among community groups and businesses.
The Shire is announcing a programme of grants and in the Chamber’s August newsletter newsletter you will find detail about how to seek information about the grants and to apply for them. I would encourage you to read the guidelines carefully and to note the fact that the Shire’s Strategic Community Plan will help you in developing the words you need to evidence the benefits of any grant you might receive and how it would align with the goals of the Strategic Community Plan. For example, here is the general statement in the Plan about the place of business: a “Healthy, safe, sustainable and resilient community, where businesses flourish and everyone belongs”. And, here are the specific objectives relating to businesses (quoted directly from the Plan) :
1.2 Flourishing local businesses.
1.2.1 Support business collaboration and be a business-friendly local government;
1.2.2 Encourage buy local;
1.2.3 Support tourism development and promote the distinctive character of the attractions of he district including arts, food, sustainability and natural environment;
1.2.4 Encourage economic development opportunities in the Shire
There are, of course a great number of other objectives and strategies that are included in the plan which you might usefully refer to in your applications and you will find these on pages 27 to 27 of the Plan.
A couple of other points to bear in mind:
- don’t be put off by the note about $20mill. in liability insurance. Shire officers can provide advice about this;
- read the guidelines thoroughly and seek assistance if you need to clarify points or help in preparing your application;
- look to applying as soon as possible; and,
- the normal Community Grant Programme that the Shire offers annually will still run.
If you would like to have a chat, or raise any matter with myself or our Executive Officer, Karen Mummery, please give us a call on 0428 316 271 (Patrick) or 0410 932 007 (Karen).
I look forward to catching up with you again at one of our future events.