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Meeting August 2019

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August Meeting

Wednesday Evening 28th August 2019

Planning the Future with Toni Averay

Director of Planning – WSC

The Picton Chamber of Commerce thanks Wollondilly Shire Council’s Director of Planning, Toni Averay for her informative discussion at our August meeting.

Toni says she feels privileged to have taken on the role of Director Planning at Wollondilly Shire Council and is looking forward to working with the great team of committed Councillors and staff to retain and protect the rural lifestyle and environment that makes Wollondilly special, while also taking advantage of the opportunities presented by the Western Sydney Airport and the City Deal, and responding effectively to growth pressures to create sustainable, liveable new communities.

Toni Averay is responsible for:

  • Development Assessment & Building Monitoring
  • Strategic Planning & Growth Centres
  • Compliance & Administrative Support

and brings to the Shire her vast experience as:

General Manager Environment Planning and Development
Redland City Council

Director Planning and Growth
Liverpool City Council

Director Development and Community
Fraser Coast Regional Council

…and more

Ms Avery’s informative presentation revealed the many requirements shire planners are required to process in order to assist residents and developers to start and complete a development.

The August meeting of the Picton Chamber of Commerce was held at the Picton Bowling Club 10 Cliffe Street Picton.

AGM

Annual General Meeting 2019

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July Meeting and AGM

Wednesday Evening 24th July 2019

We are pleased to announce that the President, Kyle Chamberlain, and Vice President Renato Moolhuyzen, have been re-elected to their respective positions for another year unopposed.

We also welcome two new members to the executive. Lance Watson as Secretary and Joe Bentley as our Event Coordinator.

Special thanks to our outgoing executives, Judy Bjorklund, and Kerrie Cunich, whose generous commitment to serve the Picton Chamber of Commerce these past years has allowed us to achieve so much.

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Meet the Premier

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COMBINED CHAMBER

BREAKFAST

WITH THE PREMIER

Did you miss the Greater Narellan Business Chamber and Picton Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with Peter Sidgreaves Member for Camden, Nathaniel Smith Member for Wollondilly and Club Menangle? We had 340 in attendance, almost 100 more than last year. Why not join our subscription list and keep up-to-date with upcoming events. Add your name to the list on our home page.

Breakfast with the Premier of NSW

The Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP

 

Held at Club Menangle

 

Gladys was first elected to the NSW Parliament as Member for Willoughby on 22 March 2003.

She was elected Leader of the Parliamentary Liberal Party on 23 January 2017 and sworn in as the 45th Premier of New South Wales. Gladys had previously served as Treasurer and Minister for Industrial Relations in the Baird Government since April 2015.

Prior to that, she was appointed Minister for Transport following the election of the O’Farrell Government in March 2011 and served in that role for four years.

She is a Master of Commerce graduate from UNSW and prior to entering Parliament worked as a General Manager for one of Australia’s largest financial institutions. Gladys has also completed studies in Government and Public Administration (B.A., Uni. Syd).

Gladys lives in Willoughby and has had a life-long association with the local area.

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Meeting June 2019

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June Meeting

Wednesday Evening 26th June 2019

Discussion of draft
Picton CBD Emergency Flood Response Initiative

On the 3rd anniversary of the disastrous storm which devastated Picton businesses and residents, the Picton Chamber of Commerce discussed the creation of an Emergency Flood Response Initiative.

The June 2016 storm event saw every business in the main street and many businesses and residents abandoning years of built up hard work to the highest water levels in living memory.

The local government’s response has been to conduct a study into the cause and possible mitigation possibilities. To date, the Chamber is unaware of any definitive plans for a response to a similar event should Picton find itself in a similar scenario.

While we await outcomes from those studies the Executive has decided to move matters to the fore by inviting all stakeholders invested in the protection of Picton businesses and property to join together with the express purpose of coordinating an Emergency Action Plan in the likelihood that weather conditions look like repeating the events of June 2016.

In attendance was the Mayor Matthew Deeth and other Council officers, SES Area Commander Ngaire McCarthy and assistant officers as well as members of the Chamber of Commerce.

Presenting initiatives for discussion was Chamber Executive member Geoff O’Brien. It was noted that almost all townships and districts in states other than NSW have multi-stage warning procedures well documented. One of the eye opening facts mentioned on the night was that computer modelling the catchment flow through Picton using scenarios where Stonequarry Creek had a significant reduction in debris and privet resulted in a high water mark being reduced by only a few centremetres. This will come as a disappointment to many who have argued the need to clean out the creek as a solution to future proof the town from storm events.

Noted at the meeting was the surprise of businesses and residents that storm waters approached from the Hume Oval when all attention was focussed at the bridge near the George IV Inn. Early warning detection in areas other than those already monitored will be one element of the initiative Chamber will be requesting authorities remedy.

The meeting ended after agreement by all parties to continue the initiative by formerly asking for the Council to incorporate the Chamber’s initiatives as a chapter in the official storm study and officially ask for the SES to join the initiative.

The Chamber thanks all participants and looks forward to working together to ensure the maximum safety for the community and minimum loss of property should a similar event take place.

 

Please sir, I want some more.

We want some more!

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1st March 2019

An open Letter to Wollondilly Council and all NSW Wollondilly State Seat Candidates

 

Considering the upcoming State Election is now a mere 22 days away, we are completely bemused by the campaigns that all six candidates are running.

There has not been one serious commitment to the Wollondilly Electorate by any of the candidates and not a single dollar promised to improve the lives of residents of one of the fastest growing areas in the state of NSW. With the obvious opportunities here in the South West, I would have thought items like roads, rail, education and health, along with employment would be high on the list of priorities for the State Government.

 

Seriously what has the State Seat of Wollondilly been promised?

  • The City deals liveability plan is a result of the planned airport at Badgerys Creek.

  • A Picton High School upgrade was happening anyway.

  • The upgrades at Campbelltown and Bowral hospitals will be a slight benefit.

  • A petition circulating to call for the Picton to Mittagong Loopline to be restored for tourism purposes, but that is not a commitment to do anything.

  • The major parties have policies on Education, Health and Policing which are the standard across the state commitments which is basic State govt responsibility.

The Wollondilly deserves more! Other electorates have been promised millions as per examples below:

  • Jindabyne was just promised over $70 million of concrete commitments.

  • Orange has secured a $25 million stadium and sports centre.

  • Launching the Nationals’ campaign in Queanbeyan today,

Mr.Barilaro will make $3 billion worth of election promises, taking the party’s campaign war chest to $5 billion to date, with more still to come in the lead-up to the March 23rd election. Included in this $3 billion package are new funding commitments for water security measures, upgrading regional roads, addressing mobile connectivity, and youth initiatives.

Wollondilly is far from being a safe seat!

Wollondilly should be receiving more attention and some solid commitments. None of the candidates seem to have any ideas but here’s a few suggestions:
Decentralisation incentive scheme to attract businesses to Wollondilly.

  1.  Funding to fast track compulsory acquisition of employment lands at Maldon.

  2. $100 million for Picton flood mitigation (If only they get a move on with the flood     plan risk management study 12 months overdue and 2.5 years on from a devastating event)

  3. Upfront growth infrastructure funding for Wilton-Tahmoor link (Picton Bypass), Picton bridge linking Barkers Lodge road to Cliffe Street Picton

  4. Express train service for Southern Highlands and Wollondilly to be re-instated

  5. Electrification of Rail Trax to the future

  6. Regional sports academy

  7. Regional arts academy

  8. High School in North of Wollondilly LGA

  9. 1Intensive Horticulture & Agricultural Development fund

  10. Water security for Macarthur connecting Warragamba with supply line across to Nepean system

Our Electorate could be the deciding factor in forming a Government as we don’t see a landslide victory for either major party.
We encourage the candidates and parties to respond and make some solid commitments.

Yours faithfully,

Kyle Chamberlain

President Picton Chamber of Commerce & Industry

 

Training

Meeting 2019 – 02

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Catch up on what you missed

Upskilling for Older Workers

We had a very informative February meeting with guest speaker Jessica Horne from Verto presenting information that should be of real interest to employers of older staff and aged employees.

Verto is a work skills organisation that facilitates apprenticeship and employment training. Verto was recently awarded sole provider status to implement the Skills Checkpoint Program for Older Workers by the Department of Small Jobs and Industry.

The Skills Checkpoint Program is aimed at upskilling workers from 45 to 70 years of age by providing dollar for dollar funding to train for the purpose of increasing skills to change or upgrade existing career skills.

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The kinds of training have a reasonably broad scope so businesses and workers interested in upskilling staff or themselves should look into this project closely.

For further information visit the Verto website or call Jessica Horne on 1300 4 VERTO.

The Picton Chamber of Commerce meetings are held at 6:00pm for 6:15pm on the 4th Wednesday of the month at the Picton Bowling Club Argyle Street Picton.

Photography and recording were take on the night and will be published here shortly.

Training

Meeting 2019 – 02

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Catch up on what you missed

Upskilling for Older Workers

We had a very informative February meeting with guest speaker Jessica Horne from Verto presenting information that should be of real interest to employers of older staff and aged employees.

Verto is a work skills organisation that facilitates apprenticeship and employment training. Verto was recently awarded sole provider status to implement the Skills Checkpoint Program for Older Workers by the Department of Small Jobs and Industry.

The Skills Checkpoint Program is aimed at upskilling workers from 45 to 70 years of age by providing dollar for dollar funding to train for the purpose of increasing skills to change or upgrade existing career skills.

Mature woman at computer

The kinds of training have a reasonably broad scope so businesses and workers interested in upskilling staff or themselves should look into this project closely.

For further information visit the Verto website or call Jessica Horne on 1300 4 VERTO.

The Picton Chamber of Commerce meetings are held at 6:00pm for 6:15pm on the 4th Wednesday of the month at the Picton Bowling Club Argyle Street Picton.

Photography and recording were take on the night and will be published here shortly.

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Meeting 2018 – 11

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November 2018 Meeting Update

We had a great turnout to our November dinner meeting despite the inclement weather.

MEET THE CANDIDATES

Guest Speakers were:

Jason Bolwell for the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party
Judith Hannan an Independent
Nathaniel Smith for the Liberal Party
Jo-Ann Davidson for the Labor Party


Overview
The next New South Wales state election is scheduled to be held on Saturday 23 March 2019 to elect the 58th Parliament of New South Wales.
The electorate of Wollondilly spans from Bowral in the South, Warragamba in the North West and Appin in the East. It also includes the wilderness in the west to Yaranderie and beyond.
If you live within these boundaries you may be interested to learn who the candidates are for the State election representing Wollondilly residents, businesses and organisations. And what they stand for!
Picton Camber of Commerce has invited the candidates to join us for dinner on Wednesday, November 28th and speak to members and attendees.
The public was invited to Meet The Candidates at our dinner meeting at the Picton Bowling Club. Tickets were $40 plus booking fee per person which includes mains and desert.
Proceeds after expenses will be used to assist the community.
Attendees heard from each of the candidates during the night and after dinner, each were asked preselected questions from the audience previously submitted by email.

The Picton Chamber of Commerce meetings are held at 6:00pm for 6:15pm on the 4th Wednesday of the month at the Picton Bowling Club Argyle Street Picton.

Photography and recording were take on the night and will be published here shortly.

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Meeting 2018 – 10

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October 2018 Meeting Update

Discussion regarding development and flood mitigation in the Picton CBD

At the October meeting of the Picton Chamber of Commerce members discussed the possibilities of future development in the Picton CBD and possible flood mitigation for any new developments.

The Picton Chamber of Commerce meetings are held at 6:00pm for 6:15pm on the 4th Wednesday of the month at the Picton Bowling Club Argyle Street Picton.

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Wollondilly Business Awards Announcement

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Wollondilly Business Awards

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Vision

To bring local businesses together from the Wollondilly Shire LGA, to celebrate and acknowledge those that excel in all aspects of their business.

Mission

To provide a platform for Wollondilly Shire to showcase our local businesses and the entrepreneurs who own and operate these businesses to not only the local market but to the Community as a whole. To use local vendors and suppliers for all aspects of the Awards.

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Uniquely Local is very proud to announce that I will be working with Picton Chamber of Commerce to bring to all businesses in Wollondilly an event that captures the essence of our Shire, a rural community with a strong belief in local business and its growth. Our community is growing rapidly and the need to both celebrate and attract local business across all sectors is essential in building a dynamic economic environment within the LGA of the Wollondilly Shire.

NSW Rail Museum

The event will be held at the iconic NSW Rail Museum in Thirlmere on Saturday March 30, 2019. This will be the first of many annual Awards Events and we encourage all Chamber members to be actively involved by either nominating yourselves within your category or becoming an Event Sponsor. We will be promoting the event through Social Media so please go to our Facebook page ‘Wollondilly Business Awards 2019’ and ‘like’ the page to ensure you receive notifications regarding the website launch and please share to all your contacts to spread the word.

If you would like to become an Event Sponsor or know someone who would, please download the Sponsorship Package by clicking the PDF link below. Being a Sponsor of this event allows us to showcase your business through our advertising, having a presence at the Event as well as all correspondence to Finalists. Showing your support of an event such as this allows us to present to the whole Community the strength that Small to Medium Business has in our Shire and the diverse range of businesses unique to this region.

I am looking forward to presenting an exceptional event and hope for your support to make this the premier Business Awards event of our region.

Jo Bentley

Uniquely Local

uniquelylocal2571@gmail.com

Bringing Businesses Together

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Please download the sponsorship application