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November 2019 Meeting

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November Meet and Greet

Don’t Miss Our Meet and Greet
at the
Picton Town Square

Meet Ben Taylor


Previous roles include General Manager Environment and Infrastructure Northern Beaches Council, CEO of SHOROC, Director Metropolitan Water for the NSW Government’s Office of Water.

Drop in to the Picton Town Square and introduce yourself and your business and join us for some good company, some networking and enjoy a drink on us.

Wednesday 27th November

158 Argyle Street Picton

Nibbles and drinks from 6pm



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.

See Contacts Page

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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



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.

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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.


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

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


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

Bringing Businesses Together

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Please download the sponsorship application

Geoff O'Brien awarded Picton Chamber of Commerce lifetime mebership

Lifetime membership awarded to Geoff O’Brien

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Geoff O’Brien Awarded Lifetime Membership

President Kyle Chamberlain and Vice President Renato Mulhuyzen had the special honor of presenting one of our long standing Chamber members lifetime membership to the Picton Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday night.
Both Kyle and Renato took turns in highlighting Geoff O’Brien’s service to the Chamber and the broader community.
Most community groups and service clubs celebrate certain milestones of their members and ours is no different.We have a member amongst us who needs to be recognised, deserves to be recognised and, as of tonight, will be recognised.
This member has achieved longevity in this Chamber that none of us can match – over 20 years with an undetermined starting date due to the destruction of our records in the storm of 2016.
He made an enormous contribution to Picton after the storm, working tirelessly to restore businesses back to trading ability. He encouraged everyone to come to Picton to support local business and put in 24 hours a day for our Christmas in July promotion. Who doesn’t remember the many christmas trees and the snow? The car that was raffled during Flourish was obtained due to this member’s negotiation skills. I am, of course, talking about Geoff O’Brien.
Geoff has undertaken many leadership roles throughout his time in Chamber and his contribution will be everlasting. Both personally and through the company he represents, Bradcorp, Geoff is always willing to help financially. It would be fairly obvious to say this gesture is extremely appreciated by our Chamber.
And lastly, if we could all promote our Chamber within the community with as much positivity as Geoff does, membership numbers would go through the roof!
His wonderful attitude, continual contribution at meetings and events and sheer enthusiasm for the Chamber made it an easy decision for this committee to award Life Membership to Geoff O’Brien.
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Meeting 2018 – 7

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July 2018 Meeting Update

1st Guest Speaker: Michael Malone

Director of Infrastructure & Environment
Wollondilly Council

After our State Member Jai Rowel’s announcement of a $3 Million investigation into rerouting traffic around Picton, the Chamber of Commerce invited Michael Malone to provide a rundown of any information Council might be able to provide regarding future traffic matters in Picton.

Members were informed that Mr Malone had attended a meeting with the Roads and Maritime Authority to discuss the by-pass and provide the Authority with existing traffic data from Council.

In addition, Mr Malone discussed the various traffic areas around Picton that were likely to be rated unsafe or unusable by 2026. Some of the areas in question were pedestrian traffic on Argyle Street North in the CBD and at the Picton Public School, The Queen Victoria Bridge and everyone’s favourite, the intersection at Menagle and Argyle Streets.

Michael spent some time answering questions from the members.

The Chamber members thank Mr Malone for taking the time on Wednesday night to provide an informative briefing.


2nd Guest Speaker: Blair BriggsWollondilly Destination Strategy

Councillor, Wollondilly Council

Blair Briggs spoke in regard to the Council’s “Wollondilly Destination Management Plan”

Stafford Strategy was commissioned by Wollondilly Shire Council to complete a Destination Management Plan for Wollondilly Shire. The purpose of the DMP is to guide sustainable growth and to help ensure the viability and resilience of the tourism industry in the Shire.

Some game changing projects that were prioritised in the study were discussed.

These are noted as the following:

  •  introduction of a major nationally branded destination holiday park;

  •  encourage the development of a higher-end eco-lodge(s) with an integrated wellness centre/day spa;

  •  investment prospectus to entice investors to invest in the Shire;

  • development of a visitor economy awareness campaign to encourage the host community to be advocates for the Shire and to expand community understanding of the broad-ranging benefits generated through the visitor economy; and

  • development of an overnight guided Great Walk experience, in collaboration with the Blue Mountains.

These projects are referred to as “game changers” because of their potential to have a major impact on the Shire’s visitor economy through increased visitor yield, growing visitor average length of stay, shifting visitation from day trips to overnight, the generation of new investment into the Shire as well as ensuring the community are advocates for the visitor economy.

The draft plan is available for comment currently and can be obtained at the Council’s website.

The Chamber members thank Mr Briggs for taking the time on Wednesday night to provide an informative briefing.



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.