This year as President of our chamber has been an honour.
Being the President has afforded me the opportunity to meet with many varied people and businesses over the course of the last year. The recognition I have personally received has been immeasurable.
I have also been interviewed many times by the local papers, Chronicle and Advertiser. Along with a few live chats on the radio. All this puts focus on our shire, our town, our businesses and the opportunity for new business in our town. There is also the side benefit of always being in uniform and mentioning my own business. Century 21.
This year has seen our chamber grow by @30 members and we have seen a consistent number of 20+ at our meetings. The largest crowd of the year was for our Picton CBD developer’s night which was attended by over 50 people.
Our committee has focused on bringing information to our members. We are achieving this mainly through guest speakers at our monthly meetings. We have had politicians, Councillors, Infrastructure manger from council along with Member focus nights and updates from other members about the development coming and flood committee members.
With the appointment of a dedicated media officer, Mark, we have been able to update our website, if you haven’t seen it then I urge you to, along with a more consistent focus on our brand, through email, Facebook and our website.
I must take this opportunity to thank my committee Ren, Geoff, Kerrie, Judy, Susan and Mark. Without the support of this team our chamber would not be in the position it currently is.
The current President and executive were re-elected for another year.
President — Kyle Chamberlain
Vice President — Renato Moolhuyzen
Secretary — Judy Bjorklund
Treasurer — Susan Hall
Director — Kerrie Cunich
Social Media & Promotion — Mark Christian Shaw
Director — Geoff O’Brien
August 2018 Ordinary Meeting Update
Guest Speaker and Chamber Member
Jo-Anne has liaised with Chamber and a number of local business people to establish the criteria for managing and staging Wollondilly’s very own business awards night. The effort and commitment Jo-Anne is investing into this project and the cooperation of business people backing the awards means there is increasing momentum behind this exciting development. Most of the important criteria such as auditing, voting, categories, venues and dates have been nailed down and a formal announcement will be made shortly once the necessary infrastructure has been put in place.
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.
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.
Director of Infrastructure & Environment
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.
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.
Wednesday, June 27th 2018
Picton Bowling Club Argyle Street, Picton
A Vision for Picton’s Future
Business needs and opportunities in the CBD
A summary of June’s meeting was published in the Daily Telegraph
Daniel McGookin, Macarthur Chronicle Wollondilly
Picton’s grand plans unveiled
PICTON’s future has been unveiled, with grand plans to invigorate the township with a motel, microbrewery, alfresco dining, and shop-top housing.
The vision was presented to the Picton Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday night, with local business owners John Corbett and Phil Digger presenting ways to energise the town centre and transform the historic village into a “destination town”.
An artist’s impression of the approved shoptop housing in Picton’s Menangle Street, on the site of Digger’s Furniture. Design: Allman Johnson Architects
Under the plan, a number of Menangle St sites, including Corbett’s Hardware and Digger’s Furniture, would be developed.
A three-storey 30-plus room motel will be located on the Corbett’s Hardware site along with ground-level retail space.
A microbrewery and function centre/restaurant, proposed by Mr Corbett, will be located at the rear of the motel with access from the current Picton Mall carpark.
The Digger’s Furniture site will be transformed into shop-top housing, with Wollondilly Council already approving the $2 million proposal.
An artist’s impression of the proposed restaurant/function centre and microbrewery, to be located in the current Picton Mall carpark.
The development will feature a ground-level alfresco bar and restaurant facing the old post office, retail space and six units located above.
Mr Digger said he believed the development would be a good fit with the future direction and character of Picton.
An artist’s impression of the alfresco restaurant and bar in Picton. Design: Creative Spirit — Picton.
“I think Picton is going to go in the same direction as Camden, with more eateries than there are shops,” Mr Digger said.
“That’s the way it’s going to be. Hopefully it will draw more people into Picton, which can only be good.
“(The development) has been something we have been wanting to do for the last 10 years, but with the flood condemning the building we have now been forced to do it,” he said.
Grand plans have been unveiled for the historic town of Picton. Picture: Simon Bullard
Picton Chamber of Commerce president Kyle Chamberlain said the presentation by Mr Corbett and Mr Digger was informative for all members.
Picton Chamber of Commerce president Kyle Chamberlain.
“Wednesday night’s meeting was a get-together of local businesses and developers to enlighten the chamber as to what the direction the town is taking,” Mr Chamberlain said. “The investment the developers are willing to put into Picton is a good thing because Picton has been around for 100-plus years and, with the investment, will be for 100 years to come.
Picton is set to transform into a destination town. Picture: Simon Bullard“
With these things happening in our town it will continue to build into a nice destination for people to come to, to stay the night, have food in our restaurants and cafes and shop in the area.
“It should bring more money into town as, at the moment, a lot of us leave the area to spend our money.
“The future looks great for Picton and surrounds.”
John Corbett, owner of Picton Mall, has lodged concept plans for a microbrewery and tourist accommodation to Wollondilly Council. Picture: Simon Bullard
Wollondilly Council has agreed, in principle, to sell areas of land for a development consistent with the concept plans submitted to council for a microbrewery and tourist motel.
Mowbray Park Farm ready to take on the world
Wollondilly Councillor Blair Briggs, who moved council’s resolution of in-principle support of the developer’s plans, said he believed the developments will establish a vibrant Picton town centre.
Wollondilly councillor Blair Briggs.
“I don’t see any downside,” he said. “It’s an employment generator, it will bring a lot of money into the community and it will broaden the accommodation offering in the shire.
“It will help drive visitor numbers in the area.”
The vision follows George IV Inn’s lively return to business in October last year, following a multi million-dollar restoration to bring the historic pub back to life.
Picton’s George IV Inn to reopen [Chamber Editor: Is now open for business]
Picton Mall owner and the proponent of the motel and microbrewery development, John Corbett, was not available for comment.