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.


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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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.


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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

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August 2018 Ordinary Meeting Update

Jo-Anne Bentley

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.

Picton Chamber of Commerce handshake

Meeting 2018 – 8

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August 2018 Annual General Meeting Update

The President’s Report – Mr Kyle Chamberlain

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

Jo-Anne Bentley

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.

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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.

Picton Town Square

Meeting 2018 – 6

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June 2018 Meeting Update

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


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.

Meeting 2018 – 5

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May 2018 Meeting Update

Guest Speaker: Ian tait

This month: Are you interested in Picton’s potential for growth in the next few years?

It is said, “If you aren’t planning your life, then someone else is.” The same can be said about the town we live in.

Be involved in the development narrative of Picton. Join the members of the Picton Chamber of Commerce this Wednesday night at the Bowling club.

Guest Speaker: Ian Tait

Ian’s professional background and community involvement have led him to believe that the Botanic Gardens and adjacent sports fields are a woefully underexploited community asset. Further, a proper management and visionary master plan are urgently needed in order to prevent erosion of its values. It is widely accepted that public assets like Museums, Art Galleries and Botanic Gardens make a major contribution to the economic development and social welfare of a community.”

Ian spoke about the need to create a master plan for the Botanic Garden district to ensure that future community development be catered for and that piecemeal developments over the years such as arenas, exercise areas, botanical garden infrastructure, larger car parks etc are coordinated.

The support of the community is required to provide a vision of the plan and to form a working committee to liaise with Council.

Chamber members were supportive of Ian’s proposal and it is anticipated that Mr Tait’s request for support will be taken to other community organisation that have a stake in the future growth and development of the Picton Botanic Garden district.

Other Business

A motion was carried for the Chamber to donate $1,500 to the Wollondilly Draught Fund.


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Meeting 2017-11

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November 2017

November 2017 Meeting Update

Guest Speakers: Members

This month: Open discussions, who and what members stand for.

6:00 pm

With so many new members joining the Picton Chamber of Commerce since the recent AGM, it became necessary for members to take turns introducing themselves and their businesses. Rather than being a free-for-all sales pitch, members spent the time discussing why they joined the Chamber and what they hoped to obtain and accomplish by becoming members. It was such an eye-opener to hear the careers and history of the various members and their businesses. The introductions soon became a round-table discussion as members revealed their visions for the future and desire to assist the community.

The discussion had everyone contributing when Jeanne Duffy from Community Connect spoke about her organisation’s connections for assisting people and families in need. It was heartening to see the willingness of members to embrace the need to assist and give back to the community.

Another contributor that had everyone’s attention during discussions was Geoff O’Brien who works closely with stakeholders of the Wilton Junction developments. Geoff was able to provide clarity between rumours and fact with regard to the various developments and discussions that were on the table. With such a large development growing on Picton’s doorstep it is inevitable that it will have an effect on Picton’s business catchment. How Picton’s businesses and the Chamber evolve with those changes will be key to everyone’s success.

No doubt, the shire will experience significant growth as will all other districts on the outskirts of Sydney and the need for our Chamber of Commerce to incorporate a vision for the greater area of 2571 was also discussed. It was agreed there was a need to reach out to rural, home and industrial businesses who may think the Chamber only benefits main street businesses with small agendas. Far from it. The Chamber sees its role as a spokesman for ALL businesses and the more businesses the Chamber can represent, the greater impact it can have to ensure our concerns are heard when those decisions that affect our businesses are made.

When discussions turned to events and projects for future growth of the district it was noted many past events and projects which started as Chamber initiatives, where taken over by Council who had the funds and resources to run with them to even greater success.

After these uplifting discussions, the meeting was closed at 7:30 and a few members moved to the Bowling Club Member’s lounge for refreshments.

Please note the December meeting will be a Christmas gathering at the George IV Inn. See here for details.

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.