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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.

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.

 

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.

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 – 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.