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SES Flood Bulletin Distribution System

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The NSW State Emergency Service, South Eastern Zone, provides an automated Flood Bulletin distribution system to improve notification of flood impacts and consequences to the public.

Bulletins are automatically sent by SMS, fax or email whenever a Flood Bulletin is issued or updated for the nominated river system. Unfortunately, the Picton CBD is a designated flash flooding environment so the SES can’t issue detailed Flood Bulletins for this area because the warning time is so short. We do share Bureau of Meteorology flash flood warnings, and issue community newsletters and Evacuation Warnings and Orders for the area. We would like to use our distribution system to issue these to people who live in the Picton CBD. This service is offered free of charge to private residents, commercial and industrial businesses, rural and agricultural landholders. When you register, you nominate your preferred distribution method. The distribution database is managed by the NSW SES South Eastern Zone. Any information collected by us is only used for the distribution of official information and will not be given to any third party. Users are responsible to advise us should their nominated contact details change and may opt out at any time. Users need to be aware that they we will endeavour to send all official communications issued during a severe weather event for the Picton CBD, and these may be sent at odd hours of the day and night. Should you require any additional information about this service, please don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected]

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Breakfast table

Business Brekky

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In an effort to support small business, the Picton Chamber of Commerce has planned a series of Business Breakfasts in local cafes. Picton business couple Ren and Simone from That Office Place in Argyle Street Picton will be the inaugural host in the Business Brekky campaign to support local cafes who are doing it tough in these COVID times.

Where

La Crema Cafe

147 Argyle St, Picton, AU 2571

When

7th October 2020 – 7am

The breakfast meeting is mainly targeted at local businesses but anyone is welcome to come.

Announcing the Chamber’s New Executive for 2020

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The Picton Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the new Executive team who have offered their skills and services for the next 12 months. We are grateful to our outgoing President Kyle Chamberlain and his Executive team who have steered the Chamber these past few years on a course of enthusiastic growth and expansion. We look forward to their continued input to the Chamber as long time members and welcome the new team to their new responsibilities. 

 

President 

Geoff O’Brien – Property Wyze

As a passionate Picton resident for the last 22 years, Geoff is the Community Engagement Manager with Bradcorp and runs his own “Property Wyze” Business.

Described best as energetic, enthusiastic with a diverse and unique skills base, Geoff thrives on challenges and supporting teams. Geoff says, “Picton is thriving. New shops and offices are being filled, the Civic Cultural Precinct is being developed and this means great activity underpinning Picton as the cultural and business centre of the shire. The next twelve months will be an exciting time for the Chamber to diversify our activities, be inclusive and encourage a broad membership but most importantly support each other to have fun and thrive. We want the Chamber to leave a legacy of benefit for our town and community. Watch this space.”

 

Vice President

Jo Bently – Uniquely Local

Jo owns and runs multiple businesses including the very successful event management business, Uniquely Local. Uniquely Local presented the Wollondilly Business Awards in 2019 which was well attended by local businesses and dignitaries and supported local vendors and suppliers at a time when large events are far and few. Jo is also the owner-operator of Benjos Petspa and for the last 10 years has pampered her customer’s pooches with luxury grooming in her mobile pet salon. Jo is community-minded and serves on the Executive Committee for “Caring for Wollondilly” which supports families within our Shire and is training with the Wilton RFS Brigade.

 

Secretary

Lance Watson – Partner, Caldwell Martin & Cox Solicitors

Lance brings a wealth of experience to the Chamber. He has worked for the Attorney Generals Department of NSW, the NSW Supreme Court and a variety of Local Courts across the Sydney region and as an Associate to a District Court Judge. Lance says “With so much development forecast to occur in the greater Sydney region I believe it is the right time for local businesses to join together as a group to put forward what we would like for Picton and the Wollondilly Shire. Our Chamber regularly has our Local MP’s and Councillors in attendance at our meetings which are a great way to provide input for how the development can benefit us.” Lance also brings to the table his expertise in estate law which the Chamber can utilise as we look into the future development of the district. Outside of the office he keeps himself busy as the President of his local Rural Fire Brigade and is often seen on weekends riding off into the bush on his mountain bike.

 

Treasurer

Peter Tapp – Pinnacle Tax & Accounting

For over 25 years Peter has been helping and making peoples business and personal dreams become a reality. Peter holds over 25 years experience in advising, supporting and growing businesses of all types and sizes all over the state.

He understands the importance of community and family as shown by his commitment to the Rural Fire Brigade, Chamber of Commerce and Army Reserve. Peter’s real life experiences and in-depth understanding of the complex issues and problems running a business means that he brings a wealth of expertise to the Picton Chamber of Commerce.

 

Director of Fun and Well-Being

Kim Roulston – Hippyluxe

Kim owns and runs her very colourful and fun-loving hippy lifestyle store Hippyluxe in Picton which offers a beautiful range of clothing and gifts to suit everyone. Hippluxe has become a well-known hang-out with locals. Kim’s motto is to “Keep it colourful and keep it fun” and is known to have lots of laughs with her customers. Kim brings her positive fun-filled personality to the executive as our Ambassador for Fun and Well-Being which in this year of 2020 is a greatly needed commodity.

 

Membership

Kylie Greffenius – Photogreff

Kylie brings her skills as a long time professional local businesswoman to the team.  Her enthusiasm to expand the Chamber’s membership and the importance that has on our ability to be an active force for change is her key strategy for the next year. Kylie says, “As part of the Picton Chamber Executive my goal is to leave members feeling that we have delivered on their needs; they’re not our audience, they’re our reason for stepping up.”

 

Media and Communication

Mark Shaw – Imageworx

Mark has run his successful design and consulting business in Picton for over 25 years and brings to the Chamber his expertise in print and digital communications. Mark says,”Now is the time for small businesses like those in Picton and the shire to unite as one with a loud voice to be heard by Government. Our local newspapers and radio have lost their impact to motivate authorities and organisations into action so if small business needs are to be met we need a strong united voice to take the message where it is needed.” Mark’s skills as a copywriter, web developer and digital consultant will assist Chamber members to be heard.

What Did You Miss? September 20 Meeting

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What Did You Miss?

Wednesday Evening 23rd September 2020

Pizza in the Shed

Mowbray Park Farm

Address:  745 Barkers Lodge Road, Picton, NSW, 2571.

We had a full house at Mowbray Park Farm Wednesday night. Blair Briggs hosted the evening meeting and updated us on the upgrades to the Mowbray Farm while the tourist and accommodation industry has been in lockdown these past six months. Our guest speaker from Appin Chamber of Commerce, Lauren Eade, informed members of a new initiative being implemented by Appin Chamber to promote shopping locally in Wollondilly. Lauren has a team working on a promotional website that will double as a business directory for Wollondilly businesses. It will incentivise shoppers with gift prizes awarded monthly to shoppers patronising local businesses. Shoppers can enter a draw for a prize after purchasing items from participating businesses. The site is expected to become a hub for future Wollondilly business activity and the concept was warmly embraced by members.

Other items on the agenda was the announcement of various events for 2020-21 which will be posted on our events page as details become available.

The Picton Chamber of Commerce is eager to expand membership and share our experiences and professional expertise and learn from your business experiences too. The Chamber is a good conduit to help communicate to various Government bodies and NGO’s and the more members we have the more noticeable we become. So visit our membership page now and join up. We’de love to welcome you at our next meeting.

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.