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Artist's impression of the Wollondilly Community, Cultural and Civic Precinct

February 2021 Meeting Update

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UPDATE

Wednesday 24th February 2020

We had a great turnout at last night’s meeting where we heard from Council Officers and Consultants about the  Wollondilly Community, Cultural and Civic Precinct.

For those who have not heard the news Wollondilly Shire Council was successful in obtaining funding for cultural and civic development from the Government’s Western Sydney City Deal. This funding has been provided to improve cultural and civic infrastructure and last night we were updated on the development progress of the ten year project to upgrade Wollondilly’s Civic District in Picton.

Artist's impression of the Wollondilly Community, Cultural and Civic Precinct

Stage one of the four stage project is already under way with the refurbishment of the Community Hall and architectural design preferences being made for the public areas and building facades.

Included in stage one development (2020-2023) is the demolition of buildings and relocation of some services, new car parking, initial refurbishments of the Shire Hall, construction of a new performance space and construction of a new childcare building.

Stage two (2020-2024) includes construction of a new Council Services Centre and basement parking.

Stage three (2023-2027) includes the creation of a new green civic square, demolition of existing Council building, further Shire Hall improvements, additional car parking.

Stage four (2026-2030) includes the construction of new library and learning centre, repurposing of existing library, and public domain works across the Precinct and to Colden Street and Corbett Lane (formerly Manolis Lane).

Officers took questions from members who had concerns regarding traffic movement and green spaces.

At a previous meeting Chamber members were updated with the traffic management plan for Picton which is already being implemented. Integrating existing traffic management and town spaces plan with the new cultural civic centre project has been a large part of the planning process. A village green has been incorporated into the plan with an expected use for community events and markets.

We will certainly be keeping a keen interest in the progress while working with Council providing feedback.

Here is an artist’s “Fly Through” of the  Wollondilly Community, Cultural and Civic Precinct

Other items on the meeting agenda:

Welcome new members. Tanya’s Trinkets, The Butcher’s Hub and Royal Thalicious Thai Restaurant.

Sponsorship vacancies for the Picton Chamber Golf Day event on 7th may 2021

Other upcoming events: Traddie’s Day and the Christmas Santa Muster

Christmas 2020 Image

December 2020 Christmas

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Join us for an end of year celebration

Let’s finish the year mingling and jingling together.

The Picton Chamber of Commerce invites you to pop into Picton Hotel from 6 pm, grab something to eat from the bistro, a drink, and a chat. Let’s bring together the business owners of Wollondilly to celebrate the end of 2020 and discuss our plans for a great 2021.

Friday 16th December 6pm

The Picton Hotel

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RESILIENCE 2020 – A Great Success

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Nov 2020 – How is Wollondilly after drought, fires, flood and Covid-19?

A combined meeting of Wollondilly Chambers of Commerce and Tourist Association

Picton Chamber of Commerce and Industry together with Appin, Wilton, Tahmoor Chambers and Wollondilly Tourism Association, would like to invite you to attend our November United Chamber Event on Wednesday evening 25th November from 6pm.

This evening will unite us in recognising the Resilience of our region, Kylie Brydon-Smith, the Director of Stakeholder Relations and Industry Engagement Resilience NSW will speak to us about why Resilience NSW was formed and how they are assisting our region with recovery from the devastating drought, fires, flood and most recently Covid-19. We will pay tribute to our local SES & RFS Brigade representatives as our guests.

Join us in an amazing venue, our own NSW Rail Museum Thirlmere, to enjoy an evening of networking, a delicious meal and hearing from our united Chamber representatives. Our thanks to event sponsor Governors Hill.

We encourage you to purchase tickets at the link below. Feel free to fill a table with your associates.

Kind regards
Picton Chamber of Commerce & Industry Inc.

 

Event Sponsor, Governors Hill.

 

Dinner Meeting

Date: Wednesday 25th November 6pm for 6.15pm

Venue: NSW Transport Heritage Museum, Thirlmere

10 Barbour Rd Thirlmere NSW 2572

Speaker: Kylie Brydon-Smith CEO Resilience NSW

 

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A combined meeting of Wollondilly Chambers of Commerce and Tourist Association

Date: Wednesday 25th November 6pm for 6.15pm

Venue: NSW Transport Heritage Museum, Thirlmere

10 Barbour Rd Thirlmere NSW 2572

Speaker: Kylie Brydon-Smith CEO Resilience NSW

tickets

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$50 + Booking Fee

BRAND IDENTITY IMAGE

Did you miss out? Oct 20

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BRAND INDENTITY

with David Blakely of Chanel Australia

At our October Dinner Meeting we had a special guest talking about Brand Identity. The Managing Director of one of the world’s most iconic and most recognizable brands, David Blakely, the MD of Chanel Australia for the past 20 years imparted his knowledge of how important your brand is to your business. We had a great turnout at Vabys of 40 guests. If you missed out keep an eye on the Chamber’s website for upcoming events and the latest business news for Picton and Wollondilly.

As our final event for Small Business Month, we are grateful for the support from NSW Government Small Business Month incentives.

 

Kevin Abey, David Blakeley, Jo Bentley, Judith Hannan, Geoff O'Brien

CEO Chanel Australia David Blakeley and VP Picton Chamber of Commerce Jo Bentley

 

David Blakeley and Jo Bentley

Kevin Abey (Wollondilly Council), David Blakeley (Chanel Aust.), Jo Bentley (Picton Chamber), Judith Hannan (Councillor), Geoff O’Brien (President, Picton Chamber)

 

UPCOMING EVENTS NOVEMBER & DECEMBER

 

New members are always welcome.

We would love to hear from you. Why not drop into one of our meetings on the 4th Wednesday of the month. Regular membership is $80 per year. However this year (2020)  we are offering a special incentive to join up.

With your $80 membership, you will receive a $60 voucher to redeem at participating Chamber member businesses.

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October is Business Month

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Wollondilly Council and The Picton Chamber of Commerce are running workshops for Small Business Month. You are invited to participate in our events so spread the word.

Session 2

21st October 2020

How to Set Prices and Not Go Bust

Are you frustrated? You seem to be working really hard, but there doesn’t seem to be enough of a financial reward. Are you honestly paying yourself for ALL hours worked?

In this session we look at pricing inputs, the impact of discounting, quoting and other key pricing issues like covering your admin and marketing time. Our focus will be –

Understanding how pre-qualifying customers helps to keep costs down

Understanding the real cost of quoting and how it needs to be absorbed in pricing somewhere

Working out ‘hourly’ rates

Charging your real wort

Cash flow forecasting basics

Presenter: Jane Tweedy is a small business advisor, consultant and trainer.

Jane is passionate about helping small businesses succeed and has an interactive style, ensuring all participants receive great value from their investment. Jane works for Western Sydney Business Centre as a small business advisor, and provides training as part of her new business, FAQ Business Training. Jane has a broad background in corporate, volunteering and small business. This provides a unique perspective at a strategic and detail level. Jane is a lifelong learner and you will benefit from her wealth of applied knowledge and experience.

Where & When

Both workshops will be held at Moses Barnes at $15 per head subsidized by NSW Government and Picton Chamber of Commerce.

Ticket price includes dinner

Dinner Workshop Ticket links

Session 2


Additional Free Workshops

Wollondilly Council is running two Free workshops for Small Business Month.

You are invited to participate in our events and would appreciate your help to spread the word.

 

Below is a link to Council’s event page on their website.

 

Free Brand Building Workshop   Free Planning for the Future Workshop

Numbers are limited so get in quick!

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Business Brekky – Dec 2nd

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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 Chamber members host the Monthly Business Brekky campaign to support local cafes who are doing it tough in these COVID times.

Where

To be announced

When

Date: Wednesday 2nd December 7am to 9am

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

 

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Venue and tickets to be announced

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.

Mowbray Park homestead photo from the air

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.

August AGM 2020 Meeting

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Join us at the newest and most talked about venue in Picton for the Picton Chamber of Commerce’s Annual General Meeting.

Moses Barnes Cafe

About this Event

Our corporate Annual General Meeting will be limited to just 35 tickets so get in early. Membership forms and nomination forms are available to download on the home page.

WHEN
Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 6 PM – 8:30 PM

WHERE
Moses Barnes
89-91 Argyle St Picton, New South Wales 2571

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