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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.

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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No will? What could possibly go wrong?

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February Meeting

Don’t miss our first meeting of the year
at
Vaby’s Restaurant

Lance Watson

of Caldwell Martin Cox Solicitors will discuss why your will should be up-to-date.

Tickets are available for our first meeting of the year. Dinner and a Show!

Lance from Caldwell Martin Cox will be presenting some interesting facts as to what can happen if you don’t have a will.

There are things you may not have considered and there will be some anecdotes that will entertain.

Wednesday, February 26 AT 6 PM

Buy Tickets $50

Station Street Picton, Opposite Picton Railway Station.

From surviving to thriving

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BUSHFIRE RECOVERY NETWORKING RESOURCES & STRATEGY EVENT FOR ALL LOCAL BUSINESSES

Wednesday 19th February, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Open to all Local Small Business:

Don’t go through this period alone. Find out what resources are available, gather ideas and strategies to help your businesses recover as quickly as possible.

VENUE:

Picton BowlingClub10 CliffeStreet

Picton, NSW 2571

Entry: GOLD COIN DONATION (all proceeds to local community fire recovery

Download Information PDF

Surviving to Thriving – Picton

 

November 2019 Meeting

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November Meet and Greet

Don’t Miss Our Meet and Greet
at the
Picton Town Square

Meet Ben Taylor

WSC CEO

Previous roles include General Manager Environment and Infrastructure Northern Beaches Council, CEO of SHOROC, Director Metropolitan Water for the NSW Government’s Office of Water.

Drop in to the Picton Town Square and introduce yourself and your business and join us for some good company, some networking and enjoy a drink on us.

Wednesday 27th November

158 Argyle Street Picton

Nibbles and drinks from 6pm

 

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.

AGM

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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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.