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October 2017

October 2017 Meeting Update

Guest Speaker: Jennifer Aitchinson MP

Member of the Legislative Assembly
Member for Maitland
Shadow Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Shadow Minister for Small Business
Member of the Australian Labor Party

It was great to see the large attendance at the October Chamber of Commerce meeting of over 30 members and guests.

After formal Chamber business and a light snack, Ren Moolhuyzen from That Business Place spoke on the necessity for businesses to have a well established backup plan for their computer databases and accounting software. Ren and other members recounted stories of businesses having recently been affected by encryption malware which shut down their entire computer networks and encrypted all their files. Ren reiterated the need to have an up-to-date functioning backup process with the ability to reestablish key components of the business. Ren believes the malware currently being distributed via email attachments has the capacity to closed businesses for good.

Guest Speaker

The guest speaker for the night was Jennifer Aitchinson MP, the member for Maitland.

Ms Aitchinson spoke about her business career and how she is able to use her experience to speak up in parliament and other areas on our behalf. Some of the topics discussed were how new legislation pertaining to gift cards effect businesses, changes to penalty rates for workers and businesses and how Labor views the privatisation of public assets.

Jennifer was accompanied by local Labor supporters who had joined her on a fact-finding tour of the shire speaking to business owners in Picton and adjoining towns.

The Picton Chamber of Commerce thank the member for Maitland for her visit and extend our well-wishers to her electorate.

You are welcome to join us at the next Picton Chamber of Commerce meeting

Argyle Street Picton NSW Australia

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February 2018

February’s Chamber of Commerce meeting had a great turnout with close to 30 members as well as representatives from Council, Rotary and the Wollondilly Tourist Association.

Topics raised for consideration:

A new look for our tourist district.

Wollondilly’s status with State Tourism has changed from Metropolitan to Sydney Southern Surrounds which changes our funding and places the district into similar status to Wingecarribee, Illawarra and Shoalhaven. Almost all businesses are affected in some way by tourism so a need exists for all stakeholders to cooperate in order to determine the best way to promote Wollondilly in the future.

New and restored businesses

It’s eighteen months since the storm event in Picton uprooted almost every business in the town’s CBD and it’s nice to see how many businesses have been re-established and that so many new businesses are starting up in town. Chamber members are grateful for the support they’ve received from the local community and look forward to more business starting up and joining in future.

Future infrastructure and growth

Picton Chamber Business meetingWith growing development in Badgreys Creek and Wilton on the horizon, the Chamber discussed the need to formulate proposals for the development of Picton’s CBD to cater for future growth. Right now there is a significant number of new building blocks and more in the planning stage in Picton. As the number of houses in Picton and surrounding areas grow, businesses need to plan for that growth and the Chamber is working with members to formalise a response.

Utility knowledge bank

It was suggested that members cooperate together to discuss their utility expenses. Every business owner knows that utility bills are a major proportion of outgoings and a roundtable discussion of business tips and consultants being used to save expenses might prove useful.

All welcome

The Picton Chamber of Commerce extends a welcome to all businesses and organisation working in the district. Come along and have a say and be a part of the future growth of the area.

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.