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Meeting 2018 – 8

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August 2018 Annual General Meeting Update

The President’s Report – Mr Kyle Chamberlain

This year as President of our chamber has been an honour.

Being the President has afforded me the opportunity to meet with many varied people and businesses over the course of the last year. The recognition I have personally received has been immeasurable.

I have also been interviewed many times by the local papers, Chronicle and Advertiser. Along with a few live chats on the radio. All this puts focus on our shire, our town, our businesses and the opportunity for new business in our town. There is also the side benefit of always being in uniform and mentioning my own business. Century 21.

This year has seen our chamber grow by @30 members and we have seen a consistent number of 20+ at our meetings. The largest crowd of the year was for our Picton CBD developer’s night which was attended by over 50 people.

Our committee has focused on bringing information to our members. We are achieving this mainly through guest speakers at our monthly meetings. We have had politicians, Councillors, Infrastructure manger from council along with Member focus nights and updates from other members about the development coming and flood committee members.

With the appointment of a dedicated media officer, Mark, we have been able to update our website, if you haven’t seen it then I urge you to, along with a more consistent focus on our brand, through email, Facebook and our website.

I must take this opportunity to thank my committee Ren, Geoff, Kerrie, Judy, Susan and Mark. Without the support of this team our chamber would not be in the position it currently is.

The current President and executive were re-elected for another year.

  • President — Kyle Chamberlain
  • Vice President — Renato Moolhuyzen
  • Secretary — Judy Bjorklund
  • Treasurer — Susan Hall
  • Director — Kerrie Cunich
  • Social Media & Promotion — Mark Christian Shaw
  • Director — Geoff O’Brien

August 2018 Ordinary Meeting Update

Jo-Anne Bentley

Guest Speaker and Chamber Member

Jo-Anne has liaised with Chamber and a number of local business people to establish the criteria for managing and staging Wollondilly’s very own business awards night. The effort and commitment Jo-Anne is investing into this project and the cooperation of business people backing the awards means there is increasing momentum behind this exciting development. Most of the important criteria such as auditing, voting, categories, venues and dates have been nailed down and a formal announcement will be made shortly once the necessary infrastructure has been put in place.

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.

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.
Traffic Investigation Map

Meeting 2018 – 7

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July 2018 Meeting Update

1st Guest Speaker: Michael Malone

Director of Infrastructure & Environment
Wollondilly Council

After our State Member Jai Rowel’s announcement of a $3 Million investigation into rerouting traffic around Picton, the Chamber of Commerce invited Michael Malone to provide a rundown of any information Council might be able to provide regarding future traffic matters in Picton.

Members were informed that Mr Malone had attended a meeting with the Roads and Maritime Authority to discuss the by-pass and provide the Authority with existing traffic data from Council.

In addition, Mr Malone discussed the various traffic areas around Picton that were likely to be rated unsafe or unusable by 2026. Some of the areas in question were pedestrian traffic on Argyle Street North in the CBD and at the Picton Public School, The Queen Victoria Bridge and everyone’s favourite, the intersection at Menagle and Argyle Streets.

Michael spent some time answering questions from the members.

The Chamber members thank Mr Malone for taking the time on Wednesday night to provide an informative briefing.


2nd Guest Speaker: Blair BriggsWollondilly Destination Strategy

Councillor, Wollondilly Council

Blair Briggs spoke in regard to the Council’s “Wollondilly Destination Management Plan”

Stafford Strategy was commissioned by Wollondilly Shire Council to complete a Destination Management Plan for Wollondilly Shire. The purpose of the DMP is to guide sustainable growth and to help ensure the viability and resilience of the tourism industry in the Shire.

Some game changing projects that were prioritised in the study were discussed.

These are noted as the following:

  •  introduction of a major nationally branded destination holiday park;

  •  encourage the development of a higher-end eco-lodge(s) with an integrated wellness centre/day spa;

  •  investment prospectus to entice investors to invest in the Shire;

  • development of a visitor economy awareness campaign to encourage the host community to be advocates for the Shire and to expand community understanding of the broad-ranging benefits generated through the visitor economy; and

  • development of an overnight guided Great Walk experience, in collaboration with the Blue Mountains.

These projects are referred to as “game changers” because of their potential to have a major impact on the Shire’s visitor economy through increased visitor yield, growing visitor average length of stay, shifting visitation from day trips to overnight, the generation of new investment into the Shire as well as ensuring the community are advocates for the visitor economy.

The draft plan is available for comment currently and can be obtained at the Council’s website.

The Chamber members thank Mr Briggs for taking the time on Wednesday night to provide an informative briefing.



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.

Picton Town Square

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.

Meeting 2018 – 5

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May 2018 Meeting Update

Guest Speaker: Ian tait

This month: Are you interested in Picton’s potential for growth in the next few years?

It is said, “If you aren’t planning your life, then someone else is.” The same can be said about the town we live in.

Be involved in the development narrative of Picton. Join the members of the Picton Chamber of Commerce this Wednesday night at the Bowling club.

Guest Speaker: Ian Tait

Ian’s professional background and community involvement have led him to believe that the Botanic Gardens and adjacent sports fields are a woefully underexploited community asset. Further, a proper management and visionary master plan are urgently needed in order to prevent erosion of its values. It is widely accepted that public assets like Museums, Art Galleries and Botanic Gardens make a major contribution to the economic development and social welfare of a community.”

Ian spoke about the need to create a master plan for the Botanic Garden district to ensure that future community development be catered for and that piecemeal developments over the years such as arenas, exercise areas, botanical garden infrastructure, larger car parks etc are coordinated.

The support of the community is required to provide a vision of the plan and to form a working committee to liaise with Council.

Chamber members were supportive of Ian’s proposal and it is anticipated that Mr Tait’s request for support will be taken to other community organisation that have a stake in the future growth and development of the Picton Botanic Garden district.

Other Business

A motion was carried for the Chamber to donate $1,500 to the Wollondilly Draught Fund.


Picton Post Office

Meeting 2017-11

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November 2017

November 2017 Meeting Update

Guest Speakers: Members

This month: Open discussions, who and what members stand for.

6:00 pm

With so many new members joining the Picton Chamber of Commerce since the recent AGM, it became necessary for members to take turns introducing themselves and their businesses. Rather than being a free-for-all sales pitch, members spent the time discussing why they joined the Chamber and what they hoped to obtain and accomplish by becoming members. It was such an eye-opener to hear the careers and history of the various members and their businesses. The introductions soon became a round-table discussion as members revealed their visions for the future and desire to assist the community.

The discussion had everyone contributing when Jeanne Duffy from Community Connect spoke about her organisation’s connections for assisting people and families in need. It was heartening to see the willingness of members to embrace the need to assist and give back to the community.

Another contributor that had everyone’s attention during discussions was Geoff O’Brien who works closely with stakeholders of the Wilton Junction developments. Geoff was able to provide clarity between rumours and fact with regard to the various developments and discussions that were on the table. With such a large development growing on Picton’s doorstep it is inevitable that it will have an effect on Picton’s business catchment. How Picton’s businesses and the Chamber evolve with those changes will be key to everyone’s success.

No doubt, the shire will experience significant growth as will all other districts on the outskirts of Sydney and the need for our Chamber of Commerce to incorporate a vision for the greater area of 2571 was also discussed. It was agreed there was a need to reach out to rural, home and industrial businesses who may think the Chamber only benefits main street businesses with small agendas. Far from it. The Chamber sees its role as a spokesman for ALL businesses and the more businesses the Chamber can represent, the greater impact it can have to ensure our concerns are heard when those decisions that affect our businesses are made.

When discussions turned to events and projects for future growth of the district it was noted many past events and projects which started as Chamber initiatives, where taken over by Council who had the funds and resources to run with them to even greater success.

After these uplifting discussions, the meeting was closed at 7:30 and a few members moved to the Bowling Club Member’s lounge for refreshments.

Please note the December meeting will be a Christmas gathering at the George IV Inn. See here for details.

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.

Guest Speaker: Jennifer Aitchinson MP

Meeting 2017-10

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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

Meeting 2018-2

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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.