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The True Treasure of 2020

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The Executive Committee of the Picton Chamber of Commerce is grateful for the continued association we enjoy in partnership with Picton and Wollondilly businesses, stakeholders and especially our customers. It is that sense of community and appreciation of being and supporting “Local” that has been the true treasure of 2020.
It is in the knowledge of this that we can look to 2021 with confidence.


Season's Greetings message and Christmas Tree

Time for an end of year break. We hope this festive season brings the refreshment you need and that you can enjoy the love and company of family and friends.
From all the team here at the Picton Chamber of Commerce may your Christmas be a joyous one and 2021 be full of only good surprises.

Geoff O’Brien
Picton Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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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


Get your tickets here

$50 + Booking Fee


Did you miss out? Oct 20

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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)




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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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.


To be announced


Date: Wednesday 2nd December 7am to 9am

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



Venue and tickets to be announced

From surviving to thriving

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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.


Picton BowlingClub10 CliffeStreet

Picton, NSW 2571

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

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Surviving to Thriving – Picton



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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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. I

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Please sir, I want some more.

We want some more!

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1st March 2019

An open Letter to Wollondilly Council and all NSW Wollondilly State Seat Candidates


Considering the upcoming State Election is now a mere 22 days away, we are completely bemused by the campaigns that all six candidates are running.

There has not been one serious commitment to the Wollondilly Electorate by any of the candidates and not a single dollar promised to improve the lives of residents of one of the fastest growing areas in the state of NSW. With the obvious opportunities here in the South West, I would have thought items like roads, rail, education and health, along with employment would be high on the list of priorities for the State Government.


Seriously what has the State Seat of Wollondilly been promised?

  • The City deals liveability plan is a result of the planned airport at Badgerys Creek.

  • A Picton High School upgrade was happening anyway.

  • The upgrades at Campbelltown and Bowral hospitals will be a slight benefit.

  • A petition circulating to call for the Picton to Mittagong Loopline to be restored for tourism purposes, but that is not a commitment to do anything.

  • The major parties have policies on Education, Health and Policing which are the standard across the state commitments which is basic State govt responsibility.

The Wollondilly deserves more! Other electorates have been promised millions as per examples below:

  • Jindabyne was just promised over $70 million of concrete commitments.

  • Orange has secured a $25 million stadium and sports centre.

  • Launching the Nationals’ campaign in Queanbeyan today,

Mr.Barilaro will make $3 billion worth of election promises, taking the party’s campaign war chest to $5 billion to date, with more still to come in the lead-up to the March 23rd election. Included in this $3 billion package are new funding commitments for water security measures, upgrading regional roads, addressing mobile connectivity, and youth initiatives.

Wollondilly is far from being a safe seat!

Wollondilly should be receiving more attention and some solid commitments. None of the candidates seem to have any ideas but here’s a few suggestions:
Decentralisation incentive scheme to attract businesses to Wollondilly.

  1.  Funding to fast track compulsory acquisition of employment lands at Maldon.

  2. $100 million for Picton flood mitigation (If only they get a move on with the flood     plan risk management study 12 months overdue and 2.5 years on from a devastating event)

  3. Upfront growth infrastructure funding for Wilton-Tahmoor link (Picton Bypass), Picton bridge linking Barkers Lodge road to Cliffe Street Picton

  4. Express train service for Southern Highlands and Wollondilly to be re-instated

  5. Electrification of Rail Trax to the future

  6. Regional sports academy

  7. Regional arts academy

  8. High School in North of Wollondilly LGA

  9. 1Intensive Horticulture & Agricultural Development fund

  10. Water security for Macarthur connecting Warragamba with supply line across to Nepean system

Our Electorate could be the deciding factor in forming a Government as we don’t see a landslide victory for either major party.
We encourage the candidates and parties to respond and make some solid commitments.

Yours faithfully,

Kyle Chamberlain

President Picton Chamber of Commerce & Industry



Meeting 2019 – 02

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Catch up on what you missed

Upskilling for Older Workers

We had a very informative February meeting with guest speaker Jessica Horne from Verto presenting information that should be of real interest to employers of older staff and aged employees.

Verto is a work skills organisation that facilitates apprenticeship and employment training. Verto was recently awarded sole provider status to implement the Skills Checkpoint Program for Older Workers by the Department of Small Jobs and Industry.

The Skills Checkpoint Program is aimed at upskilling workers from 45 to 70 years of age by providing dollar for dollar funding to train for the purpose of increasing skills to change or upgrade existing career skills.

Mature woman at computer

The kinds of training have a reasonably broad scope so businesses and workers interested in upskilling staff or themselves should look into this project closely.

For further information visit the Verto website or call Jessica Horne on 1300 4 VERTO.

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.

Photography and recording were take on the night and will be published here shortly.