The Essence Succeeds in launching new business


The Essence of our Merimbula opened in December 2020 as a collective retail store project undertaken by Merimbula Chamber of Commerce. The goal was to help micro businesses and start ups get their products in to a retail shop front, with out the high cost and risk of investing in to their own store. The

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Workshop: Recruiting and retaining staff in tight labour markets


Merimbula businesses are experiencing firsthand the difficulties trying to recruit and retain suitable staff as the nationwide labour shortage continues to impact business across Australia. In response to these challenges, the Merimbula Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Resources for Humans, will run a facilitated workshop that will consider new ways to: attract potential staff

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Santa’s Sleigh finally lands in Merimbula


It has been a long journey for Santa’s sleigh, but it finally made it to Merimbula. The journey started in 2020 when Gary Purser from Ranging Bull Surf organised for it to be made and donated it to the Merimbula Chamber of Commerce. Unfortunately, due to shipping issues it arrived too late for Christmas last

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Merimbula Twilight Markets set for Summer


The Merimbula Chamber of Commerce are planning to run Twilight Markets in town this summer. The markets are designed to create a festive holiday feel by activating the Beach Street area of Merimbula during the holiday period.This concept was identified at the Merimbula Town Summit as a way of bringing life back in to town

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Christmas In Merimbula


It’s been another very difficult year for our business community, and we know that for many of us we are entering what we hope will be a very busy Christmas period with mixed feelings of worry, exhaustion and a little bit of hope that the worst is behind us. It is in that spirit that

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Merimbula Shopping District come back to life


In January 2020 there were 25 vacant shops in Merimbula, now there are only 6. It’s a massive turn around in short period of time, especially when you consider the challenges of the past 2 years including fires and Covid. Merimbula Chamber of Commerce President Nigel Ayling says. “Considering what we have all been through

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Tackling housing supply in the Bega Valley


It’s hard to dispute evidence that indicates housing availability in the Bega Valley is in short supply.House prices across the shire have increased by nearly 11.85% in the past year and median rental prices currently sit at $390 per week, a 15.86% rise in the past 12 months. Individual towns, such as Merimbula have seen

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Sea Change: New Residents Survey


The Sea Change New Residents Survey is an opportunity for those who have recently relocated to Merimbula and surrounding towns, to share their “sea change” experiences to help us better understand the decision making process people work through when considering a major life change such as a move to a new state or town. What

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Time for action !


The Merimbula Chamber of Commerce has announced it is “Time for action” and to start work on the 10 point action plan that came out of the Town Summit. The leadership group meeting was held on the 8th of April and sub committees were formed for each of the items on the action plan. Below

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