The new elected Chamber of Commerce Committee. Left to right. Lee Salisbury (OCM), Leonard Innes (OCM), Nigel Ayling (President), Jessica Porter (Secretary), Tanya Dwyer (Vice President), Cherie Clemments (OCM), Kristie Tsakiris (Treasurer - Not present)
Less than a week after being elected the new Chamber Committees called for All Hands on Deck. This was an open invitation to any business owner or person that wanted to get involved and help the Chamber work towards it’s objectives and get the town back on track.
On Wednesday 4 September nearly 30 people attended the event at the Sea Breeze café, which was another great show of support and a clear indicator that people are keen to make changes.
The President started by thanking everyone for attending and said whilst they had a lot on their plate, he wanted to harness the enthusiasm that was going around town since the AGM last week.
The goal of the meeting was to set up a number of sub-committees with in the Chamber so that with the help of the extra people, there were more hands to do the work which would allow the Chamber to achieve more than could possibly be done with just 7 committee members.
The President then went on to reading an excerpt of the constitution which related to sub-committees
21. Delegation by committee to sub-committee
(1)The committee may, by instrument in writing, delegate to one or more sub-committees (consisting of such member or members of the association as the committee thinks fit) the exercise of such of the functions of the committee as are specified in the instrument, other than:
(a)This power of delegation, and
(b)A function which is a duty imposed on the committee by the Act or by any other law.
(2)A function the exercise of which has been delegated to a sub-committee under this clause may, while the delegation remains unrevoked, be exercised from time to time by the sub-committee in accordance with the terms of the delegation.
(3)A delegation under this clause may be made subject to such conditions or limitations as to the exercise of any function, or as to time or circumstances, as may be specified in the instrument of delegation.
(4)Despite any delegation under this clause, the committee may continue to exercise any function delegated.
(5)Any act or thing done or suffered by a sub-committee acting in the exercise of a delegation under this clause has the same force and effect as it would have if it had been done or suffered by the committee.
(6)The committee may, by instrument in writing, revoke wholly or in part any delegation under this clause.
(7)A sub-committee may meet and adjourn as it thinks proper
The President reminded people to take particular notice of point 5 and said that all sub-committees will have at least 1 member of the committee on them who will chair the sub-committee. All decisions need to be approved with the chair of the sub-committee and all communication must go through the Chair back to the committee. This will ensure that all people are working towards the same objective and the committee is always fully informed of what the sub-committee are doing.
With the formalities out of the way it was straight down to business and setting up the sub-committees. The following sub-committees were formed along with an outline of their objectives and a list of some of the issues they are going to tackle. Whilst some had some urgent short term, objectives, all of them need to also look at medium and long term objectives to ensure they don’t lose sight of the big picture and the Chamber core objectives.
The President reminded people that sub-committees may come and go, new people can join in or leave and they can meet as the Chair sees fit, so now it’s time to get involved and see what we can all achieve.
Pink Up Merimbula
Objectives: A Fundraising event for the McGrath foundation during October 2019.
Thursday 3rd October – Pink Sale Day – Outside broadcast
Sunday 13th October Wharf Restaurant High Tea
Saturday 26th Oct - Pink Up Funrun
Sunday 27th Oct - Family day @ Spencer Park
Tanya Dywer - Chair
To work with local retailers on a variety of matters relating to retail including events, workshops, online shopping, shop local and more.
Short term: 22—24 October
Revamp Workshops for local retailers
Medium Term to Long Term:
Reinvigorate the retail shopping precinct and get more retail stores opening. Help create a vibrant town centre.
Lee Salisbury - Chair
To create a Vibratant Town Centre for the Festive season.
Jessica Porter - Chair
Lions Club x 2
To work with landlords to address issues such as untidy shop fronts, concerns over rent and a plan to fill empty retail spaces.
Nigel Ayling - Chair
Bruce Marshal (TBC)
Colin Meares (TBC)
To work with Council, State Government, Landlords and other stakeholders to improve and increase the parking in town.
Nigel Ayling - Chair
John Moffatt (TBC)
To work with organisers of EXISTING events to help ensure that the Chamber and it’s members are aware of events, how they can contribute, support and benefit from them. At this stage the Chamber has no plans to create or manage their own events, however they may look into possible ways to fund an Event Co-ordinators position in the future,
Cherie Clements - Chair
Black Tie - November 16th 2019
Business Awards 2020 (Possible-See objectives)
Extended Eat Festival
Jazz Festival or Other existing festivals
To work with council and other stake holders to improve the town’s streetscape and create a Vibrant Town Centre.
Tasks/Goals – Monaro St Intersection –BVSC contact Anthony McMahn?.
7 day makeover – Chris Nicholls.
Leonard Innes - Chair
Supporting the needs of local businesses and members by providing value to members and building a strong Chamber membership. Engage with local businesses and the communities by organising networking events and creating opportunities to promote local business. Ensure good quality communication between the Chamber, local businesses, local community, visitors and other stake holders.
Kristy Martin - Chair
David Beaumont (TBC)
Anyone else wishing to join a sub-committee should contact the Chair of the Sub-Committee directly.