The Jindabyne Chamber of Commerce held its AGM on the 24th November 2020 at Rydges in Jindabyne. The office bearers were all re-elected unopposed. The President reviewed the year and remarked on the business community’s resilience that was demonstrate this most challenging year of 2020.
Over the course of this year, the Chamber has been actively delivering to membership and community alike. We have hosted both Federal and State politicians, most recently the new Member for Eden Monaro, Kristy McBain. Kristy McBain came to Jindabyne on an invitation that was extended to all candidates of the federal election during a Zoom ‘Meet your candidate’ evening organised by the Chamber. This year has certainly seen all of the Chamber executives become very familiar with this new type of communication.
The Chamber met with the Business Council of Australia directly after the bushfires and was able to distribute vouchers allocated to us. These vouchers helped Chamber members to seek professional assistance in the aftermath of the bush fires.
During the course of the year the Chamber applied for and was awarded a number of small grants from both council and state government to help deliver important new skills via face to face workshops and more zoom sessions. These successful grants were made possible by the dedicated work of the committee with a special mention of Fiona Latham-Cannon, Secretary and Matthew Bell, Treasurer.
Fulfilling a leadership role with the community has been key for this past year and was demonstrated via working with regional stakeholders and providing auspice for a large grant for the ‘Sustainable Snowies Initiative’. The chamber was also able to make contributions to the John McLoughlin Christmas Lights by having him give a special talk of resilience during the AGM. Extending the leadership as a member of the advisory community Group for the ever so important strategic project. With the help of Rukshan De Silva (Former Lead Senior Planner for SAP) the chamber was able to deliver two business specific meetings with the department of Planning for local business.
If the year was not already busy for the committee, long standing member Gordon Jenkinson has been the Chamber representative on the organising committee for the Trout Challenge 2020. Through Gordon’s dedicated volunteering he has helped the event to raise some $34,000 in prize money. Fiona Latham-Cannon, our secretary ‘extraordinar’, has also provided many hours of marketing and administration support.
Shortly after the AGM the Chamber hosted a guest speaker, Joan Bird, who shared with us the new code of conduct for short term rental accommodation as introduced by the department of Fair Trading. An eventful night was rounded off with the Business Connect evening. These evenings are designed to be informative and allow businesses, both new and old to network in a relaxed atmosphere. The Chamber would like to acknowledge the ongoing support offered by Rydges, Jindabyne.
Re-elected for another year:
Olivier Kapetanakos as President
Bruce Easton as Vice President
Fiona Latham-Cannon as Secretary and Marketing.
Matthew Bell as Treasurer
The chamber is a voluntary organisation exercising a policy of diversity and inclusion and would welcome new committee members to help deliver programs for the benefit of all members.
The next business Connect of on the 17th December 2020
Enquiries to join the Chamber can be made by contacting Olivier on 0400 868 683.