The new executive of the Bega Chamber of Commerce (front from left) Michelle Delle Vergin, president Robert Hayson, Jenny Spinks, Andy Willis, vice president Anna Glover and (back) Margaret Taylor, trTHE Bega Chamber of Commerce and Industry had another productive and successful year in 2006-07, president Robert Hayson told the annual general meeting at Pepperberry cafe on Tuesday evening.
The chamber had continued to represent the business community’s interests in regards to planning of the central business district and for new development, he said.
A development committee had been formed to ensure that the interests of members were considered in development plans for the town and members were kept informed.
A highlight of the year had been the handing over of tourist information to Bega Cheese on July 1 last year.
Bega Valley Shire Council had since recommended that other tourist information centres in the shire be run on the same model as the one agreed to by the Bega chamber and Bega Cheese, Mr Hayson said.
He said the chamber had continued to lobby throughout the year for the Bega bypass and improvements to the Princes Highway and had made the bypass a priority for 2007-08.
A campaign for Federal funding for a Diploma of Education at the University of Wollongong’s Bega campus had been successful with 30 places funded from 2008.
The Operation New Hospital committee, established under the auspices of the chamber, had continued to work with the Greater Southern Area Health Service during the year on planning for a new health facility for the shire that the State Government had promised within five years.
The chamber sponsored a scholarship for a Commerce student at the University of Wollongong’s Bega campus and a prize for an Aboriginal artist through the Bega Valley Regional Gallery.
Members also assisted with the Australia Day celebrations that were held at Tathra this year to honour the Year of the Lifesaver.
Mr Hayson said the Bega Business Awards had been changed from an annual to a monthly event, culminating with a major function for monthly winners last Saturday night.
The change was made to encourage businesses to look at their presentation and customer service at all times during the year and had proven popular with businesses and customers, he said.
The chamber’s other big promotion, Wish Upon a Star, was another success story with thousands of people turning up for the final draw in Littleton Gardens a few nights before Christmas.
Mr Hayson thanked his committee, Anna Glover, Margaret Taylor, Donna Lovelock, Michelle Delle Vergin, Jenny Spinks, Geoffrey Morrissey, Beth Hart, Chris Dwyer and Chris Maxted for their efforts during the year, his business partner, Chris Murphy and the chamber’s two paid staff, Janelle Sturt and Heather Thompson.
He also thanked Shannon Whitford who maintained the chamber’s website, www.begachamber南京夜网.au throughout the year.
Mr Hayson made special mention of the businesses who sponsored chamber promotions and events during the year, particularly Bega Cheese for its continued support for the Christmas promotion, and Bega Travelworld, Radio 2EC-Power FM, WIN Television, the St George Bank and Woolworths for their support of the business awards.
During the election of officers, Mr Hayson was re-elected unopposed as president.
Other office bearers are Anna Glover (vice president), Beth Hart (secretary), Donna Lovelock (treasurer), Geoff Morrissey, Margaret Taylor, Jenny Spinks, Andy Willis, Chris Dwyer, Michelle Delle Vergin and Chris Maxted (committee).
Ms Glover moved a special vote of thanks to Mr Hayson saying it would not be half, even quarter, the chamber it was without his efforts and those of his staff and his family.
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