Bellingen Chamber of Commerce

Chamber Matters – November 2015

12 Nov

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This week we have 2 important events – the Bellingen Chamber’s AGM and a specially convened meeting with Liz Jeremy and some of her senior staff at Bellingen Shire Council to discuss their intended response to the Fit For the Future IPART declaration that our Shire is not fit for the future.


The AGM, on this Thursday 12 Nov at the Golf Club, is the annual event for local business operators and owners to discuss the past year of activities undertaken by the Chamber. It is also an excellent opportunity to provide input into the direction for the coming year. Whether you are a member or not or even just an interested member of the community, feedback, input, discussion and engagement is very important to ensure that the efforts being made on behalf of all businesses is meeting expectations.


At the end of the day the Chamber is only as strong as the support we have from our members, and last year we set ourselves a target of 100 members. At last count we were at 93 and that is a fantastic effort, but we believe that is only approximately a third of all business people in town…so help us drum up support by bringing yourself and a colleague to the AGM.


Also the suggestion has been made that the Chamber should tap into the wealth of business talent and experience out in our community of retired business people. So at the AGM we will be discussing the introduction of a new category of membership for these people. At a reduced membership fee of $25pa we will be proposing to enable these people to join the Chamber.


There has been a lot of local media commentary after the recent IPART determination that the Bellingen Shire was not Fit For the Future. Since then there has been a NSW Senate Inquiry into the IPART process and interestingly they said there were many shortcomings in IPART’s methodology. Whether the NSW Government changes anything as a result, well lets see, but what do you think?? Also I have read that some local Councils are even talking about taking legal action where there is a threat of a forced merger. Whatever your view on this and I suppose state politics generally, there is little doubt that the FFF implications for our Shire have the potential to be significant and far-reaching to us all and businesses in particular.


Liz Jeremy has been excellent in making herself and her team available to engage and consult on their ongoing plans and responses to FFF. With the deadline for their next response to IPART due in a few weeks, she has again made the time to meet with local businesses to discuss Council’s intended reply. This is an important opportunity and the Chamber would encourage all to come along.



Thursday 12 Nov, Golf Club 530pm for 6pm start. No Charge;

RSVP (for catering):


FFF Event:

Friday 13 Nov, The Fennel Seed; 730am for 745am start;

$5 members & $10 non members

RSVP (for catering):


Kind Regards,


Bruce Levy (Lily Pily Country House)

President, Bellingen Chamber of Commerce

0414 615 890