Bellingen Chamber of Commerce

Weekly news from the Bellingen Chamber – 3 August 2020

3 Aug

Business link-up – Wednesday 5 August

Join us as usual on Wednesday at 8am to connect with other business owners.  If you have recently joined the Chamber, this is a great opportunity to connect with other members, tell us about your business and discuss how your membership of the Chamber can support your business to thrive. Please join us – you will be warmly welcomed!

Click here just before 8am to join (or to join by phone please call 02 8015 6011 and enter the meeting ID: 558 434 683

Business coaches appointed to support bushfire-affected businesses

Federal Member for Cowper, Pat Conaghan, has announced the appointment of two local business facilitators in our area to ensure that bushfire-affected businesses have received all the assistance they are eligible for.
Peter Bastian has been appointed for the Nambucca Valley and Bellingen regions.
Click here for more information and for details of how to book in a session with Peter.

Business Australia webinar: JobKeeper 2.0

2pm Wednesday 12 August 2020
Staying up to date and understanding JobKeeper is challenging.
Business Australia’s expert panel will take questions and discuss the changes resulting from the government’s latest announcement
Click here to find out more and to register to participate in the webinar

Facilitators wanted for the Resilient Communities Program

OzGREEN are looking for community volunteers to facilitate the Resilient Communities Program. Facilitators will receive free training and will help lead local residents through a community action planning process to develop greater resilience and disaster preparedness in their local communities. An expression of interest form can be found at http://ozgreen.org/frc_facilitators or you can contact Kathleen on (02) 5615 8108 or kathleen@ozgreen.org.au
Click here to find out more.

Meet the members – Jason Errey

What is your business?

I run OEMG Global together with my wife, Rachel. I have also started a new company in the last month called Clever Planning with Geology. OEMG develops and builds multi-dimensional geophysical tools to create a digital replica of the ground pre-construction. In simple terms, we provide the data to facilitate sustainable design. It turns out that our data is also very good at mapping the quality and quantity of underground water as well as contaminates such as acid sulphate soils.
We have won a number of international awards for our work including “most Innovative engineers” from Engineers Australia, the “Working with Nature award from PIANC (the World Authority for waterborne transport) and the NSW State Innovation award from Business Australia.
Our Startup is Clever Planning with Geology. Built in partnership with two others from outside the area, we are looking to accelerate the transition to sustainable infrastructure design by supporting the creation of digital infrastructure twins.

How long have you been in Bellingen?

11 years, but Rach was raised here so the in-laws are about and my parents have recently moved to Coffs.

How has the pandemic affected your business?

All our contracts were cancelled or delayed, and we missed out on any Covid Funding because of our business structure. Having said that, we have been extremely productive on the R&D front. We have built a new web service to deliver all our multi-dimensional data via the internet. We are very proud of our efforts as it is a unique offering with no real competitor.

What prompted you to join the Chamber Board?

This is my second stint on the Board. In the past, the Chamber has been focused a lot on tourism and main street businesses, offering little to businesses like mine. I think things have changed a lot over the past couple of years, however, with the Chamber looking to broaden its appeal.
Of course I am also looking to push the local Member to hold up his promise of removing Fixed Wireless NBN from the town footprint and supporting improved NBN for outlying areas in the remainder of the shire.