Bellingen Chamber of Commerce

Weekly news from the Bellingen Chamber – 5 May 2020

5 May

Business link-up – Wednesday 6 May

A reminder to join us for our weekly Zoom catch up, this week with Kate Minto. Click this link just before 8am to join:

Welcome to new members

We are very pleased to welcome the new members who have joined the Chamber of Commerce in recent weeks – all 23 of you!
We are so pleased to have been able to make the free affiliate membership offer, which allows us to connect with a broader range of business owners across Bellingen and beyond, and we look forward to supporting the whole business community through these challenging times.

If there are any particular issues or concerns that you would like to talk to us about, please email me at

$10,000 bushfire grants

I am delighted to report that the NSW Government has now extended the eligibility for $10,000 bushfire recovery grants to small businesses in the Bellingen Shire. This follows lobbying of the Federal and State Governments by the Shire’s three Chambers of Commerce.
Urunga Mylstom Chamber, Bellingen Chamber and Dorrigo Chamber have been working closely together on a range of projects to support small businesses across the Shire, and this outcome demonstrates the value of the strong collaborative relationship between the three chambers.
If your business was impacted by the bushfires, you can get more information or can apply by contacting ServiceNSW or by calling 13 77 88

Planning process – Restart Bellingen

The team is looking at what challenges we’ll be facing, what opportunities we’ll have, how we can build on the changes that we’ve already made to our business models, and what is needed to get our economy firing again. We are setting up various ways of connecting with members to discuss all these questions and more.
The Bellingen Chamber has established a team to lead a conversation with our members about what our local economy will look like when the current restrictions are lifted.

And of course, we’ll be partnering with the Urunga Mylstom Chamber and Dorrigo Chamber to build our plan.

Watch this space!

Landlords and commercial tenancies – a hot topic

President Libby Park last week attended an excellent webinar this week on the topic of commercial tenancies, hosted by the Business NSW legal firm, Australian Business Lawyers. Importantly, they explained exactly what is meant by the term ‘good faith’.
Australian Business lawyers webinar recording
Australian Business Lawyers article
National Cabinet Mandatory Code of Conduct
NSW legislation – Regulation