February 2018 Presidents Report

Hope 2018 has started well for all.

I am pleased to see that today Federal Member for Farrer Sussan Ley, NSW Member for Murray, Austin Evans & Mayor John DalBroi have joined our plea to ask NSW & Victoria to walk away from The Murray Darling Basin Plan if Downwater amendments are rejected by the actions of The Greens & Labor.

Chamber Executive have been very pleased with the support so far that we have in sponsorships for our impending 2018 Griffith Business Chamber Business Awards, the launch will be March 14 so watch this space!

We were pleased to have the opportunity to make a submission to the ; Inquiry into the operation, regulation and funding of air route service delivery to rural, regional and remote communities 

We continue to consult with MLHD on a new state of the art Griffith Base Hospital & hope for the best possible result for our entire region A.S.A.P.

Please see GBH Service Plan summary here.

The housing & rental crisis is still impacting the opportunity for growth in Griffith & is a very big concern to us all. It is disappointing that land releases have been slow & Council’s Lake Wyangan village block has again not progressed.

The current Chamber Executive & member feedback through a survey last year has seen us review our 10 point plan & we are pleased to present our revised 2018 version.

Please see reviewed 2018 10 Point Plan for Griffith to Thrive & Prosper;

Griffith Business Chamber are right amongst the important issues affecting businesses and strive to achieve the following goals for Griffith to Thrive & Prosper. Everything Griffith Business Chamber engage in relates to one of these goals.

Every year we re-evaluate and receive feedback from our members to ensure we are current and working towards goals inspired by our members.

They become our vision and focus for a sustainable future for the entire business community. But many ask how we can implement our 10 Point Plan?
The answer is far from simple but it is all about providing enablers to allow our highly regarded entrepreneurs to maximise opportunities.

Some may argue Griffith Business Chamber are 'negative' but once you read our goals below, you will understand our purpose is transparent, honest and completely reasonable for a region of this size.

So how does this 10 Point Plan affect MY business you ask?
We constantly lobby, meet and liaise with government officials and key stakeholders at all levels about each of these goals to help grow the ENTIRE business community.
WE are YOUR voice when it comes to business related issues.

Encourage relocation of government services. Explore incentives for public service positions such as medical, teachers etc to relocate to Griffith & Zone A tax rebate for all employees.
Why & how does this affect the business community?: Increases efficiency and responsiveness. If an area has adequate infrastructure & facilities such as housing, health, transport, education it makes it easier to attract government services and people.

Explore, support and encourage Tourism incentives, initiatives and events. Assist in promoting the area as a magnetic destination to visit, live, work & retire. Support opportunities for creation of current and future projects. Eg: a state of the art swimming facility, superior sporting complexes to attract major competitions.
Why & how does this affect the business community?: Growth, redevelopment, investment in infrastructure is necessary to match the needs of a growing community, vital for tourism, attractive for investment of large industries and to retain locals. Tourism dollars also have an endless flow on effect to the community, whether it be short term or long term.

Encourage development of a new state-of-the-art Griffith Base Hospital & associated medical services, to suit our growing region for the next 30 years.
Why & how does this affect the business community?:
If there is superior health facilities, it is more attractive for people to live and work in Griffith, thus having a flow on effect to the business community. It will also attract more medical professionals and specialists.

Encourage superior access to all levels of education, to ensure job ready students are equipped to enter the workforce. Assist & promote incentives and/or initiatives to attract Skilled Labour.
Why & how does this affect the business community?:
School leavers need to be job ready, this means encouraging the best opportunities during higher education and offer access to tertiary education at a local level. Retaining locals is crucial for population growth. Attracting skilled labour can improve a business’ performance and service.

To build a trust mark that will add value, gain trust and integrity. Promoting a clear awareness of our clean, green and fresh agricultural products, food and fibre grown in this area.
Why & how does this affect the business community?:
Developing a Trust Mark, puts us on the global map, so our primary producers can receive the highest possible dollar for their product.

Encourage and motivate further housing & commercial developments to cater for population growth to relieve rental crisis.
Why & how does this affect the business community?: More houses, more jobs, more investment.

Engage and represent the business community at a Federal, State & Local level across a range of issues.
Why & how does this affect the business community?:
WE are YOUR voice. When we have a strong backing and membership base, anything can be achieved.

Ensure reliable and cost effective means of transport is accessible for all industries and business operations including import and export via air, rail and road options.
Why & how does this affect the business community?:
This affects our health industry- specialists, patients. It affects our primary producers, it affects business and personal travellers, it affects our tourism industry and more.

Motivate and educate business owners through informative events, by promoting our members and B2B relationships.
Why & how does this affect the business community?:
Knowledge is power. Business owners need encouragement, information and the tools necessary to thrive in today’s economy.

Engage with Federal, State and Local governments to ensure water security for every growing season, in order sustain and promote our position as an integral and important region as the Food Bowl of Australia. Ensure the 450GL upwater does not occur unless there’s a proven positive economic effect to our region.
Why & how does this affect the business community?: No water, no farms, no income, no industries, no investment, no growth...