Happy EOFY! End of financial year is fast approaching and businesses are busy with stocktake and preparing for sales. We encourage you all to support our local retailers during this sale time. We also reccomend businesses to keep thinking outside the box on how you can make your business COVID-impact proof should there be any restrictions/lockdowns that affect our state or your individual industry. Always be prepared for the unexpected!
Renewal: Chamber Membership is due for renewal and we will email you your invoice soon. NEW!!! We are now offering payment via credit card directly from yoru invoice.
Your membership is a powerful resource and we’re here to help businesses succeed. The Chamber spend countless hours attending and participating in important meetings/events with stakeholders from various industries including government agencies, writing submissions that affect the business community. It's all for the long term benefit so your business is still thriving in years to come.
If you have any questions regarding your membership, please contact one of our executive to discuss.Your feedback is crutial to how we shape our objectives. Please don't hesitate to contact us if your business is experiencing issues. Also consider being a part of the Executive when our AGM comes up in October.
Business Awards: 2021 Awards unfortunatley will not proceed this year due to timing of Regional Awards and delay in receiving information from NSWBC. We cannot implement a quality awards program in a short amount of time and COVID impacts are still concerning. 2022 will be our year! If you're interested in being apart of the awards for next year either as a sponsor or entrant please contact us so we can start planning.
Bush Summit: We are really excited and look forward to working with The Daily Telegraph, consultants and The office of Scott Morrison and Gladys Berejiklian about our Workforce and Housing Crisis plus other key issues in our ecomony.
Meet The Candidates: Local Council Elections will be held in September and Chamber will be hosting a Meet the Candidate Forum so you can get to know who will potentially represent our great city. We encourage new people to put their hand up. A date has been set for Wednesday 18th August 2021, at The Griffith Southside Leagues Club. Chamber will contact candidates in the lead up to request if they wish to particpate.
We are very aware that many businesses are still facing significant issues in attracting, maintaining and retaining employee’s. As we mentioned in our last newsletter, our "Workforce Crisis" event gave Chamber a better understanding of that the challenges are to repair this situation.
UPDATE: An outcome from this event had led to Chamber putting in a submissions to various government organisations including our local council. Just keeping you all in the loop that we continue to work behind the scenes to represent our business community.
We are making positive progress in establising Griffith & Western Riverina as a (DAMA) region ‘Designated Area Migration Agreement. Which in reality means the designated area may be able to access to a broader range of overseas workers than is available through the standard skilled visa programs by allowing variation to standard occupations and skills lists and/or negotiable concessions to visa requirements.Skilled migrant visa allows skilled people to work and live in Australia. It is a points-based system and is the most popular visa application pathway for skilled workers.
But at the end of the day, we still need HOUSING. This continues to still be our biggest issue. Ironically the Federal Government are encouraging "city' siders to move to regional areas. Hopefully with this push we'll see more funding to regional areas for new infrastructure to cater for the recloations.
President | Griffith Business Chamber