Chamber Chatter

06th Oct 2020
Steve Mepham

Guyra Chamber of Commerce met for the first time since the election of the new board in August.
The room was packed to COVID capacity and it was pleasing to see so many new faces and people just raring to go. I have spoken before about the growing positive vibe in the business sector and a growing confidence that Guyra can do great things even in tough times.
We talked about the need to support each other and actively promote all our businesses in Guyra as a collective, and work towards getting travellers off the highway and into the CBD. We are well poised for this now with such drawcards in Bradley street as the Car Museum, the Australian Poetry Hall of Fame, the regular craft and farmer’s markets, and the refurbished Historical Museum.
We have long held the view that the Tourist Information Centre should be in the main street and we have started a kiosk at GALA to test the waters as to what level of Tourist Info Centre we could operate. We also spoke about the need to have a theme that would make travellers talk around the free camps, camp fires and caravan park laundries that “you really should call into Guyra and see ……”. Any ideas for this would be most welcome.
Diane Gray spoke to the meeting about the extension to her role as “Strengthening Business Facilitator” linking businesses affected by down-turn as a result of drought, bushfire and Covid to all services and financial assistance available to them. If you would like to contact Diane please email diane.gray@ep.industry.gov.au.
The meeting also agreed to support the up-coming Peony Festival with a special event in the main street in partnership with the Evening Branch of CWA which will take place on 21st November. If you are interested in this event, please contact Rebecca Smith who was installed as the Events Director for the Chamber or Fiona Smith.
David Kanaley was appointed the Projects and Grants Director and Dave spoke about plans the Garden Club is currently working on both short and long term. More to come on these initiatives in the near future.
Hans Hietbrink is Director for Membership and will be working closely with all members providing information as it comes to hand. Hans is also reviewing and monitoring the Web page. All members can have a link to their own web page or an ad on the chamber page for $25 annually added to their $25 annual membership fee.
Martha Weiderman was appointed Director for Publicity and Social Media. If you would like to contribute ideas or would like to know how we can assist your business, please email chamber@guyra.org.au
Lastly we would like to encourage all businesses in Guyra to unite by becoming a member and work collectively to building a culture of supporting “Locals First”.
Next meeting we are seeking a raft of ideas to be distilled into our Strategic Plan and set some goals for a growing future, so please either speak with myself or other members or send an email to chamber@guyra.org.au. You can also phone President Steve Mepham 0404 485 585