It has been a rewarding year for the chamber in that we have re-established the newsletter process to keep members better informed and also conducted a number of Breakfast and networking meetings that have been informative and some educational.
The negotiations with Upper Hunter Council in regard to the footpath policy gained many concessions on the original policy and hopefully will encourage more shopkeepers to utilise the footpath areas as this enhances the ambiance of the shopping District.
The onset of the bypass will be a major challenge for the shopping precinct and all shop keepers need to be a part of the CBD planning process. There will be as many opportunities are there are challenges so to ensure you take or create the opportunities you should try and attend one of the workshops the dates and times have now been announced. You will find them in the chambers newsletter or on Councils web site.
I would like to thank Teresa Herbert the Chamber Executive Office for her work during the year particularly on the Chamber Web site, breakfast and networking meetings and communicating directly with members when needed.
I would also like to thank those on the committee David and Trish Carter, Ben Wyndham, Ruth Hardy, Steve Guihot, Sean Constable and Wayne Bedggood representing council.
The Chamber looks forward to the next year of planning for the CBD precinct.
Hoping for growth in everyone’s Business for 2016.
Peter Hale – President, Scone Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc.