Scone Chamber News June 2021

Chamber News
May 29, 2021

Welcome to the June edition of Scone Chamber News. A monthly news story forms part of the Chamber’s ongoing communication with Members and the local business community.

The Office Is Open

May has been a month of flat packing, painting and arranging furniture for the Chamber as it gets the office and Business Hub ready to launch. The lease is signed, and the works are almost complete. Sarah, our Business Development Officer, is now in the office Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9am-4pm – feel free to pop in to say hello at Campbell’s Corner – Shop 6/167 Kelly Street, Scone. 

Below is a sneak peek at our progress so far. While there are still a few things to do and finalise to finish the office before we can set a date to formally launch the Business Hub, we are looking at a launch event to take place very soon. Members, Business and all in the community will be invited. An email will be sent out with formal invitations shortly. We thank you for your patience on this announcement.

Meet our New Upper Hunter MP – June Breakfast

Our recent Upper-Hunter State BI-Election results are in with Nationals Candidate Dave Layzell taking the seat. We have just been informed that Dave will be visiting the area next week and has happily accepted to attend and talk at a Chamber breakfast to discuss local business issues with our members and the business community. We will be hosting the Breakfast at The Cottage at 730am. Please RSVP by Tuesday at 2pm. We hope to see you all there.

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Dave will also be speaking to the local community at an open forum at the Scone RSL from 4-6pm on the 2nd of June. This meeting at the RSL will be less focused on business issues specifically and more designed for community members to talk to Dave about local issues in general. Visit Dave Layzells Facebook page for more info.


We thank Muswellbrook Chamber for hosting the wonderful ‘Inspirations’ conference earlier this month and inviting us all to attend. We heard wonderful stories of resilience and perseverance from a number of presenters, including one of our members, husband and wife duo, Chris Lavis; owner of Scone Home Timber and Hardware and Nicky Ainley; Founder of The Hunter App. It certainly is wonderful to see the family hardware business survive through COVID and also the brilliant innovative spirit of a local launching The Hunter App throughout the depths of the pandemic. Well done to these two and their teams, we feel so proud and lucky to have such resilient and innovative entrepreneurs in our business community.

Vinnies Sleep Out

As homelessness and sleeping rough is on the rise in the country and the Upper Hunter, The Chamber was approached by the St Vincent’s DePaul to see if we would be interested in promoting the Vinnies CEO 2021 Sleep Out and registering a team for the event to help raise money for homelessness.

Last year, the Vinnies CEO Sleepout ran as a virtual event due to restrictions on social gatherings around COVID-19. This allowed them to extend the invite to Regional Business Leaders within NSW, as distance was no longer a restriction. This year the event will be back in-person on June 17, but they are keeping the option for virtual participation so you can choose to participate either:

  1. By sleeping out in your car, on the couch or in your backyard while logging onto the Vinnies livestream on 17 June 2021.
  2. By sleeping out as a group in a local area while logging onto our livestream on 17 June 2021

We are putting the call out to see if we can get enough participants to create a team – if you would like to be involved, please get in touch with us by Tuesday June 1 so we can coordinate. This could be a wonderful way to work together as a community to support a great cause. Contact Sarah at 

You can read more about the initiative here. 

Featured Business

As part of our Member benefits, we offer a business directory listing on our website. To further promote our local businesses, we also feature our members with a news story as part of a scone chamber content calendar. If you are a member with something interesting to share and would like to be considered as a feature please contact us.


Local nursery and garden centre, Plants on Main, set sights on an exciting endeavour to extend their business – an onsite cafe.

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