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CEO Update – 3rd of October 2017

CEO Update – 3rd of October 2017

Dear Members,

Short weeks are always busy, it seems like everything is a rush, and last week was no different. The chamber was busy trying to finalise the functions we have this month. Last paragraph on Extended Trading Hours.

Tuesday, I had a meeting with Progress Mid West and the City. One of the items raised was the Extended Trading Hours, these still have not been gazetted by the state parliament. I am still trying to get a date when everyone will be able to open. I also note that the Citys communications team are working on a promotion for the new trading hours, and when we know more we will let you all know.

Wednesday saw an early morning trip to Perenjori to attend their On the Edge of the Gridsummit. This event brought many local shires and groups from the region together to learn more about sustainable energy and how we may in the future supply our own energy rather than rely on the coal fired power station at Collie. Alternatives discussed was of course solar, wind, wave, thermal and hydro. Many small users in regional areas have concerns over the aging infrastructure and is ability to keep supplying.

Back to Geraldton and met with the Hon. Martin Aldridge MLC who represents our agricultural region with the Nationals. It was a pleasant meeting but the outcome was that the present government is not making much investment in our region. The Chamber, Progress Mid West, The City of Greater Geraldton, Regional Development and Mid West Development Commission are working together to get a decisive list of projects to keep lobbying the Government in the year to come. Adopting the stand of the Squeaky Wheels gets the Oil.

Wednesday night we saw the City of Greater Geraldton and the Mid West Ports Authority hosted the Business After Hours. Well attended as they always are, great to see so many out networking, special mention to Trevor Lake for making a splash with the red wine, another shirt to replace. LOL.

Thursday, I attended a meeting at the city about a new initiative to identify businesses which would like to offer services to our more mature members of our community. I commend the city on developing this and look forward to advising you all how you will be involved as time progresses.

Friday was a Progress Mid West Strategy Meeting with stakeholders. This is important as we need to identify projects as we move forward. More information to follow.

Also, LAW Lunch was held on Friday at the Emerald Room at the Best Western Motel. The food was fantastic and complimented the fabulous Clairault Wines which were served. It was great to see so many people attend and new faces are always welcomed.

We are lucky enough to have cruise ships visit albeit in reduced numbers. I have been asked by Joanne if any German speaking people could contact her at the Geraldton Visitors Centre. We have a boutique cruise ship coming into Geraldton in February and German speaking guides have been requested. All training and support will be given.

One of our members raised a concern about freighting goods to Meekatharra and Cue, for use by resource companies. He had previously used Toll who ran the service directly from Geraldton making local supply feasible, however they have now decided that the service will come directly out of Perth and so freight from here goes to Perth to then be shipped to depots in Meekatharra and Cue, thus adding cost to goods, and so companies are procuring out of Perth. I would like to ask if any other members have been affected by this freight arrangement change.

I would like to bring to your attention the Midwest Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s Golf Day. This is a great way to get some exercise and network while soaking up some sun. To register a team please give Chloe a call at the chamber 99646767.

The Chamber has proposed a launch date for Extended Trading Hours including Sunday trading being 5th November. This would allow both small and large business to be organised with both staff and stock. I also note that the City communications team are working on a promotion and marketing campaign for the new trading hours. We hope to have this arrangement confirmed by Friday this week.

Wishing you all a great week! Ain’t the sunshine grand.

Glen Whistler-Carr
Chief Executive Officer