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CEO UPDATE – 31st July 2018

CEO UPDATE – 31st July 2018

Dear Members,

Its been a busy week,  membership invoices have been despatched and we have already seen a number renew for the coming year.  The Chamber is constantly looking for opportunities for local business’s.  We also advocate on behalf of members on a number of issues, projects and concerns raised by members.

I have raised the subject of rate increases from the Greater City of Geraldton with the CEO Ross McKim after hearing from a number of our members.  I would also like to suggest if you are not pleased by the increase that you contact the rates officers at the city and they will take you through it.  If you are not happy with the Valuer Generals valuation on your property you have the right to appeal.

Last week we also saw the Hon. Alannah MacTiernan MLC visit Geraldton.  In the morning I attended an announcement by the Minister on a funding grant of $120K and $50K from the City to Pollinators to create an Eco Tourism Hub and Incubator,  so if you have an business idea around Eco Tourism please feel free to contact Angie West at City Hive and explore the possibilities.  It is great to see both state and local governments working together.  Thank you.

On Wednesday afternoon Minister MacTiernan gave a briefing to Chamber industry leaders and allowed those gathered to pose questions and interact with the her.  It went very well and the Minister I believe enjoyed meeting business people and hearing their concerns,  she gave concise answers.  Thank you Minister for meeting with us and thanks to the Development Commission who facilitated the meeting.

Business After Hours last week introduced a “Name Change” game which certainly achieved the desired effect and got people talking.  Thanks to our hosts Novus Glass and Behind the Meter,  both gave great doors prizes and Novus Glass celebrated 20 years in business here in Geraldton.  To end the evening Novus cut up a HUGE birthday cake,  and it was scrumptious, congratulations Scott on 20 yrs and we look forward to seeing you celebrate many more milestones.  Look out for the new Blue and White logo for Novus.

The Economic Summit is coming along nicely.  We will have some 25 speakers on the day and we have had quite few from out of town.  Tickets will come out in a weeks time,  price will be $175 for the day including the cocktail function in the evening.  So keep the date free 6th September.