Chamber seeks varied executive
Recruitment for a varied Deniliquin Business Chamber executive committee has begun ahead of the chamber’s annual general meeting on November 8.
President Justine Keech, who has confirmed she will renominate for the top job, said a number of executive committee members are expected to stand down this year.
In addition to the president, the AGM will elect a vice president, treasurer and up to five committee positions.
Mrs Keech said she would like to see all the main business sectors represented on the committee.
‘‘We would particularly love to see someone from the service industry such as the hairdressers and our beauticians on the executive as we recognise this industry is a large part of our central business district.
‘‘I would also love to see someone from the agricultural industry take an interest also.
‘‘It is better for us to have a diversity of businesses represented on the executive.
‘‘I would encourage anyone who is interested in taking up one of the positions to come forward ahead of the AGM and speak with me or any of the other existing executive members.
‘‘It would not be a demanding job for anyone who does stand, especially considering we have such an effective executive officer in Janet Renehan.’’
Mrs Keech said the last 12 months for the business chamber has been ‘‘very successful’’, which is one of the reasons she intends to stand to be re-elected president.
‘‘We feel we have made a real contribution to the business community, and there’s still a lot more to come that I would like to see through,’’ Mrs Keech said.
‘‘It is an exciting time around Deniliquin at the moment, and I would particularly like to see through work on council’s Public Spaces Strategy.
‘‘While it may not start within my next term as president, if I am elected, I would also like to do more on the plans to rejuvenate Napier St.
‘‘We’re also working on finessing the Deniliquin Business Excellence Awards further, and I would also love to see Deniliquin win the chamber of the year at the regional or state awards in my time as president.
‘‘I have thoroughly enjoyed being president of the chamber, and working alongside Janet and Michelle Sienna, and would like to continue to do that for a little while longer.’’
All Deniliquin Business Chamber members are invited to attend the AGM and to hear from guest speaker Sam Birrell, who is the chief executive officer of the Committee for Greater Shepparton.
Committee for Greater Shepparton was established to unite the region’s business and community leaders to influence public policy, advocate on issues to strengthen the economy and make the region a more vibrant place to live.
‘‘We are really excited to have Sam coming to the AGM; it will be incredibly interesting to hear the journey Committee for Greater Shepparton is on,’’ Mrs Keech said.
‘‘The committee has really turned around what was a dire situation for businesses in Shepparton to a success story, which was done by having achievable goals and a common sense of purpose.’’
The AGM will be held Wednesday, November 8 at the Deniliquin Club in George St, from 6.30pm.
Those wishing to attend are asked to register with Mrs Renehan by November 3 by phoning 5881 2621 or 0447 812 621.