Cham­ber seeks var­ied ex­ec­u­tive

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - OUT & ABOUT - By ZOE MC­MAUGH

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.

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