Busi­ness com­mu­nity unites with one voice

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

In­di­vid­ual busi­ness groups in a num­ber of towns in Baw Baw Shire are com­bin­ing their ef­forts to pro­vide a sin­gle voice and rep­re­sen­ta­tion to ad­vo­cate at lo­cal, re­gional and state lev­els.

The In­de­pen­dent Busi­ness Coun­cil of Baw Baw will en­com­pass the War­ragul and Drouin and sur­rounds busi­ness groups, Trafal­gar Cham­ber of Com­merce, Noo­jee Com­mu­nity Tourism and Busi­ness, Yar­ragon Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion and Neerim Dis­trict Progress As­so­ci­a­tion.

Co-or­di­na­tor and a mem­ber of the foun­da­tion com­mit­tee An­gela Betheras said the coun­cil would be the area’s “busi­ness cham­pion”.

“It will be an or­gan­i­sa­tion for lo­cal busi­ness groups to con­nect, net­work and share ideas, lobby for the re­gion and find the sup­port and pro­grams needed to thrive and pros­per”.

Wher­ever pos­si­ble or­gan­i­sa­tions would be en­cour­aged to col­lab­o­rate on mu­tu­ally rel­e­vant is­sues and avoid re­dun­dancy and du­pli­ca­tion of re­sources, she said.

The not-for-profit mem­ber­ship-based group will be launched next month and the first of­fi­cial meet­ing of the in­cor­po­rated Coun­cil is sched­uled for next Fe­bru­ary.

Ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est are be­ing sought from within the lo­cal com­mu­nity for an in­de­pen­dent chair­per­son.

In­di­vid­ual busi­nesses that are mem­bers of the six foun­da­tion or­gan­i­sa­tions will be au­to­mat­i­cally rep­re­sented on the Coun­cil through their lo­cal busi­ness group mem­ber­ship.

Coun­cil meet­ings will be open to all mem­ber busi­nesses but each busi­ness group will have only one vote at meet­ings.

Mem­bers of the foun­da­tion com­mit­tee for the new In­de­pen­dent Busi­ness Coun­cil Of Baw Baw in­clude, (back, from left) Gra­ham Davey and Bren­don King­will (Trafal­gar Cham­ber of Com­merce), Se­lena Cartwright (War­ragul Busi­ness Group), Wendy Mor­ris (Noo­jee...

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