Pres­i­dent pleased with year

Alpine Observer - - News - BY TATE SPI­TERI

MYRTLE­FORD Cham­ber of Com­merce Pres­i­dent, Frank Ivone, re­flected on an­other pos­i­tive year in front of a healthy crowd at the Cham­ber’s AGM last Thurs­day Oc­to­ber 18.

Held at Lupo’s Cafe, the meet­ing in­cluded guest speak­ers from To­tally Re­new­able Yackan­dan­dah and the Alpine Shire.

Mr Ivone said the Cham­ber had been in­stru­men­tal in a num­ber of new ini­tia­tives this fi­nan­cial year rang­ing from the in­stal­la­tion of flag­poles at the en­trance of Myrtle­ford’s CBD area along the great Alpine Road, to the de­vel­op­ment of a Myrtle­ford pro­mo­tional video pro­duced for tele­vi­sion and so­cial me­dia.

The Cham­ber also made vast im­prove­ments to their “vis­it­myrtle­ford” web­site dur­ing the year.

The web­site is now more mo­bile friendly and runs with the slo­gan “Why is Myrtle­ford a great place for a tree change?”

All busi­nesses have been given a list­ing in the busi­ness direc­tory and fi­nan­cial mem­bers have a link to their web­sites with in­di­vid­ual busi­ness lo­gos grad­u­ally be­ing added.

Mr Ivone also noted a list of small changes that had made a huge dif­fer­ence to the town, such as adding the Pi­azza to google maps, mod­ernising Christ­mas mu­sic in the CBD, dis­tribut­ing re­us­able bags to the Myrtle­ford Farm­ers Mar­ket and in­tro­duc- ing free dump point vouch­ers for those vis­it­ing the Car­a­van Parks.

The Cham­ber’s suc­cess­ful en­gage­ment with coun­cil through­out the 2017/18 fi­nan­cial year was also cel­e­brated, most no­tably through the lo­cal laws re­view that has been im­ple­mented fol­low­ing mem­ber con­cerns over the AFrame sign pol­icy.

The con­tin­ued suc­cess of the La Fiera Fes­ti­val was also men­tioned at the din­ner.

“There are too many in­di­vid­u­als to thank to name ev­ery­one for mak­ing La Fiera a suc­cess, but I must rec­og­nize the enor­mous amount of vol­un­teer hours given by our com­mu­nity mem­bers to­wards the fes­ti­val and in par­tic­u­lar to John Reynolds-Smith who has been Fes­ti­val con­venor for the past five years and to Miche­lini Wines our ma­jor cor­po­rate spon­sor of the fes­ti­val,” Mr Ivone said.

Look­ing ahead to 2018/19, the Cham­ber has suc­cess­fully at­tracted funds to as­sist the Angli­can Church to up­grade the church hall kitchen to a reg­is­tered food premises. They will also aus­pice the 2018 Car­ols by Can­dle­light for the first time.

A spe­cial thankyou on the night was made to out­go­ing vice pres­i­dent Vivek Sharma, trea­surer Minette Ramia and sec­re­tary, Kerry Mur­phy.

“Thank you to all our mem­bers for your faith in the Ex­ec­u­tive of the Cham­ber. May the next year ahead be pros­per­ous for our busi­ness com­mu­nity,” Mr Ivone said.

EN­JOY­ING THE NIGHT: (front left and around) Brian Bromley, Gianna Bromley, Kath Stone, Colin Stone and Sue Lu­nardi at Lupo’s Kiln Cafe for the Cham­ber of Com­merce AGM

KEY SPEAK­ERS: Myrtle­ford Cham­ber of Com­merce Pres­i­dent Frank Ivone (left) and the AGM’s guest speaker De­nis Gin­nivan (To­tally Re­new­able Yackan­dan­dah) last Thurs­day night.

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