Think-tank designed to give a boost to business
A promised local business forum to help operators weather the latest economic dip will be held on November 13 at the Margaret River Education Campus.
The Margaret River Chamber of Commerce will host the event, bringing together experts as well as business operators struggling with a downturn in the local economy, linked to an overall downturn in the State’s fortunes and influenced by publicity around shark attacks — seen by many as affecting visits to the region.
Chamber president Steven Castan said the forum came in response to calls from the local business community.
“The chamber recognises that the past 12 months have been difficult for many small businesses, both locally and across the State,” he said.
“Fortunately, our community is strong and our region has a lot to offer. Together, we can make a comeback.”
In September, operators were also briefed on next year’s main street redevelopment, which promises disruption for the Margaret River central business district as the perimeter road opens, allowing the Shire to improve and beautify the main strip.
Next week’s forum will feature award-winning business coach Graham Harvey, business adviser Sana Turnock, and leading TAFE business lecturer Charlotte Brown.
Local business figures said despite the struggles on main street, Margaret River was affected by wider economic factors.
Richard Moroney, Burger Baby’s co-owner and a former managing director of Colonial Brewery, said disruption was a fixture of business in 2018.
“We need to . . . bring together relevant stakeholders, and with our collective talent and resources, create a voice that we can take forward and lobby outcomes to benefit our region,” he said.
Chamber executive officer Rebecca Young said the forum would explore what businesses could do individually and what the community could do collectively to boost the economy.
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