President pleased with year
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 “visit-myrtleford” 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.