Positive Finley chamber meeting despite no executive
The Finley business community has been left without a chamber of commerce after the local organisation failed to form an executive committee last week.
Despite strong interest at last Wednesday’s annual general meeting, there were no nominations for the Finley Chamber of Commerce and Industry executive committee.
All standing executive members stood down, including president Rand Wilson and secretary Sue Arnold.
As the immediate past secretary, standing down after serving on the executive for more than 10 years, Ms Arnold said chamber could only grow.
But she admitted without sup- port from the business community it would become difficult.
‘‘We need more interest from motels, hotels, clubs and eateries are needed for Finley to succeed as a worthwhile place to visit,’’ she said.
‘‘Without business people coming forward, chamber won’t continue.’’
Mrs Arnold said the positivity at last Wednesday’s meeting showed there was still a bright future for a new committee.
‘‘The night gave new interest in the direction chamber wants to go in,’’ she said.
‘‘Chamber is hoping to form a committee of business and community minded people.’’
However, the outcome of the meeting has left the business community, and the community as a whole, questioning the fate of the organisation.
The chamber has entered into a caretaker mode, and an extraordinary meeting is being organised to hopefully elect an executive in coming weeks.
Despite the organisation having no executive, existing chamber members say they are not overly concerned.
They say the future direction of chamber, and ideas coming from the floor of the AGM last week, show there is still strong support for business in the town.
A special guest at Wednesday’s meeting was Berrigan Shire Council economic development officer Phil Nunn, who injected plenty of confidence into the business people at the AGM.
With a fresh set of eyes, Mr Nunn told the group the future of the town ‘‘is in your hands’’.
Key points in Mr Nunn’s presentation included being able to create a vision for the future of Finley and realising that Finley is part of a bigger world — ‘‘a dynamic and changing world’’.
He touched on many areas involving the business sector.
He said the town was too ‘‘heavily dependent upon agricultural production’’ and was still in ‘‘drought recovery mode’’.
Mr Nunn said he also understood the Murray-Darling Basin Plan and other pressures were leading to an increased ‘‘perception of pessimism, tiredness and stress’’.
Mr Nunn said he believed chamber was ‘‘limping along with minimal engagement events’’ and noted the accommodation and hospitality sectors were struggling.
After the presentation a discussion of ideas was had for steps to take the community forward.
Numerous ideas were generated throughout the evening, all with the theme of moving in positive directions to attract more people to the town.
An extraordinary meeting to elect the committee will be called in early September to give businesses time to consider whether they want to be involved with the future of Chamber.