April Newsletter

The Disability Trust

As mentioned in previous newsletters, The Disability Trust has been progressively establishing connections and building relationships across the Illawarra and South Coast regions. Tourism Navigators are coaching, training, and improving inclusive workplace practices within small to medium sized businesses. Employers who are participating in the pilot have completed training programs and opened opportunities for job seekers to gain experience in the tourism and hospitality industry. Job seekers have been given the opportunity by some employers to gain work experience, job trials and open employment.

If your business would like to engage in the pilot, please contact 0492 351 749. Funded by the Department of Social Services


If you haven’t seen it already, there is a mural currently being painted adjacent to the Bega Soldiers Memorial on the Reject Shop wall. This is being done by the Bega RSL Sub-branch in the lead up to the 100 year anniversary of the memorial, which was built to honour all men and women from Bega who have served over the years. The Chamber was pleased to contribute funds for the work to be done. The 100th anniversary event will take place on Saturday the 25th of May.

Networking Night

Our latest first networking event was held last Wednesday the 17th of March. For something a little bit different we met in the Bega Village Shopping Centre hosted by Centre manager Joanna Ravan.
Our guest speaker for the evening was Sanchee Barnes who has developed an app called CanXsee. Sanchee lives in the Eurobodalla and appreciates the need to support local business which is the basis for the new app. The app has been running in the Eurobodalla for a couple of months and is now being launched in the Bega Valley. To find out more information go to

Sapphire Community Projects

Sapphire Community Projects Inc are currently running a fundraiser & asking local businesses to consider making a donation to their organization.  All donations over $2.00 are tax deductible. If you do make a donation, kindly send them an email with your details, and they can issue you with a receipt.


The Bega Chamber’s financial year ends on March 31st and we hold our Annual meeting in July. This year this is penciled in for Wednesday July 10th. As you know, the Chamber is a volunteer organisation that exists to support the business community. As we approach the Annual meeting, we encourage you to consider getting more involved. All positions will be vacated at the Annual meeting and if you would like to know more about how you could get involved please reach out to president John Watkin for a chat:

UOW Producers Workshop

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New Member

It is always great to welcome new members, and this month Bega Valley Motors have joined the Chamber as Silver members. We would also like to welcome their new General Manager Michael Hanrahan to the Bega community.

Telstra 3G Shutdown

As you may have heard Telstra is switching off their 3G network as of June 30 this year. If you think you might still have a device using this network, we encourage you to visit the team at Telstra Bega to check.



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October Networking Event @ UOW Bega Campus

Membership Application

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