AUSTRALIA DAY CEREMONY
Bega staged the official Australia Day ceremony on January 26th and the Bega Chamber were pleased to play a small role in what was a wonderful morning acknowledging the history of this nation, as well as celebrating the achievements of some terrific individuals with the Australia Day awards. It was also a time to welcome a diverse range of new Australian Citizens. Congratulations to the Council and especially Tamara Whiting on organising a great event.
As mentioned last month the Bega Chamber was the recipient of a grant which has allowed us to run a Community Banner Competition. The idea is for the events to help create renewal, recovery, and resilience in smaller communities around Bega. These events alone will not change the world, but will at least contribute to bringing communities together.
We are awarding the winning banner $1000 towards their community, with the others receiving $500 each. So far, the Cobargo and Quaama communities have made a start and Tathra will get together this weekend. Hopefully, Bemboka and Candelo will soon get started. We will be staging an event in Littleton Gardens Bega on Friday March 19th to judge and award the winners. This will be a great night with entertainment for everyone to come along and see for themselves the terrific banners.
The Dine & Discover scheme is now live in the Bega Valley with the rest of the state joining the program in March. People will be given 2 x $25 vouchers for dining and 2 x $25 vouchers for entertainment & recreation. You must be registered for people to spend the vouchers at your business. See if your business is eligible and register at the link below:
CHANGE AND GROWTH
There is plenty of change going on around our CBD with a number of new businesses opening in town. There is also plenty of change happening in Sapphire Marketplace with a couple of businesses relocating and a number of new businesses getting ready to open. If you think you have seen it all, go for a walk around town, you may be surprised at what is changing. This is of course a reflection of confidence in the economy and confidence in Bega as a great place to do business. Naturally, we would encourage everyone to support our local businesses when you can. Not only our retailers but also our Doctors, Solicitors, Educators, and other service providers. These businesses employ locals and sustain local families.
In February we have been pleased to welcome three new businesses as members of the Chamber: Sapphire Graphics, 2pi Software and Guy Higgins Property Sales have come on board and we look forward to working with them for mutual benefit.