July 2021 Update

Building a Better Community

Following our summits in May and June, the Chamber has met with a number of other organisations to discuss future needs and plans including Sam Avitaia from the University of Wollongong and Gordon Beattie from the Old Bega Hospital Community Cultural Centre. We are continuing to follow up with a number of other organisations.

The Chamber has engaged Ben Smith from NGH Consulting to work with the Economic Development Committee to draw out key areas and put them together into a comprehensive planning document that can be used with all levels of Government to set the direction for this community long into the future. We will continue to keep you updated as this progresses.

Annual General Meeting

The major focus for the chamber this month has been the Annual meeting of the Chamber which was staged on Wednesday evening the 21st of July. It was held in the hospitality campus of the Bega TAFE, and we were treated by the wonderful students to a fantastic meal. The Annual meeting saw the re-election of ten of the previous executive committee and the addition of one new member in David Akehurst who is the Manager of the Bega ANZ Branch. David has been very active in the Chamber and keen to get more involved and we are sure he will make a positive contribution. John Watkin was re-elected as President with Malcolm Barnes as Vice-President.

Member for Bega and Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance was meant to be our guest speaker, however due to the escalating COVID crisis in NSW he had to attend an emergency cabinet meeting. We heard from Steven Bowman from the NBNco, who passed on some very useful information around current NBN use and the future plans to extend the service.

Customer Service Awards

Also at this meeting, we launched the Customer Service and Business Awards for 2021 which will be staged on October 9th. You will hear lots more about this in the coming weeks, but nominations will open on August 6th so be thinking about an individual or business that gives exceptional customer service and start nominating. Nominations can be made through the website at or you can fill out a nomination form available from the Commonwealth Bank, 2EC & Power FM or Mal’s Pizza Bite. Remember nominations don’t open until August 6th.
We will be sending a separate email soon with category sponsorship opportunities. 

Sapphire Coast Business Women

Sapphire Coast Business Women will be holding a networking event over lunch at Wheelers this Friday from 12pm-2pm. The aim of the event is to bring local business women together to help you find your way through the maze of information relating to COVID restrictions that is constantly changing. Guest speaker will be Karen Dempster who is a highly skilled tourism and marketing professional with over 25 years experience. If you would like to attend you can register your interest at:  

Art Month

As part of Art Month Sapphire Coast, we wish to invite businesses to trade late on Friday 13th of August for a late-night shopping event to coincide with “Food Truck Friday” in Littleton Gardens. The food trucks will be operating from 4.30pm-8.30pm.

Fill in the form below to reserve your spot.​

October Networking Event @ UOW Bega Campus

Membership Application

Fill in this online application and once approved we will email you an invoice, please ensure all details are correct so that we can keep in contact.​