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Next Chamber Network Dinner

NEXT CHAMBER NETWORK DINNER 

Monday 7th July 7pm 

GUEST SPEAKER 

Gosford City Council General Manager 

PAUL ANDERSON 

At the 

The Box on the Water

(new waterfront restaurant on the Ettalong Beach waterfront reserve)

BYO    $36 pp 

 

RSVP 0415 634 232

Your Executives

Executive

Matthew Wales – President 
Wales & Associates 
Ph: 0415 634 232 
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Josh Kerr – Vice President 
Bruce Kerr Real Estate  
Ph: 0405 474 103 
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Adam Crouch – Secretary 
Everbest Printing Co Ltd 
Ph: 0412 802 733 
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Alan Gleeson – Treasurer 
Gleeson Enterprises 
Ph: 0414 410 936

 

Directors

Sue Fowler - Deepwater Plaza 
Ph: 0408 208 550 
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Mary Rose Bontigao – Express Advocate 
Ph: 4323 5025 
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Tom Tregent – Raine & Horne Umina Beach 
Ph: 0407 454 179 
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Andrew Tregent – Raine & Horne Ettalong 
Ph: 0410 666 688 
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Wayne Dowdle – Clarke Dowdle & Associates 
Ph: 0415 437 464 
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Josh Collins – BSG Australia 
Ph: 0434 111 728 
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Darren Smith – Telstra Shop Woy Woy 
Ph: 0487 354 130 
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About

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The Peninsula Chamber of Commerce was formed in the late 1980’s with the principal objective to create a more cohesive business community.  It sought to offer experienced and successful business people to advise and support local businesses with representation to all levels of government. The organisation was formally incorporated on the 7th November 1991.

Located on the beautiful Central Coast, the Chamber’s business services cover the Peninsula from Woy Woy, Ettalong Beach, Umina Beach through to Patonga. While our town centres comprise of busy retail shopping centres and medium size shopping malls it also has small precincts of light industrial. Situated on the beautiful east coast of Australia, just one hour north of Sydney, it is a wonderful place to visit, work and raise a family. 

Membership to the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce automatically entitles you to affiliated membership to Business NSW State Chamber which offers support services for local businesses.

 

 

 

History of the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce

 

The Peninsula Chamber of Commerce was formed in the late 1980’s with the principal objective to create a more cohesive business community.  It sought to offer experienced and successful business people to advise and support local businesses with representation to all levels of government. The organisation was formally incorporated on the 7th November 1991.

 

The driving force behind the establishment of the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce was the late Tony Doyle who was the New South Wales State Member for Peats (now Gosford). The Foundation President was Paul Tonkin from Tonkin Drysdale Solicitors at Woy Woy who led the Chamber successfully for the next 7 years. 

 

There were a number of people within the community who worked very hard to strengthen the chamber to give it the respect and integrity that it still carries today.  Don Wilson from Wilson Graham Associates Woy Woy (accountants), Mary Donovan from LJ Hookers Real Estate Woy Woy and Peter Macintyre from Harmer & Cassin Umina Beach were the founding executive members who successfully drove the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.

 

Some of their early accomplishments included the management of the Umina Beach Tea Rooms & Tourist Information Centre and various events such as the Australia Day Parades at Woy Woy and Santa Parades at Umina Beach.

 

A major turning point for the Chamber came in 1998 when the Peninsula Mainstreet Program was established with funding from the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, NSW State & Regional Development and Gosford City Council.  The strength of this program saw the successful street upgrading of the Ettalong Beach town centre (in conjunction the Ettalong Beach Heritage Committee), the Umina Beach town centre and Woy Woy commercial district under the project management of Peninsula Mainstreet Co-ordinator, Debra Wales.

 

While the main street revitalisation at Ettalong Beach was initially funded through the Federal Government’s Work for the Dole Program, this was matched dollar for dollar with funds raised by the local business community.  The work was extended to include the Ettalong Beach foreshore and reserve improvements which were funded by the Federal Government and Gosford City Council. 

 

Gosford City Council continued funding for the Mainstreet Program under the 1998 Financial Strategy with allocations of $1M to Ettalong Beach; $1.5M to Umina Beach and $1.5M to Woy Woy for town centre improvements. 

 

In July 1998 Matthew Wales of Wales& Associates(Urban Design Consultants)succeeded Paul Tonkin and was elected President of the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.  He continues to lead the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce today in a voluntary capacity.  With a hardworking and strong executive, the Chamber continues to work towards improvements our town centres. 

 

Achievements

 

The Chamber is known in Government circles as the “biggest small Chamber of Commerce” in the region through is focused and vocal efforts to promote small business on the Woy Woy Peninsula. Some key milestones include:-

 

Ø  the successful incorporation of the Chamber in 1991;

Ø  the establishment of the Peninsula Mainstreet Program in all three town centres which continues today;

Ø  the highly successful Peninsula Business Awards in 2000;

Ø  the establishment of the Brisbane Water Oyster Festival in 2000 which continues successfully today on the Ettalong Beach waterfront

Ø  the raising over $350,000 for Cancer Council NSW breast cancer research through the our dedicated entrants in the Queen of the Oyster Festival between 2005 and 2010;

Ø  the successful lobbying for the Ettalong Beach Plan of Management including the preparation of the initial designs, lobbying of all levels of government for funding and the establishment of the working committees from 1998 until its completion in 2014;

Ø  the highly successful Peninsula CCTV program including the lobbying of the Federal Government for funding and representation of working committees in each of the three Peninsula town centres;

Ø  the establishment of the Ettalong Beach Bendigo Bank in 2005; and

Ø  successfully attracting major corporate businesses into our town centres resulting in millions of dollars of investment and significant job opportunities for our local community. 

 

From our initial Strategic Planning Workshops with our business & local community to identify our goals we were able to recognize what our priorities were.  We stuck to the plan and were successful in completing milestones both large and small as a team.  That is what it takes to be a successful business chamber for successful business and retail centres.

 

Over the years the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce has also completed a series smaller projects that has added value to our local businesses at no cost to them , Gosford City Council or governments.  Small projects but important have been:-

 

·      Installed ‘Welcome Signs’ at Ettalong Beach main entries to the town centres;

·      Prepared a tourist brochure promoting accommodation & dining;

·      Purchased 40 Christmas banners and 20 Australia Day banners for Umina Beach;

·      Bi-monthly newsletters to all town centres promoting & keeping local businesses up to date;

·      Bi-monthly network dinners at local restaurants to give an opportunity for local businesses to showcase their business;

·      Regular email information & updates

·      Website information

 

As a member of the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce businesses automatically become a member of the NSW Business Chamber which offers a support base with many opportunities which can help make a difference in running a business today. Small businesses will receive support to negotiate the complicated maze of government red tape and have support tools to make business life a little easier.

 

The Peninsula Chamber of Commerce has grown over the years from a well connected and strong small business chamber in the 90s to meet the needs of change and growth that it is today in the 21st century.