Nominations for 2016 Rhinos now open - WPRC News - WIB Luncheon - Networking Breakfast

Nominations for 2016 Rhinos now open - WPRC News - WIB Luncheon - Networking Breakfast

- Monday, June 27, 2016

Dubbo Chamber of Commerce

Welcome to your Dubbo Chamber Newsletter

Nominations for the Orana Mutual 2016 Dubbo Chamber of Commerce Rhino Awards are now open!

To nominate a Business or Individual (including yourself or own business) in one of the 20+ categories, visit our Rhino Website Page and click on the links - all our Nominations and Voting are online this year. Nominations for Rhino Awards and People’s Choice Awards close July 13th. Our Info night is July 5th. More details below and on the website.

Our last Chamber Networking Event was the Clontarf BBQ Breakfast at Delroy High. Over 60 attended and all seemed impressed by what Clontarf is doing. Should have some photos up on our website this week.

Our next ASX200 Breakfast is July 20 with Aurizon CEO - Lance Hockridge. Aurizon was formerly Queensland Railway. Two weeks later we welcome Westpac Bank CSO - Gary Thursby. Also in August is out next Women In Business Luncheon with Dr Geoffrey Haber. Details and bookings for all these are available on our website now.

Also read on below for three stories regarding Chamber and the new Western Plains Regional Council.

Follow the Dubbo Chamber Facebook Page and Twitter Feed for the latest news about the Chamber and business in Dubbo.

Support Local Businesses & Services - Buy Local in Dubbo

Recent New Chamber Members 2016

Some more new members that have joined the Chamber recently.

  • Young Living Essential Oils
  • CBM Computers
  • Access Group Training
  • St. George
  • Travel Counsellors
  • East Bake
  • Prime 7

Welcome to them all - please support your fellow members and local Dubbo businesses.

Orana Mutual 2016 Dubbo Chamber of Commerce Rhino Awards.

The 2016 Rhino Awards has kicked off and Nominations for both Rhino Awards and People’s Choice Awards are now open. Nominate yourself, a business or outstanding individual in the Dubbo business community. You do not need to be a Dubbo Chamber member to be nominated or enter the Awards.

Our Rhino Information night is at the Dubbo RSL on July 5th. If you are interested in entering this year, please RSVP and come along to find out all you need to know and ask any questions.

Nominations will close July 13th, and Award Entries close August 5th.

See our Rhino Awards pages for more information.

Chamber Breakfast: Aurizon CEO - Lance Hockridge

Sponsor: Available
Guest Speaker: Aurizon (formerly Queensland Rail) CEO - Lance Hockridge
Venue: TBA

Dubbo Chamber 2016 ASX200 CEO Series - Networking Breakfast

Mr. Hockridge became Managing Director & CEO of Aurizon Holdings, in 2010. He has guided Aurizon’s transition to a top 50 ASX company after 145 years as a government owned railway. From 2007 until 2010, he was CEO of QR Limited which was split to form Aurizon Holdings and the passenger-focussed Queensland Rail that remained in government ownership. Mr. Hockridge has more than 30 years’ experience in the transportation and heavy industrial sectors in Australia and the United States with BHP Billiton and BlueScope Steel.

At BHP Billiton Limited, Mr. Hockridge was a member of the leadership team that led BlueScope Steel’s successful demerger from BHP and subsequent listing on the ASX. In 2005, Mr. Hockridge was appointed President of BlueScope Steel’s North American operations where he led a major turnaround in safety, production and financial performance.

Mr. Hockridge is a member of the Business Council of Australia’s Efficient Regulation policy committee and a regular participant in industry forums on transport infrastructure and reform. Mr Hockridge was appointed to Q20, the business leaders group promoting Queensland investment as part of the G20 Summit in Brisbane in November 2014.

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Dubbo Chamber and WPRC Council Administrator meet

At the May board meting it was agreed that a meeting be arranged with the Administrator of the newly formed Western Plains Regional Council, Michael Kneipp and members of the board.

President Matt Wright and Junior Vice President John Southwell met with the Administrator on June 6. Some of the discussion points are as follows:

  • It was agreed as per previous arrangements whereby the Chamber President would meet monthly with the Mayor that this would continue as a meeting with the Administrator.
  • Council have committed to continuing their previous arrangements with the Dubbo Chamber (including Rhinos, Ignite, Your Dubbo, Smile. It’s Christmas etc). It was also agreed to continue to assist us with 2017 CEO Series if it was to continue.
  • The Leaders Series at the Rotunda and Quarterly Developers Forum will continue.
  • We also advised Michael of the Women in Business activities and future plans.
  • We informed Michael of he proposed joint meeting of representatives from the Wellington Business Chamber and Dubbo Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc and invited him to come and join in at the completion of the meeting in Wellington.
  • The Administrator indicated that the 2016/17 Operational Plan and Budget were on display in both Dubbo and Wellington.
  • The Administrator shared that the economic position of both Dubbo and Wellington were strong and it was not envisaged that one would not be having to financially support the other in the foreseeable future.

The matter of the name of the new council was brought up. Local member Troy Grant has undertaken to release a survey seeking feedback on the name.

Western Plains Regional Council or What?

Hardly had the amalgamation of the Dubbo and Wellington councils been announced when the choice of name for this new council became a hot topic of discussion. As a result, community consultation is being sought.

Member for Dubbo, Troy Grant has published a Community Notice in which community input is being sought. The survey contained in this Community Notice covers a range of questions including the possibility of changing the name of the Western Plains Regional Council.

Members are strongly urged to complete the survey. Whilst there is no apparent deadline is is suggested to complete and return the survey immediately.

If you did not receive a copy, contact Troy Grant’s office at 1/18 Talbragar Street Dubbo or phone 6882 3577.

Joint meeting Dubbo Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc and Wellington Business Chamber.

Following on from the announcement of the WPRC, the Dubbo Chamber and Wellington Chamber Boards had a combined meeting to discuss opportunities and look towards strengthening the business community ties between the two organisations.

The meeting was held at the Cow and Calf Hotel in Wellington on Wednesday June 8, 2016. This led to the formulation of a list for future discussion based around the forming of a Joint Business Advocacy Committee. The points included:

  • Explore ways to achieve collaborative networking opportunities for members.
  • Sharing expertise & information.
  • Provide reciprocal member benefits.
  • Formulating a joint events calendar.
  • Tourism promotion.
  • Welcoming newcomers.
  • Shop local promotions.
  • Consequence of WPRC to Rhino Awards eligibility. (Since decided that for 2016, Rhino’s will still be restricted to businesses operating within the Dubbo City wards / zones)

Also in attendance was Vicky Seccombe from NSW Business Chamber Orana who travelled from the Orange office. WPRC Administrator Michael Kneipp joined after the conclusion at the meeting for some networking.

Both Boards plan to hold further combined meetings to strengthen our ties and assist each other. It should be highlighted that there are no plans to “merge” the Boards - each local Chamber will continue to represent local businesses, but work together with out combined Council and officials.

Clontarf Foundation Breakfast

Our CEO breakfast series was taken back to school with the Clontarf Foundation guest speaker Bill Wavish which was held at the Delroy High School. The chamber members and guests were able to see the students train and network before the formalities and breakfast which was also organised by the staff of the Clontarf Foundation. The foundation tries to improve the life skills, discipline, self-esteem, education and employment prospects of young Aboriginal men.

Bill Wavish spoke about the benefits and improvements that the boys in the school have made in the 2 years that the program has been running. Dubbo is now has the largest number of students participating from about 4,200 across the country. Bill also delved into his business experience as Executive with vast experience in the retail Industry with Woolworths and Myer. He advocated the benefits of having joint chief executives in an organisation which can allows the business to grow. He also emphasised the sensitivities required when dealing with international markets reflecting on his experience in Asia and developing a market.

Overall it was a very exciting breakfast and we thank the members for their time on the first day of winter. We would also like to thank the Western Plains Regional Council for their support and sponsorship of the event.

Short Notes:

Call for Exhibitors & Supporting Events - Dubbo Sustainability City Expo and Science Festival
Exhibitors are currently being sought for the upcoming 2016 Dubbo Sustainable City Expo and Science Festival to be held on Saturday, 27 August 2016 at the Western Plains Cultural Centre. There is no cost for exhibitor sites, and potential exhibitors are invited to display and/or sell products and services that are aligned to the event theme, such as assisting local residents and businesses to become more sustainable. Register online before Thursday 30th June 2016.

NSW BC Business Conditions Survey - June 2016
The Survey aims to provide an honest and comprehensive analysis of economic trends, opportunities and challenges for NSW businesses. Please complete the survey before Friday 1 July 2016. NSW BC Business Conditions Survey - Previous survey results

Have to make extra super payments for an employee?
Has your employee asked you to make additional superannuation payments to their super fund before the end of the financial year? Remember to leave enough time to make any superannuation payments before 30 June 2016 in order for them to go through the super system and be counted as a contribution for tax purposes in this financial year. ATO Small Business

ACCC crackdown targets credit surcharges
Changes to the amount merchants can charge customers for paying with credit cards are due to come into effect from September. Here’s what you need to know. ACCC credit card crackdown.

NSW Tourism Awards - nominations close July 29
Led by the Tourism Industry, a division of the NSW Business Chamber and proudly supported by Destination NSW the Awards are a submission and inspection-based program that encourage businesses to meet and aim to exceed industry standards. NSW Tourism Awards.

Members Events & Promotions

WPCC Official Invite | GLASS: art design architecture - July 1

Please join us for the official opening of Glass: art design architecture to be opened by Margaret Hancock, Senior Curator, Jam Factory.

Friday 1st July 2016, 6pm - Canapés on arrival.

GLASS: art design architecture explores the most innovative and outstanding ways that glass is being used by artists, designers and architects in Australia in the 21st century and examines our relationship to this extraordinary material. The exhibition will feature art and functional objects, sculptural works, installations as well as video documentary, models and sectional prototypes related to specific interiors, buildings and environments. The exhibition will focus exclusively on Australian works and projects and place those works in a dynamic international context.

Western Plains Cultural Centre

Big Blue Digital Facebook Advertising Course - July 4 - save $50

Facebook advertising can unlock hundreds more of your kind of customers. My Facebook advertising e-course is designed to show you, step by step, how to find, target, drive & convert customers to your website, from Facebook.

It goes over 3 weeks, it involves around 2 hours of reading/watching and working each week, the cost is $297. Course includes lifetime access to material and the Facebook group.

Dubbo Chamber members can save $50 off the price by using code: dcjuly2016

Next course starts July 4th. More information and sign up

ASK Crowe Horwath - a financial problem solving tool

ASK Crowe Horwath is an online financial problem solving tool where small businesses and individuals can post questions related to financial operations, business advice and general financial-related issues that are answered by Crowe Horwath advisors.

Please feel free to check it out yourself [at this link ASK Crowe Horwath

Western College - Upcoming Vocational Courses

Western College always has vocational courses enrolling through the year. Book online or call 6884 2899 and their friendly staff can assist you.

Upcoming courses include:

  • Provide First Aid & First Aid Refresher
  • Combo Course - Traffic Controller & Implement Traffic Control Plans.
  • Coffee appreciation and Barista.
  • Construction Induction (White Card)
  • Cert II in Agriculture.
  • Photography for Beginners

For more details and to see more courses, visit the Western College website

NSW Business Chamber

All Dubbo Chamber of Commerce members get affiliate membership with NSW BC at no extra cost.

Upcoming NSW BC Webinars

Date Webinar
Jul.19 Bridging the Gap – Securing the future value of your business
Jul.26 How to use your business culture to fight cybercrime within your organisation
Aug.2 The Why and How of Marketing Planning and Strategy
NSWBC More info & registration

Dubbo Chamber Business Event Calendar - Save The Dates

Date Dubbo Event
Jun.22 Rhinos Awards + People’s Choice Awards Nominations Open
Jul.5 Rhino Launch + Information Night
Jul.6 Rhino Award Entries Open
Jul.13 Rhino Award Nominations Close
Jul.18 People’s Choice voting begins.
Jul.20 Chamber ASX200 Breakfast - Aurizon CEO, Lance Hockridge
Aug.3 Chamber ASX200 Breakfast - Westpac CSO, Gary Thursby
Aug.5 Rhino Award Entries close - People’s Choice voting closes.
Aug.6 Rhino Award Judging begins.
Aug.17 Women In Business Luncheon - Dr Geoffrey Heber
Aug.27 Dubbo Sustainable City Expo & Science Festival
Sep.2 Close of Rhino Award Judging.
Sept.07 Chamber Breakfast - TBA
Sept.13 Women In Business Luncheon - Victoria Carey
Sept.21 Rhino Sponsors Cocktail Party - Finalists Announced
Oct.05 Chamber Breakfast - TBA
Oct.21 Rhino Awards Gala Night
Oct.22 Dubbo DREAM Festival
Oct.27 ARTLANDS Dubbo - October 27–30
Nov.9 Chamber Breakfast - Rhino Gold Winner
Dec.1 Chamber ASX200 Breakfast - JB Hi-Fi CEO, Richard Murray
Dec.8 Chamber Presidents Xmas Drinks (TBC)

*More info on the Dubbo Chamber Business Events Calendar

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