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  • 01/05/2019 10:45 AM | Anonymous

    Draft Operational Plan 2019/20 including Budget

    Wingecarribee Shire Council has placed their Draft Operational Plan 2010/20 and Budget document on exhibition and are now open for comment. These documents can have an impact on business and economic development in the area and therefore we urge our members to review the documents and make comments.

    See the information below from the WSC about the documents and review process:

    Wingecarribee Shire Council’s draft Operational Plan 2019/20 including Budget, Revenue Policy and Fees and Charges is a key document outlining our budget and proposed activities for the year ahead. It's now on public exhibition and we'd like to hear your thoughts.

    Please take some time to look through it and consider our proposed programs and projects, as well as the continued significant investment in asset maintenance and renewal works across the shire.

    The draft Operational Plan outlines the projects, programs and activities that Council is proposing to undertake throughout the 2019/20 financial year to address the four year actions set in the Delivery Program 2017-2021.

    The draft Operational Plan currently on exhibition includes:

    information about specific projects and programs set for the financial year, Council’s annual Budget, Revenue Policy, Fees and Charges, a Funding Proposal for Regional Art Gallery contributions, and a Capital Works Program outlining significant investment in asset maintenance, asset renewal and new asset works across the Shire.

    Council’s Delivery Program 2017-2021 and draft Operational Plan 2019/20 have been developed in response to the Community Strategic Plan Wingecarribee 2031.

    Visit to view the draft documents. 

    Submissions must be received by Monday 27 May 2019.

  • 29/04/2019 11:37 AM | Anonymous

    Kathy Barnsley knows the Southern Highlands well having practiced here as an architect since 1991. She and her team are dedicated to providing outstanding one-on-one architectural services for the whole of the Highlands and beyond. Kathy’s professional experience and practice is varied, encompassing new houses, alterations & additions to existing buildings, new residential unit developments and commercial projects. Above all, Kathy respects her clients’ needs, desires and budget, working together with them to arrive at a solution. Would you like to work with an attentive, enthusiastic and approachable professional? Ring Kathy today on 4869 3555, and please visit her website at

  • 29/04/2019 11:23 AM | Anonymous

    In the last newsletter the new board was introduced and the details of that new board can be found by following this link  

    The chamber has been moving forward and in the past two months has undertaken a number of events including the Meet your Candidates at the Mill Cafe, A meeting to look at the Wingecarribee Shire Council's Draft Rural Tourism Policy at Mittagong RSL. The information from this meeting was used to assist in the drafting of the combined chambers submission on this policy, two 6 Degrees of Separation Networking Events at Gibraltar Hotel Bowral. The last event had in excess of 40 people in attendance and 5 new businesses what a great event. We now looking to put together a program for the remainder of 2019.

    Deb Blackah our Finance Director has advised the board that our finances are in good shape and we are looking at spending some of this money on upgrades to our web site and administrative support to assist with offering more extensive membership support and services.

    Peter Blain has advised that our membership has grown and this is an indicator that we are doing the things that businesses expect of their chamber.

    Shane Hinton and Peter Compton are our Membership Relations Directors and they are continually visiting members and other businesses in the region to ensure that we are on top of the business issues in the area.

    The next step for the chamber is to look at how we offer more extensive membership services.

  • 23/04/2019 2:17 PM | Anonymous

    The following information and links to additional information has been provided by the Policy and Advocacy Team of NSW Business Chamber.


    The NSW Business Chamber recently released the results of our March 2019 edition of the quarterly Business Conditions Survey.
    The Business Conditions Survey is a powerful advocacy tool that the Chamber uses as it fights for a better deal for business.
    Please click to view the March 2019 Survey Report, collated from the feedback of over 700 member businesses.
    A more detailed breakdown of results are available through the March 2019 Regional Results and the March 2019 Industry Results.
    For information on prior surveys or other Chamber policy and advocacy activities, please click here.

    For information on prior surveys or other Chamber policy and advocacy activities, please click here.

    March 2019 Survey Overview

    Business conditions have fallen sharply as the NSW economy continues to slow down with the largest drop in business confidence since July 2010 and the fastest turnaround in sales, staffing levels and capital spending on record.  Most concerning are the sharp falls in the staffing and capital spending indices (now well into negative territory) suggesting that perception may become a reality as businesses curtail spending.
    A confluence of factors appear to be influencing business sentiment with businesses adopting a holding pattern mentality (see ‘Business needs in focus’ for further discussion).
    Around half of respondents (53.1%) indicated their perception of a weakening economy was due to their own experiences in their business or local economy (as opposed to other factors such as the views of media commentators).  More than half (64.9%) indicated their negative perception of the economy would affect decisions made in their business such as those relating to staffing levels and investment.
    A confluence of factors appear to be influencing business sentiment with businesses adopting a holding pattern mentality (see ‘Business needs in focus’ for further discussion).
    The survey period occurred in the lead up to both the NSW State and Federal elections which many respondents cited as something they were concerned about.  Others cited the impact of the Banking Royal Commission as affecting access to finance or creating uncertainty around business models.
    Household demand is much weaker than first thought and respondent feedback suggests customers are not spending as much as they were before.  A large number of regional respondents gave feedback that the drought was continuing to have a severe impact on their business.
    The drop in confidence occurred state-wide.  Only the Capital Region reported an increase from the previous quarter.



  • 15/04/2019 10:07 AM | Anonymous

    With Easter and ANZAC both falling on our scheduled time for Six Degrees of Separation Networking Event the Chamber in consultation with the Gibraltar Hotel events team have decided that cancelling the April event is the best option. 

    The chamber will be back to normal in May with both a Six Degrees Networking Event and a Meet your Member event being scheduled.

    Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience hope to see you at the next event.

    Steve Horton

    Chair SHCCI

  • 15/04/2019 9:57 AM | Anonymous

    Under the scheme, this year Council will distribute up to $120,000 to assist local not-for-profit organisations across the Shire.

    The scheme aims to encourage and increase participation and support initiatives that promote partnerships within our Highlands community.

    Monies can be sought to fund programs, equipment or capital works which aim to establish, improve or enhance cultural, sporting, welfare, health promotion, community development or leisure services.

    Returning for 2019 is the allocation of $10,000 for environmental and sustainable specific programs funded via Council’s Environment Levy.  These grants are specifically intended for projects that promote or support sustainable living practices and ideas within community groups, schools and learning centres.

    Local sports clubs, churches, charities, schools and childhood education centres, choirs, Scouts, Guides, community and hobby groups were just some of the local organisations to receive funding last year.

    Under the scheme three types of funding are available, donations up to $600, environmental grants up to $2,000 and general grants up to $7,000.

    All applications for donations and grants must be submitted online.  Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

    Applicants can access the 2019 Guidelines and submit their applications online from Council’s website at

    The Wingecarribee Community Assistance Scheme closes at 4pm on Friday 29 March 2019.

    For further information or assistance in filling out an online application, contact Council’s Coordinator Community Development on phone 4868 0761 or via email at

  • 03/04/2019 1:16 PM | Anonymous

    Wingecarribee Shire Council published the Press Release below, which is good news for the business sector in Bowral Town Centre.

     Contractors to survey Bowral town centre for concept Masterplan 

    Wingecarribee Shire Council has appointed Complete Urban to provide design services for the development of a streetscape Masterplan for Bowral’s town centre. 

    Complete Urban specialise in designing quality public domain projects and infrastructure. 

    Their contractors will survey and collect information in and around Bong Bong Street and Corbett Plaza to include in a future streetscape Masterplan. 

    This initial plan will include three potential concept options designed to improve the attractiveness of both Bong Bong Street and Corbett Plaza while maintaining the distinct character of the township. 

    On completion this Masterplan will be presented to Council and the community for review and comment. 

    All feedback will be considered by the project team before a Final Masterplan is prepared and presented to Councillors for final endorsement. 

    Once adopted this final document will form the basis of Council’s future Capital Works Program and will inform future detailed designs and costings. 

    Typical items to be inspected by the contractors will include existing buildings and structures, underground services and drainage networks. 

    These inspections will be carried out intermittently throughout the month of April. 

    To learn more about the Bong Bong Street and Corbett Plaza Masterplan project visit or phone Council on 4868 0888. 

  • 30/12/2018 11:13 AM | Anonymous

    In November 2018 the SHCCI Board looked at the cost of continuing to use ChamberMaster Membership Software or moving to Wild Apricot Membership Software. The board decided that it would be more beneficial to our membership to move to Wild Apricot as our membership package.

    Since that decision was made members of the board, Jewel Brown and Deb Blackah have been updating the databases and the look of Wild Apricot so it can be used as our web site and membership package.

    What you see today is the first draft of the new SHCCI Website and Membership Package.

    For more information please contact me on 0428612183 or email to 

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