Record number

Record number

Last Wednesday evening the Bairnsdale Chamber of Commerce had more than 20 local people attend its monthly general meeting, a record number for a general monthly meeting.

The next meeting of the chamber will be its annual general meeting to be held at the Bairnsdale RSL at 7pm on Wednesday, November 6.

President, Karen Fleischer, reported after the monthly meeting that she would be stepping down as president of the chamber and not seeking re-election for the 2019/20 year.

The chamber was addressed by Chris Nixon and Julie Jackson, representing the new local group, Farmers Voice East Gippsland, formed primarily to assist farmers talking with each other and communicating local issues to the community and Government as the effects of drought press them and the wider community.

Mr Nixon painted a bleak picture of some farm situations and touched on the ever-increasing and “unfair” rate issues for farmers, saying dramatic farm revenue drop was a result of drought.

Bob Carter reported on the chamber’s website and the cost and value of an upgrade to it.

Local social media consultant, Cherie Draper, presented a concept for local business to be involved in a social media marketing campaign prior to Christmas, the only cost being the time by the business involved.

East Gippsland Shire Councillor, Joe Rettino, and East Gippsland Business and Tourism officer, Janet Burton, also attended the meeting.

The president and secretary/treasurer reports were presented with the successful networking night held at Schoolworks last month highlighted. Veronica Davies said the planned comedy festival had been postponed.

The driving force behind Bairnsdale’s public Christmas spirit, Ricky McVeigh, said plans were in place for the annual Christmas Parade and associated activities in consultation with local traders. The parade is again on Saturday, December 14, in Main Street.