Newsletter October 2013

View the Broken Hill Chamber of Commerce Newsletter October 2013 as a PDF or read individual stories below.

October Message from the President

Congratulations on being a part of a dynamic network focused on adding value to your business and driving the sustainable future of Broken Hill. As an independent, not for profit and non-government body, it is the Chamber’s mission to provide services that support you to meet your organisational objectives and promote an economic environment suitable for the continued development of trade, commerce and industry in Far West NSW. More.

Restaurant Industry Award 2010

The Fair Work Commission ruled against a NSW Business Chamber led application, which sought to overhaul the current weekend penalty rates system and exclude small businesses from the wage rates contained in the Award. “The only result this decision will shape is a reduction in employment opportunities in cafes and restaurants across the country … It is simply becoming too expensive to employ people on weekends if they are not the owner or family members,” Stephen Cartwright, CEO of NSW Business Chamber said. You can read more about the application and the decision on the advocacy page of the NSW Business Chamber website.

Eye on Crime

Keep an eye out for the Community Safety Precinct Committee 2014 calendar which will be release shortly. The calendar forms part of the crime prevention strategy of the Community Safety Crime Prevention Plan 2013-2017 and is a major project of the Committee, which of which the Chamber is an active member. The calendar aims to provide our community with some simple crime prevention strategies that can be easily incorporated into daily routines. More.

Customer Service Awards Update

Read about the most recent Customer Service Award winners and how to nominate. More.

Going Global – Online Shopping

With major companies such as David Jones losing sales to online and overseas retailers, it is imperative that businesses in rural NSW start to look at how they can expand their sales through internet sales. Chamber of Commerce member, Some Like it Hot, is now in the global market at their online store which includes a gourmet range of coffee, condiments, giftware, salt, sauces, oils and vinegars. The benefits of online business include global access, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, improved client service through greater flexibility and opportunities to manage your business from anywhere in the world. As a part of the Chamber’s commitment to members, the webpage Market Place will host members who have an online shop to showcase the great products and services we have in the region. To take a look at the Some Like It Hot or visit the Broken Hill Chamber of Commerce Market Place webpage which is currently under development.

Give The Local A Go

Broken Hill City Council and Regional Development Australia, Far West, have joined the Chamber to promote the Give the Local A Go campaign.  Along with media sponsor 2BH, the campaign is designed to keep a buy local message at the top of people’s minds when making purchases.

IPART Water Inquiry

The Chamber has presented a submission to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal to inform the 2014 Review of Prices for Essential Energy’s Water and Sewerage Services in Broken Hill. Water should continue to be subsidised in Broken Hill to support ongoing economic development and a healthy lifestyle. Any significant increase will have a detrimental impact on the future economic and community development of the region.

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