February 2012 Newsletter No 7

February 2012 Newsletter No 7

Chamber Members - Thursday, February 16, 2012

March Networking Breakfast

On Wednesday March 7, Joe Barrett from Cobbora Holdings will be providing an update to members and guests on the status of the Cobbora Coal Project, which we believe will have an impact on Dubbo’s future growth.

The breakfast is being held at Lazy River Estate, beginning at 7am. Seats will be limited.

BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL. To attend, book your seat using our new online booking system by clicking on the link: Time to Breakfast with Cobbora Holding Company

Please note that the Board have also introduced the following booking condition: Bookings & prepayment is essential for catering purposes. No refunds will be given, unless notice is given 24 hours prior to event date.  

Save the date!

The Dubbo Chamber of Commerce Corporate Golf Day is being held on Friday 27 April 2012. The day will start at 11am, with a shot gun start at 12noon. It is a 4 person ambrose format. Registration is $50 per person, which includes the 18 holes of golf, lunch, a drink and nibbles afterwards during the prize presentations.

The Chamber would like to thank the following sponsors who are supporting the event:

Choice Home Loans
Imajenit Commercial Photography & Communications
St George Bank
Seed Business Solutions
Regional Mortgage Professionals
Bob Berry Real Estate
Quest Dubbo
Bridges Dubbo
Golden West Holden
REX Airlines
Rhino Promotions

Work Safe – Home Safe: 10-5-5 Program

WorkCover NSW is working on new initiatives to help improve workplace safety. One such initiative is the WORK SAFE - HOME SAFE 10/5/5 Program. The key aim of this program is to achieve sustainable and continuous improvement in workplace safety and return to work outcomes through the achievement of the following objectives: 

1. Use quality data and information sources to identify and target high frequency WHS risks in the top 10 industries, 5 highest risk injury types and illnesses. 
2. Ensure work health and safety, workers compensation and injury management is effectively managed in these industries through innovative solutions that drive positive cultural change. 
3. Use a whole of WorkCover approach to develop and deliver workplace safety and injury management services through multi–disciplinary cross-divisional teams deployed into agreed priority industries. 

Program design of each Priority Industry will commence in a staged process. Demolition commenced as a pilot in July 2011. 

Design of the Road and Bridge Construction, Grape Growing and Plant nurseries will commence early in 2012.  However, the design of Road Freight Transport, Wood Structural Component Manufacturing and Sheep and Beef Cattle Farming Industry programs are currently underway. For Road Freight Transport, WorkCover is looking at both Short Distance and Long Distance Freight as well as Bulk Freight.

For more information visit www.workcover.nsw.gov.au  

Follow us on Facebook!

Did you know the Chamber of Commerce is on Facebook. We use it regularly to thank sponsors; announce new events and share information with members.

If you are on Facebook, come and follow us!  

Executive Officer

With a new business plan and operational budget now bedded down, and a number of new initiatives, aimed at streamlining our office operations being implemented; the Chamber is now seeking applications for the position of (part time) Executive Officer.

Details about the role can be found on the Chamber's home page: Welcome to Dubbo Chamber. The recruitment is being facilitated by Seed Business Solutions and applications will be received up to 5pm, 5 March 2012.

Members News

The Australian Institute of Company Directors are bringing a Company Directors Course to Dubbo for the first time on the 22-28th March.

The AICD is offering members of the Dubbo Chamber of Commerce the AICD member rate for this course, which is a saving of $2,340. 

For more information, see the attached brochure: 2012_AICD_March Course

Free introductory seminar on the Enneagram
Have you ever wondered what makes you tick, why only some people annoy you? Would you like to understand yourself and the others in your life better, make real steps towards positive change in your life? Attached is an invitation to join John Southwell Professional Certified Coach for a FREE introductory seminar on the Enneagram, an ancient and proven method to help you identify why you do things the way you do in life, work and relationships and open the door to change for the better. 

International Women’s Day
When we walk across the bridges on International Women for Womens day we are taking this opportunity to consider and highlight the plight of women around the world who don't share the liberties we women in the western world have afforded to us. We know that there are women and children in Australia who are refugees from many countries around the world and including our indigenous population who also don't have the same freedom that we enjoy and often take for granted. 

This year IWD will start at 8am with a walk across the L H Ford bridge and then through the parkland across the Emile Serisier bridge arriving at the adjacent park at around 8:30am. A courtesy bus will be available for anyone wanting to return to the Dubbo RSL Club for tea, coffee and refreshments. The Dubbo RSL Health club is also providing a free exercise class at 9:30am including child minding for anyone attending. 

In the evening a dinner will begin at 7pm, with Kate Bracks as the special guest. Cost is $55 / 3 course table service dinner with a complimentary glass of bubbles on arrival.

For more information call Suzanne Gratton on 0422615945.

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