Zirconia Mine Proposal, Imajenit Breakfast

Zirconia Mine Proposal, Imajenit Breakfast

- Sunday, November 09, 2014

Welcome to your Dubbo Chamber Newsletter

A quick reminder our next Chamber breakfast is this week (Nov 12) featuring our Highly Commended winners from the Rhino Awards. Our final breakfast for the year in December will feature the Gold Rhino winner, EMS Group. Bookings for both are now available.

The Dubbo Chamber AGM is coming up soon on December 9th. In the next few weeks you will be able to nominate to election to the Board for 2015. As a first year Board member I have found it very interesting and worthwhile doing - all going well I should be back for another year. If your interested - seek out and talk to one of the current Board members about what’s involved and nominate yourself. It’s your Chamber and the decisions are made by those that turn up.

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

Chamber Breakfast - November 12 - RiverSmart & Imajenet Commercial Photography.

Sponsor: Imajenet Commercial Photography

Guest Speaker: Dr Bill Phillips - CEO RiverSmart

We will also be inviting our Highly Commended winners from the recent Orana Mutual Rhino Awards to come and receive their certificates. So take a chance to meet and network with Dubbo’s finest.

Venue for this breakfast is the Quality Inn.

Book Now: Dubbo Chamber Time To Breakfast

Zirconia Mine Proposal, Dubbo

Chamber board members Megan Dixon and John Southwell attended the Planning Assessment Commission Hearing on the proposed Zirconia mine at Toongi. A submission was presented by Chamber vice-president, Megan Dixon on behalf of the Chamber.

The proceedings have been widely reported in the local media. There were twenty submissions from a broad range of interests. These included local agriculturalists, landholders, businesses, the Zoo, Regional Development Australia, special interest groups including Inland Rivers Netowrk, Central West Environment Council, Mudgee and District Environment Group, individuals and Australian Zirconia Limited (Alkane).

Whilst there was overall support for the proposal a number of concerns were raised. These included increased traffic, traffic flow, noise abatement, water usage, dust, long term legacy and rehabilitation of the site. The proposed mine is viewed as a major and much needed boost to the local economy. Labour is to be sourced locally (no FIFO workers), there are expected to be 250 employees.

Several submissions highlighted valuing Alkane’s dealing with the community, the company personnel being readily accessible and the company’s proven track record in rehabilitating previous mines sites.

The presence of the mine was highlighted as bringing an income stream to Dubbo and environs beyond the traditional sources of agriculture and tourism.

State of Dubbo City Report

The Annual State of the City Report is now available following the Mayoral Address in September.

The Report demonstrates progress on the Community Strategic Plan, Dubbo 2036, and highlights some of the significant achievements from the past year, including:

  • $140.6 million worth of new development approved
  • Highest number of housing development applications since 2004/2005
  • $1.56 million terminal and carpark upgrade to Dubbo City Regional Airport
  • 186,203 airport passengers in 2013/2014 (up 9.4%)
  • 406,000 annual overnight visitors (up 3%)
  • 0.8% population growth to 40,975.

Click on the link above to see the full report.

Recent New Chamber Members 2014

Some more new members that have joined the Chamber recently.

Welcome to them all - please support your fellow members.

Short Notes:

Achieving Vocational Outcomes Conference
Designed for: Registered Training Organisations – Private, TAFE, Schools, Group Training, Organisations, Education Groups, Industry, Service Providers, Parents, Careers Advisers, VET & TVET Coordinators, VET and TAFE Teachers, Education - any organisations with an interest in the future of our young peopleManagers. Dubbo Conference November 24–25

National Stronger Regions Fund
The National Stronger Regions Fund is an initiative to boost social and economic development in Australia’s regions by funding priority infrastructure projects in local communities. The Australian Government has committed $1 billion to the fund over five years commencing from 2015–16. Applications close November 28.

NSW Young Achiever Awards
The NSW / ACT Young Achiever Awards highlight and reward the valuable contribution our outstanding youth make towards building stronger local communities and a vibrant state. Nominate an outstanding Young Achiever today between the ages of 12 and 28 in a variety of fields of endeavour! Nominations close December 4th, 2014.

Members Blasts

iPad in Business

Leading Edge Computers in Dubbo have another round of training and information sessions coming up with the latest technology from Apple.

iPad in Business - Discover apps such as Vend, Dropbox, Shopify, Hootsuite and have your procedures and manuals right at your fingertips.

All sessions on November 20. Bookings essential.

Natalie Bramble - Grant Writing & Sustainable Funding Seminars

The Strategies for Sustainable Funding seminar provides an overview of the strategies every community organisation should consider putting in place to provide for a practical, workable, integrated, sustainable fundraising strategy.

The Introduction to Writing Winning Grant Applications seminar provides an introduction to the answer to all your grant seeking questions. Learn the secrets for easily winning more grants for your community organisation or school, and find our how to drastically increase the number of grants you can apply for without pushing yourself (and your group) into an early grave.

Both Seminars are on November 21.

More Information on our Dubbo Business Events page.

EMS Group - Tri for Charity Triathlon - Nov 22

The Tri for Charity is an event for teams of 3 to take part in a short triathlon to raise money for the Make a Wish Foundation!

Businesses are encouraged to enter mixed teams and bring along family & friends to support them on the day!

EMS are also looking for Dubbo Businesses to donate some prizes.

See the above link for more information or visit their Tri for Charity Facebook Page. For more information for business involvement, contact Kathryn Taylor at EMS: 02 6884 4408

Seed Business Solutions

Staff issues keeping you awake at night?

Can’t keep good staff?

Not sure if your policies provide you with adequate protection?

Human Resources and Workplace Health and Safety

We help manage your HR & WHS compliance obligations in structured and stress free way by:

  • Keeping up with changing legislation
  • Reducing your staff turnover
  • Preparing policies and procedures that protect your business (our policies have legal backing).

Not sure if you need help? Until November 30, 2014, Seed Business Solutions is offering a Human Resources audit/review valued at $999 for the special offer of $440.

Call today and book a consultation and report. 02 80061910.

Royal Bubs and Tots

Royal Bubs n Tots is located in Talbragar Street near the new roundabout. We cater from newborn babies up to teens.

We have Clothes, Swimwear, Shoes, Nappy Bags and gifts. We have some awesome brands in store – Bebe by Minihaha, Guess Kids, Dr Martens, Skeanie, Walnut, Skechers, Littlehorn, Oobi, Rock Your Baby, OiOi, il Tutto, Aden & Anais plus many more.

If you haven’t been in to have a look at our beautiful range it’s a must stop next time you’re in the CBD.

NSW Business Chamber

Did you know all Dubbo Chamber of Commerce members also get affiliate membership with NSW BC?

Upcoming NSW BC Webinars

Date Webinar
Nov 26 WorkplaceInfo Webinar on The Human Factor
Dec 2 HRAdvance Webinar on Leaving
Dec 3 WorkplaceInfo Webinar on Leaving
Dec 10 HR - WHS issues Drugs and alcohol policy
NSW BC For more information & webinar registration

For Your Diary - Save The Dates

For more details and events, please see the Dubbo Chamber Business Events Calendar.

Date Dubbo Event
Nov 12 Chamber Breakfast - Imajenet Commercial Photography & RiverSmart
Nov 13 Community Clean Energy Forum
Nov 13–14 Energy Management Basics Training
Nov 20 iPad in Business workshops
Nov 21 Grant Writing & Fundraising Strategy Seminars
Nov 22 EMS Tri for Charity Triathlon
Dec 3 Chamber Breakfast - Gold Rhino Award Winner - EMS Group
Dec 9 Dubbo Chamber AGM

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