Timely business boost: chamber

Tumut Regional Chamber of Commerce President Lorraine Wysman is understandably upbeat about the government approval of Snowy 2.0.

Tumut Regional Chamber of Commerce President Lorraine Wysman is excited that the Federal Government has given the Snowy 2.0 project the green light and what it could mean for region’s economy.
“I was absolutely so excited (to hear the news) for not only the area but for individuals and also for businesses who may have an opportunity to be involved with their services,” she said.
“The successful construction people will be at the Chamber meeting of March 12 to discuss their plans and talk to the community about the opportunities that may be available on this side of the mountains.”
Mrs Wysman believes that Snowy 2.0 could help ease some of the community’s pain from the loss of 88 jobs at the Carter Holt Harvey pinepanels mill.
“As unfortunate as that was, there will be opportunities for these people to be re-employed, and of course some already have work, and some have created small businesses.”
The Snowy 2.0 decision is bound to have a positive knock-on effect for businesses in the Tumut region, and Mrs Wysman said there was already an air of optimism in the town.
“We are welcoming any discussions to understand how we can support any chances that may arise,” she said.
A veteran real estate agent, Mrs Wysman said Snowy 2.0’s approval would consolidate the market.
“There should be investment opportunities,” she said.
“Our market is already sound across the shire but the publicity that has been given to the project may alert new people to investigate our beautiful area.”
Meanwhile, thanks to the Snowy 2.0 approval the mood is likely to be upbeat at the Tumut Regional Chamber of Commerce Business Awards at Club Tumut on Tuesday March 26.
“We have had a fantastic response and the paperwork will be in the judges’ hands in the next few days,” Mrs Wysman said.
“All judges are external to our town to ensure the independence of the decision making. The awards is a celebration of business and Snowy Hydro is the major sponsor.”
John Gillam, a Clontarf Foundation representative and former Bunnings CEO, will be guest speaker.
There will be 12 award categories, and the winners of some of these will be eligible for NSW Business Chamber Awards.