Tough but triumphant year for Chamber

It has been a challenging but somewhat triumphant year for the Tumut Regional Chamber of Commerce, which held its AGM on Tuesday evening.

Not surprisingly, much of the team of existing office bearers who have helped guide the chamber through such a trying period were re-elected on the night.

The AGM was a combination of an in-person event at the Tumut River Brewing Co and a Zoom meeting. 

For the coming year, Natalie Randall is president, Matthew Lucas vice-president, Brian Wakeford treasurer and Victor Goustavsky and Luke Judd general committee members.

Ms Randall, Mr Lucas and Mr Wakeford retained their positions, while Mr Goustavsky and Mr Judd are new appointments

“We have vacant positions yet to be filled for secretary and one more general committee member that we expect to fill in the coming weeks,” Ms Randall said.

The Chamber had a successful year despite the various lockdowns and restrictions imposed on holding events at various times throughout the year. 

“We managed to continue our member engagement through Zoom meetings and we were lucky to have been able to hold our biennial business awards event on August 3 which highlighted the broad range of businesses in our region that are succeeding in their respective fields,” Ms Randall said. 

The Chamber committee worked to advocate for the region, including regular meetings and contact with federal Eden-Monaro MP Kristy McBain and state Wagga MP Joe McGirr, hosting a panel session with the Business Council of Australia late last year that highlighted the economic needs of our region and speaking at the Federal Parliamentary Committee for Regional Australia Committee hearing in May this year. 

The Chamber won the Outstanding Local Chamber Award at the Murray Riverina Business Awards on Friday October 8, despite being up against the Wagga and Albury Chambers.

Ms Randall was named Tumut Lions Citizen of the year at the club’s changeover on August 12. 

“Our activities for the next twelve months include more member engagement and networking activities, particularly as restrictions lift and we can go back to holding more events,” Ms Randall said.

“The committee will be working to secure grant funding that will assist the Chamber with project work including delivering events, updating our website and member directories.  We will be working with Snowy Valleys Council in the lead-up to Christmas to deliver a shop local campaign. The committee will continue to advocate on behalf of our members on issues relevant to our business community.