Time for action !

The Merimbula Chamber of Commerce has announced it is “Time for action” and to start work on the 10 point action plan that came out of the Town Summit.

The leadership group meeting was held on the 8th of April and sub committees were formed for each of the items on the action plan.

Below are a list of the action items/sub committees and those people that have indicated that they want to be involved.

  1. CBD Upgrade
    Chair – Nigel Ayling
    Chris Nicholls
    Kelly Maher
    Christine Kaine
    John Carlton
    Rebecca Fox
    (Daryl Dobson)
    (Ed Edbrooke)
    (Mitchell Nadin)
  2. Events
    Chair – Chris Nicholls
    Dales Whyte
    Shirley Bazley
    Neil Bourke
    Kelly Maher
    Jessica Porter
    (Amanda Heather)
  3. Transport and Accessibility
    Chair – Julian Larson
    Nigel Ayling
    Jodie Stewart
    Chris Nicholls
    Ron Finneran
  4. Signage
    Chair – Caspar Tressider
    Chris Nicholls
    Ben Smyth
    Christine Kaine
    Nigel Ayling
    Simone Eyles
  5. Branding
    Chair – Karen Dempster
    Dales Whyte
    Chris Nicholls
    Ben Smyth
    Neil Bourke
    Kelly Maher
    Christine Kaine
    Nigel Ayling
    Simone Eyles
    Caspar Tressider
  6. Youth and Employment
    Chair – Jodie Stewart
    Dales Whyte
    Nigel Ayling
    Liam Vernon
    Karen Wright
    Peter O’Keefe
    Marie Nguyen
    Jamie Cole
    Chris Nicholls
  7. Housing
    Chair – Liam Vernon
    Nigel Ayling
    Karen Wright
  8. Business Collaboration
    Chair – Gary Purser
    Dales Whyte
    Chris Nicholls
    Kelly Maher
    Christine Kaine
    Nigel Ayling
  9. Foreshore Activation
    Chair – Ben Smyth
    Chris Nicholls
    Nigel Ayling
    Christine Kaine
    (Sue Jellis) TBC
  10. Sea Change Expo
    Chair – Nigel Ayling
    Kelly Maher
    Michelle Pettigrove
    Monique Dawson
    Chris Sheedy

Other Special Projects

  • Mountain Bike trails – Rebecca Fox
  • Merimbula Bar – Rebecca Fox

(Names in brackets TBC)

Each of the sub-committees will begin meeting to start work on their action plans. The Chair of each SC will organise meetings and a time and place to suit the rest of the group and report back to the Chamber monthly on their progress.

Chamber President Nigel Ayling says ‘We are very excited that we have finally got to this point. The Summit was great and it has helped us sort out the priorities for the town but now we need to start taking action. It is great to see so many people willing to get in and help, and I know there are more people out there that will want to get involved once we get started, so we look forward to seeing what we can get done now”

“We are hoping that we can get some quick runs on the board with things like the rebranding and signage. Some of the other things will take a bit longer but we need to work on all of them simultaneously so we can make progress on the big items as well. The CBD upgrade has been talked about for as long as I have been here, but still nothing has happened. Now we have done all the stake holder engagement, and created an action plan we are ready to work with all levels of Government to get funding and get these works done. There is a lot of money floating around at the moment and the Bega Valley is a hot spot for funding, so we need to ensure that we strike while the iron is hot. The success of the summit will be measured against how many action items we can get done in the next 1-2 years. “

Anyone wanting more information or to join one of the sub-committees should email president@ourmerimbula.com.au