• 02/11/2019 12:51 PM | Anonymous

    The NSW Business Chamber recently released the results of the September 2019 quarterly Business Conditions Survey. This survey is a powerful advocacy tool that the Chamber uses as it fights for a better deal for business.

    Are you interested in how the Southern Highlands region has performed, or the industry specific to your business?

    The September 2019 Survey Report collates the feedback of over 800 business members.

    A more detailed breakdown of results are available through the September 2019 Regional results and the September 2019 Industry results.

    September 2019 Survey Overview 

    From industry perspective, almost all sectors including population serving, knowledge intensive, industrial, and health/education appear to have stabilised.

    A September quarter rebound is not unusual due to seasonal factors while negative perceptions about the upcoming quarter take some of the shine off the improvement seen in the current quarter.

    The persistence of drought conditions continues to affect regional NSW, with all industries affected. While there is a marginal improvement in the Far West, Hunter, Richmond – Tweed, and Southern Highlands and Shoalhaven Region; respondents from New England and Northwest, Riverina, and Capital Region reported a deeper contraction.

    Cuts to the cash rate will provide modest support for business across the state.  The recently passed tax package, in particular tax offsets for low and middle income earners, will also be a welcome boost for retailers in the near term. That said, our survey does not show any signs of an immediate impact from recent policy changes despite the modest improvement seen this quarter. 

    While these measures may be useful in absorbing spare capacity in the short term, more substantive economic reform and capacity building (through investments in skills, energy affordability, infrastructure, and water management) will be needed to support productivity growth and the longer-term performance of the economy.

  • 02/11/2019 12:32 PM | Anonymous

    The Business Bus travels across NSW visiting communities to provide information and advice about the support available from the NSW Government to help small businesses to start and grow. The Business Connect program offers four hours of free business advice from accredited and experienced business advisors. It is also a one-stop-shop of other government programs which are available for small businesses.

    The Business Bus will be at Moss Vale Hotel Car Park on Monday 25th November, from 9am-3pm.

    Book a session here.

  • 02/11/2019 12:08 PM | Anonymous

    Having internet troubles where you live or work? The NSW Government is investing $400 million to bring faster and more reliable digital networks to regional NSW. A drop-in session will be held on 11 November, from 5pm-7pm. Come along to learn more and have your say.

    If you're unable to make this session,  complete a quick survey to have your say. 

  • 02/10/2019 10:38 AM | Anonymous

    Wingecarribee Shire Council is hosting a Small Business Month event in partnership with the Southern Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  We are looking forward to having retailers present who can make a strong contribution to a discussion that will develop outcomes for collaborative action.

  • 27/09/2019 6:01 PM | Anonymous
    • The Illawarra Business Chamber (IBC) is pleased to announce the election of its newly elected Regional Advisory Council (RAC), which will include Steve Horton, Chair of the Southern Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SHCCI), as its Deputy President.

      The IBC draws its membership from businesses across the Wollongong, Kiama, Wingecarribee, Shoalhaven and Shellharbour local government areas (LGAs), and supports 15 affiliated Local Chambers of Commerce, including SHCCI and Moss Vale and Rural Chamber of Commerce.

      The Council will advise the IBC on membership issues, inform policy positions, and deliberate on matters affecting the region’s economic development, as well as facilitating a line of communication between members, the IBC and NSW Business Chamber’s State Council and Board.

      “The IBC is a membership-based organisation, which draws heavily on the advice and perspectives of its business leaders. Our new Councillors are a particularly strong cohort, representing all parts of the business community and across each of the local government areas that comprise our region,” said Adam Zarth, Executive Director of the Illawarra Business Chamber.

      “As Deputy President, I look forward to contributing the views and perspectives of businesses in the Southern Highlands to the work of the IBC, and in turn, the initiatives and policy positions of the chamber,” said Steve Horton, Deputy President of the Illawarra Regional Advisory Council.

      “I am particularly pleased to be working with Steve again, who is highly regarded by the Southern Highlands business community, as are his contributions at the regional-level.
      I look forward to working with him and his counterparts in the Southern Highlands to support their activities and grow their membership,” said Mr Zarth.

      Illawarra Regional Advisory Council (RAC)

    • ·         Amy Harper* (President), Partner, Kells Lawyers
    • ·         Steve Horton* (Deputy President), Chair, Southern Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Industry
    • ·         Peter Engelen*, General Manager Planning and Infrastructure, NSW Ports
    • ·         Mark Grimson*, Economic Development Manager, Wollongong City Council
    • ·         Damien Israel, Chief Financial Officer, University of Wollongong
    • ·         Mark Sewell*, Chief Executive Officer, Warrigal
    • ·         Dr Melinda Williams*, Chief Executive Officer, Peoplecare
    • ·         Graham Betts, Director Architect, Edmiston Jones
    • ·         Karen Burdett, Chief Executive Officer, The Cram Foundation
    • ·         Kim Capp, Chief Executive Officer, South Coast Private
    • ·         Janine Cullen OAM*, Director, JC The Power of One
    • ·         Matthew George, General Manager, Jamberoo Action Park
    • ·         Andrew Gillott, General Manager – Business Solutions, Telstra Enterprise
    • ·         Tim Jones, Managing Director, Commercial Sales, MMJ Real Estate
    • ·         Kara Lamond, Chief Operating Officer, Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute
    • ·         Daniel Rowan*, Managing Director, Internetrix
    • ·         Marie Beikmanis, President, Kiama and District Business Chamber
    • ·         Brendan Goddard*, Delegate, Shoalhaven Business Chamber.


    * re-elected.

  • 20/09/2019 10:45 AM | Anonymous

    Form a team to show your support in saying NO to domestic violence in our local community. This event will take place on Sunday 24th November at the Highlands Golf Club in Mittagong.

  • 20/09/2019 10:29 AM | Anonymous

    Please show your support for the White Ribbon Walk at Bradman Oval and join others in saying No to Family Violence in the Southern Highlands. Come dressed in a white t-shirt on Friday 29th November at 7:30am, and bring a gold coin donation for the sausage sizzle.

    Register at

  • 17/09/2019 10:35 AM | Anonymous

    2019 Global Human Capital Trends and the Future of Work presented by Deloitte Consulting

    In 2019 an intensifying combination of economic, social and political issues are challenging business strategies.

    Faced with the relentless acceleration of artificial intelligence (AI), cognitive technologies and automation, respondents to this year's Global Human Capital Trends survey believe 86% must reinvent their ability to learn.


    After nearly 10 years of economic growth, and despite a pervasive corporate focus on digital transformation, 84% of respondents stated they need to rethink their workforce experience to improve productivity.


    In the face of these new pressures, businesses must move faster and adapt to a far more diverse workforce, with 80% of respondents believing they need to develop leaders differently.


    While these may seem like timeless human capital problems, today they are arising in a whole new context: the social enterprise.


    In this session, our presenter Katherine Wannan, Director, Human Capital practice of Deloitte will provide the audience with insights into the 2019 Global Human Capital survey. Co-presenting with Katherine is Deloitte Director, Megan Maletic who will present on the Future of Work.


    Date:        24 September 2019


    Time:        12pm to 1pm


    Cost:         NSW Business Chamber Members: complimentary

                     Local Chamber Members: $15 including GST

                     Non Members: $25 including GST 


    Register:    To register click here


    Please ensure an email address is included in your registration to access the webinar.

  • 10/09/2019 2:48 PM | Anonymous

    The new documentary 2040 has inspired the first ever Regeneration Weekend in the Southern Highlands. 
    Damon Gameau’s documentary 2040 has inspired The Mill Bowral to host the event in partnership with WILDfest, Carousel Lifestyle, and Quarter Acre Farm.

    From 6pm on Friday 25 October 2019, an exclusive screening of the film, 2040 will take place in The Mill’s courtyard and be followed up by a panel discussion including filmmaker, Damon Gameau, Bob Hawke Landcare Award winner, Charlie Arnott, Hamish Mackay Director of Biodynamics2024, Lizzie Buscaino from Piccolo Farm and Joanne Dodd from Quarter Acre Farm.

    On Saturday from 10am until 6pm, The Mill will come alive with more 2040 film screenings, sustainability workshops, expert speakers, local fresh produce for sale as well as artisan stalls to enable locals to be informed and take immediate action.

    Together with Hamish Mackay, a renowned biodynamic practitioner and educator, Charlie Arnott from Boorowa NSW, 2018 Bob Hawke Landcare Award recipient and recent winner of the delicious. Produce Award for Outstanding Innovation, Sustainability and Community, will also run two workshops at the event. More workshops are being added each week.

    The events are free, but gold coin donations are appreciated. RSVP via

    Let the regeneration revolution in the Highlands, begin #whatsyour2040



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