• 17/11/2019 1:58 PM | Anonymous

    Wingecarribee Shire Council and the Southern Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Industry are set to light up the Shire’s largest Christmas tree on Friday 6 December in Bowral’s Corbett Plaza.

    Corbett Plaza will be a hive of activity with face painting, plaster decorating and a crazy hair station kicking off festivities from 6pm. 

    “This event has been steadily growing in popularity in recent years bringing families from across the Shire into the heart of Bowral for a wonderful community celebration,” said Wingecarribee Shire Mayor Councillor Duncan Gair. 

    “Those who’ve visited in previous years may notice that the tree has been upgraded,” he said. “We’ve secured a larger tree that previously stood in Sydney’s Hyde Park.”

    “It’ll make sure the reindeer can spot the Southern Highlands from high above on Christmas Eve regardless of the weather.”

    Helping to spread the festive cheer will be singers from the Wingecarribee Vocal Muster performing Christmas carols and members from the Bowral Lions Club will be serving a free sausage sizzle.

    “There’s even a rumor that the jolly man himself will be making a very special guest appearance,” the Mayor added.

    The official lighting of the community Christmas tree will take place at 7pm on Friday 6 December in Corbett Plaza, Bowral.

    The event and all activities are free of charge.

    For more information visit or phone Council on 4868 0888.

  • 15/11/2019 10:19 AM | Anonymous

    It's almost time to celebrate another great year of business in the Southern Highlands.

    Purchase a ticket to The Southern Highlands Businesses 2019 Christmas Party at

  • 02/11/2019 1:13 PM | Anonymous

    Are you interested in exploring export opportunities? Or are you an experienced exporter just seeking to upskill? The NSW Government invites you to a free Introduction to Exporting workshop in the Southern Highlands. This free interactive workshop is designed for businesses starting out on their export journey and those looking to consolidate knowledge.

    The workshop will be held on Tuesday 26th November, at the Civic Centre in Moss Vale. 

    Register here.

  • 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.



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