The partnership between Wagga Wagga City Council and the Wagga Business Chamber achieved several key objectives in the first 12 months of a two-year Memorandum of Understanding.
Despite the impact of the pandemic which took hold shortly after the signing in February last year, the Chamber was able to achieve 40 of its 48 objectives and also develop a four-year strategic plan.
The plan aims to support Wagga Wagga’s small business community and Council objectives.
Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga Councillor Greg Conkey OAM said the partnership between Council and the Chamber had already produced a number of positive outcomes.
“The MOU shows Council’s support to the Chamber which has a dedicated focus on business development, education, advocacy, recognition and advice for businesses,” Cr Conkey said.
“Wagga Wagga has a strong and successful business community across a broad range of sectors. The achievements outlined in the report to Council earlier this week supports this key partnership with those outcomes benefitting local businesses.
“It’s important for Council and the Chamber to continue working closely to achieve these outcomes and I look forward to the next 12 months of this partnership and the positive effect it will have on the city’s future as a vibrant and growing regional centre.”
Council received a report at its 10 May Ordinary Meeting updating the MOU’s first 12 months.
One of the highlights of 2020 was the Golden Crow Awards being held in a modified format due to the pandemic.
The awards not only acknowledged and celebrated the achievements of businesses in what was a challenging year, it also saw community involvement with more than 13,000 votes received and a reach of over 30,000 on Facebook. The event also encouraged the community to support local retailers and hospitality on the night which gave a valuable boost to the local economy.
While COVID did have its impacts on other events throughout the year, the Chamber was still able to deliver 22 online and 23 face-to-face events.
This year will see the Chamber pushing the agenda on decentralisation, continue to support local business through education, information, programs and networking.
It will also address outstanding MOU items, implementing a new Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system that will help connect members, continuing work in advocacy and making the region a priority, and supporting Council initiatives.