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April General Meeting Minutes

General Meeting

14 April 2021
Held at Rydges Campbelltown

The meeting was opened at 6.38pm

Welcome – Steve Moore, Vice President

Steve acknowledged the traditional owners of the land.  He welcomed everyone to the meeting – life members Tony Perich AM and his wife Cathy, Ian Wolf, and Adriana Care, the Mayor of Wollondilly Shire Council Cr Robert Khan and his accompanying 3 Councillors, tonight’s guest speaker The Hon Angus Taylor MP Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction and Federal Member for Hume, members and guests.


Kirsty Nonnemacher – Hillros Macarthur
Trevor Robinson – The Strictly Limited Company

President’s Report – Shaun Pereira, President

  • Thank you everyone for coming tonight – 125 in attendance, our strongest since returning to face-to-face meetings.
  • Welcome to our guest speaker the Hon Angus Taylor, and Wollondilly Council who have just joined the Chamber.
  • Recently some of the Board members attended the Camden Council International Women’s Day event at Gledswood Homestead in support of Blue Wren House.  One of the speakers was Rosemary Kariuki, Local Hero Australian of the Year 2021.  Congratulations to Camden Council for hosting this event and it was great that the Chamber were able to sponsor and partner with them.
  • 2020 Christmas in Narellan was cancelled due to COVID.  CIN 2021 is going ahead  and it’s the 10 year anniversary to be held on Saturday, 13 November.  Amanda Good of Good Events has been selected through the RFP process to manage this event.  This years event promises to be the biggest and best yet – if you’d like to be part of the event you can express your interest for sponsorship – see Shaun or Pania.  Thank you to Tony and Arnold and Narellan Town Centre for your support again.
  • The AGM for the Chamber is happening in September – EOI for Board roles are now available – see Shaun.

Secretary’s Report – Carla Upfill, Secretary

Carla advised the Minutes from 10 March 2021 were on the website and were moved by Leanne Wolf, seconded by Karina Rauch and accepted.  No business was arising from those Minutes.

Treasurer’s Report – Karina Rauch, Treasurer

Karina presented the Treasurers Report as of 31 March 2021.  Total income for March $5,300.90, total expenses for March $7,954.52, net loss for March ($2648.13), net loss for YTD $16,465.67.  Current cash at bank is $114,336.75. 

The report was moved by Katie Palmer, seconded by Pania Gregson and accepted.

Membership Update – Sandra Bartlett, Membership Co-ordinator

Current membership is 189 financial members, with 8 renewals outstanding and 6 members have chosen not to renew at this time.

Of this are 5 New members – Home Property Group, Disability Services Australia, Praesidium Risk and Resilience, Choice Seedlings and Narellan Smash Repairs.

Member Spotlight presentation for March was Warren Saunders of Premise Limited.

Member Shout Outs:

  • Pania Gregson of PestGo thanked Wendy White for her referrals.
  • Anne Parnham of The Lighting Centre Campbelltown thanked Kim Meredith of Kelly + Partners for her thoroughness of her Super Fund work.
  • Damian Bleeker of South West Property Inspections thanked Shaun Pereira for his referrals.

Member Spotlight promo draw for May 2021 meeting – Phillip Lee of Clintons Toyota.

Members Facebook promo draw – Mia of Indigo Interiors

Business Tip – Adam Quinn of Kelly + Partners

Managing Your Financial Universe

  • Get organised: set your goals – business and personal
    • Work out what you want to do
    • Write it down
    • Be accountable
  • Get organised: protect your family
    • Structure
    • Business insurance
    • Personal insurance
    • Estate planning
  • Get a plan:  prepare a budget and cash flow projection
    • Understand the difference
    • Know the payment timing drivers of your business
    • Know your capital and lumpy commitments – tax, super, loans
  • Get a plan: develop and document your systems and procedures
    • Do not leave your corporate knowledge trapped in your mind
    • Have a clearly defined, repeatable process
  • Get a scorecard: Your accounting systems and KPIs
    • Run a proper accounting process
    • Learn to read your financial reports and what they are tell you about your business
  • Get a scorecard
    • Update it annually
    • Benchmark against your goals

What’s On – Steve Moore

Steve advised the following upcoming events:

  • 21 April – Campbelltown Chamber of Commerce at Rydges – Richard Mills on Branding
  • Mothers Day gift wrapping volunteers needed by Lifeline Macarthur
  • 7 May – Kids of Macarthur Health Foundation Golf Day at Macquarie Links
  • 10 May – Youth Solutions Ladies Movie Night at Events Cinemas Campbelltown
  • 31 July – Youth Solutions Annual Charity Event at The Cube, Campbelltown Catholic Club

Local Update – Daniel Fenech of Brick Studios

Daniel and Heath Davis (Bonsai Films) spoke of an upcoming local project film “Christmess”.  For more information

Sponsorship Update – Sue Robinson, Sponsorship Co-ordinator

Sue thanked everyone who was forthcoming with Sponsorship applications – great uptake by returning members and new members.

Sponsor Presentation – Ian Wolf of Tony Wolf & Sons Quality Printers

Sue Robinson and Ian did a Q&A style presentation.

The business has been around since Ian’s dad Tony started in 1961 – 60 years in 2021

Speaker Presentation

The Hon Angus Taylor MP, Minister for Energy and Emissions Reductions, and Federal Member for Hume

  • Small business – some have flourished and some have found it tough.  Resilient and flexible and adaptable.
  • Australia and NSW have done well health wise in the last 15 months.
  • The Australian economy results are remarkable.
  • Consumer confidence is Australia is the highest in 11 years
  • Some challenges ahead – have made a number of vaccine choices
  • This Region
    • Airport is real and happening
    • About building a whole new city – the airport is the heart and centre of commerce and jobs
    • Debating where the next infrastructure will be and where the rail lines will go
  • Energy
    • Important to manufacturing alongside jobs
    • As a country drive down emissions
    • Dropped 19% since 2005
    • Challenge – renewables into the system as a great pace
    • Solar on roofs and solar farms
    • Energy prices coming down

Thank you for having me.  I encourage everyone to continue doing the great work in your business and the Chamber.  Small business is the unsung hero of our country.

Q&A Session

Matthew Cox of Macarthur Energy

               Energy prices, competitive space, reference pricing confusing

Angus Taylor

Same reference price now has to be the basis of any quote given.  Reduce confusion.  Some bill simplification to be done.  Encourage everyone to upload your bills to the website and see the results.  How a price cap linked to the reference price.  Ring around and get the best price.

Alex Jankowski of Carrington care

               Nuclear energy – any place at the table?

Angus Taylor

Energy systems rely on a mix.  Moving from baseload power to intermittent supply need more dispatchable.  Challenge with nuclear is expensive to build.  As a country watching others in the world.  Need community acceptance and a local site.

Sue Robinson of The Strictly Limited Company

               Energy systems with the airport and aerotropolis

Angus Taylor

More use of renewables and solar.  When you put solar on the roof the Federal Government supports and technology keeps the cost down.  More batteries and technology.  Electric vehicles and hybrids on the road.  Hybrids at present far more emission efficient

Lucky Door Prize

Prize from Tony Wolf & Sons Quality Printers – won by Antoinette of Starr Partners

Prize from Angus Taylor (lunch for 2 at Parliament House with the Minister) – won by Sue Robinson of The Strictly Limited Company

Closing Remarks – Steve Moore

Steve thanked everyone attending and supporting the meeting including the sponsors, our guest speaker, Rydges Campbelltown. 

The next meeting will by on 12 May at Menangle Country Club with guest speaker Dr Norman Swan.

There being no further business, the meeting was closed at 8.17pm.

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