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July General Meeting Minutes

General Meeting

12 July 2023
Held at The Woodlands Harrington Grove

The meeting was opened at 5.30pm

Welcome & President’s Report – Anne Parnham, President

Anne welcomed everyone to the meeting including the NSW State Member for Camden, Sally Quinnell MP, all the Chamber members and guests.  Anne also welcomed the guest speaker Murray Goldschmidt and his colleague Mustafa Mohammed.

Anne noted:

  • the meeting that the Chamber is a not for profit organisation made up entirely of volunteers and there isn’t anyone standing to gain financially from being on the Board;
  • as President, Anne takes the conflict of interest part of the Constitution very seriously;
  • she then proceeded to introduce the Board members that were present and asked them to stand;
  • thanked Kelly Stanford from Stanford’s Solicitors & Mediators for her work as Sponsorship Director but she has had to resign due to work commitments;
  • there are pamphlets on the tables to advise what is happening with the Chamber;
  • the Minutes of the last general meeting were on the website, and if you had queries about the finances of the Chamber then please speak to, or contact, Karina Rauch as Treasurer;
  • remember that superannuation contributions increased to 11% on the first of July;
  • she attended the Camden Winterfest official opening last week which was a cold but very pleasant event.  Anne was able to meet the new Mayor Ashleigh Cagney and the new State Member for Camden Sally Quinnell MP;
  • Anne has an appointment with the Mayor next week so if you have anything you would like her to discuss please email;
  • a lot of members do not have their business details on the Chambers website, please check yours and update if needed;
  • Anne reminded members that the Chamber also has Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn pages that members can all join;
  • She congratulated:
    • Ian and Leanne Wolf for being one of only 2 sponsors for the Winterfest;
    • Byron Clima for winning the Outstanding Professional Services award in the Wollondilly Local Business Awards; and
    • Jose Ramirez for his Rotary Quiet Achiever award.

Anne had Garth Lewis from Alpha IT present and explain how he was able to recently help her with a scam.

Julie Lewis from Service NSW presented on how they can assist you should a scam happen.  ID support can help.  She also advised about Small business tax offset, and Energy savings.


Tony & Cathy Perich, Greenfields Development
John Payne, Gregory Hills Hotel
Brianna Ellul, Youth Solutions
Adrianna Care, Coutts Lawyers & Conveyancers
Ian Wolf, Tony Wolf & Sons Quality Printers
Geoff Ellis, Macarthur BDC

Membership Update – Sandra Bartlett, Membership Director

New members:

  • Cobbitty Wines
  • Kinetic Healthcare
  • The Mortgage Tree
  • WOW Studios

Member Spotlight Presentation

  • Carla Upfill of Carrington Care

Member Spotlight Draw for August

  • Natasha Hogan of Zoom Removals

Member Facebook Draw:

  • Barry Grimes of Grimes Finance & Mortgages

Member Shout Outs

  • Sue Anne Collings of Guardian Funerals acknowledged Jim McGregor of Sydney Web+Tech
  • Byron Clima of Sydney Drafting acknowledged George Gatt of The Office Builders
  • Anne Parnham, President acknowledged Wendy White of Wendy At Your Virtual Service
  • Sandra Bartlett acknowledge New Vision Co

Sponsorship Update – Sandra Bartlett

Sandra presented the sponsorship packages available for 2023-2024 and encouraged businesses in the room to take advantage whilst there is still some available.

What’s On – Carla Upfill, Meetings Director

  • Campbelltown Chamber of Commerce on 19 July
  • Youth Solutions Denim and Diamonds 2023 Charity Event on 22 July
  • Nova Employment 100 jobs in 100 days Lunch on 26 July
  • Kids of Macarthur Womens Trust Luncheon on 4 August
  • South West Sydney Tourism Taskforce event on 4 August
  • Bounty Business Referral Group luncheon with Craig James on 8 August
  • Rotary Club of Narellan – Friends of Rotary Charity Ball on 12 August
  • Kids of Macarthur Sports Trivia Night on 24 August
  • Meals on Wheels Camden Trivia Night on 26 August
  • Carrington Country Fair on 9 September
  • Rotary Club of Gregory Hills Next-Gen Comedy for a Cause on 15 September
  • Rotary Club of Gregory Hills Next-Gen Mega Raffle

Details about the above What’s On are available on the Chambers website.

Networking Break

At the commencement of the networking break all tables were asked to volunteer a speaker, the speaker then gathered brief information of who was at their table and their business and introductions were done throughout the room. 

Speaker Presentation

Carla introduced Murray Goldschmidt of CyberCX to speak on Cyber security for small business.

  • The Business Model Canvas
  • People, Process, Technology – Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond, Recover
  • The Truth?  Unlikely, but also likely.  Devastating
  • Who is it for?  Everyone, Digitally enabled, Data based, Privacy focussed
  • Cyber 123 Canvas
  • It’s a thinking tool – cost, complexity, expertise
  • 2022 Federal Budget


  • Jim McGregor asked about the big end of town and security

Lucky Door Prize

The Sparkling Voices prize was won by Veronica MacDonald of Lifeline Macarthur

The AP Consulting prize was won by Rob Elliott of Landsdowne Property

Closing Remarks – Anne Parnham

Anne thanked everyone for attending especially on a State of Origin night.

The next meeting will be The Premier’s Breakfast on Thursday, 10 August at Club Menangle Trackside commencing with registrations from 6.30am. 

There being no further business, the meeting was closed at 7.20pm.