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March General Meeting Minutes

General Meeting

13 March 2019
Held at Harrington Grove Country Club

The meeting was opened at 6.47pm.

Welcome – Shaun Pereira, President

Shaun welcomed everyone to the NSW Election Candidate Forum evening.  Special welcome to the guest speakers, Mayor Peter Sid Greaves, members of Camden Council, life members, Chamber members, and guests. 


Apologies have been received from Debbie Roberts (CRET), Peter Roberts (P&D Roberts), Elisha Crismale (Evoke Visual Creations), Kate Demasi (Aspect Macarthur), Suelei Mingay (Hunts Liverpool), Cameron Garcia (CRG Plumbing).

Board Introductions

Shaun introduced the current Board members – Pania Gregson (VP General), Jean Galloway (Secretary), Amy Woodley (Treasurer), Renee Garcia (Membership Director), Kaisha Gambell (Marketing Director), Leanne Wolf (Events Director), Sue Robinson (Sponsorship Director) and Wade Thomas (Governance Director).

Shaun invited members and guests to introduce themselves to the Board members and raise with them any suggestions or concerns.

Shaun welcomed to the front of the room Mr Matt Leighton – Life member and Past President (24 years).  Shaun announced that tonight was the 35th anniversary of The Greater Narellan Business Chamber.  Matt shared a few memories and asked fellow Life member Mr Tony Perich AM to join him as they cut the cake for the anniversary.

President’s Report

Shaun updated the Chamber on recent developments and that the Board members had been busy developing plans for the future and networking in the community.

Secretary’s Report – Jean Galloway, Secretary

Jean advised the Minutes from 13 February 2019 were on the website.  The Minutes were moved by Pania Gregson, seconded by Amy Woodley and accepted.  No business was arising from the Minutes.

Treasurer’s Report – Amy Woodley, Treasurer

Amy presented the Treasurer’s Report as at 28 February 2019.  Total held in the bank is $116,465.25.  Net Profit to 28 Feb 19 is $10,938.49.  The report was moved by Pania Gregson, seconded by Wade Thomas and accepted.

Membership Update – Renee Garcia, Membership Co-ordinator

Renee advised there are 186 financial members and welcomed 4 new members:

  • Macarthur Media Group
  • Michelle Pascoe
  • Hutchinson Builders
  • Mibu Medispa

There will be a Welcome to Chamber event in April for everyone that has joined in the last 12 months – information will come out soon.

The Members Facebook promo draw for April was won by Office Products Depot (Tom Limbrey).

Local Update – Shaun Pereira

The Chair of the Camden Region Economic Taskforce (CRET) addressed an article by the Greens NSW Candidate which was published on a recent social media forum.

The CRET Chair then provided an update on:

  • CRET; and
  • South West Justice Precinct

Sponsorship Update – Sue Robinson, Sponsorship Director

Sue introduced the Sponsor presentations for the evening:

Silver Sponsor Presentation – Tony Wolf & Son Quality Printers

Silver Sponsor Presentation – Office Builders

Gold Sponsor Presentation – Marsdens Law Group

4 Core Values





NSW State Election Candidate Panel – Moderator, Jim Marsden OAM

Jim welcomed the panel to the stage:

  • Karen Stewart – The Greens NSW
  • Andrew Simpson – Independent
  • Sally Quinnell – Australian Labor Party (NSW Branch)
  • Peter Sidgreaves – The Liberal Party of Australia New South Wales Division

Jim explained the rules of the panel discussions.

  • Speakers to introduce themselves – maximum of 5 mins each with a bell at 4 mins
  • Questions from Jim Marsden as moderator (5 mins each totaling 20 mins)
  • Questions from members (5 mins each totaling 20 mins)

Jim introduced the panel for their 5 minute introductions (order by straw poll drawn earlier):

  1. Andrew Simpson
  2. Karen Stewart
  3. Peter Sidgreaves
  4. Sally Quinnell

Moderator Q&A

Q to Karen Stewart       
Population surge and infrastructure

Q to Peter Sidgreaves   
Do you believe the Camden electorate growth is appropriate with the infrastructure

Q to Peter Sidgreaves   
Have you ever tried to park at Leppington Station after 10am

Q to Sally Quinnell        
Development – excessive and population growth and greenfield development beyond capacity

Q to Andrew Simpson  
Examples of poor planning and opportunities

Q to Karen Stewart       
Trains, should they come down to Oran Park

Q to Peter Sidgreaves   
Is $700m adequate for Campbelltown Hospital and is it the right place for that money

Q for Sally Quinnell       
Is $700m adequate for Campbelltown Hospital and is it the right place for that money

Q for all                             
What is the current jobless rate in Camden

Members Q&A

Maryann Strickland (Camden Chamber of Commerce) to Peter Sidgreaves
– Macarthur Medical Research Institute – do you commit to the last $20m funding needed

Jim Marsden then asked Sally Quinnell, Andrew Simpson and Karen Stewart for their answers to the same question

Melissa Musgrave (Labor Branch) to Peter Sidgreaves
– How do you do both jobs as Mayor and if elected to the State position

Alvin Stone (Council Reporter) to Peter Sidgreaves
– What would make you cross the floor for the community

Jim Marsden asked Peter Sidgreaves to give an example if he were elected

Pania Gregson (Labyrinth Business Consulting) to All
– What will you do for the businesses in the area – ie to help lower the rent’s in Camden main street area

The order of answers was Peter Sidgreaves, Sally Quinnell, Andrew Simpson, Karen Stewart

Anne Parnham (The Lighting Centre) to All
– Give 2 positive constructive points for small business in the room

The order of answers was Karen Stewart, Andrew Simpson, Peter Sidgreaves, Sally Quinnell

Eva Campbell (local Camden business) to All
– Whats your attitude to IHAP (Independent Hearing and Assessment Panels), and what would the other 2 party candidates cross the floor for

The order of answers was Sally Quinnell, Peter Sidgreaves, Andrew Simpson, Karen Stewart

Jim Marsden thanked the panel for attending and being part of tonights Q&A.

The Chamber presented the panel members with small gifts of appreciation. 
Please note all panel members declined to accept the gifts.

Lucky Door Prizes

Donated by BNI Sydney South West – won by Tony Estephen of Bringelly Nursery

Donated by Office Builders – won by Natalie Herd of Absolutely Fabulous

Donated by Tony Wolf & Son Quality Printers – won by Angela Martinez of Bella Arts

Donated by Office Builders – won by Garth Lewis of Alpha IT

Donated by Marsdens Law Group – won by Paul from Maytek IT

Donated by Office Builders – won by Hilda McAuley of TSA Sensis Yellow Pages

Sponsor printing prize from Tony Wolf & Son Quality Printers to be entered and drawn on 13 March 2019 – won by Alison Attard of BNI Sydney South West.

Closing Remarks – Shaun Pereira

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, 10 April 2019 at Rydges Campbelltown.  Guest speaker will be Ryan Felsman of CommSec on current finances and budgets.  Arrival from 6.00pm for a 6.30pm start.

Shaun thanked everyone involved in getting the meeting ready for tonight and the members and guests for attending another great meeting.

There being no further business, the meeting was closed at 8.55pm.

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