From the CEO’s Desk

Thu 11 Jul 2019

RCCIWA Supporting Local Businesses – Chamber Dollars/Vouchers
Quite a few of our members offer local vouchers or local “Dollars” that are redeemable at participating local businesses. This is a fantastic way to encourage local spending and to highlight and profile local businesses. It is also another terrific example of the different ways our members support their local businesses. They are used widely both within and beyond their communities and we have seen them purchased as employee rewards, councils offering them as incentives for early rate payments and for sports club’s awards. They are also really useful for people from outside of that area wanting to buy a gift for their friends or family members.

The Moora Chamber of Commerce recently switched from Chamber cheques to having plastic cards that can be loaded with whatever amount the purchaser choses.  Their brilliant local CRC sells the cards (cost is only to load the cards; Chamber pays for the physical card) and purchasers can load $10-1000 on  each card. The CRC also went to every business to engage their eftpos machines to allow the gift cards. Read here some more information on the Moora CC Cards and if you want to find out more about where you get the cards from visit here. I have also included links to some of our members Voucher programs:

Streamline WA – Have your input about ways to improve regulatory impact
Streamline WA is a whole-of-government initiative to make it easier to do business in Western Australia via better regulation and regulatory practices. Launched in December 2018, the initiative aims to encourage more investment and create more jobs in WA by developing better ways of creating and applying regulation, and improving how government interacts with business, industry and the community. It also seeks to reduce the barriers, costs and complexities of actually doing business.

Streamline WA is led by a steering committee, supported by regulatory and economic development government agencies, and in collaboration with industry and community group leaders. The initiative is being implemented by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, and the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation with support from the Department of Treasury.

RCCIWA will be contributing a submission, however we encourage you to do the same as well. For more info please go to their wesbite here. If you have ideas on how to improve regulation, now is the time to let government know.

Website Refresh - Send us your Documents
We are pleased to announce that we have built a member’s only access area on our website that will be a resource library to share information from our members with our members.  Now we need to fill it! We get asked every week for examples and templates and thought it would be great to have a live resource you could access. We hope this will be up and ready to go in the next few weeks and to assist us, could you please send Emmi at any documents that you are happy to share with your fellow members. We will assume if you send it to us that you are happy for us to upload this on the members only access section of our website. Please send in pdf format (and in the smallest size you can), documents such as:

  • Your Constitution
  • Your Strategic or Operational Plans
  • Membership Forms, Membership prospectus
  • Member Benefits flyer
  • BAH information
  • Sponsorship information
  • Directory information
  • Business Awards Information
  • Job and Position Descriptions
  • Events information
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Committee Induction pack  etc

Update your Information
To assist Emmi with keeping our website and communications as up to date as possible can you please send to the following:

  • Any changes to your contact details, particularly following your AGM. Please also let Emmi know if you have any committee members or general members that you would like added to the newsletter and we will pop them on the distribution list.
  • Your new logo if you have refreshed or changed it recently.
  • Any activities, initiatives or events you would like us to include in our weekly newsletter. You will notice that we are including an item each week that showcases a great idea, program or event that one of our members is delivering. If you have something you would like us to share – please send through the details.
  • Any events you would like added to soon to be coming events calendar on our website. If you have a specific logo for that event - could you also send that through, and we will include it.

RCCIWA Members Forum – Notes from Day One – Parliament House
The first RCCIWA Members Forum was another very valuable and informative event with fantastic information, advocacy, information sharing, engagement and networking. Thank you to everyone who came along and contributed so enthusiastically. There was a very strong collective focus to both days, and it was yet another way that we work hard to ensure the voice of regional business in WA is heard.

Day One was held at Parliament House and was generously hosted by the Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA. With 36 people in attendance, representing 18 regional chambers, the conversation with the leaders of our state was relevant, robust and enlightening (to all). We also had the privilege of hearing from the newly appointed Leader of the Opposition, the Hon Liza Harvey MLA, just a couple of hours after her appointment.

There were many issues discussed during the day with some key questions from our members being:

  • Raising the payroll tax threshold  - no commitment was made on this; however we will keep raising this as an issue as every opportunity. To read our view on this go here
  • The development of the Busselton airport
  • The inequity of the cash buy back system for regional taxi plate owners
  • The good work that is being done by the State Government on driving an increase in tourism numbers to regional WA, with particular reference to regional air fare offers and promotions. What areas are to be  focused on going forward?
  • How can we support an increase in regional GP’s?
  • What mental health support is there for regional communities?

For notes from the day please read here.