Monthly Archives: November 2013

Networking Evenings

The Chamber is involved in a number of activities and ongoing discussions which affect business and discussions.

Over the past 12 months one of the big winners for the Chamber was to form an alliance with Business SA. This alliance should benefit members as Business SA has the expertise in many fields which can assist in  the running of businesses.

Networking evenings are also high on Chamber’s agenda. Throughout the year four of these are held at which members and non members are invited to come and listen to a variety of speakers. Recently speakers have included the General Manager of Nyrstar, Glenn Poynter, who spoke on the proposed transformation at the company, Mark Malcolm on the Mining Conference as well as representative from Business SA and other high profile organisations.

However, these evenings have not been all that well attended, which is disappointing to President Mark Hanlon and his committee. Mr Hanlon said the committee will persevere with these nights and is looking for a big improvement in attendances.

“The evenings only last about one and a half hours and includes time for fellowship,” Mr Hanlon said.

The Chamber has also been involved with organising clean-up days for the CBD and continues to hold discussions with various bodies such as Council and Regional Development Australia and Mid North, on a variety of topics which could benefit the city.

The Chamber plays a vital role in supporting business and industry, but to continue to have a strong voice in the community it needs a growth in membership.

A Proactive Business Community

The Port Pirie Chamber of Commerce hold regular “Business get Together” evenings at which the Chamber engages quality speakers. This is a great opportunity for business owners and managers to network. We also engage sub-committees to work on relevant projects.

These projects include the recent CBD shops clean up, posters in the vacant shop windows, the golf course redevelopment, the airport upgrade, Port Pirie entrances, waste management, Viterra site fence upgrade, reposition of the Port Pirie Tourism Office to National Highway One and many others.

Moving Forward

As the “Champion of the business community” the Chamber deals with a vast range of issues ranging from day to day business opportunities/problems through to regional infrastructure and community affairs.

The Chamber is a strictly apolitical body that is financially independent and provides members with the opportunity to enhance their interests, network for profit and improve the prosperity of the community. When significant issues arise the lobbying power of the Chamber provides a strong, united voice to local, State and Federal governments. The business experience on the Chamber is vast, so we can also put businesses in touch with an organisation who can deal with most problems or conflicts.

One of our main objectives over the next 12 months is to increase our membership and to continue to build our profile by being active within the community.