Monthly Archives: July 2014

Chamber Looks At Social Media Policy

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At the latest executive meeting, President Mark brought forward the need for a SocialMedia Policy. The executive looked at an example Mark brought along and the secretary will also contact Business SA for further guidelines.

At the meeting, Pat Clifton from the Port Pirie Regional Council spoke on several proposed developments for the city, including one on Ellen street and two on Wandearah road. He said while there has been some activity for all three, nothing had been finalised.

The President also brought forward the need for an increase in membership and urged the executive to become active in this area. It was hoped to introduce a new “Direct Banking” scheme into vogue.

Delegate also discussed rumours circulating re the closure of Target Country, but Kelly-Anne Saffin reported this was unlikely as the rumours had been associated with a closure of a similar store in Renmark.

The Executive will hold its next meeting on August 21. If any member would like to have anissue discussed, email secretary@pirieregionfirst.com.au

CBD Car parking problems

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At the recent meeting of the Port Pirie Chamber of Commerce and Industry, executive members again expressed concern at the lack of car parking spaces in the CBD.

Members agreed one of the major problems was staff taking up spaces close to business houses which would be better utilised by potential customers.

President, Mark Hanlon said it was an ongoing issue and one which could affect business.

“This is an issue which should be addressed by proprietors. They should be continually speaking with staff, urging them to park away from the CBD,” Mr Hanlon said.

“Last year a Chamber member walked from the World War I gates at Memorial Oval to the lights at the corner of Ellen and Alexander street and it took about three minutes. There is plenty of parking in this area and I urge staff to make use of this,” the President said.

The problems associated with the large number of pigeons in the CBD was again discussed.

Dwayne Malycha said there was still major concerns by himself and other business owners on this issue.

It was hoped the Port Pirie Regional Council will again address the problem within the next few months.

Executive Meeting 24/6/14

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At the latest Executive meeting, President Mark Hanlon welcomed Kelly-Anne Saffin to the meeting. Kelly-Anne, is CEO of Regional Development Yorke and Mid North and will bring a wealth of experience to the table.

The President reported he had received several enquiries re using local contractors for works which take place throughout the region. Concern was again expressed that local contractors were unsure of how to tender (Tender SA details available on this site). Mayor Brenton Vanstone said he had met with Nyrstar’s Andrew Napier on this matter. Kelly-Anne Saffin said a seminar would be held advising locals on how to go about the tender process.

Bertus DeVilliers advised meeting that contracts for the Nyrstar Transformation Project were being finalised. He added that to expect plenty of activity early in the New Year regarding work at the plant.

K. Jeffrey and M. Ganley were asked to organise a date for the next Networking Evening. (This will be posted on website). M. Ganley will speak on the Real Estate market.

B. Vanstone and M. Hanlon both spoke of possible developments that could take place on Wandearah road, but at this stage nothing concrete. It was decided to invite Patrick Clifton of PPRC to next meeting to give an update on any developments.

President welcomed Marc Wauchope to meeting, who outlined what can be done with vacant shops in the CBD. Basically this project needs the co-operation of landlords to provide their premises free of charge for a short period to non-for-profit organisations. Mark will follow up with M. Ganley.

B, Vanstone reported the upgrade to the boat ramp will be completed by Easter and that plans for the upgrade of memorial Oval were well underway.