THE Tomaree Business Chamber has tackled some big issues this year and while the results of their efforts can be seen in the Nelson Bay streetscape they are also being recognised as being the best of the best in the region.
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Chamber President and Port Stephens Woman of the Year Leah Anderson is with her board, and team of volunteers certainly creating a better place to do business, not just in Nelson Bay but across the whole Peninsula.
The Chamber has won the prestigious Hunter Business Awards category of best local Chamber of Commerce for 2018.
The Chamber has made some hard decision this year and introduced some new initiatives including the engagement of some 70 plus volunteers to revitalise the town centre of Nelson Bay.
Chamber President Leah Anderson told News Of The Area, “I am really proud to be president of the Tomaree Business Chamber and to be able to work with such a wonderful volunteer board, we have a great vision for the peninsula and are very proud of this award which is recognising the work that we and all the volunteers that help us do.”
Some of the key activities of the Chamber at present include participation in Nelson Bay Now, commissioning the study which has identified a need for a higher education hub in the Nelson Bay CBD and making the peninsula a better place to do business.
The Chamber is now a finalist in the NSW Business Chamber of the Year Award which will be announced in November.
While the Blue Water Country Music Festival structure changed Tastes at the Bay is still a Chamber event and it will run on the first weekend of November.
The Chamber is holding a Meet the Member event on 15 August at Nelson Bay Golf Club where Council will be presenting on the Special Rate Variation Proposal.
You can find out more about the Chamber at www.tomareebusinesschamber.com.au
By Marian SAMPSON