More networking opportunities and improving ties between businesses and Wagga City Council have been cited as major goals by Casey Wilson, the newly appointed relationship-development manager at Wagga Business Chamber.
Ms Wilson, who was involved in the chamber’s events and administration departments in 2011–12, said there appeared to be a disconnect between the council and businesses.
“We’re trying to close that gap,” she said.
“The chamber’s ready to hear what issues people are experiencing and we’re re-recreating a relationship with council so we’ll have that direct line with councillors.”
Additional events for Riverina businesses are also on the horizon.
“We’re going to bring back the networking events, as we haven’t had one in a while, to get the business community back together,” Ms Wilson said.
“A calendar for that will come out shortly.
“We’re starting again on the awards [Golden Crow] for next year – planning for that will start soon.”
The chamber has also decided to conduct its operation remotely and are no longer based at the Bayliss Street office.
The chamber’s ready to hear what issues people are experiencing and we’re re-recreating a relationship with council so we’ll have that direct line with councillors.Casey Wilson, relationship-development manager at Wagga Business Chamber
“I’ll be visiting businesses now, so that’s probably the biggest change,” Ms Wilson said.
“We prefer to go into an office, have a tour, meet staff where they’re comfortable – that’s the goal.
“I’m available and open to have a chat – to hear about issues, problems and successes.”
The chamber is also set to announce a new membership and sponsorship package soon to increase membership numbers.
Prior to moving back to Wagga, Ms Wilson had stint in Albury.
She has lived in Wagga for 19 years and now runs House on the Hill Marketing.
The appointment, announced on July 26 this year, was welcomed by Chamber president Danielle Pascoe, who said she and other board members were delighted.
“[It would] assist our volunteer board of directors with the day-to-day running of our operations to ensure that we are delivering a quality service to our members,” Ms Pascoe said.
“We are confident that Casey will assist us to reignite our networking events program along with acting as a first point of call for our members to contact with any issues that might be affecting their businesses.”