About the Bega Valley Business Forum Inc.

History

The Bega Valley Business Forum (BVBF) was formed to represent a unified voice for Chambers of Commerce throughout the Bega Valley and has achieved much since its inception in 2000. The Business Forum has six Chamber members representing Eden, Pambula, Merimbula, Tathra, Bega, and Cobargo (with a total of over 500 member businesses).

The Forum has been successfully in existence for over 21 years and is credited as being the first and most successful example of a combined shire-wide business organisation in NSW. Chambers of Commerce play a very important role in our region, and all levels of government acknowledge the role that chambers play and look to them for input for any matters regarding business development. In recent year’s of devastating bush fires and pandemic restrictions, business support and networking has been more relevant than ever.

The Bega Valley Business Forum has a key goal of advocacy and building collaborative relationships with local, state and federal organisations, business and the community. Its focus is to promote issues of importance to economic and business development across the region

Purpose

The purpose of the Bega Valley Shire Business Forum is to to provide an opportunity for all Chambers of Commerce throughout the Shire to meet, discuss issues relevant to business advancement within the region, disseminate information to all members via one organization, interact with Council and Tourism Organisations and to present a united front for the advancement of business within the Shire.

Objective 4

To exploit decentralisation opportunities created by any authority by promoting Shire benefits and commercial opportunities and to capitalize on any opportunities for improvement in trading conditions, transport and communications including optimum electronic communications infrastructure.

Objective 1

To work with Council and member Chambers to promote stronger and more effective businesses and to encourage the creation of new business opportunities within the Shire.

Objective 5

To promote the Forum as a Key Reference Group regarding proposals for the creation of any law, regulation, rule or policy or any town planning proposal or development application which may be of interest to or have potential to impact upon local business communities, local amenity, heritage values or the attractiveness of the area for tourism.

Objective 2

To encourage the development of comprehensive shopping, service and industrial facilities tailored to the requirements of the Shire and to identify the existence of such facilities to the wider community, including the travelling public, by means of signage, electronic media and special promotions.

Objective 6

To acknowledge the importance of Tourism to the prosperity of the Shire and to seek best compromise between commercial and tourism values.

Objective 3

To lend support and encouragement toward the steady growth of local industry and to encourage the creation of new industrial opportunities within the Shire.

Objective 7

To co-operate with Tourism Organisations in order to optimize service given to visitors to the Shire and to participate in tourism promotion initiatives.

Our committee

Chairperson

Nigel Ayling chairs the monthly meetings.

Secretary

Wendy Pursehouse is our secretary.

Treasurer

Kim  Harrison-Hewitt does our books.

Chamber Delegates

Each local business chamber elects a delegate as a representative on the committee.

Meetings

The Bega Valley Business Forum holds monthly meetings, usually on the 2nd Wednesdays of each month. Guest can attend the meetings by contacting the forum.

Constitution

Our constitution is currently under review and may be updated at the next AGM, you can download our existing constitution below