by S Lowe 5THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow
Millicent Business Community Association’s (MBCA) Annual General Meeting was held last night Tuesday 5th May. The committee met the week prior but a quorum was not reached which required the AGM to be re-scheduled. The MBCA has sought a change of direction over the past 2 years, in favour of supporting local business over event management.
Wattle Range Council assisted with the Christmas Street Party 2014 in the absence of sufficient community member support to form a committee to do so. CEO Peter Harriott advised the meeting that council would again support the event this year but ideally it should be a community driven event and council would be seeking to find a way to bring this about in the future.
Discussions took place about the direction of the MBCA and council representatives, CEO Peter Harriott and Director of Economic Development Edward Scanlon offered support in the way of a survey to all local businesses to gauge the needs relevant to the region. A name change for the MBCA will be discussed at the next meeting. A suggestion has been made to include ‘Millicent and Districts’ in the name to make sure that no businesses is excluded due to boundaries.
The MBCA Awards gala event is scheduled for Saturday 25th July at the Civic and Arts Centre Millicent with live music and supper. Details will be finalised at the next MBCA meeting in 2 weeks time and nomination forms will be distributed soon after this date. The wider community is invited to attend as well as all nominees and businesses.
Again the committee encourages the community to nominate businesses and individuals for these awards.
Executive offices were vacated and nominations called for. Chairman Mike Reilly declined his nomination but as there was no further nominations, he will remain in the role of Chairman in a caretaker capacity until the committee can source a successful candidate. Lisa McCourt remains as Vice Chair, Linda McRoberts as Treasurer and Amanda Gordon as Secretary. Ms Gordon advised the meeting that she would encourage a replacement for her role but will remain at this stage.