by S Lowe 5THE FM newsonline/wattlerangenow
The Millicent Business Community Association (MBCA) met last night Tuesday 16th June with enthusiastic confidence in the future of the association and business in the surrounding Wattle Range District. Chairman Margaret Chapple welcomed the committee and visiting members saying she has enjoyed the first month in her new role and is confident in the future of the association. The MBCA knows where it is going and the enthusiasm of its committee is infectious with businesses rejoining and nominations for the Outstanding Business Awards already coming in, both in hard copy and on-line. Sixteen members attended with seven apologies showing a healthy support for the association Ms Chapple said.
Much of last nights agenda was focused on the Cabaret Awards event on July 25th at the Civic and Arts Centre but other topics of discussion included the WIN TV Advertising, Street Radios, memberships renewals, welcome packs for new businesses, and the very successful Millicent North Kindy Shopping Spree. The empty shops project was discussed with plans underway to approach owners to allow community groups to have displays in them so that it improves the appearance of George Street. The upkeep and overall appearance of the shops fronts and the rear entrances facing Railway Tce was also discussed with ideas welcomed on how this could be improved.
Council is planning to hold a public meeting; encouraging community ideas on what Millicent will look like in 5,10 or 15 years. Economic Development Manager Ed Scanlon said council plans to develop a Community Plan for Millicent. Penola, Southend, Beachport and Penola are also interested in forming a Community Plan. Ideas can include how the community wants the town to look and also what amenities will be needed in the future. Mr Scanlon said council’s draft business plan and budget will be adopted with only a few adjustments regarding health matters from community feedback.
The Merchandise Training arranged by council was held on Monday 15th with about 23 attending in Millicent and a similar number in Penola the day before. Businesses attending were positive about it’s benefit and said they spent the next day rearranging their shops. Ideas about attracting services not available in Millicent were also discussed, including optometry. Suggestions included a council sponsored space that could be rented on a daily basis by businesses, providing services to local people with reduced rental costs for the participating businesses. There was concern that members of the community may be disadvantaged because they cannot travel to Mt Gambier for essential services or cannot take time from work to do so.
The Commonwealth Bank in George Street Millicent will soon become a stand alone bank with a manager instead of a sub-branch showing confidence in the business future of the region.
The committee discussed farmers and primary producers contribution to the economy and their success as businesses. The farming community is welcome to be members of the MBCA and be involved in it’s activities; they are also eligible to be nominated in the business awards.
Nominations for the Outstanding Business Awards can be made on-line at https://millicentbca.wordpress.com/2015/06/01/oba-nomination-form/ or nominations forms are available in local businesses.
Nominees will be notified by mail.
Tickets for the Cabaret are $25-00 each and are available at Heaven on Hanger, Alternate Life and Balcony Cafe.