Back to business for Lithgow business owners

Over 40 business owners attended the first event for the year for the Lithgow District Chamber of Commerce.

The recently renovated and opened Blue Fox Bar and Kitchen hosted an event for Back to business week, which was organised by the Lithgow Chamber with funding from the state government and Lithgow city council.

The session on Cashflow Management was run by local business owner Tracie McMahon from Blackwattle Business Consulting.

Cashflow is a key component of running a successful business, and the many business owners in attendance were given a very useful workshop that they could take strategies from and implement them into their businesses.

“These events are what the Chamber will focus on this year, giving great value to our members and assisting in creating better businesses in the region,” said Graham Hodson, President of Lithgow Chamber.

To find out more about what the Chamber can offer your business by visiting http://Lithgow

New Lithgow District Chamber Committee Elected

The Lithgow and District Chamber of Commerce last Wednesday held its first AGM since the new group began last November.

The group has achieved a number of initiatives in the first 12 months under the guidance of the outgoing President Mark Hoy.

“We were very happy with the events we did achieve including the Justin Herald event, the Mother’s Day Street of Flowers, Wave Goodbye to Winter and other retail promotions,” said Mr Hoy.

“We know there is more to do and this first year has been a steep learning curve for all of us,” he continued.

The transition to a new committee was chaired by Ms Glena Anthes, who announced nominations and saw all officers elected to their positions.

The new committee is Graham Hodson – President, Mark Hoy – Vice President, Susan Bennett – Secretary, Lauren Evans – Treasurer, Karol Kukeski – Education Officer, Rhonda Collins – Events and Promotions Co-Ordinator, Karyn Mitchell – Membership Officer and Rich Evans – Marketing and Media Officer.

The new committee were all elected unopposed and are looking forward to the year ahead.

“We look forward to continuing to build up on the achievements of the outgoing committee in the first year,” said new President, Graham Hodson.
“The Chamber needs to become a strong voice for the businesses of the region and work closely with council to ensure we create opportunities for new businesses and assist in the ongoing development of industry in the region to ensure a strong and stable future for our economy,” he continued.

The Chamber would like to extend an invitation to all businesses in the region to get in touch and see how they can get involved. Visit the website

The countdown is on!

The countdown is on to Lithgow’s Annual Halloween Street party, set to be the biggest yet!

Local business owners have once again joined the fun and decoration of windows is already beginning.

“The Main Street businesses always get behind things in Lithgow, but for Halloween they just take things to a whole new level,” said local real estate agent and Vice President of the Lithgow District Chamber of Commerce, Graham Hodson.

“Seeing the Council continue to support this initiative each year has really encouraged the business community to invest themselves and decorate their windows, provide lollies and treats for the trick or treat and really turn the Main Street into a family friendly funpack for the event,” Mr Hodson continued.

This year the event is also sponsored by Centennial Coal, Energy Australia, McDonalds Lithgow, Lithgow Workies and The Village Voice.

The event has grown every year since its inception in 2013, and is now an event that attracts many visitors to the region. This can only be a positive as many visitors come to the region for the first time, and then take time to explore further or return for more.

Lithgow Halloween will take place on 29th October along Main Street in Lithgow, with entertainment and markets starting from 2pm. Roads will be closed for the event, so please look for details closer to the event.

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Pictured: Local business owner Jacquie Mitchell from Lithgow Technology is already decorating her shop, as are many other businesses.

Centennial’s Annual Sustainability Conference

Each year Centennial Coal (Centennial) holds a conference where the focus is on sustainability.

This conference provides an opportunity to catch up on key updates in the business while also encouraging the cross pollination of issues and ideas across Centennial’s sites.

This year the conference’s format has been expanded to include presentations on the regional economy, post mining effects on community and future energy markets. With over 70 attendees including representatives from Banpu, the Board and Senior Management, the conference will kick off on Monday evening at Black Gold Motel with the official opening of their new Centennial wing.

“Our Sustainability Conference is timed perfectly to coincide with the completion of the new Centennial wing of Black Gold Motel. This evening will be the first time these new rooms, named after our mines, will be occupied and it is fitting their first night of usage is by our people”, said David Moult Centennial Coal’s CEO and Managing Director.

“This new wing represents a vote of confidence in Centennial and the future of the local economy. I congratulate Rob and Linda Cluff and their team on their entrepreneurship and commitment to the local community”, David Moult concluded.

The opening will be followed by presentations over dinner in Black Gold’s Crib Room.

When discussing the importance of a Sustainability conference Centennial’s GM Sustainability Donna Dryden explained, “An internal discussion on an annual basis where we revisit the pillars of our business that underpin our sustainability, is a healthy and proactive approach to reinforcing what we do well and an opportunity to explore where we can improve”.

Tuesday the Lithgow Workies will host the conference which will open with a keynote address by EnergyAustralia’s Julian Turecek, who will outline EA’s perspective on future energy markets.

Wave Goodbye To Winter

13939401_611088585740147_8900346758728806066_nThis Saturday will see Main Street abuzz with activity as many businesses join together for a joint sales event called “Wave Goodbye To Winter”. You can expect some awesome bargains from a range of shops looking to chase the winter blues away.

Making this a family event, the action for kids aged 6 and under kicks off at 11am at Wollemi Bakery with Queen Elsa, Princess Anna and Olaf the Snowman there to pose for pictures and interact with the children. There will also be balloon twisting, bubbles and more! Then the characters will do the Main Street walk up to Cook Street Plaza for a mini-show for all ages from 1pm till 3pm. All of the kids are asked to come dressed as their favourite characters (Frozen themed or not) and be prepared to have a blast!

Rhonda Collins, who has been assisting with a lot of the organising, said, “It’s going to be a great family day. An opportunity to let the kids dress up and have some fun while the adults check out all the amazing bargains at our participating retailer’s shops!”

This shopping event is supported by the Lithgow Business Networking Group & the Lithgow District Chamber of Commerce. For more information, check out the Facebook page or just search “Wave Goodbye to Winter”.

EOI closing soon on Wallerawang Power Station

A reminder that EnergyAustralia’s call for expressions of interest in reusing or developing the decommissioned Wallerawang power station and its associated infrastructure, close at 5pm, Monday 15th August.

Local Member for Bathurst Paul Toole is calling on businesses throughout the region, New South Wales, Australia and internationally to put forward strong proposals for the site’s future use.

“The old Wallerawang site is an important asset to the area and I hope it can be put to good use in kick-starting a new era of investment for Lithgow and the wider region,” Mr Toole said.

“Its location between the greater central west and Sydney means that the scope for potential use is broad – the creation of jobs and growth for our region is certainly a welcome one,” he said.

The 1000MW Wallerawang power station was bought by EnergyAustralia in 2013. It was closed in 2014 due to declining demand for centralised electricity.

The 80 hectare site has well-established concrete roads and landscaping and is fully-serviced with electricity (including capacity for high-voltage connection), water, sewerage and communications. Some buildings have fire services installed. There are also heavy-lift crane facilities, a private railway siding connected to the main western railway and ample open space for new buildings.

EnergyAustralia is seeking expressions of interest to redevelop the site so it may be put to alternate, productive and long-term use or uses. If viable alternate uses for the site are identified, EnergyAustralia hopes to have agreement(s) in place by the end of the year.

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