Augusta Chamber of Commerce calls for greater involvement to support digital commerce and events

Warren HatelyAugusta Margaret River Times
Augusta Chamber of Commerce president Pam Winter.
Camera IconAugusta Chamber of Commerce president Pam Winter. Credit: Sarah Ison/Augusta Margaret River Times

A call has gone out to Augusta business operators to support the local Chamber of Commerce as membership dwindles, putting major programs and events in jeopardy.

Chamber president Pam Winter said a general meeting would be held next Friday, November 10, at Blackwood River Houseboats ahead of the business lobby’s annual general meeting in December.

In a recent notice, Ms Winter said the chamber played an important role liaising with State and local government on issues affecting the town, but a more vibrant membership base was crucial.

“Events such as the River Festival, Whalesong or community carols cannot be sponsored without a quorum and member input,” she said.

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“Augusta loses another critical forum for businesses.

“Your favourite online directory that so much effort has been put in to will not eventuate.

“It is vital you get in touch now and save your own voice,” Ms Winter said.

“I’m very aware that everyone has burnout, staffing and many other issues, but no decisions can be made without your input. No AMG, no sponsorship, no directory and no online presence.”

The president told the Times the committee was excited to be promoting the new Augusta marketing tagline “Rounding the Capes” and its new website.

Membership was a four-step process for new inductees, with tiered options available as well as online components.

After the success of the weekend’s Leeuwin 400 anniversary event, Ms Winter said an online presence was ever-more crucial for Augusta businesses.

“It’s a good time to join forces with the chamber, share business matters, give local business a voice, access residents and visitors alike, (and) use all the amazing resources and channels at our fingertips,” she said.

To RSVP contact Ms Winter on 0439 959 638 or visit the chamber’s Facebook page.

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