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June Customer Service Award Winner

Congratulations to Bay of Isles Comfort Style owner Sandi Twomey who has won June Customer Service of the Month Award. Sandi was nominated for having delivered the best customer service the customer had received in town and for making shopping “a breeze”.  Sandi said she was humbled to have been awarded the Esperance Chamber of Commerce customer service of the month award.

                                                   

If you would like to nominate someone for their great customer service please call the Esperance Chamber of Commerce and Industry on (08) 9071 5142 or email us admin@esperancecci.com.au  

WA Industry Link Regional Roadshow

The ECCI and Esperance Business Local attended the WA Industry Link – Goldfields Esperance Development Commission (GEDC) Local Content Roadshow Breakfast where we heard from WA Industry Link and GEDC about the WA Jobs Initiative.  Please see the information and link included below about the WA Jobs Initiative to provide more jobs for Western Australians.
 
 
WA Industry Link is a WA Jobs initiative to provide local businesses, in particular small and medium sized enterprises, with more opportunity to compete for State Government Contracts.
 
WA Industry Link is the first step towards ensuring the $27 billion spent annually on State Government procurement supports local businesses and creates more jobs for Western Australians.
 
WA Industry Link comprises the development and implementation of the Western Australian Industry Participation Strategy, the Industry Link Advisory Service, regionally based Local Content Advisers and a web portal.
 

Changes for Horizon Power Customers

The State Government announced changes to electricity prices in the May 2018 - 19 State Budget.  Please see the information included below.
 
                        

Single Use Plastic Bag - Workshops for Retailers

From June to December 2018, the NRA will be visiting over 100 locations throughout Western Australia to assist retailers transitioning away from banned bags.
 
Each workshop and info session will provide retailers with the information and resources you need to manage the plastic bag ban. Click here for more information.
 

 

Ban on Single use Plastic Bag Information

The State Government have been working with the National Retail Association (NRA) to deliver a retailer-focused education campaign, including retail precinct tours and face-to-face engagement—providing support for retailers—helping them comply with the ban and find alternatives for their customers.  Retailers can contact NRA’s Retail Hotline on 1800 817 723 or by email at bagbanwa@nra.net.au . The address for the NRA’s dedicated retailer website is www.bagbanwa.com.au. 

Mineral Resources deal to take over Koolyanobbing Mine

Mineral Resources has now confirmed they have secured a deal with Cleveland-Cliffs to take over the Koolyanobbing mine. Also confirmed was an agreement with Arc Infrastructure to provide rail access for Mineral Resources to use the existing track between the mine and the Port of Esperance.
 
Click here to read the full article.
          

Electrical Contractors Forum

The ECCI appreciated the opportunity to work with Horizon Power to host an Electrical Contractors Forum for Esperance Electricians where we learnt about Microgrids, Renewable Energy, System Management Options, and the importance of not using the flash when people are wearing Hi-Vis.

    

Single Touch Tax (Payroll)

The ECCI has had a few enquiries about the Single Touch Tax (Payroll) so we have been in touch with the Regional Chambers of Commerce and Industry WA (RCCIWA) and also the Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC) to find out more information so we could share this with our members. 
 
Single Touch Payroll will streamline payroll reporting for businesses – when employers pay their employees, reporting of wages and super will automatically go to the ATO. Resources are available on the ATO website. Please click here for more. 

Certificate III in Tourism at South Regional TAFE

Certificate III in Tourism is available through South Regional TAFE in Esperance. If you would like more information about the course please contact Natalie Montgomerie or click here

Ombudsman calls for small businesses in trouble with ATO to “contact us”

Further to a story on the 7.30 Report last week regarding claims against the ATO in regards to how they treat small businesses, the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprises Ombudsman (ASBFEO) has released this statement.
 
Small business owners are advised to urgently contact the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprises Ombudsman (ASBFEO) if they have experienced heavy handed tactics by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). Click here for the full media statement. 

Lunches with...

Lunches will be hosted by ECCI Business Members and will focus on topics that are relevant for you and your business and will help you identify opportunities to grow your business. Both ECCI Members and Non-Members will be invited to attend Lunches with, which will be FREE for ECCI Members and offered at $20 per person for Non-ECCI Members (this must be pre-paid).
                        
Included here is the ECCI Expression of Interest for hosting a Lunch with. If you are interested in hosting one of these events during 2018 please complete and return the EOI as soon as possible as places fill fast.
 
If you have any questions about the Lunches, please contact Kylie Ryan or Tammy Hough at the ECCI and please fell welcome to share this information and the invitation.

Economic and Industry Standing Committee - Regional Airfares Inquiry

The Economics and Industry Standing Committee have tabled a Report in Parliament following their Regional Airfares Inquiry.

To access the Report please click here.

Healthier Workplace WA

Healthier Workplace WA (HWWA) offer free support and advice to regional workplaces to set up workplace health programs
 
Emily and Natalie from Healthier Workplace WA are keen to continue engaging more with regional businesses. Emily Davey is the manager of HWWA which is a State Government funded program that offers free services to all workplaces across Western Australia to help them support and encourage their workers to make positive lifestyle changes that benefit everyone.
 
Research shows that healthy workers are more productive, take less sick days, and are more engaged at work. Emily can provide resources kit, including a USB of HWWA tools and resources and can work with interested businesses to put a workplace health program together. Emily’s contact details are included here for you and you can also visit their website.
 
Emily Davey 
Manager Healthier Workplace WA
Heart Foundation, 334 Rokeby Road Subiaco WA 6008
Tel: (08) 9382 5943 Fax: (08) 9388 3383

ESPERANCE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY

Annual General Meeting

The Esperance Chamber of Commerce and Industry will be holding their Annual General Meeting at 12 noon on Wednesday 1 November 2017.  For copies of the minutes from the 2016 AGM, please click here
 
Nominations are now open for the 2018 Executive Committee, a copy of the Executive Committee Induction Pack can be found here, a copy of the Executive Nomination Form can be found here, a copy of the Ex Officio Nomination Form can be found here, and Notice of the Meeting can be found here.