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Esperance to Host the filming of 'Dirt Music'

As you may have heard Esperance is hosting the filming of the Tim Winton book ‘Dirt Music’ in the coming three weeks and the ECCI is very excited for our members and business community of Esperance for the potential extra business this may generate in both the short term and long term.
We encourage all businesses to take this opportunity to promote their wonderful goods and services to the visiting cast and crew. Please see below information detailing expected value adding to the Esperance economy.

Christmas Retail Trading

Please click here for 2018 Christmas retail trading hours.

Please note these are the hours that retailers can be open however retailers are not required to open. Additionally, those businesses that hold a ‘Small Retail Shop Certificate’ can trade 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

September Customer Service Award Winner

Congratulations to Jennifer Obourne, from the Office of Rick Wilson MP who has won Customer Service of the Month Award for September. Jennifer was nominated four times throughout the month for being approachable, thoughtful, friendly, compassionate, empathetic and helpful. Well done Jennifer, a very derserving winner.                                        
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  

Free Wifi in Esperance

Thank you to The Shire of Esperance who has worked with the Goldfields Esperance Development Commission and the Esperance Chamber of Commerce and Industry, to allow people in Esperance to access wifi for free from their own device when along the Esperance Foreshore between the Whale Tail and the Skate Park, along James and Andrew Streets between the Esplanade and Dempster Street and along Dempster Street between James and Andrew Streets. 

Esperance Cruise Ship Season 2018 - 2019 Preliminary Calendar

The preliminary Esperance Cruise Ship Calendar for 2018-2019 has been released and is available here for you. The season will be from Dec 2018 to Mar 2019, we may see a couple more added to this list prior to or during the season. 

Young Acheiver Award - Nominations Now Open

Do you know an outstanding young individual who deserves to be recognised? 

The Seven News Young Achiever Awards aim to acknowledge, encourage and promote the positive achievements of all young people throughout Western Australia up to and including 29 years of age.
Great prizes are up for grabs! Category winners will each receive a $1,000 Bartercard account, $500 cash, $500 Woolworths Gift Card and a trophy. One of the category winners will be chosen as the Western Australian Young Achiever of the Year and will receive an additional $1,000 Bartercard account, $500 cash, $500 Woolworths Gift Card  and a state trophy.
The Awards are free to enter – and completing a nomination online is easy! If you are ready to start your nomination please click here and select the category from the dropdown nomination award menu.
Want to recognise someone but don't have the time? Click here and add their details it only takes two minutes. 

2018 - 2019 Shire of Esperance Budget Adopted

Council have adopted the 2018-2019 Shire of Esperance Budget at yesterday’s Ordinary Council Meeting. Rate parameters, fees and charges, reserve movements, proposed borrowings and waste rates for the 2018-2019 financial year were also adopted.  Click here for the full media release.

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 . The address for the NRA’s dedicated retailer website is 

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.           

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 feel welcome to share this information and the invitation.

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


Annual General Meeting

The Esperance Chamber of Commerce and Industry Annual General Meeting was held on Wednesday 1 November 2017.  For copies of the minutes from the AGM, please click here
Nominations are open for the 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.