Brunswick Heads Chamber of Commerce has been named best business organisation in regional NSW.
The win was announced at the NSW Regional Achievement and Community Awards Gala dinner at Bathurst on Saturday night with chamber president, Matthew Denehy, executive officer, Kim Rosen and committee member, Robert Rosen there to accept the trophy.
Ms Rosen said the award was the result of a whole town effort and acknowledged the role of all the business members, Visitor Centre staff, volunteers and other partners.
She said the small but energetic chamber with a growing membership of 91 out of 116 businesses, had taken on a stewardship role to revitalise the economy and create jobs, but not at the expense of the community.
Mr Denehy said the chamber had extended itself ‘a bit beyond the usual scope of a chamber’.
“Apart from the usual business development, networking, advocacy and marketing roles that you would expect, we have also taken on a few other challenges and projects," he said.
"However, we make sure that all these are in line with the community’s vision and its values. We’re a small community and if we all work together and in harmony we can achieve some great things and take control of our own destiny.”
The morning after the awards, Kim and Matthew were invited to speak at a brunch with the other award nominees and Industry and Investment NSW Minister, Philip Costa, to tell Brunswick’s story and outline the projects undertaken by the chamber.
Some of the main initiatives included CBD and Tweed St streetscaping, the three family friendly events, Kites and Bikes, Old and Gold and the Simple Pleasures Photo Competition, the Taking Care of Brunswick-Tourism Management Plan, the Buy Local educational campaign with its own Bruns dollars, and the construction of a skatepark for the kids.
But the highlights, said Ms Rosen, had probably been the Simple Pleasures campaign and the establishment of the Visitor Centre/Project Office in 2006.
"We set out to differentiate ourselves from other coastal towns, to retain our family-friendly laid-back village lifestyle and to attract visitors who love Brunswick for all the reasons we do," she said.
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