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Good News Bill - May 2013

28 May 2013

Your chamber correspondent is overseas at present, filing this report in the wee hours of a Scottish morning north of Edinburgh.

There have been some interesting activities for your chamber to report.

This month we held a breakfast event, hosted by Quest Serviced Apartments, to run a training program for businesses to show how easy and cost effective it is to promote your product offering through the VisitVictoria marketing machine. By taking advantage of a low cost subscription to VisitVictoria, businesses can get good tourist exposure through the national tourism marketing programs.

The morning was presented by James Callander from Tourism Victoria, who took participants through the simple process of registration and lodging effective marketing material to support your business and promote events to attract visitors.
Quest Docklands put on excellent conferencing facilities that allowed the presentation to proceed effectively and a light breakfast of fresh pastries, fruit, coffee and tea was provided.  The chamber would like to acknowledge the generosity of Brendan du Kamp from Quest Docklands for making this possible.

June is upon us and with that comes end of financial year obligations. The chamber is hosting another presentation for our members to help you understand some changes to the superannuation legislation as well and introducing you to some new member benefits being offered to the chamber by AMP, one of Australia’s largest superannuation providers.

This presentation will be held at the AMP offices, 750 Collins St, at 5.45pm on Tuesday, June 11. Presenters will include: VECCI to discuss superannuation changes and how they affect you; Chamber member and legal firm, Tolhurst Druce and Emmerson, will introduce legal services it can offer to local businesses and provide some practical legal advice to business owners; and AMP will introduce a special offer for chamber members. RSVP now to (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

The chamber is planning a number of business events for the next 12 months. These are tailored to provide all businesses in Docklands opportunities to keep abreast of emerging trends, changes in legislation, what is happening in Docklands and to put businesses in touch with other businesses. For more information visit or contact (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

The chamber would like to acknowledge the work that Destination Docklands does to facilitate visitation to Docklands. Docklands is an emerging precinct and Destination Docklands is a vital factor in marketing the precinct.  And so it was on Friday, May 17, Destination Docklands ran an event of discovery that encouraged teams from many local businesses to get out and find Docklands.

A series of challenges were set and participants had to solve simple clues and find the locations where the challenges were met. The challengers had to travel as a team the length and breadth of Docklands in search of their challenges. What a great way to get people out to see what there is in Docklands. The really good news for the Docklands Chamber of Commerce team was that, with the combined local knowledge of our team members, we had the home-ground advantage and beat a very strong field to win the inaugural Docklands Water RatRace 2013.

The event successfully engaged local businesses, who provided the challenges and enabled them to engage with the many other participating business teams. The chamber would like to congratulate Destination Docklands, particularly Anita Donnelley and Danielle Phyland, for putting on this great event, and we look forward to participating in the growth of this discovery event!  

Don’t forget to come and welcome winter to Docklands on Saturday, June 1 and enjoy the free Family Fun Day that Destination Docklands will host with many fun activities on the NewQuay Piazza between 2pm and 6pm.  Let us embrace another fabulous season in the Docklands calendar!

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