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Launceston Chamber of Commerce

March 3, 2014

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Welcome New Members......

The Chamber is happy to welcome Prospect Medical Centre, Esk Mapping & GIS and Jo Archer (private member) as new members.

Prospect Medical Centre is a large General Practice & Allied Health Service, situated just off Westbury Road in Prospect, Launceston. Prospect Medical Centre is an award winning practice having previously won RACGP Australian Practice of the Year, Tasmanian Practice of the Year and the Exceptional Workplace category of the 2013 CGU Launceston Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards.

Esk Mapping & GIS (EMG) is a diverse data management consultancy, specialising in data which has location (i.e. spatial data) and systems to manage and interrogate that data, to inform you. From data creation, conversion, mapping to corporate databases, interactive web-maps and iPad/iPhone or Android apps, Esk Mapping & GIS solves your data problems.

Future Premier Forum

The Launceston Chamber of Commerce, with the support of major sponsors Bell Bay Aluminium, Country Club Tasmania and The Examiner held the Future Premier Forum on 27 February 2014 at Country Club Tasmania.

The responses received from the Chamber's survey on Members' priorities for the March 2014 State Election, helped shape the questions to the Premier, Lara Giddings and Liberal Leader, Will Hodgman.  ABC television partly televised the Forum live on ABC24 on the day, followed by an hour long program on ABC1 on the following Saturday.

Both leaders performed well and were not shy in arguing the point! Thank you to both Premier Lara Giddings and Liberal Leader Will Hodgman for making their time available to answer the issues raised by our members throughout the business community in Northern Tasmania.

Chamber Member Survey Results

The Chamber received 95 responses (42% response rate) from the questionnaire on major issues that are important in the leadup to the election on 15 March 2014.

A summary of the results is as follows:

  • 81% of respondents support the construction and operation of a Pulp Mill on the condition it is economically and environmentally sustainable.  

In regard to political reform the four highest options rated by level of importance were as follows:

  • Improve the efficiencies of State Government Departments and Government Business Entities (rated at 83%)
  • Review the State political system so that there is a greater chance of delivering majority government (rated at 76%)
  • Improve efficiencies at a local government level for e.g. greater cooperation between councils (rated at 76%)
  • Support mergers of local councils (rated at 73%)

For Tax Reform:

  • 68% were in favour of the Commonwealth Government increasing national taxes such as GST and income taxes to fund a reduction or removal of some or all of the State taxes.

Impediments to employment growth in order of priority:

  • Uncertainty regarding future direction of some industry sectors
  • Lack of business confidence
  • Penalty rates, and
  • Over-regulation by Government (red and green tape)

The Top Four Election Priorities selected by respondents in order of priority were:

  • Encouraging new industries and businesses to relocate to Launceston
  • Securing a Major Project in Northern Tasmania 
  • Increasing Government infrastructure investment into Northern Tasmania
  • Supporting current businesses and industries in the region.

More information on the media releases to date can be viewed on the Chamber's website click here.

Inner City Case Study

The Chamber has initiated a project to better understand all the nuances and difficulties our developers and investors face when trying to re-develop a heritage building in the CBD. 

The Chamber is working with Bullocks Consulting, Launceston City Council and CEG Finance (local landlord) on an Inner City Case Study to work through the planning and building code issues involved with transforming unused upper story heritage buildings into residential spaces.

The case study building is located upstairs at 6 The Quadrant Mall. At this stage the issues that have been identified to tackle include:

  • Changing building use from discretionary to permitted use for residential purposes. This will reduce the time and costs involved. Launceston City Council will review the Statutory Plan and recommend this change.
  • Inner city car-parking. Many heritage buildings don't have carparks on the title and Council will review requirements for residential purposes.
  • Fire separation between ground floor and upper floors - is required to ensure the safety of apartment dwellers. This issue is if the ground floor is modified for fire separation, what other expensive works are also required to bring the building up to national code requirements?
  • Lifts - buildings with a floor space of more than 200 square metres are required to include a lift. The question is how do we work around this requirement for residential purposes? Otherwise the redevelopment will be financially unviable.

Bullocks Consulting have produced excellent proposed plans for redevelopment of the 300 square metre space. Bullocks are providing David Gillespie (architect) as well as specialist in building surveying and town planning at no cost for this 'virtual' project.

Need to Review Your Business?

Enterprise Connect (a Federal Government Initiative) can offer eligible companies a free Business Review undertaken by people that have operated businesses themselves. Your company is entitled to up to $20K in matched funding to offset the cost of engaging assistance to implement the recommendations stemming from the review.

Does your business operate in the Manufacturing and Manufacturing Services, Professional Services, Tourism, Creative Industries, Resource and Resource Services and Clean Technology?  Do you have a turn-over between $1.5m and $100m annually - and have been trading for a minimum of 3 years?

If so, you should check out the link below and decide whether this business review will help you to review/transition your business: www.enterpriseconnect.gov.au or email Keith Calvert the State Director of Enterprise Connect: keith.calvert@innovation.gov.au

Record Monthly Passenger Figure at Launceston Airport

Launceston airport kicked off 2014 by recording its highest ever monthly passenger figure, with 132,165 passengers passing through its doors in January 2014.  The monthly total was more than 5% higher than the previous monthly record, established in January of last year.  Paul Hodgen, General Manager Launceston Airport commented “it is pleasing to start 2014 on such a positive note, with passenger movements growing in both the inbound and outbound directions”

AICD Training - RSVP date extended

The Chamber is running AICD Training on Friday 16 May 2014; this full day course will be held at Country Club Villas, with two facilitators covering Reporting to the Board and Introduction to Financial Information for Directors. This is a Professional Development opportunity that also provides AICD members with 9 PDP points.

Cost: $687.50 (incl GST) for Chamber Members and $742.50 (incl GST) for Non-Chamber Members.

As interest has been very positive and we have now reached the confirmed numbers which we need to run the course, we will be extending the due date for registration and payment of fees to Friday 14 March 2014.

If you would like to attend, please contact  Merilyn at the Chamber on 6331 9364 or at info@lcc.asn.au  for any enquiries and a registration form.

Comment invited by Council on New Policy on Food Vendors on Public Roads

Launceston City Council has recently adopted a policy in relation to food vendors operating from a public road.  This policy will be subject to review after three months of operation. Council invites  interested parties to provide comment regarding the policy by Friday 2 May 2014.

The policy and contact details for submissions are available to be downloaded here.

Special Meetings Package for Chamber Members - Country Club Tasmania

Country Club Tasmania are offering a special day meeting package to Launceston Chamber of Commerce Members for only $55 per person.  This price is inclusive of room hire, data projector and screen, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.

Country Club takes the hassle out of organising your next meeting and ensures your delegates have a unique and memorable experience.
For further information please contact: Leah Muir, Conference Markets Manager
P: 03 6335 5879   M: 0408 211 409
or leah.muir@countryclubtasmania.com.au

Excellent Outcomes

If your organisation requires support with a workplace investigation from someone who is thorough, timely and trustworthy, give Amanda Slater at Excellent Outcomes a call. Amanda is an experienced and qualified investigator and her work in this area is outstanding. You can check her profile out and find her contact details at www.excellentoutcomes.com.au

Note: This is a paid advertisement.

Movements and Shakers

  • Searson Buck - have moved to nice new offices at Level 2, 73-75 St John Street [next to Cotton On]. The company also has a new logo.
  • Self Help Workplace - welcomes Jordy Breen to the team, as their new receptionist.
  • Fairfax Media - has appointed Matt Wilson who has started in the role of Customer Engagement Manager.  He will contribute to the strategy for The Examiner and The Advocate and their associated businesses to a multi-platform media model. Matt has previously held senior management positions in Tasmanian financial institutions.
  • Northern Young Professionals Network (NYPN) - Clinton Pentland, a Crowe Horwath Financial Planning Representative, has recently been appointed to the NYPN Committee.
  • Tasmanian Health Organisation – North - Mr Brian Kirkby has been appointed as Director of Surgery.   Brian replaces Professor Berni Einoder who retired from the position.
  • The Branch Office Serviced Offices -  is pleased to announce an expanded Cormiston Legal in their refurbished serviced office area. Principal Sam Pratt is experiencing strong client growth and has made recent appointments in the practices’ administrative and conveyancing areas. Flexible expansion options in a serviced office environment have provided Sam with a natural growth path.

Upcoming Events

Dark MoFo - Launceston 2014: Colder, Darker
Free Launceston Information Session

Dark MoFo is coming to Launceston in Winter 2014.
Launceston City Council and the Launceston Chamber of Commerce invite you to an information session to find out more about the exciting potential that this event presents to Launceston. Come along and hear presentations by Michael Stretton from Launceston City Council and Jen Cramer from Dark MoFo.

When: Wednesday 5 March 2014

Time:   5.30pm to 7.00pm
Venue: Town Hall Reception Room - entry via the reception doors on St John Street.

Cost:    Free

Register Here: Ticketbooth

Ruddicks - Community and Sporting Organisation Information Session

Ruddicks Chartered Accountants, in conjunction with the Launceston Chamber of Commerce, invite you to a presentation focussing on tax implications and fiduciary duties for community & sporting organisations.

When: Tuesday 25 March 2014

Time: 5.30 to 7.30pm. The information session will commence at 5.45 sharp and run for an hour.

Venue: Aurora Function Centre, Aurora Stadium

Cost: Free

Register Here: Ticketbooth

Save The Date

10 April - Crowe Horwath New Office Renovation Networking Event (5.30pm - 7.00pm)

16 May - AICD Full Day Training Course (see article this edition)

15 June - Launch CGU Business Excellence Awards at James Boag Function Room (5.30pm- 7pm)

19 August - Annual Saul Eslake Lunch  

For more information contact Merilyn Heritage at info@lcc.asn.au or call 6331 9364.