Fires, drought, flood and then COVID19 have given us some valuable information about the strengths and weaknesses of the economy of our region. We have experienced the challenges of being cut off from other regions - food security, essential supplies, provision of utilities, business interuption and isolation - and we have been told to expect similar challenges in the future.
The Chamber believe that it is essential we take from these lessons and develop a regional economy that supports us through these challenges in the future, without impacting on the positive aspects. We are calling on businesses, and the community, to join us in discussing options for the future and the feasibility of a circular economy.
We will look at options such as:
Building on our food supply to create a viable market that supplies Canberra during the good times, and when we are cut off, exclusively feeding our own region.
Developing an online market that can be easily hyper-energised during shutdowns and continue to support our business to consumer sales.
Seeking solutions to business and consumer interuptions of power, phone and water.
Investigating options that will encourage sustainable compatible businesses to the region.
Sustainability, including water, waste, food and power.
We will then develop a prefered strategy in consultation with local, state and federal government, as well as relevant organisations, to work on carrying your agreed plan through to fruition.
If you would like to be part of the discussion or would like to put forward your ideas, please email the Chamber with FUTURE in the message header.
It became very clear during the fire period that our tourism strategy needed to be reworked.
A lack of accommodation, and clearly dependent upon passing traffic, indicated we needed a tourism strategy that links to the flow-through process.
The Chamber will be looking at options which have a mix of iconic events, combined with ongoing interest features and a consistent marketing message.
Because of the COVID19 issues, we have postponed tackling this until June 2020, however in the interim we invite you to submit your interest, and your ideas, so that we can include you in the strategy development and future discussions.
Leaning on what we have learned from recent events about the habits of tourism visitors in our region, we are revisiting our tourism strategy on three fronts:
1) Encouraging visitation as soon as possible after the pandemic restrictions have been lifted,
2) Creating a brand for the region,
3) Creating a long term strategy which embraces regular visitation combined with a number of iconic, well supported events,
We will begin looking at this in June/July 2020 and invite expressions of interest from people who would like to voice their opinion or have a part in the development of our strategies.
To register, please email the chamber via our contact page with "Tourism Strategy" in the header.
,The Chamber have reached out to local associations and community leaders, with the goal of working together and developing a process to look after our most vulnerable during hte pandemic. We will be working with the Life Centre, Community Association, Wagging Tails, Anglican Church, Post Office and other community leaders to develop and implement a plan to care for all of the vulnerable in our community, business owners or otherwise, during this crisis.
If you would like to assist, or know of someone who is isolate and at risk and could benefit from a phone call, a delivery of essential groceries, or someone to run errands, please email the Chamber or any of the associated groups.
Even if you have decided to stop trading during the pandemic, it is essential you keep your customers and clients engaged.
Our research showed that a significant number of people responded to the posts on Facebook and Instagram during the promotion of the "More than a cul-de-sac" weekend. An on the spot survey during that weekend showed that many of the visitors who were not actively following the page, had seen posts via other links (hashtags etc) and could recall specific posts that had appealed to their area of interest.
Based on this success, the Chamber will continuing promoting Braidwood businesses through these facebook and instagram pages, at no charge, until August 1, with an option to extend if resources allow.
You are invited to send your photo and post to us by email to socialmedia (at) bavbc.com.au or via the link below. Please note that we schedule our posts a week in advance so please allow up to 7 days for the post to go live.