So, you want to be heard right?

You want to have a voice. You want government to listen to you AND you want to fight for your business. The ONLY way all of the above can happen, is by getting together and speaking as one voice.  One, united voice that speaks in the language of those who are listening.

By becoming a member you can have that voice. One that speaks loud and clear through the Chamber’s advocacy efforts. Manly Business Chamber has regular consultation and is constantly engaged with government at local and state level, although our recent advocacy has been heard at the highest level of federal government too. But governments need to hear from peak bodies that have a large representation of the community, and this is why your membership is so vital – not just for your business, but for all local businesses in Manly and the Northern Beaches. Join now and let your voice, and those within your business community, be heard!

TEN Long Term Priorities

  1. Special Levy Agreement
  2. Manly Place Plan Execution
  3. Manly Aquarium Site Review
  4. Manly Town Hall – once feasibility is completed making this actually happen ASAP
  5. Simplify change of use / DA approval process for small /medium size businesses coming to Manly (properties less that 100sqm.
  6. Outdoor dinning on the Corso and reconsideration of Wentworth St outdoor pods for this busy F & B corner.
  7. More support from council towards Chamber events initiatives, whether they come from special levy or grants.
  8. More money invested into Corso presentation and upgrades.
  9. Reduction of Outdoor dining FEES
  10. A Frame policy

The Manly Business Chamber has advocated and worked on the following in 2023

  • Successful International Women’s Day event at Manly Pavilion, raising $7,000 for Northern Beaches Women’s Shelte
  • Collaborated with Peer Wealth on sell-out annual golf day event, raising $5,000 for Community Northern Beaches
  • Collaborated with Council on Beats by the Beach busking competition
  • Donated a defib at Rialto Square and hosted a lifesaving demonstration for the community.
  • Celebrated Naidoc Week at RFW with James Griffin and this year’s special guest Garry Farrar, a proud Wiradjuri man.
  • Hosted Experience Manly booth at the 2023 AIME tradeshow in Melbourne, with major partners Council, Manly Pacific and Q Station
  • Charity fundraiser raising over $27,000 for Waves of Wellness in collaboration with Anthem Cycle and Community Capital Northern Beaches via inaugural Spin a thon.
  • WorldPride – Collaboration through a Council grant which saw us deliver an activation at Manly Wharf
  • Continued support for beatification of Manly to encourage increasing visitation
  • Working with Council to beautify vacant shop windows.
  • Focusing on reducing council rates for property owners, to release financial pressures on both landlords and tenants.
  • Promotion of Taste of Manly events across our extensive social media channels.
  • Creation of a leasing kit and data collection to assist real estate agencies in the promotion of the precinct for potential incoming tenants.
  • Monitoring vacancy rates and tenancy turnovers with data and mapping for record keeping

The Chamber runs or is part of the following advocacy groups:

Health and wellness led by Ashling O’Brien OsteoStrong and Alex Jacques of Anthem Cycle hosted the inaugural Health & Wellness event in February, with live demos, classes, health seminars and markets. The next event planned for 17 February 2024 and lots of exciting activations coming from this sector.

Manly Business Chamber Property Owners Group – run by Chamber for over 8 years and represented by property owners in Manly, supporting Manly’s reactivation and recovery. Acknowledging a challenging legacy with the special levy and how we manage this with Northern Beaches Council has been an on-going focus. Northern Beaches Council has agreed to an external audit in late 2021.

Brookvale Sub Committee – led by Chantelle Hoare, Chamber’s Executive Officer, bringing together businesses in Brookvale to connect, continue meeting on a monthly basis to discuss all things Brooky and concepts to further encourage connectivity, referrals and collaboration.  Current efforts are focused on a video to promote the area and in collaboration with Northern Beaches Council, fact sheets to highlight venues for business events.  Plus a ‘Showcase Tour’ is also being explored to promote businesses.

Freshwater Sub Committee – led by Klaudia Brown of Belle Property Commercial.  Amongst other things they activated “Enjoy Freshie,”  engaging our community to shop local during school holidays. Excited to contribute to already vibrant atmosphere of Freshwater Village, the Freshwater sub committee brings Freshwater businesses together on a monthly basis.

Manly Place Plan committee –  representing Chamber as a key stakeholder by Tracey Mietzke.  A place plan is all about understanding how our beautiful Manly can be an even better place to live, work and play, by aiming to create enjoyable, vibrant, safe, inclusive, and sustainable places for all. The MPP will work with major stakeholders, including the community, to develop a draft place plan to be publicly exhibited by early 2022, according to Northern Beaches Council. Council will also complete a Night Time Economy Study for Manly as part of that process.

Northern Beaches Business and Industry Stakeholder Committee  – run by Northern Beaches Council, we are a key stakeholder represented by Drew Johnson.