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!
The Manly Business Chamber has advocated and worked on the following in 2020 and 2021.
- Fast tracked the Dine and Discover voucher to the Northern Beaches
- Representing the business community at Local MP James Griffin’s Manly Business Recovery Roundtable, where the Chamber provided insights on what support packages Manly’s businesses needed directly to the NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and Finance & Small Business Minister Damien Tudehope
- Actively championing support for the local business community on ABC radio, ABC TV, across the SMH
- Regular newsletters regarding grants and information for financial support
- Liaising on behalf of specific members with Council/State Government regarding unique challenges for inclusion to receive grants and support
- Promoting Council’s dedicated Business Support Service, offering access to support and information either face to face or online
- Maintaining pressure on the delivery of the Hardship Grants
- Running events to support the mental health of business owners
- Proposing increasing and on-going discounts for outdoor dining/fire and safety fees to council
- Liaising with Council for improved parking to support takeaway/deliveries throughout covid
- Support and promotion of Market Lane Live to create activation in Manly
- 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:
Manly Business Chamber Hospitality Committee – chaired by Charlotte Rimmer, with deputy Matt Clifton, helping to put Manly in the forefront of policy makers’ minds. With our sub-committee hospo members Manly Pavilion, Hugos, Belgrave Cartel, Hotel Steyne, Ivanhoe, Donny’s/InSitu/The Cumberland, 4 Pines Brewery, Manly Greenhouse, Manly Wharf Hotel and Sunset Sabi/Chica Bonita with the following associations attending: Restaurant & Catering Association, Liquor & Licensing AHA, 24-Hour Economy Commissioner, Northern Beaches Liquor Accord and the Northern Beaches Police.
Manly Business Chamber Property Owners Group – run by Chamber for over 7 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.
Manly Tourism and Economic Recovery Taskforce (TERT) Committee – run by local MP James Griffin, the Chamber are key stakeholders and represented by Tracey Mietzke, Drew Johnson, Matt Clifton and Charlotte Rimmer. The Taskforce focus is to rebuild our local economy, leveraging the opportunity to do things differently post COVID-19 to build a stronger, more resilient Manly community.
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.
Economic Strategic Reference Group – run by Northern Beaches Council, we are a key stakeholder represented by Drew Johnson and Klaudia Brown. Drew has been championing the reduction in outdoor dining costs across the LGA and for people to shop local.
Community Safety Committee – run by Northern Beaches Council, we are a key stakeholder represented by Drew Johnson and Ashling O’Brien.