Merimbula’s Lynn McColl has been elected Regional President of the Capital Far South Coast – NSW Business Chamber, part of the state’s peak business organisation.
Adam Zarth, Executive Director, NSW Business Chamber says the position is key to representing and advancing the regional interests of 22 local chambers of commerce across southern NSW.
“Lynn has overseen a very successful period for the Merimbula Chamber of Commerce and her commitment to representing the interests of businesses is widely regarded,” Mr Zarth says.
“Lynn’s appointment presents an exciting opportunity for the business communities of the Capital, South Coast and Snowy Mountains regions to work more collaboratively both with each other and us on issues impacting business owners and economic development.”
The appointment follows the recent Annual General Meeting of the Merimbula Chamber of Commerce, where Ms McColl lost the local chamber presidency to Nigel Aying, of Solutions4Biz.
Ms McColl says her focus and energy will remain on combined efforts and initiatives that renew tourism hotspots and explore the inherent opportunities that come with major infrastructure projects.
“I have been part of the positive and progressive influence that the business chamber movement can bring, through actively engaging in and advocating for business-friendly policy measures and initiatives,” Ms McColl says.
“I look forward to engaging with local chambers and working in the interests of businesses across southern NSW to ensure their concerns are represented and progressed at a state-level and to state and local government representatives.
“There are opportunities for businesses in the broader region to leverage and benefit from major infrastructure delivery in Princes Highway upgrades, Snowy Hydro 2.0 and the development of the Port of Eden.
“I will be keen to see a proportional share of the Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund expended in the Capital, South Coast and Snowy Mountains regions and work with local chambers to ensure suitable projects are identified and delivered across these areas.
“In my experience too, there is considerable scope for tourism, retail and other business operators to work more closely together to reinvigorate and more effectively market tourism destinations along the South Coast and further inland,” Ms McColl says.
Cooma Chamber of Commerce has welcomed the news, “Exciting news and certainly further paves the way for exciting times ahead for Cooma,” a statement on the Chambers Facebook page says.
“There is no better time for your business to be part of your local Chamber of Commerce – no matter what your industry/business is – make sure you’re giving your business the best opportunity.”
As a director of JAM Event Management, Ms McColl is part of the organisation around the upcoming Band Together Music Festival on November 30 at Wolumla, raising money for the Bega Valley Disaster Relief Fund.