Our Local Chamber Business Awards season continues, with Griffith and Albury Chambers successfully hosting events with excellent participation and attendance.

I congratulate all of our participating Chambers and businesses who have taken the time to nominate for the awards. You are all celebrating the amazing innovation, determination and resilience we have in this wonderful and productive region.

Winners at the local awards will progress to our regional award finals to be held at the Temora Aviation Museum on Friday 6 September 2019.

Speaking of awards, it was wonderful to also see NSW Business Chamber’s law practice, Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors, has taken out the Workplace Relations and Employment Team of the Year Award at the prestigious Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards for the second year running.

This is a tremendous recognition of the outstanding advice and representation delivered by this firm to its clients, day in and day out.

As we commence the new financial year, I wish to welcome our updated Regional Advisory Council (RAC) for the Murray Riverina region. These councillors volunteer to support NSW Business Chamber by providing valuable feedback on regional issues and opportunities.

I also wish to welcome incoming President Anthony McFarlane and thank Immediate Past President Brian Millar for his wonderful support. The RAC for the next two years consist of the following members.
Anthony McFarlane – President HA Legal – Albury
Brian Miller – State Council Representative TAFE Riverina – Albury
Michael Ryan – Vice President Riverina Agriconsultants – Griffith
Graeme Obst – Vice President Adams Kennealy White – Wagga
Paul Goonan Johnsons MME – Albury
Richard Pottie Ladex Construction – Wagga
Jackie Kruger Leeton Shire Council
James Smith Personnel Group – Albury Wodonga
Marg Couch Regional Development Australia – Griffith
Rhyley Hunter Huntsman Recruitment – Wagga
Jo Hewitt AlburyCity
Alison Coe GTES – Wagga
Ray Spagnolo Spagnolo and Associates – Griffith
Peter Bastianon Collier and Miller – Griffith

I also wish to thank departing RAC Members, Paul Foley and Kathie Heyman for their contributions over the past years.

In the 2019-20 Budget, the government announced a commitment to provide further relief to farmers and tourism operators by amending the luxury car tax arrangements.

Under these new arrangements, eligible primary producers and tourism operators will be able to apply for a refund of any luxury car tax paid, up to a maximum of $10,000, for vehicles acquired on or after 1 July 2019. Further details can be found here.

I wish our business community and members the very best, and hope to see the recent rainfall events continue into Spring, filling up our dams and rivers with this most precious commodity, water.

Kind regards,

Andrew Cottrill – Regional Manager Murray Riverina, NSW Business Chamber