On Wednesday, May 11 the Yarrawonga Mulwala Chamber of Commerce (YMCC) held a crisis meeting regarding its immediate future.
Unfortunately in recent years the membership base has declined dramatically and active committee members even more so.
Currently there is only a handful of active committee members.
“The model of a Chamber of Commerce in our town simply doesn’t seem to be working anymore,” Secretary of YMCC Jennie Donovan said.
“We need a shift, a different direction, a rebrand or something to spike more interest.”
YMCC President Chanade Seiler said the small committee had some fantastic ideas.
“But we simply don’t have the manpower or support to carry them out,” she said.
“Currently the only steady income the chamber has is from the Farmers’ Market which is continuing to grow and is a very successful market each month.”
About twelve people attended last week’s meeting, including Narelle James as a Moira Shire representative and Rob Chuck, a representative of Yarrawonga Mulwala Tourism (YMT).
Michelle Clark, YMCC Treasurer, said both representatives simply wanted to come along, show support and hear about concerns and possible solutions.
“Both Moira Shire and YMT are behind the chamber all the way,” Michelle said.
“They don’t want to see it fold, however understand where our crisis is at and will support us whatever direction we decide to take with whatever resources they are able to offer.”
Another meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 15 at 6pm at the back of Burkes Hotel.
Between now and then, several avenues will be investigated further and reported on at this meeting.
Everyone is invited to attend who has an interest in business in Yarrawonga Mulwala.
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