The Lithgow District Chamber of Commerce (LDCC) supports local businesses and organisations with a range of events and services that help build a solid and sustainable local economy for the future of Lithgow and the surrounding towns and villages.
Building Solid Foundations for a Brighter Future
- Bittersweet End of Era Blasts Seven Valleys into a new Future
While the winds of change have swept through the Seven Valleys for some time, yesterday’s blast at Wallerawang was a loud signal that the region is moving towards a new future.
In a bittersweet 15 seconds, the towering smoke stacks and boiler house of the iconic Wallerawang Power Station fell to the ground. This followed a spectacular fireworks celebration a week ago to farewell a rich era of industrial heritage and innovation, making way for a new sustainable energy hub and industrial park.
The blast, felt by residents kilometres away across the region, comes on the heels of a $50 million NSW State Government investment to transform 30,000 hectares of the Gardens of Stone into an eco-tourism and adventure destination. Adventurers will soon be able to rock climb, camp and explore the ‘Lost City’ as well as enjoy new lookouts, walking trails, a 4WD circuit and a 35km mountain bike network.
Announced by Deputy Premier Paul Toole, the investment is set to attract 200,000 extra visitors to the area each year, creating jobs and boosting the local economy. “We’re creating an experience right here in the Lithgow area,” Mr Toole said. “We talk about transitioning and diversifying the Lithgow economy, this is a step in the right direction.“
Lithgow Chamber of Commerce President, Peter Pilbeam, says, “We’re at the start of a new era for Lithgow and the Seven Valleys. As we honour our unique industrial heritage, we take advantage of our infrastructure to create new industries and bring investment into the area”
Earlier this year the Lithgow Chamber announced its two-year Business Revival Program comprising major events to attract business and investors to boost the economy of the Seven Valleys.
“Innovation was always at the heart of our past industrial successes, and innovation will continue to be the key to advancing the Seven Valleys economy,” adds Pilbeam.
- Exciting new chapter for Lithgow: welcoming Natasha Markert
Please join the Lithgow District Chamber of Commerce in welcoming Natasha Markert to oversee the Lithgow LGA Business Revival Program as our Events and Communications Coordinator.
Natasha joins us at an exciting time as we turn the page to a new chapter with a vibrant future for the ‘Seven Valleys‘ region. We found her skills and experience to be the perfect match for driving the success of the Business Revival Program, a series of major events to attract business and investors. With Natasha at the helm, the program promises to make a tangible difference to the social and economic health of our region.
A resident of the upper Blue Mountains, Natasha has more than two decades experience coordinating successful events and communications for Local, State and Federal Government, not-for-profits, and corporate clients. For the past ten years, Natasha worked for a boutique corporate communications agency based in Sydney and the Blue Mountains, producing everything from large scale TV commercials to online content.
Natasha says, “I’m very much looking forward to being part of the team at the Lithgow Chamber and to working with the business community across the region. I look forward to contributing my skills in profiling local businesses and delivering an events program that everyone will be fully proud of.”
Natasha will be based at the Lithgow campus of the University of Western Sydney, and can be contacted for further information on 0403 397 645 or Natasha@Lithgow.org.au.
- Business Chamber unveils Recovery Events Plan
At its public meeting on the 10th August 2021, Lithgow District Chamber of Commerce (LDCC) unveiled its 2022-23 plans to apply the funding to support local businesses that it has received as part of the State/Federal Governments’ Economic Recovery Grants.
LDCC Vice-President Renzo Benedet outlined a two-year program that focuses on different areas of business development in the Lithgow region. The program will shape, create and grow local business by doing something new and unique that works within a united partnership to advance the Lithgow region.
The following events are planned:
- Q1: Q1 2022: Start-Up Development Launch
- Q2 2022: Procurement Day
- Q3 2022: Lithgow Region Business Awards
- Q4 2022: Lithgow Region Business Exhibition
- Q1 2023: Lithgow Region Investor Week
Lithgow District Chamber of Commerce President Peter Pilbeam is excited about these developments. “It was an inspiring first meeting with our members and guests to explore the draft of our Business Recovery Events Plan. The program will bring together businesses that are internal and external to the Lithgow region to promote business and tourism in the entire area.”
Peter also expressed his appreciation for the State and Federal Governments in having made available this funding to help bushfire-affected communities restore local economies.
Chairman of the Lithgow Region Marketing Cooperative (LRMC), Larry Pitts, then took the floor to outline the “Seven Valleys” vision for a new marketing campaign for the Lithgow region. Recognising that Lithgow is seen by many tourists through the lens of its mining and industrial past, Larry believes that “Seven Valleys – Capertee, Wolgan, Kanimbla, Lithgow, Megalong, Harley and Tarana” will be a more attractive and inclusive message for the region.
“From the wonders of the Glow Worm Tunnel to the wild majesty of the Wolgan, the Seven Valleys encompasses over 4500 square kilometres of inspiring natural beauty and countless attractions to explore and discover. We have everything from the colonial Hartley Historical Village to indigenous sites belonging to our first nation peoples. You can be awed by the immenseness of the Capertee (second only to the US Grand Canyon in size); stay in family-friendly cabins, houses and hotels or glamp it in a Bubbletent. In the Seven Valleys, you can go horse riding, fishing, boating or water skiing. You can visit the famous Tarana markets, spoil yourself with a spa treatment – or just escape, relax and rejuvenate in front of a roaring log fire.” says Larry.
And at the heart of it all, just 2 hours from Sydney, is Lithgow!
The meeting was enthusiastic about the LRMC’s campaign and supported his recommendation for ‘teasers’ to be put out on our communication channels.
For more information on our Business Recovery Events Plan, please contact us on 1300 xxx xxx or at Welcome@Lithgow.org.au!
- Next Meeting: 10th August 2021
Don’t forget our upcoming meeting on the 10th August 2021, commencing at 6.30pm in the Lecture Hall, University of Western Sydney. The meeting will take the form of a presentation and discussion on the roll-out of events and functions in regards to the Bushfire Recovery Funding to support local businesses. We ask that you attend and become involved in the discussion as we would love your input into this.
Tea and coffee will be served.
See you all on Tuesday, 10th August 2021!
- Wanted: Events and Communications Coordinator
The Chamber is seeking an experienced Events and Communications Coordinator to organise and manage a series of high-profile, high-calibre events under our Business Revival program. The role, which is funded by a joint NSW and Commonwealth grant, is a 2-year maximum term and will be based in Lithgow.
The specifics of the role are:
- Coordinate, plan and execute Chamber events/activities with a focus on the Business Revival program and related Chamber member functions;
- Develop and manage event budgets with monthly reporting to the Chamber Executive Subcommittee;
- Coordinate the necessary promotion of Chamber events and functions, including social media channels;
- Identify, interact with and manage sponsorship arrangements with third parties;
- Develop marketing collateral;
- Develop and implement processes for measuring and reporting on event outcomes; and,
- Foster and maintain effective relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders to deliver successful Chamber events and promotional activities.
Job creation, new business ventures, more local sales and high impact marketing campaigns are the outcomes to be achieved.
Skills and Capabilities
To be a great fit for this role you will have:
- Previous events and marketing experience in a similar role;
- Excellent people skills, excellent time management skills and creative flair;
- Good communicator and confident in coordinating marketing & promotional activities with attention to detail
- A passion for working with and supporting local industry through events and marketing.
- A good understanding and experience working with Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Windows products.
How to Apply
Please submit your resume with a cover letter to Secretary@Lithgow.org.au. Applications close Friday, 27th August 2021. For further information, please contact the Chamber’s Vice-President, Renzo Benedet on 0418 424 452.
- COVID-19 Update 13 July 2021
Lithgow Local LGA residents, please help our small businesses keep their doors open!
While Lithgow is not in lockdown, please go out and support the businesses in our LGA. Meet your friends, go and have a coffee at your local coffee shop, go for a meal, go for a walk up Main Street and see who is open. Our local businesses do their best to support our residents, so now, please help them by supporting them during this time.
Don’t forget to wear your face masks!