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Economic Development Office Newsletter - May 2019

Fri 31 May 2019

Welcome to Productive Shoalhaven - May 2019

Welcome to May's newsletter.  Over the last couple of months the Economic Development Office has continued to focus on Community Grants within the Shoalhaven, sponsored the very successful 2019 South Coast Beef School Steer Spectacular, progressing new Land Development in Woollamia and promoting a range of courses for Small Businesses.   


Time to Celebrate - the spba is turning 10

Come along and celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the Shoalhaven Professional Business Association.

You are invited to the 10 year celebration of the spba and the 2019 spba young professional mentor graduation.   Celebrate with us at the Nowra Golf Club on the 14th June 2019 from 6:00pm to 11:00pm.  There will be a three course dinner accompanied by a selection of Silos wines. 

The theme for the evening is "Looking Forward - Looking Back".  We will be joined by a panel of leaders who will be discussing the future and what it might mean for our professionals. 

Seats are filling up fast - click on the link below to get your tickets.  
Tickets are $90 for spba members and $120 for non spba members.     

Click here to purchase your tickets to the spba 10 Year Anniversary

SafeWork NSW - South Coast Safety Conference

SafeWork NSW and the Shoalhaven Safety Group are running a FREE safety conference to help you manage workplace safety and recovery at work.

When:  Wednesday 12 June 2019
Time:    9:15am - 3:00pm
Where: Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre
Who:    Small & Large Businesses 


  • Find out what you need to do to comply with work health and safety and workers compensation laws.
  • Practical advice and tips for business from business.
  • Walk away with a detailed “Action Plan” tailored for your business.
  • One-stop-shop for business with representatives from other government agencies and business service
  • providers such as Fair Trading, Business Connect, Shoalhaven Business Chamber, and icare.
  • Master Builders Association will be providing 2 CPD points for eligible builders who register and attend 2 hours of the program.
  • Small businesses that attend may be eligible for a safety rebate of up to $500 from SafeWork NSW.
  • Light refreshments provided.

More information:

Need more information or a copy of the program?
Please contact SafeWork Nowra on (02) 4428 6700 or email

  • Click here to register for South Coast Safety Conference Registration
  • Click here to register for Manufacturing Registration


Training Courses

. Cert I in Engineering at TAFE

TAFE Bomaderry have teamed up with a number of local manufacturing companies to develop a course that will provide participants with the skills they need to work in the manufacturing sector.   

The course is six weeks in duration and consists of a mix of TAFE studies and work experience.  On successful completion you will gain a Cert I in Engineering and a foot in the door to local industry.  This course is also a pre-apprenticeship into the Fabrication Trade.

Please call Kate at TAFE on 0428 985 674 to find out more.        


. SRBEC - NDIS Costs and Future Proofing

Date:     Friday 31st May, 2019
Time:     10:00am – 12:00pm
Venue:   Shoalhaven City Council
Cost:       FREE

This workshop is for small business owners and NFP managers who want to have a better understanding of your profit and loss under the NDIS.

You will discover how to identify what you need to earn to live a comfortable life and what is your ideal amount of time to spend in your business to achieve this. You will work out the best service configuration and number of billable hours to offset your costs and achieve your business goals. Costs of product and services will then be explored to ascertain the viability of your business model.

Participants will learn:

  • How to interpret the NDIS price guides and identify your NDIS categories
  • How to use the Number Stacker Tool to structure your individual profit and loss
  • How to diversify revenue streams

At the completion of the session the participants will leave with:

  • Knowledge of how to use the NDIS Price Guides effectively
  • With the Knowledge Stacker tool, gain clarity of your projected income, expenses and profitability under the NDIS
  • Ideas on how to create a surplus and diversify revenue streams for added business sustainability

A one-to-one follow up meeting is available to assist you further and embed the ideas/principles of the session. Please book with your local business advisor at the session.

Click here to register for SRBEC - NDIS Costs and Future Proofing.


. The Business Sessions - Worklife THINK GLOBAL. WORK LOCAL.

Worklife & Berry Chamber of Commerce present a series of workshops for the social media savvy, and the beginner. Sue Brodie from the Business Sessions will guide you to getting the most from your social media channels.

Social Media Planning:
Date:     Monday 17 June, 2019
Time:     9:00am – 11:00am

Email Marketing:
Date:     Monday 8th July 2019
Time:     9:00am – 11:00am
Venue:   Berry Sourdough Bakery&Cafe
                23 Prince Alfred St, Berry

Click here to register for Worklife THINK GLOBAL. WORK LOCAL.


. #BeBOLD Digital Fitness & Social Media Marketing - Nowra

Date:     Tuesday 4th June, 2019
Time:     9:30am - 12:30pm
Venue:   Shoalhaven Regional Art Gallery
                12 Berry Street Nowra
Cost:       $25

Remember when mobile phones were the size of a brick and marketing meant printing a cool brochure? The evolution of technology is changing the way we run and market our businesses – and keeping up – isn’t always easy!

In this 3-hour work shop we will help your business get on track and stay on track.

Participants will learn:

  • How to identify key problems for their business in the digital space
  • To understand the relationship between tradition and digital marketing
  • How to produce effective content for social media platforms such as Facebook

At the completion of the program the participants will have:

  • Digital Fitness Assessment
  • Identification of best marketing strategies for their business
  • Tips and tricks package for Digital marketing on social media platforms such as 

Click here to register for #BEBOLD Digital Fitness & Social Media Marleting - Nowra


. SRBEC - Making the NDIS Work for your Business or NFP

Date:     Friday 14th June, 2019
Time:     10:00am – 12:00pm
Venue:   Shoalhaven City Council
Cost:       FREE

Are you considering accessing the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) as a part of your business strategy, but you don’t know how it works? In this workshop you will gain an understanding of the NDIS, how it works and how best to position you and your business for success through the NDIS.

This workshop is suitable for businesses and NFPs looking to offer products or services to the NDIS market.

Participants will learn:

  • About the NDIS, how it works and who the key stakeholders are
  • What is involved in the NDIS registration process?
  • How to build a sustainable business

At the completion of the session the participants will leave with:

  • Knowledge and confidence about the NDIS
  • An understanding of the NDIS Commission and registration process
  • Knowledge of the key elements of a successful business Learning Objectives:

A one-to-one follow up meeting is available to assist you further and embed the ideas/principles of the session. Please book with your local business advisor at the session.

Click here to register for SRBEC - Making the NDIS Work for your Business or NFP


Business Events

. Lunch N Learn

Date:     Tuesday 11th June, 2019
Time:     12:00pm – 1:00pm
Venue:   Shoalhaven Ex Servicemans Club
                 (Lunch provided)
Cost:       FREE for SBC members, 
                 $25 for non members

Missing Pieces by Fiducian Financial Services - brought to you by the Shoalhaven Business Chamber in partnership with Shoalhaven City Council

Have you considered different aspects that could impact your personal or small business financial plan?

  • Do you have a financial plan in place?
  • Are there some foundational pieces you may have missed?
  • Do you have the mindset that creating a financial plan is boring? 

Session is limited to 30 attendees to ensure maximum learning opportunity and engagement with the presenter.

Click here to register for Lunch N Learn


. The Great Pitch - spba Breakfast

Date:     Thursday 13th June
Time:     7:00am – 9:00am
Venue:   Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre
Cost:      FREE for spba members, 
                $25 for non members

Come along to the annual Shoalhaven Professional Business Association (spba)  'Great Pitch' Networking Breakfast.

Topics Include:

  • How to develop more learning opportunities for young professionals in the Shoalhaven?
  • How to better engage professionals in the Shoalhaven?
  • How to attract more young professionals to the Shoalhaven and Keep them?

spba networking breakfasts are held bi-monthly. Guest speakers and members offer opportunities to learn more about what is happening locally within Professional businesses in the Shoalhaven (and broader region). The Economic Development Office of Shoalhaven City Council are sponsors of the breakfasts

The Great Pitch Photo Credit - Bridge Business

Click here to register for the spba Breakfast - The Great Pitch


. Basin Business Forum

Date:     Tuesday 11th June, 2019
Time:    8:00am – 9:00am
Venue:   Straight to the Point Cafe,
                Kerry Street ,Sanctuary Point

The Basin Business Forum is open to allbusinesses who have a shared passion in the Sanctuary Point, St Georges Basin,Basin View, and the wider local area and are seeking to make strong networkconnections. The Basin Business Forum focuses on making face to faceconnections at their regular meetings, held on the second Tuesday of eachmonth. Businesses are welcome to share their Facebookpage or advertise to the group, but ask that it is limited it to onepost per week.

Join the Basin Business Forum on Tuesday 11th June at8.00am .

Click here to learn more about the Basin Business Forum


. Milton Ulladulla Business Chamber

The Milton Ulladulla Business Chamber is governed by an Executive Committee which is made up of voluntary business owners and community minded people. The MUBC are here to keep their members informed and act as a business advocate for the local area.

The MUBC work with local businesses and engage with the wider community to create opportunities that assist local business to develop and grow, and provide services that benefit the community.

Click here  to learn more about the MUBC and upcoming events.


. The Business Bus is coming to town

The Business Bus travels across NSW visiting communities to provide information and advice about the support available from the NSW Government to help small businesses to start and grow.  The Business Bus provides support through their team of Business Connect advisers.   

Whether you are just starting out with a great business idea or looking to expand and grow your business, Business Connect services can help you on your journey to business success.

Business Connect is a dedicated and personalised NSW Government program that provides trusted advice to help you start or grow your small business.  To book a free session go to

The Business Bus, complete with the Business Connect advisers, are coming to the Shoalhaven.  The Business Bus will be at:

  • NOWRA on the 25th June 2019 @ Jelly Bean Park (Egans Lane, Nowra)
  • ULLADULLA on the 26th June 2019 @ Princes Highway Ulladulla (near BellBrook Arcade)
  • SANCTUARY POINT on the 27th June 2019 @ Kerry Street Carpark, Sanctuary Point
    (Council's car park near the Bendigo Bank).  

Book a time to visit at or come and visit the Bus anytime between 9:00am - 3:00pm.


2019 South Coast School Steer Spectacular

The 2019 South Coast Beef School Steer Spectacular kicked off on Tuesday 7th May at the Nowra Showground . 

The spectacular was held over 5 days with a carcass judging and championship on Saturday 11th May.

The purpose of the School Steer Spectacular is to provide school students in South Eastern NSW with an opportunity to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of the beef industry through involvement in a hoof and hook competition that might provide them a pathway into a career in agriculture.

Students competed for a range of prizes over the two days in the categories of Champion School, Champion Steer, Champion Carcass, Parade Competitions & Demonstration work.

The Economic Development Office at Shoalhaven City Council has supported the South Coast Beef Producers Association (SCBPA) for a number of years as a business development network that assists this agribusiness sector within the broader Shoalhaven region. The Association undertakes training and educational programs for its members, many of whom are new to farming and operate from “lifestyle” lots.

The School Steer Spectacular was introduced by the SCBPA a number of years ago to stimulate agricultural studies within the local high schools.

The objectives of the School Steer Spectacular are:

  • To conduct a South Coast Beef Hoof and Hook Competition for beef producers and school students as a learning experience.
  • To mentor school students in the development of skills and knowledge of the beef industry.
  • To inform and demonstrate to students the career opportunities available to them in agriculture, particularly the beef industry.
  • To provide a pathway into the beef industry for interested school students as a potential career of choice.
  • To encourage students to explore further education and help reduce youth unemployment across the region.
  • To boost overnight, out-of-season tourism in the Shoalhaven.

Click here to view the WIN News story on the South Coast School Steer Spectacular.
Click here to view Shoalhaven City Council story on the South Coast School Steer Spectacular






Economic Development Office

Contact the Economic Development Office on telephone: 02 4429 3388 to speak with:

  • Greg Pullen – Economic Development Manager
  • Marianne Jones – Economic Development Officer
  • Sally Bacon – Economic Development Administration Officer

Click here to access Shoalhaven City Council Economic Development Website