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  • 6 Sep 2019 5:10 AM | The Chamber (Administrator)

    We're conducting a trial on how we share information and believe our networking brekkies can achieve much more. So we're not going to hold our evening monthly meetings anymore and will invest more into updating our members during our breakfasts. See you at Bruno's on 27th September at 7am!  August 2019_ChamberMinutes.pdf

  • 19 Aug 2019 6:16 PM | Sue Hunter Lawrence (Administrator)

    On 8 November 1919 the proud members of the Riverstone and Districts Patriotic League unveiled a tribute to the fallen soldiers of Riverstone. On Saturday 9 November Riverstone will again stand proudly as we commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the dedication and acknowledge ‘100 years of our fighting spirit’.

    In partnership with Riverstone Schofields RSL Sub-Branch, and Blacktown City Council, the Riverstone & Districts Chamber of Commerce has launched a campaign to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Riverstone’s War Memorial.  

    One of the first war memorials in New South Wales to have reached this historic landmark, on Saturday 9th November 2019, one hundred years after it was originally unveiled, the Chamber will host a series of local events to commemorate Riverstone’s enduring military history or as we proudly refer ‘’Riverstone’s fighting Spirit’’. 

    We hope to engage the whole local community, schools, residents and local businesses along with our nearby military units. The campaign will commemorate not only the 32 names are etched onto the War Memorial, but our pride in the locals who have served in more recent military campaigns such as Iraq, Afghanistan and East Timor.  

    “Riverstone’s War Memorial represents the heart of Riverstone, 100 years ago, when it was dedicated, it had 22 names on it. Nine more names were added after World War 2, including the brother of our Patron Bill McNamara, and then one after Korea. We’re fully expecting Riverstone to turn out in full on Saturday 9th November 2019 to commemorate the enormous sacrifice those families made. But we’re also reaching out to veterans of more recent military campaigns, to salute them.”    

    Local schools and businesses have volunteered to get involved in the days running up to the event and will work with Riverstone’s Historical Society to remind present-day Riverstone of what life was

    like during the war years. The day itself will begin with the re-dedication of the War Memorial followed by a cricket match and sausage sizzle. 

    The Chamber has launched a “Cenotaph 100” Facebook page on 31 July counting down one hundred days to the re-dedication. Through the Facebook page we hope to take people on a journey, to find and connect relatives and friends of those whose names are etched on the War Memorial, along with veterans from more recent campaigns and those members of the Australian Defence Force still serving.  If you have information about one of the Riverstone District local heroes we would love to include them in or commemoration. “We owe them a debt of gratitude, and this is one way of recognising that”.

  • 16 Aug 2019 1:34 PM | Sue Hunter Lawrence (Administrator)

    With the release of Infrastructure Australia’s 2019 Audit I note the following two quotes

    "Population growth offers enormous economic opportunity but the risk is our infrastructure fails to keep pace with demand. This obviously impacts productivity, quality of life and the liveability of our cities and regional centres." (Ms Madew Director Infrastructure Australia August 2019 )

    "At this critical time when economic growth is the slowest it has been in 10 years, wages are stagnant, and living standards are going backwards, Australians are demanding the Morrison Government produce a real plan for infrastructure." ( Minister Alan Tudge August 2019)

    I am not sure I have seen a more fitting statement to explain the situation in Riverstone for the last 10 years.

    As a result the Riverstone Schofields and Districts Chamber has today lodged and Application to have Riverstone and the Northwest Growth Centre included in their Infrastructure Australia Priority list for 2020.

    Stay Tuned for further updates.

  • 12 Aug 2019 1:09 PM | Sue Hunter Lawrence (Administrator)

    After countless letters and meetings yesterday we were granted a meeting with the Minister for Planning to discuss the Riverstone Town centre and a traffic solution for Riverstone.

    The process started with a meeting with Blacktown Council to discuss our response to the Town Centre Masterplan. Both Council and the Chamber agreed on solutions to improve the Town Centre but they would have little result without a traffic solution.

    Supported by the Mayor Stephen Bali we then took our issue to our State Member Kevin Conolly.

    During our meeting with Kevin and Stephen we all agreed Riverstone needs a solution and it could not wait any further.

    Taking the lead Kevin secured us a meeting with the Ministers for Planning and Ministers for Transport and off we went to Parliament House.

    We all agreed the answer for Riverstone is to fastrack Bandon Rd, Masterplan Riverstone and Marsden Park ensuring we would be equip to support a growing population and investigate the Bypass solution.

    The Ministers clearly understood our concerns and we are expecting a positive response in the next few weeks.

    Thank you to both Kevin Conolly and Stephen Bali for their support and putting our community first.
    #fixRivo #bettertogether #Riverstoneinreview #ChamberCouncilConolly

  • 10 Jul 2019 10:18 AM | Sue Hunter Lawrence (Administrator)

    The AGM for the Riverstone Schofields Chamber of Commerce was held last night 09/7/2019

    During the meeting all executive positions were declared vacant and the Chamber Executives for 2020 were elected.

    Congratulations to ;

    • Sue Hunter-Lawrence President
    • Warren Kirby  Vice President 
    • Mike Shervington  Secretary 
    • Ann Bodziony Treasurer

    Additionally we have introduced a new position Membership coordinator which will be performed by Kelly Adams.

    We would like to Thank Kurt Hippe who has step down from the Chamber Executive after 4 years . We appreciate your support and dedication. 

    We look forward to our Networking Breakfast 2 August 2019 at the Commonwealth Bank Riverstone .

    Come along to hear our plans for 2020, and meet the New Executive, Our Honorary Members and our Patron

    Remember we are better together if you want to be part of the future of

    Riverstone come along or better still bring a friend along

    Hope to see you there


  • 15 May 2019 9:35 PM | The Chamber (Administrator)

    A well-attended monthly meeting which only took 60 minutes! Plenty of animated discussions on helping businesses on Rev Up Rivo Saturdays, the Chamber's encouraging meetings with Blacktown City Council, and future events. Thanks to all those who came along, see you on Friday at our Networking Brekky @ Norwest CC

    Chamber Minutes May 2019.pdf

  • 4 Feb 2019 10:39 PM | The Chamber (Administrator)

    Many congratulations to Chamber member Craig Laffin for being awarded the Order of Australia Medal for years of dedicated service to the community. A full account of all that Craig has done and continues to do is in this week's Hawkebury Gazette: https://www.hawkesburygazette.com.au/story/5868495/richmonds-craig-laffin-dedicates-oam-to-his-community/ Photo: Geoff Jones

  • 7 Oct 2018 5:38 AM | The Chamber (Administrator)

    We will be soon be launching a number of short profiles of our members and their businesses, and how they are fighting hard to grow, often despite the conditions out there. Get hold of us through our Chamber website if you want to be part of this initiative! #bettertogether #topupyourbottom 

  • 27 Sep 2018 4:24 PM | Anonymous
    A large number of members attended a special meeting of the Riverstone Scholfields Chamber on Monday 24 Sep 18 to discuss the proposed Schofields West and Marsden Park North precincts with Kevin Conolly, State Member for Riverstone.

    During the 1.5 hours meeting Mr. Conolly responded to a number of questions raised by members ranging from specific concerns to ideas on cohesive infrastructure implementation. The Member for Riverstone conceded he personally had little power to change the plans however assured the crowd that all submissions are considered by the Department of Planning and offered advice on the best way to achieve the best outcomes.

    Mr. Conolly was appreciative of the input of members who pointed out discrepancies between the plan and real world examples.

    After discovering the changes he said “Sometimes bureaucrats make decisions without consulting with Government” and “they also sometimes overstep their authority.” In these specific cases he offered to follow up with the relevant Departments and report back to the Chamber.

    Members agreed that a united voice was the most effective way to influence the any final decisions.

    The key points raised by members were:
    • Schofields West submission responses
    • Marsden Park North submission responses
    • Infrastructure is needed before the development begins
    • The need to get trucks off Garfield Road and get families back
    • The Bandon Road bypass needs to be a significantly higher priority
    Raising Riverstone station and the rail line

    When asked about the Riverstone CBD Mr. Conolly pointed the finger squarely at local council.

    “You have 2 options, either the council develops it or they sell it to private investors.”

    He agreed to a further meeting with the Chamber and council representatives to work towards a solution to revitalising the town centre after members pointed out that the Council is blaming the State Government and vice versa.

    The date for this meeting will be gazetted to members when it’s confirmed.

    In coming months, the Chamber will also be meeting with Blacktown City Council Mayor, Stephen Bali, Labor Candidate for Riverstone, Annmarie Christie, the Shadow Minister for Transport, Jodi McKay, and the Opposition Leader, Luke Foley.

    Members can have their say via these forums 

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