The Walsh Bay Arts and Commerce Annual General Meeting took place on Monday 16 November. The WBAC extends its thanks to the returning 2015-16 executive for all their hard work in helping the Chamber achieve all KPIs set this year as well as welcome a new face as secretary in 2016, Sally Walker from Bangarra Dance Theatre.
Summary of key agenda points includes :
- The WBAC has continued to maintain existing members and sign a number of new businesses throughout 2015.
- Successful annual events set to return due to popular demand in 2016 include; the Arts Table and Deckchair Arts as well as regular member networking initiatives
- The Song Company is confirmed as the 2016 Arts Table host
- Engaging local businesses through partnered Chamber member networking events was a highlight success in 2015 and is set to return next year
- In addition to such events the WBAC held formal meetings to inform and update members on other high profile events in the local area including: Sydney Writer’s Festival, Vivid as well as Kaldor Public Art Projects/ Marina Abramovic.
- The WBAC expanded member benefits in 2015 to include free membership to the NSW Business Chamber, attended the annual Chamber Day and gained a finalist nomination in the Best Chamber category in the NSW Business Awards.
- WBAC continues to successfully carry out marketing and communication initiatives including monthly member EDM/newsletters, regular Chamber website and Facebook page/Twitter updates, promotion of member initiatives through its newsletter, EDM and social media channels as well as creating two new online promo videos and a web banner for future above the line activity
- PR was a highlight of the Chamber’s marketing efforts with strong media coverage on Walsh Bay gained throughout the year resulting from a number of quality one-on-one media tours and famils taking place – with more in the pipeline
- The Concierge Famil on 30 June was also grass-root promotional success with 18 concierges in attendance from Sydney’s top hotels and will be returning again in 2016.
- The main WBAC-supported advocacy win involved the resolution of illegal food trucks in the area whilst the Chamber will continue to lobby for Walsh Bay to become a suburb in its own right in 2016.