A CHAMBER of Commerce to represent the interests of the Bombala business community is one step closer following a meeting last Thursday night.
There was consensus among the attendees that they would like to further explore options, Bombala Shire Council economic development manager Karen Cash said after the meeting.
“The meeting was attended by a cross section of local business owners keen to promote the area and their businesses,” Ms Cash said.
“The next step is to have another informal meeting where members of Cooma Chamber of Commerce can address the group and give first hand information on the benefits,” she said.
“Council will continue to assist the businesses by organising the informal meeting which at this stage it is planned for after Easter.”
Nine businesses attended the meeting at the council chambers including Penny Campbell of Lou Lou’s and Chris Ryan from Final Touches.
John Damson, one of the past Presidents and long term member of the now defunct Bombala and District Development Association, was also in attendance.
Mr Damson spoke about the early success of Bombala and District Development Association.
“Business owners recognised the need for a mechanism that would allow them an opportunity to express coordinated opinions on issues concerning the main street and business development,” Ms Cash said.
“Those present are going to encourage other businesses to attend the next informal get together.
“The general consensus was that they should start with a couple of small projects and successfully complete them as this will encourage other businesses to join in,” she said.