Local support in one building

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

The former Conargo Shire building is now home to four community organisations.

South West Arts, Deniliquin Business Chamber, Regional Development Australia Murray and BEC Advice South & West are all community based businesses now operating out of the 122 End St building.

Having all four businesses in the same building has been of benefit, as they work with each other on community projects and are able to feed off each other.

South West Arts is a regional arts and culture development organisation that works with partner councils to develop artistic strategies, plans and projects.

SWA builds social and economic capacity which executive director Kerry-Anne Jones said will support the innovative and exciting future of the region’s young people.

‘‘We work across six local government areas and about 78,000 square kilometres,’’ she said.

‘‘We work with partner councils at a community level with groups, galleries, individual artists and more to help them develop their businesses.

‘‘We hope to make this space more accessible, helping creative industry businesses to become established.

‘‘We also support other community groups based here aiming to recognise a shared sense of place.’’

The Deniliquin Business Chamber also offers support for businesses, advocating for its members.

‘‘We are a member based organisation,’’ executive officer Janet Renehan said.

‘‘We offer support and advice on how to be in business and support for business operators in Deniliquin.

‘‘We also advocate for our members through the NSW Business Chamber which lobbies on our behalf to the government.

‘‘We have over 180 members that include all types of businesses from large organisations to one person operations; all see something different in the business chamber.’’

Regional Development Australia Murray has the role of working with business, community and government to facilitate partnerships and resources in order to enhance the socio-economic health of the Murray region.

Business officer Brooke Doughty said RDA Murray focuses on building capacity for the whole region in addition to the core business of skilled migration and workforce development.

‘‘Our head office is located in Albury, but I am based in Deniliquin in order to meet the needs of the local and surrounding communities to the west of our region.’’

The RDA Murray region runs from the Snowy Mountains to the South Australian border along the Murray River, encompassing 10 local government areas.

“RDA Murray recently appointed a new committee with representation from the financial, economic, manufacturing, social, business development and local government sectors, as well as achieving gender balance and a broad geographic spread including the Deniliquin area.” Miss Doughty said.

BEC is also located in the former shire building working as a business contact dedicated to providing trusted advice to help start and grow businesses.

Business advisor Rowena Jackson said BEC is an advising service to businesses throughout the region.

‘‘Whether start-up, established or existing, we cover all aspects of business,’’ she said.

‘‘We provide one on one appointments with the first four hours being free with a cost of $25 an hour thereafter, subsidised by the NSW Department of Industry’s Business Connect.

‘‘We also organise workshops for digital, OH&S, social media and HR governance.

‘‘Our aim is to help small businesses grow, survive and prosper.

‘‘Our services are particularly valuable as many businesses are feeling the affects of the drought.’’

All of these organisations are not for profit and are here to help the Deniliquin community and its surrounds.

Contact details for each business are as follows:

South West Arts - Phone 58817749 or email

Deniliquin Business Chamber - Phone 58812621 or email

Regional Development Australia Murray - Phone 0260580600

or email [email protected].

Business Enterprise Centre Murray Hume - Phone 0458340400 or email