Chambers join forces to tackle mobile meltdown

THE Eurobodalla’s three Chambers of Commerce have joined forces to lobby government and telcos about the shire’s summer mobile meltdown.

Batemans Bay Chamber of Commerce president Natasha Driscoll said she was delighted the Chambers had formed a united front on the mobile and internet service collapse during the holiday season.

She said she had spoken with officials from the neighbouring Chambers and together they would seek a meeting with Eurobodalla Mayor Lindsay Brown and  acting general manager Rob Noble before lobbying state and federal MPs and the telcos.

“I met with both (Chambers) last week and they are really passionate about it,” she said.

“We are all looking for the same result. It is not just about Batemans Bay, it affects the whole shire. We need to get something happening. Something has to give.

“They are both keen to get some momentum.”

She said petitions could now be signed in all three towns.

“We are looking to schedule a meeting to understand council’s position on the matter and then we’d like to talk to the telcos and our local MPs to see what can be done.”

Ms Driscoll said, while the crisis may have eased towards the end of the holidays, customers were still complaining that lines were unreliable.

“It is not as severe but I don’t think it is fixed,” she said.

However, Ms Driscoll said while figures were not yet available, summer trade had been healthy.

“From all reports, things have been great,” she said.

Ms Driscoll said new members were welcome to attend a dinner meeting on Wednesday night next week at ClubCatalina, where Mr Noble and Cr Brown would speak.

The agenda will include the issue of whether traffic lights should be installed at Perry St. Anyone wishing to attend should email info@baychamber.com.au by Friday.

Meanwhile, the Chamber is getting organised early for next year’s festive season, already seeking volunteers for 2013.

“We are looking for expressions of interest from the community to establish a Christmas Committee to help decorate the town and source lights and decorations,” Ms Driscoll said.

She said the Chamber had funds for decorations, but needed people power.

“We need people who want to see the town with a festive spirit,” she said.

A New Year’s Eve event on the foreshore is also up for discussion, but Ms Driscoll said they could not rely on a few people. 

“It can’t just be the same volunteers doing everything,” she said.

“We are all very busy. We need community input, we need to see businesses band together. Together we can do something, but we are looking for people to help out with planning and development.”

Email info@baychamber. com.au if you wish to help.

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