What a whirlwind the first quarter of the financial year has been for the Peel business community, with a plethora of events, programs and infrastructural announcements being made - and there is no sign of slowing down before we reach Christmas.
Early September saw the 2019 Alcoa Peel Business Excellence Awards gala event on Saturday, September 7 at the Mandurah Peel Convention Centre, recognising the incredible talent we have right here in the Peel region.
September also saw the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale welcome a new chief executive - Paul Martin.
Mr Martin has hit the ground running and the Chamber look forward to forging a strong working relationship with the council under Paul's leadership.
We have also seen many local infrastructure projects and initiatives being announced by all levels of government, with the Peel Micro-grid in the Peel Business Park in Nambeelup, the Mandurah Train Station carpark upgrade, Peel Health Campus carpark upgrade, the Bushfire Centre of Excellence in Murray and the Peel Jobs Fair.
Last, but certainly not least, the Chamber would like to congratulation Shire of Murray chief executive Dean Unsworth on his additional appointment at the Shire of Waroona.
This is an unprecedented achievement and businesses across Waroona have expressed their excitement with this announcement given Mr Unsworth's leadership achievements in Murray.
As we edge closer to the end of the calendar year and the beginning of our busy tourism period, many of our local small businesses are looking at new and innovative ways to adjust to an ever-changing business environment.
Much of this change is being driven by a shared ethos spanning across all industries - collaboration and partnership.
The Mandurah City Centre precinct is set to burst to life over this holiday period with events and activation projects planned by the Mandurah Boardwalk Group, Visit Mandurah and the our hospitality businesses in the Bridge Quarter, starting with the return of the ever-popular Top of the Terrace event.
Some the most exciting collaboration is coming from the Chamber's trades-based businesses, with many of them banding together to deliver a one-stop shop approach to construction projects and the formation of the 'Locals Supporting Locals' group - with business such as Maiolo Constructions, High Performance Electrical, Woodbury Plumbing, Peel Cabinets, Prime Refrigeration and many more.
We are also seeing some great partnerships being formed, such as local building firm Cachet Homes supporting the highly talented DC Decorating in partnering to deliver top-quality service to their client base.
These are only a few of the great stories the Chamber is hearing on this approach to small businesses working together to keep the work local.
Finally, The Chamber is partnering with Mandurah Nissan to promote the all new Nissan Leaf, the first fully electric zero emissions car available right here in regional WA.
As we all work towards identifying environmentally sustainable business practices, this new technology available is a huge step forward in the right direction.
Stay tuned for more information and updates as we travel across the Peel region in this exciting new vehicle.
Andrew McKerrell is Peel Chamber of Commerce and Industry general manager.