Final breakfast backgrounder for potential business group

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Elections for a Warrnambool business representative group are planned to be held in June, with more information about the process to be outlined at a business breakfast on Wednesday April 24.

Attendees will also hear from CEO of Commerce Ballarat and Chair of the Victorian Chamber Alliance, Jodie Gillett. 

Ms Gillett has led Commerce Ballarat since 2008 and along the way has been awarded an Order of Australia medal for service to business in Ballarat.

This event is the second in a two-part breakfast series, with Geelong Chamber of Commerce CEO Jeremy Crawford speaking at an event in March.

Warrnambool Mayor Ben Blain encouraged all business operators with an interest in working together for the growth of Warrnambool’s economy to attend.

“Last month Jeremy shared some really good insights into the importance of a Chamber of Commerce for a regional city, and it will be very interesting to hear from Jodie both in her capacity as a long-serving CEO of a successful chamber of commerce, but also as the chair of the Victorian Chamber Alliance,” he said.

“A modern chamber of commerce can do a lot for a business community, and this breakfast is a really good opportunity to find out more and to help shape its future.”
Council Manager Economic Development and Events Steve Hoy said that the election process would be carried out by local firm SED advisory.

“Nominations will open in mid-May with voting to take place in June,” he said.

“There will be a further information session for people looking to find out all the details, but this breakfast will be the final open forum for people to raise ideas before the operational model and structure is further drafted.

“It’s not too late to get involved, so please come along on April 24 to hear about the benefits of a group like this for Warrnambool, as well as to share your ideas on how the new group should function and what it should focus on.”

The event will be held at the Mid City Motel from 7.15am until 8.45am.

To RSVP please search “business representative group breakfast” at or contact Council’s economic development team on 5559 4800 or

RSVPs are requested by April 17, however they can be accepted beyond this date by contact Council’s economic development team.

Interested people unable to attend but who wish to discuss the prospect of a business representative group can also contact Council’s economic development team.