The Sutherland Shire Business Chamber was launched with the signing of a memorandum of understanding by Miranda & Districts, Menai & Sutherland District, Gymea, Cronulla, Engadine and Bundeena Maianbar chambers.
While the individual chambers will still operate, the new body will work with the state and federal governments and Sutherland Shire Council to drive economic development, foster innovation and business growth, and create local jobs.
Minister for Trade Stuart Ayres, represented Minister for Small Business John Barilaro at the launch at Tradies Caringbah club.
The event was also attended by chamber representatives federal Treasurer and Cook MP Scott Morrison and state MPs Eleni Petinos, Mark Speakman and Lee Evans.
Inaugural chair of the new chamber, Joanne Ryan, said it was important to “develop a united voice and go into bat for this area, in the same way that western Sydney has been so successful in attracting investment and opportunity”.
“It’s time we move the spotlight from the west to the south, and this is where it starts,” she said.
“We also have to talk more about the amazing businesses that are based in the area and, as a united chamber, we have to reach those businesses that are not yet members and provide them with a value proposition that they can’t refuse.”