President's Message

A warm welcome to 2017

I trust you had a relaxing family Christmas and wonderful New Year.

Travelling into the city of a morning, I am slowly seeing the offices fill up with people as each business kicks off their 2017 campaign. With a wry smile I overhear some people are keen to work off the Christmas cheer among other New Year’s resolutions. I hope you keep your resolutions fun and include a daily good belly laugh in your to do list.

There is an expression “you’re only as good as your last meal” – how true!  As a Club, we are looking forward to tantalising you with quality, relevant and professional speakers along with providing you delicious and relaxing lunches. In the list of your New Year’s resolutions, I request on behalf of our historical club you would enter a recurring date, the second Tuesday of each month, in your calendar. I thank you in advance for doing this, and promise our committee will work at 100 per cent capacity to deliver the highest of value to you and your business.

The next 12 months for the Club is taking shape. In our February lunch, the most honourable Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes (Newcastle), Mayor Kay Fraser (Lake Macquarie) and Mayor Peter Blackmore (Maitland), have confirmed they will be the speakers at our first luncheon. They will be discussing how their councils are assisting small business in their endeavour to trade in the respective regions. It will be a good insight into the benefits that are available.

We are very pleased to confirm the Honourable John Ajaka, Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Multiculturalism and Deputy Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council and Member of the Liberal Party will be our guest on a panel of speakers in March. The topic of discussion will be the NDIS.

The NDIS is massive. The scheme will provide about 460,000 Australians under the age of 65 with a permanent and significant disability with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to live an ordinary life. It is estimated a further 35,000 jobs will be created in the Hunter over the next three years. The positive impact from the NDIS will also extend to other industries like building and construction, property development and financial services to name a few. Our region is fortunate that the New South Wales Government have chosen the Hunter as one of the first regions to roll out the NDIS.

See you at the lunches this year,

Dene Kilpatrick | 2017 President