BDCC

Bright and District Chamber of Commerce is the leading local body advancing business opportunities for its members through effective leadership, advocacy and representation. It currently has 118 members.

The Chamber of Commerce and the Business Community:

 The Chamber is the means by which the business community is able to organise itself to:

  • Discuss matters of general application and importance to the business community;

  • Formulate policies and represent these views to the Shire, State & Federal Government organisations and the community;.

  • Provide a point of contact with the business community by the above organisations;

  • Co-ordinate the work of sub-committees which conduct festivals and other events which significantly contribute to the local economy;

  • Provide an umbrella organisation for these groups particularly in the areas of public liability insurance, sponsorship grant negotiations, and local liaison;

  • Allow the distribution of local relevant information to the membership quickly and effectively through a "members only" network.

 Objectives:

  • To establish good relationships between members in a competitive commercial environment.

  • To provide a forum for the discussion of all matters effecting members.

  • To promote the growth, development and prosperity of business activities in Bright and District.

  • To foster a sense of civic pride in the community.

Activities:

The Chamber has a voluntary Executive Committee made up of a President, two Vice Presidents, Secretary and Treasurer. The rest of the Committee is made up of one nominated representative from each of sub-committee.  The committee meets monthly on the 3rd Tuesday.  All members are welcome to attend.

The following is a brief description of the activities of the Chamber and its sub-committees.

Insurance

The Chamber arranges and pays for public liability insurance cover in respect of the sub-committees and their activities.  It also provides cover for members and volunteers assisting with Chamber projects.

Communication

The Chamber maintains constant communication with members on all relevant matters of interest. This is done by email and a weekly newsletter. Regulatory and other matters impacting upon small and medium enterprises are advised to members as they arise.

Representation

The Chamber maintains a strong relationship with the Alpine Shire and makes representation to the Shire as required on behalf of the membership.  The Chamber is a member of the Victorian Employers Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI).

Support

The Chamber provides in kind and financial support to its sub-committees and, to some extent, other community activities.  Support is also provided for some administrative matters.

Networking

Members meetings are held monthly and all members are encouraged to attend.

Events

Regular events and festivals are organised by sub-committees of the Chamber.  These include the Bright Market - Make it Bake it Grow it,  the Autumn Festival, Spring Festival incorporating the Bright Alpine Climb (Four Peaks), the Wandiligong Nut Festival, The Bright Rockabilly Festival and the new Bright Iconic Cruise Festival.  These voluntary committees work tirelessly to ensure that Bright remains highly visible as a preferred destination and that the town has high profile attractions.  Insurance cover for each of these is provided by the Chamber.

Riverside Walks

Bright’s well known walking tracks and associated infrastructure are continuously maintained and upgraded inconjuction with the Alpine Shire and another sub-committee of the Chamber.  The Friends of the Riverside Walks committee ensures that these tracks offer a major activity attraction for visitors and are kept in excellent condition.

Industry Groups

Chamber sub-committees such as Holiday Unit Owners Group and the Caravan/Tourist Group conduct mutual interest meetings and undertake activities beneficial to their specific interest.

Bright Markets