Tamworth Business Chamber unveils suggestion box to get feedback from local community

GET IN TOUCH: Jill Stewart with the box, which can be found outside the chamber’s new office at Town Hall. Suggestions can be left anonymously or with contact details. Photo: Garth Gardner
GET IN TOUCH: Jill Stewart with the box, which can be found outside the chamber’s new office at Town Hall. Suggestions can be left anonymously or with contact details. Photo: Garth Gardner

IT’S been gathering dust for decades, but the Tamworth Business Chamber suggestion box is back.

The chamber wants to throw open the lines of communication with the local community, with the hope businesses will come forward with anything on their minds.

The chamber’s membership manager, Jill Stewart, said the idea came about when the Tamworth Business Chamber moved to its new office in the Town Hall.

“As we were packing boxes, we found the suggestion box and it just made sense to simply ask the business community to tell us what they would like to see,” Ms Stewart said.

“The idea of the suggestion box is to give us a real insight into what type of environment our businesses are operating in.

“Whether it is a local issue such as parking, development or crime or a macro issue, the more we are talking about it, the more we can do to understand it.

“Businesses talk amongst themselves but are sometimes too afraid or simply too busy to take it any further. Our job as a chamber is to advocate for and support our local business community.

“We are not necessarily going to be the ones to fix the problem, but we will act as a conduit for conversation and legislation.”

Chamber president Jye Segboer said the feedback could be about local, state or federal issues – everything from the need for more car parks in a particular area to how high energy prices are impacting businesses.

“Any issue that we can continue to grow not just business, but the city itself, we’d love to hear about it,” Mr Segboer said.

The box can be found outside the chamber’s new office at Town Hall. Suggestions can be left anonymously or with contact details.