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Retail, hospitality and accommodation members have reported strong sales and visitor numbers prior to and following Christmas with continued optimism for the remainder of the summer holidays. This is good news for business owners seeking to maintain a steady recovery from a quiet mid-year trading period.
The Merry Moruya Christmas Window Display Competition was a great success in its third year. The judging panel had a difficult choice with 23 entries and were deadlocked when it came to deciding on the competition’s best displays. Please see the separate article and photo for further details.
December 2015 saw Rohan Gleeson and Tubby Harrison taking up the challenge of ensuring that Moruya’s Christmas Lights were installed in Vulcan Street for the 19th straight year. The Moruya Business Chamber is grateful to these committed men and the other Chamber members who have assisted in getting our famous displays powered up despite considerable bureaucratic barriers that the region’s electricity supplier placed before us.
Correspondence received from Eurobodalla Shire Council has outlined a January 2016 timetable for the development of concept designs for an upgraded taxi rank in Queen Street. The Moruya Business Chamber will continue working with Council on a design that offers improved pedestrian access and all-weather protection for taxi patrons and drivers.
Throughout the year, presidents of four local business chambers meet with senior Council staff and State and Commonwealth politicians to discuss greater cooperation on regional initiatives that benefit our economy and community. The issues discussed with Council in October 2015 were:
Keep an eye on your inbox for details on upcoming activities and events such as the Moruya Cup race day, the Eurobodalla Show and our first business breakfast of 2016 to be hosted by TAFE Illawarra Moruya Campus on Wednesday 24 February. I am currently negotiating with a number of politicians and other interesting guests with a view to organising an informative business dinner in the first quarter of 2016.
If you can’t get to our monthly meetings, please follow our progress on the www.moruya.nsw.au website or the Moruya Business Chamber Facebook Page.
Tracey Dance from Flowers Parties Gifts worked with 23 Moruya businesses in November and December to ensure that shoppers were treated to some terrific festive shop front displays as part of the annual Merry Moruya Christmas Window Display Competition.
The aim of the competition is to make our town look festive and to create a feeling of local pride. It’s really great to see a small town go to so much effort to make a CBD area look spectacular for Christmas.
Competition this year was fierce as business owners vied for the perpetual trophy and the honour of being named best display. In the end, the judges could not decide between terrific entries from Curtis and Cloud and The Rustic Pantry. These businesses will share the trophy until next Christmas.
Congratulations to all of the entrants and thanks to Tracey for managing the competition.
WINNERS: Deb Curtis from Curtis and Cloud and Alison Worthington representing The Rustic Pantry winner’s for 2015.
Early January 2016 saw a northbound traffic tailback for 8 kilometres south of Moruya on the Princes Highway. The photo insert shows bumper to bumper traffic at Bergalia while the actual queue extended to the Bingi Road turnoff. A number of residents have made representations to the media and Government decision makers in the hope of finding a workable solution to this seasonal problem that saw people needing 70 minutes to travel from Coila to Moruya on this particular day. Some of the suggestions posted on social media to improve the flow of highway traffic included a temporary one way system using Shore and Ford Streets, the switching off of traffic lights in Moruya and the closure of Queen and Church Streets where they intersect Vulcan Street.
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From its original inhabitants, the Bugelli-Manji tribe, to bushrangers, the Gold Rush and beyond, Moruya has a rich history filled with the colour and romance typical of Australia's early days.