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The Bungendore Chamber of Commerce & Industry Inc

We are committed to providing members with quality service to facilitate a better business environment for business owners and visitors to live, work and play. We appreciate your feedback on these important business issues within Bungendore and on the Chamber's service to you.

Bungendore

Proclaimed in 1837, the township of Bungendore quickly became an important crossroad linking Goulburn, Braidwood, Queanbeyan, Canberra and Cooma. Many of the most important buildings – the post office, an Anglican Church and the Bungendore Inn – were constructed in the 1840s.

Bungendore is a friendly, historic village in Country NSW, 30 minutes' drive from Canberra and 3 hours south-west of Sydney. This traditional Australian country town with a relaxed bush village atmosphere is set in a pretty green valley in the NSW Southern Tablelands.

The town offers numerous specialty shops and old stone, brick and timber heritage buildings, providing an evocative glimpse of 19th-century life in rural Australia. Discover art, craft and antique shops in the Bungendore Village Square and browse the Bungendore Wood Works Gallery for sculpture, craft and furniture.

If food and wine take your fancy, Bungendore has two wineries for you to visit – sample the fine local wines at Lark Hill and Lerida Estate, both of which are also restaurants. If you crave the great outdoors, there is an abundance of natural attractions further afield in the Queanbeyan area – don’t miss Googong Foreshores or Monga National Park.

There’s a small but charming selection of accommodation in town, and many more places to stay in the surrounding area.

Bungendore History

The first European exploration of the Bungendore region was by Charles Throsby and his party. Explorer and botanist Allan Cunningham passed through the district in 1824. European settlers had arrived within a year of his visit. A station was established in the area around 1824.

The beginnings of the town date from about 1835 with Bungendore being officially recognised in 1837. A lock-up was constructed the next year, along with The Harp Inn, which is now the Lake George Hotel/Motel. A licence has been held non-stop since 1838 but the building has been much changed.

A mail service commenced in 1836 with a post office constructed in 1840. The current post office was built-in 1882. Bushranger William Westwood (known as 'Jacky Jacky') was active in the region in 1840-41. Jacky Jacky was briefly locked up in the Harp Inn during 1840.

The Bungendore Inn (1847) was later used as a Cobb & Co staging post. Only fragments of the Inn remain today. By 1848 there were 30 people in the town. The population increased to 63 by 1851.

Churches, schools, hotels, a flour mill and a courthouse (1864) were all added to Bungendore before 1970. The former Beehive Hotel, constructed in 1859, is still standing. The stone courthouse (1864) is currently the Bungendore police station.

The stone St Mary's Catholic Church was an 1862 construction while St Philip's Anglican Church was built-in Gothic Revival style in 1864. The original St John's Presbyterian Church (1875) was torn down to accommodate the railway. The current St John's was erected in 1886.Rail reached Bungendore in 1885 and this contributed to a period of prosperity in the 1880s. The railway station (which shut in 1987), gatekeeper's house and stationmaster's residence all date back to 1884-85 and were built-in Gothic Revival style. The Royal Hotel (1882) was constructed in preparation for the rail connection. The original 1855 Royal Hotel is also still standing but is currently a private home.A coaching inn constructed using hand-made bricks in 1888-89 is currently the Carrington Motel and Restaurant. It has also been used as a store, a bordello and a private home.

Queanbeyan became the major centre for the region, leaving Bungendore as a small service town to the surrounding farming enterprises.


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Bungendore Business Excellence Awards

The 2017 Business Excellence Awards were presented at Le Tres Bon on Friday 11th August 2017, at the Bungendore Chamber of Commerce and Industry AGM. The major focus of the night was the celebration of the nominees and winners for the BCCI 2017 Excellence in Business Awards. There were 5 Awards with Business of the Year – The Big Green Cup Service Excellence - The Wellbeing Pilates Studio Presidents Award - Southern Harvest Farmers Market Bungendore Trade Services Award – MOJO Constructions Community Service Award – Palerang Financial Services BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARDED TO “ The Big Green Cup” Linda Brown and Vicki Cannon pride themselves on homemade cakes and scones. They have a delightful light meals menu, fresh and healthy and a wide range of gluten free options. Linda, Vicki and their staff not only offer great food, fantastic servings and great coffee, but their hospitality is second to none. Great location and awesome name and decor, a very pleasant and relaxing atmosphere. Linda and Vicki opened this cafe nearly 10 years ago with little more than a cup and saucer, and have built a successful small business opening 7 days a week. They have built their business up with perseverance and optimism and have obtained a large following of regular local customers, regular travellers to and from the coast and the visitor to Bungendore who gives fabulous reviews to Trip Advisor. An avid employee of local people so much so they have seen many a Bungendorian Youth start with the casual weekend job at the Big  Green Cup, then  take their experience on to bigger and better adventures forging their own career. Linda and Vicki also give back to the community by way of volunteering their time at local events. They are members of the Chamber of Commerce and The Rotary Club. The Big Green Cup is a great example of a little idea mixed with some determination demonstrating exemplary practice to achieve success. An overwhelming number of nominations were received for The Big Green Cup which has lead our decision to Congratulate Linda and Vicki as 2017 Bungendore Business of the Year. SERVICE EXCELLENCE AWARDED TO “Wellbeing Pilates Studio” The Wellbeing Pilates Studio was established in 1998 with the "aim to enable all their clients to appreciate how powerful their bodies can be when trained to their optimum potential”. Cathy Preston and her team of instructors offer consistent high quality service to every client from the friendly greeting when you walk in the door to the farewell as you leave. The whole experience is fun even while you are working hard to get stronger. The business runs special classes for new mothers and their babies.  It really has developed in to its own small community where many locals get to meet each other. The staff tailor the training to suit the needs of every client (even in group classes) no matter what their ability level and life circumstances. This business has achieved amazing results for people living with disabilities and injuries by combining technical expertise with positive attitude and social connection. The lovely trainers are the reason people keep returning to the studio. Their friendly, warm and welcoming attitude is the essence of the business. The many nominations that were received by the BCCI for the Wellbeing Pilates Studio lead to the decision to Congratulate Cathy and her team for the 2017 Service Excellence Award. PRESIDENTS AWARD GOES TO “Southern Harvest Farmers Market Bungendore" The Southern Harvest Association is an educational and marketing non-profit incorporated local food association at the forefront of supporting and promoting local and regional food production and consumption in South East NSW and ACT. The Southern Harvest Association operates the Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore, which is one of very few truly regional farmers’ markets in our region, with all market produce sold being grown or made by the stallholders. The Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 9am-12pm at the Anglican Hall in Butmaroo Street, Bungendore. The Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore is deserving of the Presidents Award for its achievements of bringing our community the experience of local produce and to offer a means for our local producers to sell their products. The organisation has also been extremely successful in the organisation of two major events this past year, the first being “The Harvest Festival” where over 3000  people arrived in our village to experience this wonderful festival and give other local businesses a boost in the economy. A festival which I’m sure will grow bigger and better each coming year. The other  event was the Yuletide Festival in which the organisation partnered again with local businesses for another successful weekend. Congratulations to Penny Kothe and her team for the 2017 Presidents Award. TRADE SERVICES AWARD GOES TO “Mojo Constructions” MOJO Constructions is a local business employing local tradespeople and sourcing materials from local suppliers when available.  MOJO Constructions is a diverse and versatile construction company catering for all your construction needs. With a focus on professionalism and quality, Mark Osark and his experienced subcontractors are prepared to meet your personal construction requirements. Nominations that were received by the BCCI talked about MOJO Constructions' quality of work and attention to detail as being second to none, outstanding customer service, quality build and good value for money. MOJO Construction  certainly has some happy clients.  They have described Mark as a great leader of his team, the ability to think outside the square and arriving at quality solutions. Congratulations Mojo Constructions for being the winner of the 2017 Trade Services Award. COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD - PALERANG FINANCIAL SERVICES PFSL is the operator and franchisee of Bungendore and Braidwood Community Banks. It is a Community Service Business that is managed by a Board of Directors who are all unremunerated volunteers. This business also employs local residents to deliver important financial service outcomes to our local area. The directors work tirelessly to govern and guide the business in a commercial world with all the profits being directed back to the local community. The main outcome the Directors aim to achieve is the outcomes back to the community in the form of sponsorship and grants. In the past 12 months our community Banks have given over half a million dollars back to the community across the Palerang area. This has been developed, negotiated and lead by the directors to deliver opportunities for the small organisations in our community and to undertake large major projects. Many large community projects would not have eventuated if it wasn’t for the dedication and passion of the Directors of the Community Bank and Palerang Financial Services. They dedicate many volunteer hours formulating, managing, writing, talking and submitting proposals to various Government Politians  (local, state and Federal levels) to achieve many major successful infrastructure projects throughout the Bungendore and Braidwood areas. In many cases The Community Bank has provided the seed money to facilitate these negotiations which have had a huge benefit to the greater community at large. These have included playgrounds, a Scout Hall for Bungendore, Sporting/ Recreation Areas, Showgrounds facilities, major facilities for Braidwood Hospital, major sponsorship to the Snowy Hydro Care Helicopter, Abbeyfield Aged Care Facility, Gundillion Mobile Phone Tower, and repairs to historic halls to name a few, then there are small organisations that are just as important that have benefited like the local basketball and football and other sporting clubs, tennis court resurfacing, shade cloths for children playgrounds, many pony clubs, scouts, preschools, quilters etc etc. A rewarding job and a job well done by the dedicated Volunteer Directors of Palerang Financial Services. Congratulations for winning the 2017 Community Service Award.

The BCCI July Newsletter is out

The Chamber's third newsletter for 2017 has been released. Read about the upcoming Business Excellence Awards, the Chamber's achievements over the past year, and news from the NSW Business Chamber. Get your copy here. _____________________________________________________________  

Vote for your Favourite Businesses

The Bungendore Chamber of Commerce and Industry 2017 Business Excellence Awards are now open for Voting The BCCI Business Excellence Awards recognise local businesses that demonstrate excellence in practice, business achievement, or for their contribution to the local area. All BCCI members are invited to nominate local businesses for these awards and all local businesses are eligible for nomination regardless of size, nature or membership status. There are five award categories:
  1. Business of the Year - this award recognises an outstanding local business that demonstrates exemplary practice or has achieved particular success – for example, by providing employment to the local community, demonstrating a high standard of business management or growth, and/or contributing in some way to the local business sector or the local community.
  2. Service Excellence – this award recognises a business that provides outstanding customer service to its clients, and/or other businesses, and/or the broader community.
  3. President’s Award - this award recognises a business, small or large, for a noteworthy achievement or for demonstrating excellence in ways that may not be covered by the other award categories.
  4. Trade Services Award – this award recognises a business in the Trade Services industry that demonstrates excellence in understanding of customer requirements, technical product delivery, maintenance management, sound time management and customer service.
  5. Community Service Award – this award recognises an organisation or an individual who selflessly volunteers themselves to assist others in the broader community
How to nominate Please complete the form and email to secretary@bungendore.com.au by COB, Friday, 28 July 2017. Nominations will be reviewed by the BCCI Executive Committee and the Awards will be presented at the BCCI AGM and dinner: 6.30pm, Friday 11 August 2017, Le Tres Bon, Bungendore. To vote for your favourite business, you can download a Word version of the Nomination Form or find a PDF version here. [hr][spacer]

The new Bungendore Village Guide is now available

Copies of the Guide are available from businesses around Bungendore. You can also download and print your own copy here.  Once printed, it can be folded into your own handy guide. Please do let businesses know that you found them in the Guide!
 

The 2017-18 Bungendore Directory is now available

Copies of the new 2017-18 full colour Bungendore Directory are being distributed to all homes and businesses in the local area. Thanks so much to Sharon Rasker, John Salmond, Linda Williams and Juliet Dowling for their efforts in bringing this project to fruition. An electronic copy of the Directory can be downloaded here.
 

2016 Business Excellence Awards

The BCCI held its AGM and 2016 Business Excellence Awards on the 9th September.  The following awards were presented to the worthy winners: Business of the Year – Royal Hotel Accepted by David Mac Laren on behalf of Scott and Lara Preston President’s Award – Bungendore Weekly Accepted by Sharon Baxter-Judge Service Excellence Award – The Big Green Cup Accepted by Linda Brown and Vicki Cannon Trade Services Award – CTM Backhoe and Truck Hire Accepted by Lyle and Sue Montesin Community Award – Priceline Pharmacy Accepted by Glenys Daniel Congratulations to all award recipients and nominees. bcci-award-winners
 

We have a Facebook Page!

The Bungendore Chamber of Commerce now has a Facebook page….yes, it has finally happened! On our page you can find out about our meetings, courses and workshops, Chamber news as it happens and other relevant information. Just search Facebook for Bungendore Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc.
 

Member Survey results

All members are invited to read the Key Findings from the 2015 Member Survey which are being used to inform the BCCI Strategic Plan for 2016. Once again, the Executive Committee extends its thanks to all members who responded to the survey and provided invaluable information and insights on member views and priorities.
 

Optimised search results for the BCCI website

To provide a more dynamic and searchable online directory of member business, the BCCI website was recently optimised to ensure anyone who searches online for services in Bungendore will now find the relevant Chamber webpage on the first page of their search results. For example, anyone searching for 'Bungendore restaurants' will see a direct link to the Chamber's restaurant page on their first page results. The same will hold true when people search for other categories such as accommodation, shops and galleries, professional services etc. This new feature provides even more reason to take advantage of FREE member advertising on the BCCI website! If you haven't already done so, simply send your business name and contact details and a few words about your business – along with your logo and up to three photos – to secretary@bungendore.com.au
 

New local newspaper – the Bungendore Weekly

Those who were saddened by the recent demise of The Bungendore Mirror, will be please to hear that a new local newspaper, The Bungendore Weekly is about to commence production. This new, free paper will be  community and business orientated and edited and produced locally.  The BCCI Executive Committee urges all members to consider supporting the paper through advertising to ensure its success. BCCI will be contributing to the newspaper by way of our regular monthly news update and will also be advertising the 2016 Business Directory in the paper. To arrange your own advertising in the Bungendore Weekly, or to obtain more information, please email info@bungendoreweekly.com or call Sharon Baxter-Judge on 0419 025 533.
 

Abbeyfield – looking for community support

Further to the Abbeyfield presentation given by Peter Blematl at our May General Meeting, the Abbeyfield project is progressing. The project will deliver a much-needed home for seniors in Bungendore but is not government funded, so Abbeyfield are now asking the local community for support.  To contribute to the Bungendore Abbeyfield project, please visit their crowd funding page. To learn more about Abbeyfield and the great work they do, you can view this Youtube link, visit the Abbeyfield Facebook page, or come along to the Bungendore Community Christmas Party on 6 December and have a chat to the folks from Abbeyfield at their stall.
 

Invitation to Chamber members – increase your web presence free of charge

All BCCI members are entitled to advertise their business on this website at no extra cost. All you need to do is provide a short blurb about your business, along with 1-3 images. If you've already advertised on the website, now is a great time to review and update your details. Simply email your new entry or updates to secretary@bungendore.com.au.
Don't miss this opportunity to increase your web presence and complement your entry in the 2015 Bungendore Business Directory. We look forward to seeing you on the BCCI website!