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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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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!