The Adelaide Plains Business Advisory Group met for the first time last month, its outcome described by Adelaide Plains Council (APC) Mayor, Mark Wasley, as very positive.
Formally known as the Business Council, the name was changed to Advisory Group to distinguish between the two entities of APC and the Business Council.
The Adelaide Plains Business Advisory Group (APBAG) is now an independent body, formed following council’s initiative to place a greater focus on the region’s business opportunities. Council first explored the notion of establishing a business council in late 2017 after local farmer, John Lush, now an elected member of APC, raised the idea at a general council meeting during open forum.
Since that time a series of business breakfasts were held hosting representatives from local businesses with a view of growing the concept organically.
Expressions of interest were subsequently sent out to the business sector for business leaders to participate.
Representatives were sought for seven member categories including small business operators and the main commercial sectors across the region.
Newly appointed chairperson of APBAG, Mr Ian O’Loan, OAM, believes it is important to acknowledge the majority of the members of the group are all people who have taken the initiative in setting up businesses of a new nature in the APC area.
“The group has a positive attitude to assisting and seeking new businesses to come to APC, and wishes to encourage businesses to contact members with ideas,” Mr O’Loan said.
APC CEO, James Miller, was pleased by the inclusion of Fraser Ellis, Member for Narungga, on the Business Advisory Group.
“We put a call out to Fraser Ellis at the eleventh hour as Fraser wasn’t initially earmarked to be a part of the group itself, and pleasingly Fraser attended, outlining his willingness to be part of the Business Advisory Group,” Mr Miller said.
“This will be really beneficial for us in terms of getting an ear into State Government going forward, so that was one of the key milestones out of the meeting.”
In a media release, Mr Miller communicated his excitement to see the APBAG prosper, with assistance and support from Regional Development Australia.
“Council looks forward to considering advice from the Business Advisory Group, which will assist in seizing economic growth and tourism opportunities for the region,” he stated. The next meeting for the Adelaide Plains Business Advisory Group is proposed for tomorrow, Thursday, October 3.