The ECCI Express

Edition Six  ~ October 2021
Message from the President
The past couple of months have been huge for the ECCI. The business hub is now fully operational and we welcome the many visitors we have had through the doors for casual room hire, printing and scanning. The Chamber has also taken on a second employee Rita. Rita will be assisting with the daily running of the business hub, she has already proven to be a huge asset to our team and we look forward to further developing and expanding this role into the future.

The successful funding the ECCI managed to secure through Santos and BHP for Base Marine's RTO initiative is in full swing, with Base announcing their first round of training courses at the end of this month, scroll down for further details.

Our Exmouth Business Accelerator Program (E-BAP) has 2 more fantastic workshops to round up the year. Scroll down to keep up to date and secure your free tickets.
Last Friday Peter and Jordan Brodie from GreatWave delivered a workshop on Leadership and Empowering Human Potential, This was a fantastic opportunity for free staff development and businesses to bring along your managers and team leaders.

Your ECCI continues to press the state government to aid us in finding a solution for the worker housing crisis. With ongoing meetings and discussions, we hope to be able to announce further developments shortly.

Another pressing matter on everyone's mind is the impending 2023 Total Solar Eclipse. We have been assisting the Tourism WA working group with any information they may need and are excited to announce a special business after-hours event on Thursday this week providing an update to ALL local business owners. Make sure you RSVP by securing your free ticket online.
ECCI President, David Gillespie and Operations and Project Manager, Sarah Booth.
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Infrastructure WA Survey Results - State Budget Breakfast
Round Table with Minister Sanderson - Chevron Integrated Service Opportunity
 Business Confidence Survey - Business Hub Grand Opening - Upcoming Events
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ECCI News and Updates
Upcoming Training Courses
Registrations are now open for Base Marine's first round of training courses, in partnership with KI Training and Assessing Pty Ltd (RTO #52593). Base will be holding 4 courses in the next few weeks.

Elevated Work Platforms Tickets
- Tuesday, 28 September, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm
- Wednesday 29 September, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm
Registrations close Friday 24 September

Forklift Ticket
- Thursday 30th of September, 7:30 pm to 4:30 pm
- Friday 1 October, 7:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Registrations Close Tuesday 28th of September

Take up this fantastic opportunity to save staff time and money by having their training completed right there in Exmouth!

A special introductory offer is also available! 
Contact Yarni at Base Marine Ph: 08 9949 1433 or M: 0419 464 533 or email
Infrastructure WA Survey
The Exmouth Chamber of Commerce was recently requested by Infrastructure WA to create a submission based on feedback from our local business community. This information will allow Infustrature WA to understand what our community believe to be the most important infrastructure investments to help unlock our region.

The survey results reflect the feedback of 53 individuals within the Exmouth Community. 45.28% of survey respondents indicated Worker Housing supply was the number one infrastructure priority. Following this 37.74% said Town Water Supply and 35.85% voting the Minilya-Exmouth Rd Upgrade and Health and Medical Services were a priority. Closely following with 33.96% of survey respondents indicating a priority was also the Town Energy Supply and Waste Management Plan and Implementation.

This feedback has been provided back to the Infrastructure WA team and will be incorporated into their Submission to the state government.
State Budget Breakfast with Minister Saffioti
ECCI Vice President Jackie Brooks, Minister Rita Saffioti and ECCI President David Gillepsie.
Recently we hosted the Hon. Rita Saffioti, Minister for Transport, Planning and Ports at Mantarays Ningaloo Reef Resort. We had a fantastic turnout, with over 45 businesses from Exmouth and Coral Bay attending.

The Minister presented on the State Budget and some specific items relevant to our local community.

A couple of key commitments to note:

✅ $14 million towards Exmouth Minilya Road upgrade - 50km

✅ Revitalisation to our Tafe sector and addressing skill needs, by continuing the lower fees and invest in the skills program.

✅ Residential Airfare Cap - $299 one way for Exmouth Residents, due mid next year.

✅ $4.7million to upgrade 78.51km of Burkett Road

✅ $90,000 to support the Shire of Exmouth’s Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaption Plan.

✅ $1.3million for planning and investigation to determine concepts and Business Case for the Tantabiddi Boat Ramp Redevelopment
Round Table with Minister Sanderson
The Exmouth Chamber of Commerce had the pleasure of arranging a round table discussion with the Hon. Amber-Jane Sanderson MLA, Minister for Environment, Climate Action and Commerce on Friday last week.

A cross-section of ECCI members from a range of different businesses in town attended. Minister Sanderson addressed the group on the current EPA findings. The stakeholders took the opportunity to discuss an array of issues around the environmental impacts of over-tourism, the importance of eco-tourism and education, recreational fishing zones, water and waste management and the funding requirements for infrastructure priorities and services. To adequately cater to the volume of people we are currently experiencing.

We look forward to continuing to work with the Minister on these issues.
Chevron Integrated Services Opportunity
ICNWA has recently published a new work opportunity on ICN Gateway. We encourage All local businesses to view the document and register on the Gateway as this may open new opportunities for business growth to the areas listed within the EOI.
Should anyone have questions feel free to contact Carla, Local Content and AIP Adviser:
T: (08) 9365 7543
M: 0428 403 072 

Or simply register on ICN Gateway to complete the expression of interest either full or part scope depending on the company’s capabilities.
View Integrated Services EOI Document HERE
CCIWA Business Confidence Survey – Now Open
RCCIWA is seeking your feedback on the biggest issues facing WA’s economy – skilled labour shortages, mandatory vaccinations, and vaccination re-opening thresholds.  
As the only WA-specific index in the country, the CCIWA Business Confidence Survey provides a snapshot of state-wide economic conditions and business expectations, including in regional WA.
We intend to take your feedback directly to key decision-makers and ensure your voice is represented.  
As we approach key vaccination milestones, your feedback on these issues is critically important. 
Please click below to start the survey.
Complete Survey Now
Business Hub Grand Opening
We proudly celebrated our grand opening of the Business Hub on the 13th of August, ECCI’s home base and home to our Business Accelerator Program. The Hub will create new opportunities to build Exmouth business capability while supporting the growth of the Chamber.
”Our thanks to BHP, Woodside, Mitsui, Santos, Horizon Power, the State Government and the Shire of Exmouth for supporting this initiative and its ongoing support for the Chamber.” - David Gillespie, ECCI President.
The Business Hub has been created to bring together and foster co-operation among members and businesses from all types of industries from commercial, industrial and professional. This legacy project will pave the way for growth and economic sustainability through improving business capacity and confidence.
“Our vision as a Chamber is to become a reliable organisation that can represent its members effectively with robust and meaningful capacity building initiatives, support and representation through local, state and federal governments. In order to achieve this, creating revenue streams and a home for the Chamber was essential. Since our initial discussion with our funding partners in 2019, we have managed to secure over $1.2million to support local businesses and local community initiatives.” – David Gillespie.
The Exmouth Business Hub has a range of different spaces available for hire, competitively priced and purpose-built with the latest technologies, hi-speed internet access and fitted out with new modern office furnishings. Whether you are after a desk for a few hours in our co-worker space or after something a little more private for a few days or weeks the ECCI Business Hub has something for all.

If you are looking for a space to hold a meeting, staff training or workshops, then look no further than the Hub. The meeting and board rooms can be configured to suit your needs and feature the latest and greatest in AV Technology; in fact, our Business Accelerator Program workshops are held in the spacious boardroom for that optimal workshop and networking environment.

All room rentals also allow access to our kitchen, including tea and coffee, as well as the common break out lounge space and surrounding gardens.

The ECCI is also proud to announce that all ECCI Members, Community Groups and Not for Profits can enjoy 50% off the advertised rates.
Welcome to our newest tenants!
Office 2 - Welcome Community Housing

Community Housing has now relocated from its office at the Ningaloo Centre to the Exmouth Business Hub. We are so pleased to welcome this community service to the business hub and look forward to supporting Colleen in her new space.
Community Housing, By Appointment Only, Please call 0437 101 757 or email Collee on
Office 4 - Meet Aaron and Paula
Hello, Our names are Aaron and Paula Balgera.
We have recently relocated to Exmouth from the Perth hills with our beautiful children. Our family owns and runs a Steel business in Bayswater, Perth and while continuing to run this business remotely we have also started our own Charter business with our Awesome Boat “Fawesome”. We are looking forward to enjoying Exmouth and all its beautiful soundings.
Our family is running Awesome Private charters on the most Awesome Boat, out of the Exmouth Marina weekly.

Please see the website for more details.
Steel-cut to size | Delivered | No job too small | Laser | Plasma | Profile | Guillotine | Bandsaw
 We supply new steel cut to your requirements. Shipping to Exmouth Weekly. Please contact Aaron for any of your Steel needs.
Upcoming Events
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Tourism WA - Total Solar Eclipse
Business After Hours

Thursday 23 September- 5:30pm to 7:30pm

The Exmouth Chamber of Commerce would like to invite all local Exmouth business owners to meet the newly appointed Chair of the Total Solar Eclipse Project Team, Jim Sharpe joined by Kelsie Johnston, Director of Tourism WA for an evening of information sharing and networking.

Jim and Kelsie would like to take this opportunity to meet with our local business owners, to provide an update on what the project team have been working on. There will also be opportunities to ask questions and raise any concerns or provide helpful suggestions for the project teams consideration moving forward.

Register for this Event
MEMBERS ONLY- Business After Hours

Wednesday 29 September- 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Imagine halving your wage bill for the next year!

The Australian Government has committed to a 4.2 Billion dollar initiative to help upskill the Australian workforce by contributing up to 50% of the wage costs for eligible workers that participate in nationally recognised training.

Navigating the application process is complex and initiating the training takes a bit of work. But the end result is a government contribution to your business of 50% of the gross wages (up to $28,000 per staff member) for those enrolled.

To help you take advantage of this limited-time opportunity, Kensington Financial Group has engaged with consulting firm TGImonday. Their in-depth knowledge of this program and the training sector will assist you to access nationally accredited training for staff, that leverages this current government funding opportunity.

To find out more about this grant funding and how you can sign your staff up, come along to the Business After Hours Event!

Register for this Event
Communications Workshop
with Myles Pollard

Wednesday, 20 October 9:00 am to 12noon

Join the Aussie show-time favourite, Myles Pollard, as he shares his methods of staying on top of performance nerves whilst being connected and engaging during the conversation.

Having been a successful actor and corporate facilitator for over three decades, Myles’ workshop will help you create dynamic and effective conversation. Through the control of vocal and visual messaging, you will become capable of conveying exactly what you want from the other person, without pre-emption.

*Morning tea and coffee provided!

Past Events
Workplace Leadership
with Peter and Jordan Brodie
We had the pleasure of hosting Peter and Jordan Brodie from Greatwave for a workshop on workplace leadership last week.

With record numbers attending the day was extremely well received with everyone getting something truly valuable to take away with them.

"An insightful course filled with real-life examples of communicating effectively in business and bringing the best out of the people around you. Learning how to simplify your goals and taking the time needed to plan for success"
-  Caitlin Sterry, Manager Visitor Services

We began the day by diving deep into learning all about the clarify tool and how we can use this to truly understand our 100% truth and our 1-year goals. From there we dived deeper into understanding why these goals are important to us and what capabilities we will need to achieve them.

After an amazing morning tea provided by the deli team at Ningaloo Harvest iGA. We went 7 Levels Deep into understanding our why... If you have never spent time doing this before I can highly recommend it.

It goes like this: 
Ask yourself 'Why is it important for you to be successful in what you do?"
Then your answer to ask yourself the next why?
Then repeat 7 times to really understand and uncover the real authentic truth behind your why.

For Example:
Q: Why is it important for you to be successful in what you do?
A: So I can be financially secure

Q: Why is it important for you to be financially secure?
A: So I can provide for my family

Q: Why is it important for you to provide for your family?
(repeat 7 or more times)

Following this, we looked at managing your time through the use of Time Quadrants, How to Set Goals and participating in the art of Seeking to Understand communication techniques.
Book your FREE ticket to our next workshop HERE

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