Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce AGM

Notice is hereby given of the Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce Inc Annual General Meeting.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday 28 September, Captains at the Bay, 21 Pascoe Street, beginning at 7.30pm

All Executive Committee positions will be declared open and members are welcome to nominate for a position.

We are pleased to announce that our guest speaker for the evening will be Liz Price, General Manager of Great Ocean Road Tourism Ltd. She will be giving us an update of some of the great new marketing strategies being developed for our region.

Light refreshments will be served.

If you would like to attend, RSVP to Roderick Poole, info@apollobaychamber.com.au

Download a form here to nominate for membership of the Executive Committee.

Applications Now Open for Business Grants

Each year the Chamber sponsors a range of events and activities to the value of approximately $20,000. We are now announcing our small business grants program for 2016. Grants up to $2,000 will be made available to assist businesses to start up or extend their range of services and activities. An information sheet can be downloaded here. Further information is available by emailing info@apollobaychamber.com.au or calling Roderick Poole on 0412 302 202.

Applications close at 5pm on Wednesday 14 September 2016 and successful applicants will be announced at the Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce Inc. Annual General Meeting to be held at 7:30pm on the 28th of September at Captains at the Bay.



Is there an application form?

There is no application form. Please submit a letter outlining the activity you wish to undertake. You should give some context to your current business activities, what you identify as an activity that will improve your business and how you plan to go about it.

Should I include a budget?

You must submit a budget that includes the requested grant as income as well as the expenditure of this grant. Other income and expenses should be included if relevant to the activity. Make sure your budget balances.

Do I include quotes for services and products?

If you are able to include a quote or quotes for the products or services for which you are applying, this will strengthen your application.

Where can I find a Vision Statement for the Chamber of Commerce?

You can download our Vision Statement here.

Update on Marriners Falls

A representative of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning who organised the new survey of Marriners Falls. The report will be presented to Parks Victoria in about a month. It takes a different approach to the Parks report, which was an arborist’s report, and is a geomorphological report.

We have requested a copy however it will be an internal document. Parks would be consulting with the community and the document will have to be made public. They have been informed that a Friends of Marriners Falls Group had been formed and that the community could not understand that after being open for a hundred years with only one accident why it was considered so dangerous now.

It has been highlighted that Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism Board is preparing and publishing destination management and marketing plans for Apollo Bay and they all refer to Marriners Falls and the importance of keeping local attractions open.

So, although there was no indication of the outcome of the survey it seems we will be hearing more about this very soon.

Friends of Marriners Falls Facebook Group

In order to gain more support for the re-opening of Marriners Falls the Apollo bay Chamber of Commerce & Tourism has formed a facebook group called “Friends of Marriners Falls”.  It is a public group that anyone can join and in just a few weeks has attracted a lot of support.  We hope the forum on the facebook group, along with that on this website will contribute toward evidence that the people of this community along with visitors to the region value Marriners Falls as a favorite local tourist attraction.  The more members and concersation about Marriners Falls online the better.  Please join the Facebook group and post your own stories and photographs there, or feel free to comment on this website.

Friend Of Marriners Falls

This group will petition further to express that our community want to have access to this very special local nature walk and that we believe that it is an attraction as comparatively safe as hundreds of others in the state. This group will be resourced by the Apollo Bay Chamber of a Commerce and Tourism and aim to lobby DEPI & the Minister for environment & climate change for a solution to enable the reopening of the beautiful walk. Potentially the group may also find ways to assist Parks Victoria in reopening the walk and maintaining it in the future through sourcing funding and physical assistance from volunteers.

Currently we are waiting on contact from DEPI regarding the promised survey on the MNarriners Falls walk. At last weeks meeting Cr. Frank Buchanan explained to the attendees that DEPIs regional manager would be in contact with both Colac Otway Shire and the Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce & Tourism to initiate the survey. Ideally we would like the survey to form a basis for a report to state that with some works and potential re-routing the walk is safe for public use – contrary to the previous report that occurred at the time the falls were first closed to the public.

If you want to officially become a “Friend of Marriners Falls” please reply to this email with the information filled in below. At this stage your commitment to this group will not be time-consuming.

We will be establishing a Facebook group in the near future and are looking for people to provide their own personal “Stories of Marriners Falls”. If you or someone you know would like to offer a story or account of their own experiences of Marriners Falls we would love to develop a catalogue of these. Please email stories through or post to PO Box 273 Apollo Bay VIC 3233.

We are also looking to collect photographs of Marriners Falls and the walk to use for promoting our group. If you have any we would love to have copies of these. You can either send digital images to this email address or contact Jo Birley on 0419162683 to arrange to have your older photographs scanned.

If you are interested in playing a larger role in the friends group we would like to hear from you. If you have experience in marketing through social media, design & publication, have media contacts or consider yourself a spokesperson please contact us to be more heavily involved.