Wanneroo Business Association AGM hears of membership growth, sets out vision for 2017-2020


Philip Oxenburgh, Andrew Jennings, Chantel Downsborough, Felicity Lockyer, Greg Comans, Elpida Politis, Trent Carter, Dinesh Aggarwal. Picture: Will Russell
Philip Oxenburgh, Andrew Jennings, Chantel Downsborough, Felicity Lockyer, Greg Comans, Elpida Politis, Trent Carter, Dinesh Aggarwal. Picture: Will Russell

WANNEROO Business Association’s (WBA) membership has grown to 320 companies, with the goal to reach 600 in the next three years.

President Trent Carter outlined the group’s strategic plan during its AGM at The Marina Mindarie today, summing up achievements of the past three years and goals for 2020.

“We have seen a resurgence of membership,” the Provident Business Solutions consultant said.

Mr Carter said part of the plan for 2017-20 would focus on increasing the medium-sized business membership numbers.

“That will create a vibrant market place for small businesses as well,” he said.

Treasurer Dinesh Aggarwal, who is the managing director at Fortuna Advisory Group, said the budget “broke even” this year and was on track to be financially sustainable.

“We have seen a lot of projects launched while some are still in progress,” he said.

“We are becoming an operationally sustainable organisation that’s not relying on one-off grants.”

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said the City and WBA worked well together to ensure local businesses were supported and had opportunities to submit for local government tenders.

Three board members stood down at the AGM – past president Vesna Sampson, secretary Vicki Hodgson and Todd Sainsbury, who served on the board for six years.

There were nine candidates for the four vacancies, and members present voted in Greg Comans (SAFCOM Risk Management), Andrew Jennings (Apple Financial Services), Chantell Downsborough (The Marina Mindarie) and Philip Oxenburgh (Kestrel Strategy).

Mr Carter said thanked outgoing board members and said the secretary position would be filled in the first quarter.

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