Uncategorized – Mosman Chamber of Commerce

Letter of concern sent to Government August 2023

Thank you to all the local businesses who took the time to share their feedback with us regarding the challenges facing small business.

We wrote to our Federal and State Government representatives highlighting the key issues, and requesting assistance.

A copy of the letter can be viewed by clicking the link below.

We were very pleased to see Zali Steggall, Member for Warringah, raise the issues we discussed in Parliament on 11th August 2023.

WATCH the video HERE

North Shore Woman of the Year, 2022

28th April 2022

Tireless Advocate for Mosman Businesses

Chamber President, Tamara Keniry, was awarded North Shore Local Woman of the Year 2022

The Chamber would like to thank the Mosman Daily for a fantastic article that summarises the recent initiatives of the Chamber, and the Committee’s work, in representing local business over the past few, very challenging, years.

Our ‘Think Mosman First’ campaign, reminding locals to always think “Can I get what I need right here in Mosman” has been a big success and on behalf of local business we thank the community for their ongoing support.

NSW Premier comes to Mosman!

2nd January 2023

The Premier of NSW, Dom Perrottet, visited local Mosman businesses in early 2023.

Chamber President, Tamara Keniry, was invited to join Felicity Wilson MP, to meet with the NSW Premier, and to visit a number of local businesses on the 2nd January 2023.

The opportunity to welcome the Premier to our suburb, and to meet and speak with our local business community, was a great start to the year.

Premier Perrottet visited Avenue Road Cafe, Pattison’s Patisserie Mosman, Auguste the Old Place, and Rustique Bakery. He was able to chat with the business owners about their recent experience, gain valuable feedback on current challenges, and their outlook moving forward.

The Chamber would like to thank Felicity Wilson MP, our State Member, for giving Mosman Chamber the opportunity to be involved and to share our thoughts and insights with the Premier. He was keen to hear how local business had gone through Covid, how the Government’s relief packages had been received, and the experience post-Covid to the recent Christmas period. We discussed ongoing staff shortages which are still significantly impacting many sectors of the economy, in particular hospitality.

Shop Locally for the chance to win big!

3rd November 2022

Mosman Chamber of Commerce, with the support of Mosman Council, launched the

“Drop your Dollars in Mosman” promotion.

There was $1,000 to be won in November and another $1,000 in December!

To be in the running to win, people just need to spend money in Mosman in November or December 2022, take a photo of their receipt (showing date & business) and send it to 0418 851 587. A lucky winner will be drawn each month – they will win $500, and so will the business where they spent their money – the business that issues the winning receipt!

Promotional packs have been delivered to all businesses in the area. These include posters and counter signs that detail how to enter, and provide a QR Code which, upon scanning, adds the number as a contact in your phone. This makes it very fast and easy to send in receipts. Each receipt can only be sent in once, but you can send in as many receipts as you like, for more chances to win.

This promotion is to encourage the community to continue to ‘Think Mosman First’ and support local business when they have a need to make a purchase, book a restaurant, or use a service.

There’s no minimum spend. Supporting local business is especially important in the lead up to Christmas as the past couple of years have been extremely difficult for everyone, but small business in particular. They really need our support.

Mosman Chamber is asking the community to get behind the campaign – for businesses to put the flyers up and encourage their client to enter, and for shoppers and the community to spend locally and try their luck in the competition.

To enter the competition, people need to :

  • 1. Spend money in Mosman, between 1 November and 31 December 2022
  • 2. Take a photo of their receipt, showing date of purchase, and business name
  • 3. Send the photo to 0418 851 587 (or scan the QR code on the promo flyers) – only send each receipt once. Every receipt is 1 entry.

We are so excited to add a new dimension to the Think Mosman First initiative!

RAPT 2022!

This year’s Christmas window dressing competition ran from 16 Nov – 5 Dec 2022. There were some fabulous entries. Mosman Council and Mosman Chamber would like to thank all businesses that embraced the Christmas spirit and decorated their businesses. It really to bring the festive spirit to Mosman each year. Of course we would also like to say a huge thank you to all the local businesses that so generously donated prizes this year.


1st Prize – Accoutrement

2nd Prize – FloriadeFlorist

3rd Prize – Mosman Chiropractic Centre

Highly commended:


Dracakis Jewellers

Papaya Homeware Mosman

Betty and Lola

Café Jam

The Nowhere Nation

Montmartre Store

Oasis Skeen Property Buyers Agents

Participants draw winner: @fiftynineflower

Donating Businesses:

Sydney by Kayak – $712 Tour voucher

Ormeggio – $290 voucher

Mosman Rowers – $200 voucher

Middle Harbour Skiff Club – $150 voucher

Chiosco – $150 voucher

Taronga Zoo – 3 family passes, each worth $152

Eco Walks Tours – Family Pass, $119

Hotel Mosman – 12 bottles, $300

PureFree – reusable glass water bottle & coffee cups, $140

Advocacy at Work!

One of our fabulous and financially astute Chamber members, Duncan Smith, raised his concerns recently regarding a lack of clarity as to which of the Covid-related stimulus payments and grants were assessable from a tax perspective, and which weren’t. He was worried that people, in particular small business owners, may include some of these payments in their income tax return unnecessarily, and would therefore end up paying more tax than they should.

Duncan suggested the ATO produce more detailed information that clearly listed all the Grants & Stimulus payments, indicating which is assessable and which isn’t.

Mosman Chamber escalated Duncan’s concerns and suggestions and we were very pleased to receive this letter from the NSW Treasurer, the Hon. Matt Kean MP, this week advising that Duncan’s suggestions had been taken on board and actioned.

A great example of advocacy at work. And another great reason to join the Chamber and have your voice heard.

Rebuild, Recharge, Renew!

For more information on our wonderful speakers, see below:

Nicola Bond, CEO
Alkye Services – full service digital agency

Jess Bygate, Clinic Leader
Keiser Mosman – physiotherapy, rehab, strength, conditioning

Jodie de Vries, Managing Director
Tiny Hunter – strategic branding agency

Sarah Rhodes, Founder
Plastic Free SEA – eco consulting & solutions for business

Special thanks to our special guest speakers Ross Greenwood, The Hon. Eleni Petinos MP, and Chris Lamont.

Ross Greenwood, Business & Finance Editor, journalist & author

The Hon. Eleni Petinos, MP, NSW Minister for Small Business

Chris Lamont, The NSW Small Business Commissioner

And our special guests:

Zali Steggall OAM MP, Federal Member for Warringah

Felicity Wilson, Member for North Shore

Carolyn Corrigan, Mayor of Mosman

Think Mosman First – August 2020

Think Mosman First is Chamber’s latest initiative to support local businesses through this incredibly challenging period. Window Decals & Counter Signs, featuring our Think Mosman First logo, have been delivered to all local businesses and many are now proudly on display. With the support of Mosman Council, letters have also been sent to every resident asking them to keep an eye out for the colourful red and blue decals visible throughout the village, and to please Think Mosman First when they next need to make a purchase, visit a restaurant or engage professional services. If we all work together we will help our local Mosman community to recover more quickly from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Read the full story here

Local Business Covid-19 Support Forum

A huge thank you to our local business community & special guests for joining our Online Business Covid-19 Support Forum in July 2021. We had lots of questions raised both on the call, and prior to, which was understandable given the lengthy lockdown and the pressure that comes with that, particularly for small business.

Mosman Chamber remains very appreciative of the time given to us by our special guests:

Minister for Finance & Small Business – The Hon. Damien Tudehope

NSW Small Business Commissioner – Chris Lamont

Federal Member for Warringah – Zali Steggall

Member for North Shore – Felicity Wilson MP

Mayor of Mosman – Carolyn Corrigan

General Manager of Mosman Council – Dominic Johnson

The biggest issues raised during the Forum were : –

Commercial leases – clear guidelines urgently needed as some landlords not sharing relief

Job Keeper – request it be reinstated as it kept important link between employer & employee, was more generous, much simpler

PAYG waiver – request it be reinstated, life saver in 2020 lockdown. Deferrals on offer only delay cash flow issues, they don’t solve them

Service NSW Business Concierge is in high demand & hard to get through so it’s recommended to request a call back. This in itself can take a while but is still the fastest option.

Eligibility for new businesses (2020 & 2021) & sole traders – may still be eligible but will need to be assessed manually. To access a “Manual Assessment’’ businesses should arrange a call-back from the Business Concierge team at https://mybusiness.service.nsw.gov.au….

Help for business is through NSW Govt – www.Service.nsw.gov.au

Help for individuals is through Federal Govt – www.servicesaustralia.gov.au