Hawkesbury District Independent June 2017 #85 - Page 20

travel Inspired: the way travel should be join our events PRESIDENTS REPORT by Kerry Spindler Hawkesbury Signage Hawkesbury Chamber wants your feedback about roadside signage! At a recent Hawkesbury Council session- Tuesday 9th May it was acknowledged there is a need to review and improve the way business signage is managed within the LGA. The publicity Bilpin Cider has received has assisted the path for all businesses and council to look for a win win. The Hawkesbury Chamber of Commerce is looking for feedback from the Hawkesbury Business community on what they feel we should include in our future conversations with Council relating to roadside business signage only at this stage. The Chamber will condense the feedback and put forward your views to council. You are also welcome to highlight your views on the Roadside signage improvements at our monthly Chamber breakfasts where we will take feedback. At our next breakfast meeting on Thursday the 15th June Members and visitors will be given the opportunity to state their views and put forward ideas. Biggest Morning Tea- Thursday 25th May Hawkesbury Chamber of Commerce held a Biggest Morning Tea with the help of NOVA Employment, McDonalds Hawkesbury, Kurrajong Kitchen Lavosh, Tahlulas Event Hire, Encore Beauty and the Richmond Club. It was a lovely sunny morning and the NOVA transition trainees showed their skills serving lovely treats and tea and coffee. No one left empty handed with lots of vouchers and even a weekend at the beach as one of the giveaways. Hawkesbury Chamber of Commerce are pleased to be sending $655 to the cancer council all the proceeds from the event. The next After 5 Networking Function Wednesday 7 June, 5.30pm - 7pm Hosted by MTAS Macquarie Towns Art Society @ Digital Age Lawyers & Bright Accounting The Wealth Hub : Heritage House H, 63 Lennox St, Richmond This After 5 will be different - it is an information session run by Office of Fair Trading for all. Topics covered are Charities and Incorporation, including constitutions. Come along and network with some great people. This is a free event. Drinks and food at own expense. Please RSVP to membership@hawkesburychamber.com.au or phone / text 0400 493 749 Next Breakfast Meeting Thursday 15 June at 7am ANTARCTICA with Debra Mavin Travel Managers I often get asked about Antarctica so this month I put together a little Q&A about travelling to this amazing region with Wild Earth Travel. Is there much interest among Australians for travel to polar regions? There has always been a strong connection with the Antarctic dating back to the days of Mawson and the other early expeditions. The Antarctic remains consistently popular with many Aussies heading south each summer on a small ship expedition cruise. When is the best time to book? The main season for Antarctic travel is November through to March. The earlier you book the better. You get the best prices and choice of cabins. Leave it too late and you will miss out as all the ships are no bigger than 200 passengers, most carry up to 100. The Antarctic treaty means that only 100 people can go ashore at any one time. What sort of travellers are visiting Polar regions? Anybody can go really. As long as you are willing then don’t rule it out. From the traditional expedition travel clients to the adventurous outdoor types who have long dreamed of experiencing the polar regions, to the more recent breed of traveler, those that prefer more of the cruise or river cruise style amenities that are available on the modern luxury expedition vessels, clients who just a few years ago would not have considered the Antarctic as a destination for them! They do now. What should you consider when looking to go to Antarctica? There are now a lot of options in the market and while I know that all the ships and operators offer a good product not all the ships and expeditions are going to be right for everybody. I work with Wild Earth Travel who with over 30 different ships, is experienced to know the right ship for you and all the options are clearly explained and presented to you. It is important to understand what you are looking for in a polar experience, and then we can be sure to match you with ships and expeditions correctly! What are the must-see attractions in Antarctica? In the Antarctic, it is all about the ice and wildlife. The Antarctic Peninsula is spectacular but some of the experiences include the Emperor Penguins under the midnight sun in the Weddell Sea, paying homage to Sir Ernest Shackleton and Douglas Mawson at the huts in the Ross Sea, whale watching from Zodiacs, canoeing amongst spectacular icebergs, and walking amongst the seals and King penguins on South Georgia. So, if you can see yourself on the Antarctic Peninsular call or email and let Neil at Wild Earth Travel and myself put a trip of a lifetime together for you. Also, to find out more about small ship cruises to the above and Alaska and Iceland, we are having an information evening in July. To book your spot please contact me. The Sebel Resort & Spa 61 Hawkesbury Valley Way, Windsor To book your place call Debra on 0400 493 749 or email membership@hawkesburychamber.com.au The Chamber is a non-profit association which represents the Hawkesbury’s Business & Industrial Communities and provides a wide range of benefits and services to help improve your business. grow and develop your product or business... join the chamber ! www.hawkesburychamber.com.au • Find us on Facebook 20 ISSUE 85 // JUNE 2017 www.hdinews.com.au THE hawkesbury INDEPENDENT