A NEW chamber wants to nurture businesses and community groups to drive the economic development and future of Ellenbrook and surrounding suburbs.
Started by Kelly Marshall and Peter McLean the Chamber of Commerce and Community aims to connect businesses and community groups in the suburbs of Aveley, Brabham, Bullsbrook, Ellenbrook, Henley Brook, the Swan Valley and The Vines.
So far the chamber, which is in the process of becoming an incorporated body, has more than 100 members – including Ellenbrook Lions, Community Collective, Swan Valley Rotary and Ellenbrook Rotary.
Mrs Marshall was Swan Chamber of Commerce general manager for a short stint and honed her people skills when she was the Ellenbrook Place community development officer.
She said Ellenbrook had the highest number of registered ABNs but the area lacked services for business people.
Starting in mid-May the chamber will have a pop-up office in the Ellenbrook Central shopping centre.
Both Mrs Marshall and Mr McLean are Aveley residents who are very passionate about using their skills and knowledge to create a strong network of businesses and community groups who can help each other grow.
They want to be able to help businesses and community groups with information and contacts when they are for example undertaking incorporation, setting up a constitution, developing funding proposals, navigating local government processes.
Mr McLean, who has leadership and business consulting experience of more than 10 years, said they wanted to be able to connect businesses and community groups to the right people.
Mrs Marshall said when she worked with the City of Swan businesses people would always ask for help when they encountered certain problems but while working for local government there was only so much she could do.
She met Mr McLean when he was a member of an Aveley community advisory group.
After she left the Swan chamber he asked her if she was going to start her own chamber.
She said she had not thought about it but within seconds she agreed it was a good idea.
Working as joint chief executive officers they want to provide a much-needed voice and support for businesses in the Ellenbrook area.
They said they were thrilled to have the support of the City of Swan, Stockland and LWP, local authorities and members of Parliament.
By Anita McInnes