Bungendore Connect was hosted by The George Bar and Dining on Wednesday night, with many businesses getting together to share their exciting ideas, plans and experiences.
Operation Manager of The George Bar and Dining, Dara Gimber, spoke about the rich history of the Hotel and the various events and functions they offer and host. The hotel is one of Australia’s oldest continuously licensed hotels, opening in 1839 as the Harp Hotel, just a year after Bungendore was established.
Evan Dunstone, from Dunstone Design, talked about the inaugural Wood Dust Festival, an exciting event that will be hosted in Bungendore and Queanbeyan from 13th-21st October 2018. The event will host international wood makers and craftsman and will have something for everyone; workshops, demonstrations, trade events and food stalls. Evan hopes to link up with local businesses who offer accommodation, hospitality, retail, tours and other local activities. Wednesday night allowed him the opportunity to begin these initial discussions. Wood Dust will be officially launched on 21st August 2017 along with a website. Local businesses are planning to meet with Evan on 22nd August to discuss opportunities to collaborate.
Rosie Windsor attended Bungendore Connect for the first time on Wednesday night. Rosie is about to launch a new business called Behind the Red Door, a business-sitting service to support small business owners who need to take a short break from their business but do not want to leave it unattended. Rosie has years of experience across different industries, including retail, hospitality and administration.
Speaking about the event on Wednesday night, Rosie said, “I was encouraged that there were a few people there, that’s always an issue in a small community - getting people involved and connected. I was happy to see there were a few different sorts of businesses there too; finance, retail, hospitality. It’s hard to know where to go if you want support, so this is a great, healthy idea.”
Ashleigh, from Panache Financial, is based in Goulburn and attended the event to extend her network.
“It was exciting to see the community moving forward and what the area has to offer, for people moving to the area and for locals. It was great to connect with likeminded people,” Ashleigh said.
Details for the next Connect meetings are below…
Braidwood: Thursday, 3rd August 2017 from 5.30pm at Mona Farm in the Coach House (140 Little River Road, Braidwood)
Bungendore: Tuesday 22nd August 5.30pm to 6.30pm at Food Lovers Market, Bungendore
For further information on upcoming Connect meetings in your area, please email firstname.lastname@example.org