Tourism has always been a focus for the McLaren Vale Business Association, however now it is part of its identity, after the organisation’s name was officially changed to incorporate the word.
Now known as the McLaren Vale Business and Tourism Association, the change was made at the recent annual general meeting (AGM) in July as a way to help gain additional funding for main street events such as the McLaren Vale Vintage and Classic.
The meeting also saw the election of a new committee with Sandy Mount of Harcourts Wine Coast and Anne Rhodes from McLaren Unvaled stepping in as chairman and secretary to fill the shoes of the outgoing Trevor and Sandra Sharp, who were in the roles for 25 years.
Jenni Mitton remains in her role as deputy chair, Kate Alldritt of Bendigo Bank remains in her role as treasurer and Julie Morgan, Martin Morgan, Trevor and Sandra Sharp, Carol Smith, Mark Hastwell, Anatoly Patrick, Hazel Wainwright and Martin Howells make up the remainder of the committee.
The decision to include the word tourism to the name of the organisation was voted on at the AGM with a unanimous result after several months of discussion among the executive.
Every business in McLaren Vale is affected by tourism in some way and businesses are tourism-oriented in our region.Newly-elected chair Sandy Mount
The newly-elected committee will gradually alter the logo, stationery, website and signs over time.
Newly-elected chair Sandy Mount said the new name would better reflect the aims and objectives of the association, which is already heavily involved in tourism initiatives.
“Every business in McLaren Vale is affected by tourism in some way and businesses are tourism-oriented in our region,” he said.
At the AGM, cheque presentations were also made by the McLaren Vale Vintage and Classic committee following charity dinner in April, which included $8250 being presented to the McLaren Vale and District War Memorial Hospital.
The hospital’s board of management chair, Bill Dollman, said the donation would be used to purchase a new electrically-operated theatre bed for the day surgery unit.
$250 was also donated to each of the local CFS Brigades, which was $1 from each of the entry fees in the last event.