NMBA News - August 2017

You're invited!

Northern Midlands Business Association Annual General Meeting
Clarendon Arms Hotel, Evandale
Thursday 28 September, 7pm

All businesses in the Northern Midlands are invited to your Business Association's Annual General Meeting. It will be a great opportunity to network with businesses from around the region. Entry is free and includes an initial drink from the bar and a gourmet selection of food.

The NMBA will provide a review of its projects and initiatives to support Northern Midlands businesses over the past 12 months.  This is also your opportunity to discuss new ideas and programs for the Association to better support you and your business.

There will also be a presentation by Damon Wells from Australian Industry Group on how to turn your entrepreneurial business idea into a reality. 

Spots are limited and available on a first come, first serve basis, so please confirm your attendance now by clicking on this registration link.


Shop Crime & Risk Management

The NMBA has been asked by local businesses to support a program to address retail loss and shop crime.  As a first step, the Association is planning a business meeting and workshop as follows:

7pm Wednesday 4 October 2017
Longford Fire Station
29-31 Marlborough St, Longford. 

This will be an opportunity to share information with other local businesses to address the major issue of criminal loss, hear from experts, and propose programs to tackle this major issue.

Guest speakers at the workshop include:

  • Sgt. Mike Gillies, Longford Police

  • Rod Patterson, retail crime prevention advocate and Owner and General Manager, Autobarn

If you are interested in participating, please click this link to register your interest.



Rhonda Skelton, RSK Consulting

Rhonda Skelton, RSK Consulting

Rhonda along with her husband Paul has chosen to settle in Longford after moving from New South Wales in early 2017.  Rhonda has established RSK Consulting offering a range of business planning, organisational development, project management and strategic governance services.

As a consultant practitioner with many years senior management experience in the public sector, Rhonda specialises in facilitating strategic planning and governance compliance especially in organisations that are required to embed new legislative practices and policies into their organisation.

RSK Consulting specialises in delivering organisational improvement and performance review, improve governance compliance and drive organisational and cultural transformation ensuring an organisation’s business processes and service delivery is contemporary, efficient and customer-centric.

Rhonda holds Adv. Diploma in Business Management and post graduate qualifications in both Organisational Change and Collaborative Transformation. She recently completed study in the UK specialising in public sector shared services delivery.

“My approach is to work in a partner relationship to assist clients to view their organisation holistically, to improve organisational integration, service delivery outcomes and governance compliance”.

RSK Consulting is a Professional member of the NMBA.  For contact information click here to see its listing in the Northern Midlands online business directory.

Trout Territory

Trout Territory



In the lead up to starting their guided fishing tour business, Gary and Fiona spent a few years researching the industry, building their business plan, and taking advantage of many forums, seminars and resources in northern Tasmania, such as those offered by Business & Employment, the government, TAFE, and others. Gary and Fiona opened their business, Trout Territory, in 2000, and have been successfully providing professional guided trout fishing tours ever since. 

From the start their objective was to give people the best possible Tasmanian experience and fishing experience they could. Their business has been fully accredited since the beginning, and they are both constantly seeking to increase their knowledge of the industry and the fishery. Their passion for the outdoors, and fishing, is something they love to share with their clients.

From a customer service perspective, Fiona and Gary seek to assist their clients from the planning stages through to the last cast and beyond, committed to providing their clients with a professional, memorable and great value trout fishing experience.

Cressy in the Northern Midlands of Tasmania is known as “Trout Fishing Paradise”. Trout Territory’s central location at Cressy gives them the flexibility to take advantage of the fishing in all kinds of weather and conditions. With so many exciting trout waters within an hour or so of Cressy, anglers have a vast variety to choose from.

Trout Territory caters for fly and lure fishing, and their professional guided tours include all fishing gear, transport, lunch and refreshments, to ensure visitors have an amazing experience that they will remember for a lifetime.

Industry involvement is very important to the Trout Territory team. Owners Gary and Fiona are both very active in supporting the Tasmanian trout fishery and the angling and tourism industries.

As chair of Anglers Alliance Tasmania (AAT); mission is “Working for your Fishery”, Gary is involved in many projects that aim to improve the fishing experience, and the habitat. Gary is also on the Inland Fisheries Advisory Council (IFAC); principal role is to advise the Minister on fisheries issues, provide a forum for consultation, review management plans for the fisheries and encourage community support. Gary is the past President (6 years), and current Vice President of Trout Guides & Lodges Tasmania (TGALT), the peak body for trout fishing guides in Tasmania, who’s role is to promote the Tasmanian fishery, and ensure the experience provided to visitors is high quality. Gary is also the Vice President and Fishing Competition Director of the Tasmanian Trout Expo, a popular annual community event to get kids and families out fishing, and promote Cressy and northern Tasmania.

Fiona is the tourism officer at Northern Midlands Council, the membership officer of TGALT, secretary to the Heritage Highway Tourism Region Association (HHTRA), committee member of the Australian Fly Fishing Museum, and team member at the Tasmanian Wool Centre, Ross.

Trout Territory is an Associate member of the NMBA. For contact information click here to see its listing in the Northern Midlands online business directory.

Biosecurity in the Northern Midlands



The Northern Midlands Business Association project to build and operate a biosecurity truck wash at Powranna Livestock Marketing complex, has passed another milestone, with designs and planning applications submitted to Northern Midlands Council.

The project is a great example of multiple partnerships, with funding from Federal and Tasmanian  Governments, and participation from the transport industry, major agribusinesses Robert Ltd, Council and managed by the Northern Midlands Business Association.

The Powranna Truck Wash will reduce livestock droppings on our roads, and assist in the biosecurity prevention of the spread of weeds and diseases.

The Powranna Truck Wash will use computerised, state of the art management systems to allow access and use of the Truck Wash using online payments and a keycard subscription system.

Following an open tender process, the design has been completed by Tas City Building, with project management by IPD Consulting. 

Planned for completion this year, and with thousands of truck movements and hundreds of thousands of livestock animals, the Powranna Truck Wash will be an ongoing asset to business, the environment and biosecurity.

NMBA Free Membership, and Premium Membership Benefits

Every business in the Northern Midlands is automatically a member of your Business Association, with a range of benefits to enhance success.

In addition, the Northern Midlands Business Association provides enhanced Associate, Professional, and Leading Business membership levels.  These include massive opportunities for promotion, marketing and business services at exceptional value for money, including information on your business sent to more than 500 businesses across the Northern Midlands.  See a summary of these membership benefits here.

Watch Out for Tax Scammers!

Every day there is a new hoax or scam threatening businesses across Australia - some of which are highly convincing.

A current scam involves an automated phone call advising that the business is currently being prosecuted for breaking Tax laws, and that their premises is currently under surveillance by tax officers.

The call provides a Sydney based number to call to prevent immediate criminal prosecution.

Before responding to any contact from the ATO you find suspicious, the tax office recommends you contact their report line on 1800 008 540 to check if the call is legitimate and report any suspected hoaxes.