Wednesday October 10th saw ABBTA and supporters attend the Ivybrook Farm for the Annual General Meeting. 
In the words of Hazel Wainwright, ABBTA Chair:

ABBTA Chair Hazel Wainwright

“It has been another great year for the Aldinga Bay Business and Tourism Association, working with businesses and our local and wider community. 
As an Association we have been very busy this year, such as, but not limited to:
• ABBTA’s ongoing relationship with Downtown Aldinga Incorporated (which are the businesses on Old Coach and Port Road) and the fantastic development and art installation in that area and celebrating the opening of the street
• Working with the Economic Development Forum whereby the Onkaparinga Council has sponsored a strategic plan, run by Anni Rhodes plus organising
the Tourist Strategic Roadmap for Aldinga. Onkaparinga Council has worked with businesses through the ON Business program, the ON portal, various forums and training opportunity and grants
• Working with Carly Hamilton and the Baptist Care SA initiative to assist unemployed people, with ABBTA’s involvement in running workshops at the Aldinga Library
• The Tour Down Under event again in January at Snapper Point (with more than 10,000 in attendance), which again promoted the region which was televised nationally and internationally 
• Actively involved in the Aldinga & Sellicks Alliance, which focuses on the needs of Aldinga and Sellicks Beach community’s including addressing family violence, food & financial security and homelessness etc
• Aldinga Football Club complex received our donation of a defibrillator this year and Aldinga Shores Retirement Community which was a shared cost between ABBTA and the Bendigo Community Bank 
• We supported Dean Rowe’s fundraiser for Ovarian Cancer Awareness, Judith’s Walk, which is occurred on the 25th February this year at Willunga (Dean has raised over $25,000 for Ovarian Cancer research), which there is another fundraiser at The Pepper Tree Café in Old Coach Road, with Linda McCarthy
• Donation to the White Ribbon Breakfast at the Victory Hotel (action against domestic violence), which we are involved in again this year, which is on the 30th November at 7am
• Auspicing Paloma Concierta with her Piano Lounge initiative, which won a grant from Onkaparinga Council – Inspire grant, to hold the piano lounge at Aldinga Central Shopping Centre, which engages youth and the community with music and the pianos
• Auspicing the local Aldinga Christmas Pageant again at the Aldinga Shopping Centre, which sees 100’s of children from local schools get together for a Christmas concert

Adam Mrotek presented the Aldinga Bay Tourism Roadmap
• Our shipping storage containers eventually were placed at Aldinga Airfield and an audit has been completed by Leonie Hicks and Martin Howells for all the equipment we have and that we hire out. Plus we are also involved in the Airfield Open day, which is this Sunday
• Sponsoring Eileen Lubiana and  Claire Neylon to attend the Fleurieu Future Leaders Course, which is run and supported by the Aldinga Bendigo Community Bank 
• Involved in the Aldinga Bike Kitchen and the SWARM initiative- Strength, Wellness, And Resilient Minds in Aldinga, which supports connectedness in our community
The ABBTA vehicle/bus initiative is still brewing. This is the idea of purchasing a bus for the Aldinga and surrounding region, by accessing available grants. The vehicle, which will have business members’ logos and ABBTA branding on it and will support our events, markets and we will eventually offer cultural tours in the area, employing youth and promoting tourism of Aldinga Bay. 

Chair Hazel Wainwright presented a cheque to Kath & Bob Aldinga Shores Retirement Community for purchase of  heart start machine “defibrillator”
All of these activities deliver economic prosperity to our region which means, our businesses benefit. All profits from ABBTA are put back into our community and it is impossible to run them without local participation from both community and businesses alike. This year we will emphasise the notion to shop local, exploring the idea of discounted shopping with members……we’ll keep you posted! 
And lastly, I would like to thank my great Committee for their support and hours of voluntary work they put in to keep our Association going. So Martin  Howells, Deb Hutchinson, Anatoly Patrick, Lindsey Moore, Matt Rycroft, Steve Eigen, Roma Howells,  Nahid Aliakbari, Leonie Hick, Dean Rowe, Robyn Smith and Susan Benger, I thank you all for your time, dedication and selflessness. Being involved in a not for profit organization, whereby you are looking at the positive growth of the area and the community, you are all to be commended. 
A full list of ABBTA Committee may be found here: http://aldingabayonline.com.au/committee-members/
So what does ABBTA do?  We are a team of positive group of selfless people who support our businesses and our community, to ensure the ongoing of jobs in our area for our youth.”