Trader Associations and Business Networks

There are four main trader associations covering the major shopping precincts in Hobsons Bay:

Each association has a structured business plan, regular meetings of members and produce regular newsletters that advise their members of current events and advocate on their behalf on local and municipal-wide matters.

To find out more about the activities of a local traders association contact the following:






Nikki Eyes


Williamstown Chamber of Commerce

PO Box 365, Williamstown 3016 or

Gill Gannon


Newport Traders Association Inc

PO Box 1003, Newport 3015

Ilch Mickovski


Altona Village Traders Association Inc

PO Box 61, Altona 3018

0409 822 076 or

Mahesh Garg  


Laverton Traders Association Inc

PO Box 574, Laverton 3028

0401 683 840 or  

Business Networks

Good business networks are a useful way to make links within the business and local community.

Westgate Referral Network

A local business group full of friendly faces, the Westgate Referral Network provides a supportive environment for business people to come together and to:

  • Develop qualified referrals for members
  • Encourage opportunities for joint ventures
  • Offer mutual support and encouragement
  • Provide business education

Meets fortnightly on Wednesday morning. For information on upcoming meetings, visit If you wish to attend or want more information on WRN please contact us at or visit our website

BNI Business by the Sea

BNI is a business referral organisation whose primary purpose is to assist its members to find and exchange qualified business referrals. BNI only allows one person from each business category which effectively locks out your competition from the chapter.

BNI Star Networkers encourage visitors to come along to our weekly breakfast meetings. Attending is a great way to get acquainted with BNI and other local businesses in the area.

For further information contact Braith Bamkin, tel: 0425 211 094 or visit /