Innisfail Chamber of Commerce

Archive for February, 2018

Mayor’s Column – January 2018

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To kick off 2018 Council has secured another round of funding valued at $3.69M from Works for Queensland for local infrastructure projects. This state government initiative is stimulating the region and creating new jobs.

I am delighted to welcome 10 new staff members to the Council who have been employed under our traineeship and apprenticeship programs. These young achievers were selected to join different Council departments and we are proud to be providing more career opportunities for talented school leavers and university graduates in our area.

Recently my fellow Councillors, the Executive Management Team and myself had the pleasure of visiting Northern Iron and Brass Foundry, who have been manufacturing in Wangan since 1932 and employ 90 staff. We were impressed with the operation and the company’s commitment to our region. In fact, some cast pipe fittings used in our new water infrastructure projects were supplied by NIBF and we are proud to support this local industry.

Our new water strategy to improve water quality across the region is being rolled out. The objective of the plan is to guarantee drinking water meets the highest quality standards and protects public health. Council completed the new 3.3ML Nyleta Reservoir and South Liverpool Creek intake in November 2017. The new mechanical screen filters will further reduce levels of sand and silt material from the water source and further improve water quality distributed into the network. Improvements have also been made that will impact the Tully, Cardwell and Innisfail Schemes.

John Kremastos


Presidents Report – January 2018

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2018 poses new challenges and opportunities for the Innisfail District Chamber of Commerce Industry and Tourism, which will see us once again unite in our drive to improve the business outlook of this great town. The Management Committee have already met for January for the purpose of planning the year ahead. Some of the major events planned for 2018 are a Mid-Year Raffle offering a Travel Voucher as the winning prize, a Gala Dinner in June to celebrate our 2018 Business Awards, and a Shopping Enhancement Raffle as a lead up to Christmas 2018. Stay tunes for upcoming announcements

 Just prior to Christmas 2017, we applied for a funding grant to introduce our Smart Towns Project. This funding was applied through the latest round of the Building Better Regions Fund. The Smart Towns Project will be professionally managed, and will involve a series of workshops and open sessions with our business and general community, looking at ways in which we can improve the outlook of our businesses, develop strategies for sustainability, and investigate ways in which we all can change the face of this great town for our next generation.

We need to ensure that we all employing best practices in the way to plan, operate and grow our various businesses be it local shop fronts, larger commercial operations, or the many micro-businesses that exist in the Innisfail region. With the growing use of online shopping, we need to open up the opportunities that are abundant in this environment and ensure we have the resources to start, develop and grow. Resources like high speed internet, up to date regional information, access to government bodies that can aid in the development of start-up business and the like.

The 2031 TNQ Economic Development Plan outlines 4 key areas for a sustainable and thriving regional economy. They are Robust and resilient industries • Thriving businesses • Community confidence, connectedness and capacity • Infrastructure which supports economic growth

Our 2018 Smart Towns Project will start us on the journey to ensure we can meet the challenges that the region will deliver, and at the same time, we will be working with our younger generations in our schools, so they get to understand the future plans for this region and the part that they will play in it meeting its objectives.

Recently the CCRC released a Draft Plan for the revitalization of the Innisfail CBD, Anzac Park and the Waterfront Prescient. The IDCCIT encourages all members and the general community to get onboard, have your say, and together we can plan our future improvements for the benefit of all.

Ron Donges


President’s Christmas Message

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Dear Members,

Well what a year we have seen in our IDCCIT. There has been changes as you are well aware and there has been many tasks completed that may not have been communicated. Things that “just happen” behind the scenes.

Nevertheless, it has been a year of change for the better, and we as a team and business community are better off for what has been achieved.

We now have a home, financial and physical assets, a solid and diverse membership base, admin manager, and we have listened to some great speakers on interesting and appropriate topics, and we have just completed our very successful SER.

More importantly, you as members have received open communications through our Facebook, Email and Webpages, and have been exposed to Print Media and Radio time. This has been planned in a constant and consistent manner which was one of our change objectives for 2017.
2018 will see further improvement in our communications, our advertising capabilities, and our business improvement strategies. We will also be working with, and aiding in, developing a community group with the CCRC to bolster the drive to improve our “Community Spirit” within our regional communities and groups, within the Cassowary Coast region. This will flow onto setting up a yearly planner for all events within our region, and this will include the IDCCIT events. All this is so we can affectively apply for funding that will aid us in providing a higher level of event output, and greater outcomes for our respective community groups.

All the changes that have occurred to date have certainly raised the level of positivity within the Innisfail region, and we now see and hear of improved business conditions, especially in the past few months. We have a long way to go, but by working together, showing tolerance and acceptance, we can and will change the face of this region for the betterment of our members, your families and the wider community.

I take this time to thank my management committee for their continued support with our Chamber vision, my Admin Manager for her diligence and persistence in ensuring matters are dealt with, and to you the members for your ideas, meeting attendance and positive support of your Chamber.

On behalf of the IDCCIT, I extend Christmas greetings to you all and wish you and your families a safe and enjoyable period of relaxation and renewal.

See you all in 2018
Ron Donges
President – IDCCIT

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