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PRESIDENT’S POST – Feb 2017

Hi all,

Well, 2017 is off to a flying start for many of us, with the Christmas break now a distant memory. The Chamber is also busy working on many improvements, along with setting out a speaker program for the remainder of the year.

Our recent February Dinner Meeting was an interesting evening with guest speaker Peter Jordan from ClearWay Financial Management. Peter’s presentation on the changes and challenges in the financial management services sector was an eye opener, and one area of our busy lives that we may not give appropriate consideration to. The Chamber thanks Peter and his staff for their time and their venue for our meeting.

We are currently working on improving the Chamber and its culture, and how it needs to interact with the business sector and the wider community. To achieve this, we firstly need to establish a Homebase where people can visit, talk and network. We are waiting on approval to utilise a shopfront, office and meeting room within the Shire Hall complex, which is intended to be manned at least 2 days a week by volunteers. Stay Tuned!!

Secondly, we need to get our information bases up to date, especially in relation to the businesses within our region and their contact details. We have also initiated our Facebook page which we encourage you all to visit, like and share. We also encourage all businesses and interested parties to send in stories, snippets, photos that you may want uploaded on the Chamber Facebook page. It is your page, so make great use of it.

We continue with our webpage with all our news, views and upcoming meeting and event information. In addition, and we will endeavour to do a monthly update in the Advocate.

As we all look for ways in which to improve our businesses and the bottom line, we need to be mindful of some basic pitfalls. An issue has been lodged regarding the lack of suitable parking for customers and visitors to our main business areas in the centre of town. As business owners /operators, we need to ensure that we make as many parking spaces available for our customer base as possible, to ensure that we maximise our selling potential. We as owners /operators should not be parking our vehicles in the main streets, but rather look for alternative parking spots away from the main trading areas.

The Chamber will be formally advising the Cassowary Coast Regional Council to take a tougher stand on this issue, and act accordingly, so we can ensure every opportunity is made possible for the buying public to park and shop with ease. I ask, that as business owners/operators, that you ensure you are complying with the parking regulations as set out by the signed conditions. There is a 2-hour parking limit within the main town centre areas and this should be for customers / visitors only, not business owners /operators. We thank you for your consideration.

Finally, we have a great Dinner Meeting planned for March with our guest Speaker – Mayor John Kremastos. Our Mayor will present his thoughts on the latest round of funding that has been provided by the state government. Meeting will be on Tuesday evening the 21st March, 6pm for a 6.30pm start. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Webpage for Venue details.

Cheers for now,

Ron Donges

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