Re­boot push for Cham­ber

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Ef­forts to res­ur­rect the Pil­bara In­land Cham­ber of Commerce and In­dus­try back to full oper­a­tion are un­der way with a man­age­ment com­mit­tee likely to be ap­pointed in com­ing months and a num­ber of other Pil­bara cham­bers ex­press­ing sup­port for the idea.

The Tom Price and Parabur­doo cham­ber has laid dor­mant for the past 18 months af­ter the pre­vi­ous chair­woman left town and the eco­nomic down­turn took a toll on lo­cal jobs and com­mer­cial ac­tiv­ity.

But Tom Price com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tion the Nin­tirri Cen­tre is lead­ing the drive to get it back up and run­ning, hold­ing a busi­ness break­fast last week to dis­cuss ideas for rein­vig­o­rat­ing the cham­ber and at­tract­ing eight ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est for an in­terim man­age­ment com­mit­tee.

Nin­tirri Cen­tre chief ex­ec­u­tive James Jarvis said the break­fast and sev­eral pre­vi­ous sun­down­ers the cen­tre had fa­cil­i­tated showed there was grow­ing lo­cal sup­port for a re-ac­ti­vated cham­ber.

“I think the re­sult of (the busi­ness break­fast) is that prob­a­bly within the next cou­ple of months we’ll have an in­terim com­mit­tee and then they can start all the process work that needs to go through — set­ting mem­ber­ship fees, ad­ver­tis­ing, hold­ing an AGM, work­ing with the Shire and po­ten­tial spon­sors and gen­er­ally get­ting that mo­men­tum oc­cur­ring,” he said.

“You could tell that there was a def­i­nite in­ter­est in it from peo­ple who at­tended the busi­ness break­fast, but there’s still some big steps to take.”

The Onslow CCI and Kar­ratha and Dis­tricts Cham­ber have both ex­pressed will­ing­ness to sup­port a re­ac­ti­vated PICCI to get back on its feet. Onslow CCI chief ex­ec­u­tive Chantelle King said they had hosted an in­for­ma­tion ses­sion in Tom Price and Parabur­doo ear­lier in the year about pos­si­ble ways to restart PICCI.

“Not a lot of busi­nesses at­tended but it was a start­ing point,” she said.

“We’re here as a sup­port for PICCI and we’re happy to do any­thing for them that they need to help them get back up and run­ning, whether it’s help­ing with in­for­ma­tion ses­sions or shar­ing doc­u­ments with them.”

Mrs King said while Onslow had quite dif­fer­ent in­dus­tries and com­pa­nies than Tom Price and Parabur­doo, she be­lieved PICCI could be suc­cess­fully restarted re­gard­less if there was a will for it.

Mr Jarvis said a Pil­bara In­land cham­ber was im­por­tant for pro­vid­ing net­work­ing, pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment and ad­vo­cacy op­por­tu­ni­ties.

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