New lease of life for Moss­man cham­ber

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - SAM SMALL­BONE

FOUR new com­mit­tee mem­bers have stepped for­ward in hopes to re­ju­ve­nate the Moss­man Cham­ber of Com­merce.

An emer­gency meet­ing was called last week by act­ing Pres­i­dent Kraig Byrne to nom­i­nate new mem­bers to the strug­gling com­mit­tee.

“I re­ally don’t want to lose the voices of the Moss­man peo­ple and have the com­mit­tee dis­ap­pear into dust,” Mr Byrne said.

The Cham­ber was un­able to form a com­mit­tee at its last EGM meet­ing due to the lack of num­bers.

This was turned around on Thurs­day night with 16 mem­bers to nom­i­nate the new pres­i­dent Mark Bousen, vice pres­i­dent David Cot­ton, trea­surer Steven Wheeler and sec­re­tary Wendy Casey.

While the in­com­ing com­mit­tee will have some big shoes to fill af­ter the out­stand­ing work from act­ing pres­i­dent Kraig Byrne and vice pres­i­dent Bryce Madg­wick, they were re­lieved to nom­i­nate four new mem­bers to the com­mit­tee and felt it was time to hand over the roles.

“I think the Cham­ber was def­i­nitely in need of some fresh blood so I am very happy that we have new mem­bers to take over,” Mr Madg­wick said.

“Kraig and I have been run­ning the Cham­ber for far too long and we both think it’s time for us to move on.

“Mark is a very qual­i­fied busi­ness­man and is a great per­son to take the role of pres­i­dent for the com­mit­tee,” Mr Byrne said.

New trea­surer Steven Wheeler is ex­cited to see if new mem­bers can en­tice more busi­nesses and com­mu­nity mem­bers to par­tic­i­pate in the meet­ings.

“I have been with the Cham­ber for two years now so I’m not new to the or­gan­i­sa­tion. It’s a mat­ter of form­ing a new team and see­ing what di­rec­tion they want to take things.

“There were al­most 35 ex­ist­ing mem­bers, how­ever there are still very few show­ing up to the meet­ings, so it is still a con­cern for us.

“I am quite ex­cited that there are new phases ahead of us and I am look­ing for­ward to meet­ing ev­ery­one and see­ing what we can do for the com­mu­nity,” he said.

New sec­re­tary Wendy Casey is ea­ger to widen the busi­ness ven­ture in Moss­man by fo­cus­ing on as­sist­ing new and ex­ist­ing busi­nesses.

“I plan to help the busi­ness side of Moss­man and pro­vide as­sis­tance, whether it is for start­ing a new busi­ness in the area or pro­vid­ing pro­fes­sional ad­vice. ,” Ms Casey said.

“I feel it is a good role and it’s a role that will ben­e­fit the com­mu­nity.”

Vice pres­i­dent David Cot­ton is still concerned about the lack of busi­ness own­ers show­ing up to the weekly meet­ings.

“Out of 35 com­mit­tee mem­bers only 16 showed up to the meet­ing on Thurs­day so I don’t think that new mem­bers are go­ing to change the at­ti­tudes of the com­mu­nity.

“I think peo­ple need to get be­hind the cham­ber still, peo­ple can’t ex­pect four mem­bers to han­dle all the is­sues in the com­mu­nity alone.

“The only way we can get things done is to have sup­port from lo­cal busi­nesses,” he said.

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