New lease of life for Mossman chamber
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.