Fold fears for ‘ig­nored’ Cham­ber

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - SAM SMALLBONE

THE Moss­man Cham­ber of Com­merce may fold if lo­cals con­tinue to ig­nore it.

In the last month cham­ber pres­i­dent Mark Bousen has re­signed and vice pres­i­dent David Cot­ton is likely to fol­low suit at the an­nual gen­eral meet­ing next month.

For years cham­ber com­mit­tee mem­bers have tried to en­cour­age lo­cal busi­nesses to at­tend meet­ings and net­work­ing func­tions to keep Moss­man re­vi­talised.

“Most peo­ple just aren’t in­ter­ested, they don’t show up to any of the meet­ings,” Mr Cot­ton said.

“There is a lack of in­ter­est about the gen­eral and busi­ness com­mu­nity in Moss­man.

“We held a net­work­ing func­tion last month for lo­cal busi­ness own­ers and 18 peo­ple at­tended from the Port Dou­glas cham­ber and only four at­tended from Moss­man. “It is re­ally dis­ap­point­ing. “At the next month’s meet­ing we will be ap­point­ing new com­mit­tee mem­bers and if no one is will­ing to take these roles the cham­ber may fold.”

In the last 12 months, the Moss­man Cham­ber of Com­merce has tried to push the “buy lo­cal” mes­sage by host­ing net­work­ing func­tions in the re­gion.

“We have been try­ing to help the busi­ness com­mu­nity get to­gether and sup­port each other by spend­ing the money here in­stead of in Cairns,” Mr Cot­ton said.

“But it is re­ally dis­heart­en­ing when you put a lot of en­ergy to­wards try­ing to cre­ate some­thing and noth­ing hap­pens.

“I would have liked to see more sugar cane farm­ers at­tend these events as they are the high­est num­ber of em­ploy­ees in the re­gion, and only one rep­re­sen­ta­tive has at­tended.”

To show your sup­port for the cham­ber or put your hand up for a po­si­tion on the com­mit­tee, call David Cot­ton on 0417 709 667

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