Moss­man cham­ber re­forms to give voice

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

MOSS­MAN Cham­ber of Com­merce has reformed and is ready to tackle the big is­sues to strengthen the lo­cal busi­ness com­mu­nity.

Demi View Mo­tel owner Kraig Byrne has re­turned as cham­ber pres­i­dent, lo­cal solic­i­tor Michael Bolt is sec­re­tary and the Bendigo Bank’s Re­becca Ass­man the new trea­surer fol­low­ing a re­cent cri­sis meet­ing at­tended by sev­eral lo­cal busi­nesses.

“Some busi­ness peo­ple had con­cerns about not hav­ing a rep­re­sen­ta­tive body for the town,” Mr Byrne said.

“We worked out what’s im­por­tant to stim­u­late the town.

“Any­one who wants to join is more than wel­come, in­di­vid­u­als, sport­ing clubs - you don’t have to be in busi­ness, you could be an em­ployee - the doors are open.”

The big­gest is­sue raised by lo­cal busi­nesses con­cerned “gov­ern­ment red tape, fees and charges”.

“What we re­ally need is some gov­ern­ment as­sis­tance, some kind of help in re­gards to pay­ments and fees the State Gov­ern­ment is al­ways putting upon us,” Mr Byrne said.

The Cham­ber will fo­cus on stim­u­lat­ing busi­ness by en­cour­ag­ing more peo­ple to the area and work­ing with the Moss­man Gorge Vis­i­tors’ Cen­tre to max­imise the lo­cal spend of tourists.

“We have to up­grade road signs along Front St and the high­way to get more peo­ple com­ing in to the town and spend more money in town while see­ing the vis­i­tors’ cen­tre,” Mr Byrne said.

“We need to put some work to­wards ask­ing gov­ern­ments to put more ef­fort into sup­port­ing projects like the Moss­man Botan­i­cal Gar­dens.

“Get things mov­ing with that re­tire­ment vil­lage, we will do what­ever we can to help lobby for that be­cause it’s a huge stim­u­lus for the town be­ing built, es­pe­cially us­ing lo­cal ser­vices.”

Other top­ics raised dur­ing the cri­sis meet­ing in­cluded the lack of gov­ern­ment sup­port for small busi­ness, com­mer­cial waste re­form, up­grad­ing Moss­man hospi­tal, state and lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions, the loss of key trades­peo­ple and fam­i­lies to the min­ing in­dus­try and the state of the lo­cal econ­omy.

“We need more mem­bers in­volved and we need more peo­ple in­ter­ested in the Moss­man busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment,” Mr Byrne said.

“The cham­ber will be more proac­tive if peo­ple get in­volved.”

The first cham­ber meet­ing is sched­uled for May and if you are in­ter­ested in be­com­ing a mem­ber or dis­cussing is­sues of con­cern email pres­i­dent Kraig Byrne at au

Ready for ac­tion: Michael Bolt, Re­becca Ass­man and Kraig Byrne

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