Mossman chamber reforms to give voice
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 email@example.com. au
Ready for action: Michael Bolt, Rebecca Assman and Kraig Byrne