Cham­ber keen to get go­ing

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE Dou­glas Cham­ber of Com­merce has wel­comed the re­sult of the de-amal­ga­ma­tion ref­er­en­dum.

Pres­i­dent Phoebe Kitto ( pic­tured) said the Cham­ber was unapologetic in main­tain­ing a neu­tral stance through­out the ref­er­en­dum.

But now the re­gion has voted to cre­ate a new coun­cil, the Cham­ber wel­comes the op­por­tu­nity to en­gage with it on busi­ness mat­ters af­fect­ing the re­gion.

‘‘We view the ref­er­en­dum as hav­ing achieved far greater pos­i­tives than neg­a­tives,’’ Ms Kitto said.

‘‘It has demon­strated to ev­ery­one liv­ing in the area and to government and busi­nesses out­side of Dou­glas that there are com­mit­ted passionate peo­ple liv­ing in this re­gion who are gen­uinely in­ter­ested in and who are will­ing to ad­vo­cate to ad­vance the in­ter­ests of the area not just their own per­sonal in­ter­ests.

Ms Kitto said the Cham­ber would un­der­take a sur­vey of busi­nesses in the Dou­glas re­gion to list their im­me­di­ate and fu­ture con- cerns and ed­u­cate the new coun­cil about th­ese.

‘‘ The Cham­ber will use that in­for­ma­tion to brief those per­sons wish­ing to stand for coun­cil, so that our coun­cil­lors hit the ground run­ning, and do not take years to be brought up to speed,’’ she said.

Ms Kitto said it was im­por­tant for the Cham­ber to work to­gether with the new coun­cil to make the Dou­glas re­gion the shin­ing ex­am­ple of how a busi­ness-coun­cil part­ner­ship can and should work, and on the strength of that part­ner­ship, act to sup­port ex­ist­ing busi­nesses, at­tract new busi­nesses and strengthen the com­mu­nity.

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