Cham­ber seek­ing in­put

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS - Rod Kil­ner

BUSI­NESSES are be­ing urged to get in­volved with the Dou­glas Cham­ber of Com­merce and help shape the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s agenda at an in­for­mal net­work­ing meet­ing next Tues­day.

As well as pro­vid­ing the op­por­tu­nity for net­work­ing, there will also be a work­shop to find out what busi­nesses ex­pect from the Cham­ber and what is­sues the busi­ness com­mu­nity should be work­ing on.

Cham­ber Pres­i­dent Phoebe Kitto said the aim is to grow the Cham­ber and make it a vi­brant meet­ing place for busi­nesses.

‘‘If busi­nesses don’t be­lieve we’re an ef­fec­tive voice, then we would like to hear that, so we can find out where the busi­ness com­mu­nity feels we need to change,’’ she said.

Guest speaker Tim Peter­son, the owner of the Court House and Cen­tral Ho­tels, will give his vi­sion for the re­gion.

Mr Petersen will put for­ward his views on the pro­mo­tion of the re­gion and where he would like to see the town po­si­tioned.

A short Ex­tra­or­di­nary Gen­eral Meet­ing will also vote on for­mal­is­ing the merger of the Port Dou­glas and Moss­man Cham­bers.

Ms Kitto be­lieves the merger with Moss­man rep­re­sents an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity.

‘‘A merger will give busi­nesses a stronger and more united voice on mat­ters crit­i­cal to the whole area,’’Ms Kitto said.

‘‘ Fol­low­ing the vote to dea­mal­ga­mate from the Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil, it’s im­por­tant to have an ef­fec­tive fo­rum to speak as one to the new coun­cil.’’

The meet­ing will be­gin at 5.30pm next Tues­day in the Garden Bar at the Cen­tral Ho­tel.

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