Cham­ber sets sights on a stronger fu­ture

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS - Madi­son Wil­liams

IN a state­ment that rev­e­las an am­bi­tious fu­ture, Dou­glas Cham­ber of Com­merce has said it wants to ap­point a full­time CEO and in­crease its mem­ber­ship base to 400 by the end of 2017.

Phoebe Kitto, pres­i­dent of the Dou­glas Cham­ber of Com­merce, an­nounced the new Core Strate­gies for the next two year pe­riod ahead of the cham­ber’s an­nual gen­eral Meet­ing (AGM) on Wed­nes­day.

Ms Kitto said the new CEO will be ex­pected to de­velop a busi­ness model which will rep­re­sent the needs of Dou­glas Shire busi­nesses.

“The model will iden­tify and fa­cil­i­tate de­vel­op­ment and in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for the Dou­glas Re­gion,” she said.

“[And] to sig­nif­i­cantly in­crease Dou­glas Cham­ber mem­ber­ship to in ex­cess of 400 mem­bers by the end of 2017.”

Mem­ber­ship cur­rently sits at a lit­tle over 100 but the Cham­ber hopes that a new en­try level an­nual mem­ber­ship and a re­newed en­deav­our to re­in­force re­la­tion­ships with Dou­glas or­gan­i­sa­tions as well as other Re­gional Cham­bers of Com­merce will drive up the num­bers.

“[The Cham­ber will] work closely with the Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil and Tourism Port Dou­glas and Dain­tree or­gan­i­sa­tions to de­velop co­her­ent and ro­bust mid/long term plan­ning process that will stim­u­late both pub­lic and pri­vate in­vest­ment and drive eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment,” Ms Kitto said.

“Un­der­pin­ning th­ese changes is the de­ci­sion to ac­tively source fund­ing by mid/ late 2016 to en­able the re­cruit­ment of a full­time CEO,” Ms Kitto said.

Ms Kitto also em­pha­sised the Cham­ber’s re­solve to ac­tively en­gage with the 1500 busi­nesses based in the Re­gion as well as stake­hold­ers and the wider com­mu­nity.

The Cham­ber has been keen to in­crease its mem­ber­ship for a long time and has re­cently been more suc­cess­ful ind oing so, rais­ing its num­bers by more than 20 per cent since last year.

Pic­ture: MARC MCCOR­MACK

Phoebe Kitto, pres­i­dent of the Dou­glas cham­ber

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