Cham­ber could do with fund­ing: De Ross

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

OUT­GO­ING Dou­glas Cham­ber of Com­merce Pres­i­dent He­len De Ross wants for coun­cil fund­ing for the cham­ber

Ms De Ross ex­plained that the vol­un­teer hours re­quired for the cham­ber to func­tion ef­fec­tively were pro­hib­i­tive, and a paid po­si­tion could fix that.

“That per­son could re­ally com­mit a lot more time to sup­port­ing the re­gions eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment strate­gies.

“It would be ideal to re­ceive fund­ing from the coun­cil to pay for a full-time staff mem­ber who can com­mit the hours re­quired.

“Coun­cil is very sup­port­ive of the Cham­ber of Com­merce, how­ever we need this sup­port to be­come fi­nan­cial in or­der for the work we do to grow and be sus­tain­able,” she said.

DSC coun­cil­lor Michael Kerr said fund­ing for the cham­ber would help de­vel­op­ment, but for the time be­ing, it was not on the agenda.

“I be­lieve that the vi­a­bil­ity of our com­merce is just as im­por­tant as our tourism as they go hand-in-hand. In a per­fect world I would ex­pect to see a paid rep­re­sen­ta­tive over see our com­merce in the same man­ner we cur­rently do our tourism,” said Cr Kerr.

“At the mo­ment though it is coun­cils goal to bal­ance the bud­get by 2020, once this has oc­curred it most cer­tainly would be some­thing that I will be putting for­ward.”

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