Chamber could do with funding: De Ross
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.”