Chamber seeks to rally supporters
THE Douglas Chamber of Commerce has a big gap to fill with the departure of former President Helen De Ross, who presided over a period of increased activity and rocketing membership numbers.
Speaking yesterday after the Chamber annual meeting on Tuesday night, vice president Phoebe Kitto said there was much work to do to continue the momentum of 2016.
“There will be a void with Helen gone, but we’re looking forward to the committee standing up.”
Ms Kitto said there was a lot to do to live up to the previous year.
“There’s some disappointment that there wasn’t more activity (at the AGM).”
According to Ms Kitto, for the Chamber to continue kicking goals for local business, the business community needed to be more involved with the Chamber – something she said would no doubt increase given the work done over 2016.
In the president’s report read out at the start of the meeting, Ms De Ross commended the work of the chamber over the last 12 months, with an increase in membership of 350 per cent helped along by a lower fee.
“The 2017 Membership Fee will increase however the value of being a member of Chamber of Commerce is undeniable,” wrote Ms De Ross.
In her report, Ms De Ross highlighted the campaigns undertaken by the Chamber, including spearheading NBN connectivity, discussions on bringing education resources into the region, attracting film and TV productions, changes to allowable hours, and the establishment of working groups to gauge business sentiment.
Under Ms De Ross the Chamber took a stand on matters appearing in the Douglas Shire Planning Scheme.
The Chamber came out in support for the Douglas Retirement Community, a Special Entertainment Precinct as well as supporting an alteration of height limits in one part of Port Douglas.
The Chamber will elect a new president next month.
Vice president Phoebe Kitto