Chamber’s new boss states plan
NEW Douglas Chamber of Commerce president Wade Greasley is looking to consolidate on the work done by former president Helen De Ross for the 2017 year.
“This year is a year of consolidation after Helen’s year of movement last year.
“She’s put everything on the table. I’m coming in at an enviable time because she went to the mountain and stuck a bolt of dynamite under it and blew it up,” he said, referring to the NBN, slipway and Reef Marina among other things.
Mr Greasley, who moved to Port Douglas four years ago after a long career in banking in NSW, told the his plan was to establish what the small business community wanted from the chamber by asking members fill out their membership form in full for 2017, which includes a survey.
“The first point is the feedback I’ve got is that activity feeds productivity. So for me we need a call to action to bring as many people together as we can, and then really get a good understanding as to what it is they want from us.”
Mr Greasley believed Port Douglas had a lot of opportunities ahead of it, and the best ways to make use of those was to share resources via networking, which will be a major push for the chamber while he is in the chair.
“The Chamber of Commerce is probably the best positioned up here with respect to how you can drive networking.”
According to Mr Greasley, by getting small businesses share resources, the region will become stronger.
“There’s a lot of new entrants in town, a lot of new people in town that don’t need to learn the hard way. If they’re partnered with the appropriate people they be skilled up and ready to take advantage of peak season, and then they become a fully skilled advocate for the region.”
Douglas Chamber of Commerce president Wade Greasley, owner and manager of Niramaya Spa and Beauty