Chamber’s new boss states plan

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS - Scott Tib­balls

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.”

Pic­ture: SCOTT TIB­BALLS

Dou­glas Chamber of Commerce pres­i­dent Wade Greasley, owner and man­ager of Ni­ra­maya Spa and Beauty

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