Work­ing to­gether the best ap­proach

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - LIFE - CALOUNDRA CHAM­BER MICHAEL SHADFORTH

IT’S been a big week in Caloundra, with our cham­ber an­nual gen­eral meet­ing on Mon­day night fol­lowed by the launch of the Caloundra Busi­ness Al­liance on Tues­day and the Aus­tralian Event Awards on Wed­nes­day evening.

These are all good signs that Caloundra is in good shape and tran­si­tion­ing to a new era.

At our AGM we elected two new com­mit­tee mem­bers to join us in tak­ing the cham­ber for­ward in a chang­ing busi­ness land­scape.

Join­ing us are Stockland Sun­shine Coast se­nior en­vi­ron­ment and com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment man­ager Mark Stephens and HeliMods at Caloundra Air­port founder and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Will Shrap­nel.

Will is the cur­rent Sun­shine Coast Busi­ness Per­son of the Year.

It’s ex­cit­ing to see the evo­lu­tion of the Caloundra CBD Project, started in part­ner­ship with the coun­cil in 2013, ma­tur­ing to its cur­rent stage. The cham­ber has been ac­tively in­volved in the CBD Task­force for more than two years and in fa­cil­i­tat­ing the CBD cu­ra­tor po­si­tion and out­comes that wrapped up on Au­gust 31.

We’re happy to see the coun­cil has ab­sorbed CBD cu­ra­tor Terese into their fold and the CBD traders are more for­mally work­ing to­gether un­der a new ban­ner on mar­ket­ing cam­paigns and events to ac­ti­vate down-town Caloundra.

The third ex­cit­ing thing about this week was the Aus­tralian Event Awards, con­sid­ered the Os­cars of the Aus­tralian events in­dus­try. With at­ten­dees from around Aus­tralia who or­gan­ise the big­gest, bright­est and best events in the coun­try, from Vivid Syd­ney to White Night Mel­bourne and ev­ery­thing in be­tween, it was our time to shine – and we did.

The awards night and two-day event sym­po­sium is here on the Sun­shine Coast thanks to the ef­forts of Visit Sun­shine Coast and the coun­cil.

It’s im­por­tant to main­tain a col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach from all stake­hold­ers to keep mo­men­tum this strong. We’re cer­tainly up for it.

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