Ma­reeba rac­ing ahead in eco­nomic snap­shot

Tablelands Advertiser - - NEWS - Kather­ine Kokko­nen

NEW de­vel­op­ments and fur­ther in­vest­ment in Ma­reeba have set the lo­cal econ­omy up to race ahead in the fu­ture.

Busi­nesses and the pro­gres­sive cham­ber of com­merce are in the lime­light in the fi­nal in­stal­ment of My Ma­reeba Shire.

De­vel­op­ments, in­clud­ing Spring­mount Race­way and the thriv­ing trans­port hub at Ma­reeba’s In­dus­trial Park, have been fea­tured in the Ma­reeba Cham­ber of Com­merce 2016/2017 Eco­nomic Snap­shot.

Re­leased dur­ing the cham­ber’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing on Mon­day, the eco­nomic snap­shot shows how the town’s econ­omy is built on a di­verse range of in­dus­tries that are set to grow even more.

Pres­i­dent Joe Moro said the pub­li­ca­tion em­pha­sised the won­der­ful things hap­pen­ing in Ma­reeba Shire.

“It shows all the things that are hap­pen­ing in the area and all the de­vel­op­ments and it demon­strates that Ma­reeba is rac­ing ahead,” he said.

“It has statis­tics, the wind farm and cov­ers the growth that is hap­pen­ing in the hous­ing sec­tor.”

Of the new de­vel­op­ments, Mr Moro high­lighted the Ma­reeba’s grow­ing trans­port hub as be­ing par­tic­u­larly sig­nif­i­cant for the econ­omy.

“It’s some­thing that a lot of peo­ple have talked about over the years,” he said.

“Lind­say and Blen­ners, be­tween the two of them they have in­vested in the range of more than $12 mil­lion dol­lars. Visy has in­vested a very large amount of money as well by ex­pand­ing their op­er­a­tions.

“They are all cre­at­ing jobs, which is im­por­tant, and it’s great to see.”

“I’m very ex­cited about what is hap­pen­ing there.”

To pick up a free copy of the Ma­reeba Cham­ber of Com­merce’s 2016/2017 Eco­nomic Snap­shot, visit the Ma­reeba Her­itage Centre. To com­ment on this story: editorial@table­land­news­pa­pers. com.au face­book.com/table­land­sad­ver­tiser

VI­SION FOR FU­TURE

The Ma­reeba Cham­ber of Com­merce is fo­cused on pro­gres­sion, out­comes and driv­ing eco­nomic devel­op­ment. Its mem­bers range from small busi­nesses, tourism, sport­ing clubs, ru­ral busi­nesses, in­dus­trial, gov­ern­ment and in­di­vid­u­als. The cham­ber’s vi­sion is to fo­cus on busi­ness mar­ket­ing strate­gies in the district to the com­mu­nity and other re­gions, op­er­ate a suc­cess­ful busi­ness while en­sur­ing their bal­ance in the com­mu­nity is ev­i­dent and to be­come a cat­a­lyst among cham­bers.

Pic­ture: Kather­ine Kokko­nen

The Ma­reeba Cham­ber of Com­merce held its an­nual gen­eral meet­ing on Mon­day and re­leased its 2016-2017 Eco­nomic Snap­shot. Op­er­a­tions man­ager Janet Green­wood, mem­ber Ser­ena Shakes, sec­re­tary Natasha Srhoj, trea­surer Maria Nas­tasi, pres­i­dent Joe Moro and Sam Musumeci.

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