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FROM the coun­cil cham­bers to the Insta- pages, Townsville coun­cil­lor Verena Coombe is about to launch her own glam on­line side hus­tle.

Cr Coombe’s new ven­ture, East Coast Style Col­lec­tive, will act as a dig­i­tal plat­form con­nect­ing savvy shop­pers with lo­cal busi­nesses that sign up to be fea­tured.

The new busi­ness, which will in­clude a web­site, so­cial me­dia and an app, will launch in Au­gust.

Cr Coombe said grow­ing up as an “army brat”, she knew what it was like to try to find her way around a new town.

“Since re­turn­ing to Townsville six years ago, I re­alise we’re such a tran­sient city,” she said.

“When you ar­rive in a new place you have to set up your whole life and you want to know where the best places are to go to get a cof­fee, to get a hair­cut, to shop.”

Cr Coombe de­clared her new busi­ness at this week’s coun­cil meet­ing.

Townsville Bul­letin colum­nist Shari Tagli­abue is also in­volved with the ven­ture as a writer.

“I’m work­ing with the best creatives in town and I’m very ex­cited to be able to bring all this to the busi­nesses I’m work­ing with,” Cr Coombe said.

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