New cham­ber aim­ing to make Air­lie a re­sort town

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

THE Air­lie Beach Cham­ber of Com­merce has an­nouced its in­ten­tion to trans­form Air­lie Beach into a re­sort town dur­ing the up­com­ing Septem­ber school hol­i­days.

The an­nouce­ment was made at a town meet­ing, hosted by the cham­ber’s in­terim com­mit­tee at the Air­lie Beach Ho­tel last week.

In­terim pres­i­dent Heidi Ward told the 50-plus at­ten­dees that ev­ery guest ar­riv­ing in town from Septem­ber 20-Oc­to­ber 8, would be handed a full sched­ule of events open to tourists and lo- cals alike. She gave a brief over­view of sug­gested ac­tiv­i­ties that in­cluded sim­ple ideas such as sto­ry­telling at Leah’s Book Ex­change, a kid’s club on the beach and power walk­ing in the morn­ings.

“Ev­ery tourist that vis­its Air­lie Beach in Septem­ber will have a re­ally clear in­di­ca­tor that we’re try­ing, that we want their busi­ness, that we want them to re­turn and that we love the place that we live in,” she said.

This was just one of the pos­i­tive ini­tia­tives put for­ward by the brand new cham­ber, which is sched­uled to hold its first an­nual gen­eral meet­ing on Au­gust 6. On this date, per­ma­nent com­mit­tee mem­bers will be elected and six sub-com­mit­tees for re­tail, hos­pi­tal­ity, ac­com­mo­da­tion, sport and recre­ation, events, en­ter­tain­ment and arts and pro­fes­sional ser­vices and trades, are ex­pected to be formed.

In the mean­time, the in­terim com­mit­tee has stressed the need to start tak­ing ac­tion and “walk the walk”.

In­terim com­mit­tee mem­ber Philip Lars­son said it was im­per­a­tive that Air­lie Beach busi­ness peo­ple put the past be­hind them and stopped fo­cus­ing on blame. He said change was vi­tal for sur­vival and he urged the busi­ness com­mu­nity to join forces and work as a team.

“Like it or not, if Air­lie fails, we all fail. If Air­lie suc­ceeds, we all suc­ceed,” Mr Lars­son said.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to be­come in­volved, con­tact Heidi Ward on 0407 740 673 or email abcc@zest­de­sign.com.au.

FORG­ING FOR­WARD: Air­lie Beach Cham­ber of Com­merce in­terim com­mit­tee mem­bers Phillip Lars­son, Wendy Eriks­son, Stacy Harvey, Kel­lie Brookes, Jo Sweeney, Al­lan Milostic, Heidi Ward and Cameron MacRae, at last week's cham­ber town meet­ing.

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