New pres­i­dent to lead Air­lie Beach Cham­ber of Com­merce

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A WHIT­SUN­DAY busi­ness­man who has been op­er­at­ing a tourist busi­ness in the main street of Air­lie Beach for more than 20 years has taken over the reins as pres­i­dent of the Air­lie Beach Cham­ber of Com­merce.

Tony Lau­rent from Air­ was elected at the cham­ber’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing on Tues­day night.

He took over from Philip Larsson who has been act­ing in the role for sev­eral months since the res­ig­na­tion of for­mer pres­i­dent Heidi Ward.

Mr Lau­rent said he was de­ter­mined for the cham­ber to go on­wards and up­wards and that he would be vis­it­ing busi­nesses to get their thoughts and feed­back.

The vice-pres­i­dent is Mark Beale and the sec­re­tary is Me­gan Tay­lor.

Mr Beale said it was im­por­tant that the cham­ber was not seen as an or­gan­i­sa­tion only for main street re­tail­ers.

He said it was an all-in­clu­sive cham­ber which in­cluded re­tail­ers, trades­peo­ple and pro­fes­sion­als in Can­non­vale and other sur­round­ing ar­eas.

About 20 peo­ple at­tended the meet­ing and there were six nom­i­na­tions for the seven va­cant po­si­tions.

The other com­mit­tee mem­bers are Philip Larsson, Jimmy Dun­can and John Harker.

The po­si­tion of trea­surer is cur­rently va­cant.

NEW COM­MIT­TEE: The new Air­lie Beach Cham­ber of Com­merce com­mit­tee elected on Tues­day night - Philip Larsson, Tony Lau­rent (pres­i­dent), Mark Beale, Me­gan Tay­lor, Jimmy Dun­can, John Harker.

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