This has been a tragic event but it also presents a mas­sive op­por­tu­nity.

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - WHIT­SUN­DAY COAST CHAM­BER OF COM­MERCE

OVER the last few weeks, many, if not most busi­nesses have got­ten them­selves back on­line in the Whit­sun­days.

Those in the build­ing trades are fran­tic and barely able to cope with the work load, whilst other busi­nesses are strug­gling to make ends meet or to sim­ply come to grips with the im­pact TC Deb­bie has had on their premises and trade.

One thing is cer­tain, these are chal­leng­ing times for ev­ery­one in the re­gion.

The Whit­sun­day and Proser­pine Cham­bers of Com­merce, in con­junc­tion with the Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil are hold­ing a busi­ness in­dus­try fo­rum.

To be held at The Proser­pine En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre tonight at 5.30pm – there will be rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Bank­ing and Fi­nance Cen­tre, State Govern­ment De­part­ment of Re­gional Devel­op­ment, Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil, Fair Work Aus­tralia, the Aus­tralian Tax Of­fice and the fo­cus will be get­ting back on track and cop­ing with the pres­sures be­ing experienced.

This has been a tragic event but it also presents a mas­sive op­por­tu­nity. Gov­ern­ments at all lev­els have pledged their sup­port and un­der­stand what a cru­cial re­gion this is to the econ­omy and tourism.

Don’t miss out. Please take the time to at­tend the fo­rum and see how you can get as­sis­tance and sup­port to grow your busi­ness and help get the Whit­sun­days back on track. Re­con­nect with your peers and let’s put Deb­bie in the past and work to­gether to­wards a pros­per­ous fu­ture.

Re­cent feedback from lo­cals, vis­i­tors on cruise ships, do­mes­tic vis­i­tors and util­ity work­ers from out­side the re­gion re­in­forces what a won­der­ful com­mu­nity and re­gion we live in and what a fan­tas­tic job ev­ery­one has done to clean up and get back on their feet. Let’s cap­i­talise on this ad­ver­sity and make the busi­ness com­mu­nity one of which we can all be proud.

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