MAK­ING MOST OF NEW YEAR

• MORE JOBS ON THE WAY FOR OUR RE­GION • NEW BUSI­NESS VEN­TURES • KEY STAKE­HOLD­ERS MAKE 2020 PLEDGES

Gatton Star - - FRONT PAGE - EBONY GRAVEUR [email protected]­ton­star.com.au

AS A tough year con­cludes, the Lock­yer Val­ley Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try warns those in the re­gion to brace for more hur­dles as lack of rain­fall damp­ens the econ­omy.

Cham­ber vice-pres­i­dent John Schol­lick said, while 2019 had its ups and downs, the roar­ing 20s would not be go­ing off with a bang – with­out rain.

“With­out the wa­ter, we’re go­ing to have a lot of prob­lems around here,” he said.

“We will have ma­jor, ma­jor prob­lems in food sup­ply and things.”

He said most peo­ple had “no idea” how dire the sit­u­a­tion was.

“They have no idea what’s go­ing on,” he said.

After a year of fea­tur­ing events with “brilliant speak­ers”, the cham­ber is gear­ing for an even big­ger year as the roar­ing 20s be­gin.

Mr Schol­lick said while last year was packed full of events with great speak­ers, 2020 would serve up more of the same to cham­ber mem­bers.

“Re­ally, at this stage, we’re just go­ing along as we have been,” he said.

He wel­comed any­one think­ing of join­ing the cham­ber to come along to a meet­ing.

“Come along and join – we need more peo­ple in the cham­ber,” he said.

“We’re a great bunch of peo­ple and we’re here to sup­port the lo­cal busi­nesses.”

The cham­ber meets ev­ery sec­ond month “after hours”, cy­cling through dif­fer­ent lo­cal busi­ness.

“We go to some­body’s busi­ness and see how they op­er­ate and every­body gets a gen­eral idea,” he said.

Mem­bers also meet for break­fast ev­ery sec­ond month, with the next break­fast taking place on Fe­bru­ary 2. A com­mit­tee meet­ing is held on the first Wed­nes­day of the month.

Photo: Craig Bach­mann Pho­tog­ra­phy

BRIGHT OUT­LOOK: Look­ing for­ward to 2020 with some sun­flow­ers at Mount Walker.

Pic­ture: War­wick Daily News

NEW YEAR: Lock­yer Val­ley Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try vice pres­i­dent John Schol­lick.

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