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LAST THURSDAY, the Chamber hosted a highly successful networking meeting at Filby’s Motors, in Proserpine, showcasing its commitment to delivering valuable opportunities and support to the local business community across the region.

The event brought together more than 40 enthusiastic attendees, who were eager to explore new strategies and collaborations.

Presentations from Amanda Camm MP, and the federal government’s Business Industry and Regional Outreach Team on visa options for regional businesses, set the tone for an elevated discussion on business priorities.

When asked what could be some of the ‘big ticket’ items the region’s business community could unite and work on over the next two years, a range of strategies were identified.

These included rethinking how we define the region’s population and the impact this has on the community; prioritising health initiatives, infrastructure, and emergency services; emphasising the region’s history, arts and culture; advocating the region’s ability to handle the projected increase in cruise ship visits; and revitalising key precincts such as Proserpine as vibrant community and business centres. More consultation will follow.

The chamber, in partnership with Tourism Whitsundays, seeks nominations for the 2023 Whitsundays Business Awards, across five award categories. 

The awards are open to members of the Whitsunday Coast Chamber of Commerce or Tourism Whitsundays, and you can nominate in more than one category.

Nominations close Monday, August 21. Visit our website to learn more and good luck with your nomination. 

This week, the chamber launched is new membership offer, providing a range of unmatched opportunities and cost-effective options for members to stay informed, increase their visibility and network, and contribute to regional advocacy and chamber strategy.  

Our new membership model has five categories, with discounts on some categories available to current members. We are planning to continually explore and add new membership services that we believe will be of value and will continue to refine our membership structure. Visit our website and join today!

Our next chamber event will be held from 10am to 12pm, on Wednesday, August 16, in Proserpine, and is open to all businesses.

Pop Up Chamber – a new initiative – will be an informal gathering of business owners and the Chamber team. Feel free to pop along, learn more about business in the region, get up-to-date on Chamber developments, share your view on regional business priorities, and grab a coffee.

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