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Chamber Chat by WCCoC president Allan Milostic

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LOTS OF excitement around town with the school holiday period topped off by a visit from the visiting national Rugby League team.

Priceless exposure for the region having the Kangaroos training at our own Sports Park! Well done and thank you to everyone involved.

What does the Chamber do?

We often get asked – what is the role of the Chamber, what does it do?

In many other small regional areas and towns, the role of the chamber is much clearer and more visible as they also fill the role that Tourism Whitsundays fill here – and that is to promote visitation to their local area.

Whilst that is still a role of the Whitsunday Chamber, it is not our major focus, and our role is complementary to that of Tourism Whitsundays.

Whilst we have tourism-based members, it is not our prime focus and we are the largest member based body for the region’s trades, small businesses, commerce and industry.

We are financially independent and apolitical.

Through our advocacy efforts at all levels of government, membership services, events, and communications, we aim to see our members create sustainable economic growth and feel connected to a thriving business community.

This year, we have unveiled our five-year strategic plan, which provides the roadmap for how the Chamber will continue to grow as the strong and united voice for Whitsunday businesses, as well as supporting our members’ development needs.

A Vision for the Whitsundays

The research phase of our ‘Vision for the Whitsundays’ project continues with more than 70 people having their say on our economic future, providing innovative ideas and solid suggestions.

There is still time to have your say by providing a formal submission, completing a quick online survey, or participating in an engaging focus group, and we encourage all businesses to do so and provide input and insight into this Vision

Next event – Our Annual General Meeting and Chamber Connect meeting is scheduled for 7.30am on Thursday, October 19, at Whitsunday Green Golf Club and everyone is welcome.

Following the AGM will be a presentation by the CEO of Regional Development Australia Greater Whitsundays Rob Cocco, providing a timely update on exciting plans for our region.

Registrations open, visit our website to book your spot www.whitsundaycoastchamber.com.au.

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