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THE CHAMBER of Commerce for the south of the region launched some exciting plans at the recent AGM as well as revealing a name change.

The Whitsunday Coast chamber and the Proserpine chamber merged earlier this year.

The first AGM as the new merged entity was held at Whitsunday Green Golf Club, Cannon Valley, on Thursday, October 19, 2023.

A good crowd turned out to vote in new board members and re-elect current board members.

The new name – Whitsundays Chamber of Commerce and Industry (WCCI) – reflects the broader footprint and an ‘exciting transformation’.

The name change is accompanied by a striking new logo, reflecting the chamber’s commitment to propelling the local business sector to greater heights.

The newly elected board members herald a ‘revitalised strategy that promises to amplify the voice of businesses across the Whitsundays region’ according to the chamber.

“The economic stability of our region is intricately tied to the hardworking businesses that enrich our community,” WCCI president Alan Milostic said.

“Our business community not only serves the region but also plays a pivotal role in generating employment opportunities for our residents.

“We recognise the need to work in unison to maximise the countless benefits of life in the Whitsundays.”

As part of the chamber’s bold new vision, the WCCI board – which is supported by chamber liaison Dr Julia Evans and policy officer Richard Evans – has outlined five key strategic pillars designed to unite and empower local businesses.

“We’re focused on addressing the issues that affect all businesses in the Whitsundays, including major industries, retail, professional services, essential trades, and the dedicated owner-operators who are the backbone of our community,” Mr Milostic said.

“We face unique geographic challenges that need the attention of politicians…so that our entire community can thrive and prosper.”

The chamber’s ‘Vision for Whitsundays’ project is currently in the works, with the report expected in May 2024, following research into people’s ideas and needs for the future.

“The key to our success lies in the support of all businesses in the Whitsundays, and we warmly encourage our business community to consider joining us in this exciting journey,” Mr Milostic said.

The new chamber board comprises: President Allan Milostic (LiveLife Pharmacy), vice president Gus Walsgott (Bendigo Community Bank Cannonvale-Proserpine), secretary Megan Taylor (Kapow Interactive), treasurer Annette Neil (PRD Whitsunday Real Estate), Jannah Baker (Scallywag Fabrication), Melinda Louise Hutchings (Melinda Louise Media), Anthony Nobilia (Airlie Beach Executive Services) and Kim Porter (Hummingbird Refrigeration, Electrical & Air Conditioning).

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The strategic key pillars designed to unite and empower local businesses are:

1. Advocacy: We’re committed to championing your interests and ensuring that your voice reaches the corridors of government, so that local businesses can reach their full potential.

2. Membership Services: We’re here to provide the support and resources local business operators require to thrive.

3. Education & Events: Through our events program and exclusive education opportunities, we’re dedicated to enhancing the productivity and outcomes of local businesses and their teams.

4. Communication: Our aim is to keep you informed and facilitate connections with other like-minded members.

5. Organisation: We’re committed to building a sustainable Chamber operation that can truly support local businesses.

PHOTO: Deborah Friend.

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