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DAMAS ‘allow businesses to attract more workers’

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THE WHITSUNDAY Coast Chamber AGM, held on Thursday, October 13, was a ‘tick and flick’ affair with financials presented and accepted by attendees, and current committee members retaining their positions and looking forward to the coming 12 months.

The Chamber would welcome new committee members so, if would like to become involved in the advocacy for business issues in the Whitsunday region, please get in touch.

By the time this column is printed, the chamber will have hosted its free information seminar to brief employers on the benefits a Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) will bring to the region.

It allows businesses to attract more full-time workers across a broader range of skills and age groups and, because it allows full time residency at the end of the visa, it makes regional communities stronger – with more permanent workers in the area.

To be successful, a DAMA needs the employers to get behind the process. If you missed both of the sessions, please contact the chamber for more information.

The chamber, alongside other groups and businesspeople, met with the new Mayor Julie Hall to begin a working relationship with her.

Concerns shared included a lack of master planning for growth in the region, and the way that representation of residents in different Divisions is applied.

Specific issues businesses have with some council processes were also discussed and we look forward to a progressive relationship.

October is Indigenous Business Month (IBM), a time to shine a light on the economic contributions of Indigenous businesses, people and organisations. 

It is also an opportunity to showcase the power of the Indigenous business sector and its commitment to an inclusive and sustainable future.

If you are an Indigenous business owner and would like to promote your business, contact the chamber via our website.

With the Whitsunday Tourism Awards just around the corner, the chamber is excited to be in partnership with TW and a major sponsor of the Whitsunday Business Award category.

This award has been expanded to cover a much broader range of categories within the greater Whitsunday business community, not just businesses involved in tourism, and we look forward to presenting all awards, including the Whitsunday Business of the Year.

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