Friday, November 10, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Chamber Chat

Membership – This year the Chamber has substantially revamped its membership model in response to extensive feedback and a desire to better tailor packages to meet individual business needs. The Chamber is far stronger this year than at any other time of recent – we have merged with Proserpine Chamber, we have a new name, a new board, new constitution, new strategic plan and are powering ahead on several fronts.

Whether you are in Tourism, Retail, Services, or trade – if you are in business – you should be a member. The more members, the stronger we are and the better we can represent local businesses. Visit our website to view membership options and renew or join.

Advocacy – Gus Walsgott presented for The Chamber at the Queensland Government's Mackay Isaac Whitsundays Regional Forum welcome dinner on Sunday evening. With key Queensland Cabinet ministers and departmental advisors in attendance as well as local dignitaries, it was an opportunity to highlight the ten-point advocacy plan based on regional business priorities. As acknowledged by Julieanne Gilbert MP, Chambers of Commerce play an important role as a resource and source of expertise across all levels of government. We look forward to working closely with the Regional Forum over the next 2-year cycle to ensure that business concerns are heard.

Vision for the Whitsundays – The focus group phase of our Vision for the Whitsundays project has come to an end. It has been a great exercise engaging the business community in crafting a view of our economic future. The conversations have been rich and diverse, drawing on the perspectives of our young people and community elders, explored possibilities on sustainability and resilience, arts and culture, innovation, and technology to identify drivers of economic growth unique to our region. We will be sharing some preliminary findings by the end of the year. There is still time to have your say by providing a formal submission or completing a quick online survey which must close 1 December.

Next Events – We will be hosting our final Pop-Up Chamber for 2023 from 7:30am Wednesday 29 November in Proserpine in conjunction with Fresh Fields News and Hummingbird Refrigeration. Come on down and meet the Chamber team, other business owners, and grab a coffee to start your day. Additionally, we have joined forces with Tourism Whitsundays for the ultimate end of year celebration for the Whitsundays business community, from 6:00pm Thursday 30 November 2023 at the Reef Gateway Hotel, Cannonvale.

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