Chamber team to stay the same
WARWICK Chamber of Commerce held it's AGM last week, with the executive team set to stay the same over the next 12 months.
David Littleproud will continue to serve as president and will be supported in the role by vice-president Jason Gard, secretary Jennie Porter and treasurer Phil Barker.
Mr Littleproud said he believed the chamber had achieved great feats over the past 12 months, including gaining commitment for a study into Cunningham's Gap and prosecuting a case against council's rate increases.
He said the Chamber of Commerce this year remains dedicated to helping businesses make it through the recent economic downturn.
"Our continued focus will always be about supporting businesses and shopping local," he said.
"It is imperative in our tight economic conditions that people make sure every dollar they spend stays with local businesses."
While he believes the message is catching on with local consumers, Mr Littleproud said it was important for the chamber to continue to promote the issue.
"I think it's a constant message and we need to remind people that this is what drives employment in the Southern Downs and Warwick," he said.
Mr Littleproud said the executive committee was also looking forward to working with the new Southern Downs mayor and councillors, ahead of this month's election.
"I think there needs to be a new dynamic, even though we have worked positively with Ron Bellingham," he said.
"(Cr Bellingham) should be congratulated on his 12 years of service as mayor of Warwick and the Southern Downs."
Mr Littleproud said he hoped the new Southern Downs mayor would have a strong vision for the region, as did Cr Bellingham.