ON TOP OF IT: Stanthorpe and Granite Belt Chamber of Commerce board members.
ON TOP OF IT: Stanthorpe and Granite Belt Chamber of Commerce board members. File

Chamber looks to the big things

SOMEONE asked me last week "So what has chamber done lately?”

The conversation went on to talk about all the little things chamber used to get involved in, the type of things that look important, but probably aren't.

As president, and with the new executive, we resolved to pick just a few big items and focus on them and not get lost in the little things.

The chamber has had really positive engagement with council over the proposed regulated parking scheme. Regulated parking is a key strategy in the Mongard Stanthorpe Streetscape and as such we fully support it.

A town-wide parking scheme that integrates the new car park with the CBD will improve traffic flow and should improve retail sales as the research shows.

We are also appreciative of the inclusion of chamber in the local B-double access improvement. Working well with council on improving the network of B-double certified roads. B-double access is critical for farm productivity and behalf of the farming businesses (those that are members and those that aren't) we would like to help council apply to the state government for better truck access for our farmers.

The Big Thermometer is now a reality. Chamber has been working on this project for decades, but finally got it "out of the ground” this year.

And chamber has been working for almost four months now, at local, state and federal levels, to become the proponent of the Emu Swamp Dam feasibility study. As a chamber we have immensely improved our standing at all levels of government and proven we are a resilient and dynamic organisation. Good news regarding this could be announced shortly.

So whether you think your business will directly benefit from membership or not, please join the chamber and support the community wide, major activities we are doing, as volunteers of the business community.

Ian Henderson, Chamber of Commerce president.

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