Chair of the Tiaro Chamber of Commerce Darryl Stewart.
Chair of the Tiaro Chamber of Commerce Darryl Stewart.

Making two health lobby groups one

MOVES to bring together two health lobby groups on the Fraser Coast took a definite step forward on Monday night, although details of a sit-down involving Chris Foley and Darryl Stewart were not disclosed yesterday.

Mr Stewart, chair of the Tiaro Chamber of Commerce, was selected by the Fraser Coast Health Focus Group last week to discuss the creation of one unified lobby group representing the region with Mr Foley.

“It was a good meeting,” Mr Stewart said. “We totally agreed it must be one group.

“It has to be because it’s simply a case of united we stand, divided we fall.”

Mr Stewart described the 90-minute discussion as full and frank.

“It was a highly productive atmosphere,” he said.

“We went through lots of points of views.

“The view was let’s sit down and work through this and decide what we’re going to do as one group.”

Asserting that “time is of the essence” Mr Stewart said he would liaise with Mr Foley, chair of the newly established Community Health Task Force, and the presidents of the region’s four chambers of commerce during the next week.

The chambers of commerce have been aligned with the Fraser Coast Health Focus Group since its inception in 2005.

The future of the Focus Group had been overshadowed after Mr Foley set up the Task Force in December, including a range of medical professionals in its membership.

These included Dr Shaun Rudd (president Local Medical Association), Dr Riita Partanen (UQ mentor), Prof. Ken Stott (provost USQ Fraser Coast) and Sharon Hose (Qld Nurses Union representative).



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