Fresh chamber vigour with new presidents in M'boro and Bay
THE Fraser Coast's major chambers of commerce have both ushered in new presidents, and a new outlook for the next 12 months.
ArtxDesign director Craig Winter has stepped in to the role in Maryborough, while NAB's Tim Powers has taken over in Hervey Bay.
Mr Winter said the chamber's goal over the next year was to encourage Maryborough business owners to engage with both the chamber and the wider community.
"I really want them to come out of their shells," he said.
"That's our big push for the year, trying to get them engaged."
He said Maryborough's strength was in the business owners whose families have a strong history with the region.
"Maryborough is quite unique in this region," he said.
In Hervey Bay, Mr Powers said the chamber was in the early stages of planning for more business resources such as webinars.
Mr Powers said the Hervey Bay business community now had to be ready for growth, rather than surviving the tough economy of the past few years.
"They've spent the past couple of years being lean and mean," he said.
"They've really got to get in and promote themselves," he said.
Mr Powers said the chamber was reviewing what else it would pursue this financial year.
He said it would put a particular focus on infrastructure, including the Hervey Bay marina.
Maryborough and Hervey Bay chambers will host a joint breakfast next month at Susan River ahead of the federal election.