State Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle last week met with a group of Landsborough business owners who are gaining momentum with their plan to establish a local Chamber of Commerce.
It comes as residents have been left reeling over a lack of community consultation surrounding the State Government’s proposal for a rail overpass. Business owners say that it’s clear that a commerce body is needed to ensure the town will survive and thrive a major infrastructure change.
“It’s time. We have grown as a community and having a Chamber of Commerce is the only way forward.” Terry Morrow said; owner of the Landsborough Hotel where the meeting was held on Thursday.
Mr McArdle said that while the Overpass proposal may have been the catalyst for the Chamber’s creation, it would not be the only issue of focus.
“The matter of Landsborough’s rail crossing certainly sparked the idea of a Chamber of Commerce but it is clear from this first meeting that there are many issues of equal importance that will need to be addressed if the chamber is formed.” Mr McArdle said.
The businesses supporting the formation of a Chamber is varied and includes familiar names such as the Landsborough Hotel, BP, Landsborough Chemist, 3 Divas Café, IGA, Buck’s Bakery and the Landsborough School of Arts & Memorial Hall.
“It is about likeminded people working together to bring back the heart of Landsborough.” Cheryl Rutland-Lockett, owner of BP said. It’s this sentiment, for a united community and a chance for Landsborough to prosper that was at the forefront of Thursday’s meeting.
“What this town needs is an action group that is working together for a common goal.” Ashley Grigor, owner of Landsborough IGA said.
Tim Watson, owner of Buck’s Bakery agreed that “It’s about bringing together the ideals of the community.”
“Right now our town is very lost and we’re moving backward faster than we are moving forward.” Gemma Webster, owner of 3 Divas Café said.
“The Chamber could help give Landsborough an identity.” Ms Webster said.
Tim Fitzpatrick, owner of the Landsborough Chemist said that a Chamber would support more than just the business owners – it would contribute to an economy that caters to the needs of locals.
“It is important that we to nurture Landsborough from a business perspective. If we make sure that the businesses are being focused on, it will make it pleasant and easy for residents conduct in their business in town locally.” Mr Fitzpatrick said.
“I am here to offer my support and assistance in working to establish the Chamber.” Mr McArdle concluded.
The group will come together again in a month’s time to discuss the next steps in the formation of the Chamber.