Chamber Chat - Thursday, May 2, 2019

I want to start this week sending out huge congratulation to the Airlie Beach Hotel for coming back bigger, better and bolder than before! 

From what I’ve heard, The Pub was packed over the Easter holidays and I hope this was also the case for other businesses on the Esplanade and Main Street. Feedback was excellent. Well Done.

Congratulations also to Daydream Island on their reopening earlier this month, understandable some initial issues to overcome but a very welcome return of a very popular resort –we look forward to the knock-on effect for the wider region.

This weekend is the inaugural Whitsundays Festival of Motoring, a free community event which will showcase our region like never before. Starting Abell Point Marina on Friday at 4pm, there will be lots to do. With luck this will become a permanent fixture on our calendar and may grow into a stage of the national rally championship so it is important we get involved and support this event

Turning our attention to May 18, we will be casting our vote for the next Federal Government to lead this country. Whatever your political views, the worst possible vote, is no vote at all.

Not voting is not just a neutral decision – it allows others to be have influence when your vote should have counted.

I encourage everyone to make an informed decision and there are many sources of information available. If you are a small business owner the Chamber of Commerce & Industry Queensland website is a valuable and useful source, with no-nonsense, factual stories from both sides of the political divide and, of course, a business slant. 

They are also running a campaign in the lead-up to the election – Small Business is a Big Deal – which aims to highlight to both parties the significant impact that small businesses have on not only our economy but also the community, in terms of employment and giving back.

This is a campaign that you can get involved in visit - and directly lobby the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition using their pre-drafted email.

It is vital that this election – no matter who wins – brings positive benefits for small business.

Until next time

Allan Milostic


The revamped Airlie Beach Hotel, April 2019

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