There has been a lot of activity on Whitsunday Chat
prompted by a thought provoking question: “How to bring more people into Airlie
Beach Main Street”
literally hundreds of responses and twice as many great ideas! The formation of
a main street strategies and committee to help run and coordinate some regular
events and attraction is something the Chamber has been working on and we will
hold round table discussions this week and are planning public forum on Tuesday
16th – be alert for confirmation of time and venue.
We have spaces on our committee and are very keen to talk
to main street businesses eager to be involved. Whilst we have a structure, a
membership base, website and Facebook presence, contacts at all levels of government
and strong support from the council and Tourism Whitsundays, we desperately need
people to help drive and achieve this - we simply do not have the manpower or funding.
It’s is genuinely fantastic to see so many passionate
people that really care about our great region and are prepared to do something
about it! This is the way to achieve something great, by working together.
It is a shame that main stream media doesn’t share the
These are the 60 minute headlines on their Whitsunday
resorts “left to rot” in the Whitsundays.
The Whitsundays, once a holiday
hot-spot and beacon of success for Australia’s tourism industry, has been abandoned
and left in a state of disarray.
Shocking vision from a 60 Minutes
report into the islands' ‘ghost resorts’ has shown the once luxurious holiday
destination completely destroyed, with hotels, bars and restaurants left to
Nothing balanced about the report at all. No question
that a couple of resorts need repair and action should have been taken long
ago. However, the is NO mention of the new and refurbished resorts back on
line. The story is an absolutely disgrace and I encourage everyone to let The
network know exactly what you think about that kind of reporting !
It makes driving visitation to Airlie Beach even more
important. Some of the great ideas that the Chamber is already working on
include proposals to implement more free parking, longer parking areas, home
grown hand-made markets in the main street, regular ‘eat street’ set up on a quiet
weekday evening, more shows and small-scale events to generate interest in the
street on weekends, permanent rental of billboard to direct people to Airlie
If you want to help the main street, please sign up your business to the
Whitsunday Chamber of Commerce (it is only $199 a year) and make yourself known
to us. If you would like to
nominate to be on our committee and help drive the direction and promotion
of the main street please contact me on email@example.com
Talking of the main street, there is some great office
space available to share just across from Fish D’vine, overlooking the
Port of Airlie, and it’s very reasonable (from just $30/day for a casual desk
to $150/week for a locked office with sea views!).
There’s a full-time receptionist, free Wi-Fi and power
and printers. Contact Gabrielle Preat on
0418 104 418.
free lunch, from 12pm to 1pm, will be hosted by the Honourable Shannon
Fentiman MP, Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for
Training and Skills Development, to discuss the 2019-20 budget and how the new
payroll tax changes impact small business. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
by 12pm Monday, July 15, to register.
The Small Business State Budget 2019-2020
Roadshow will be taking place at the Proserpine Community Centre (36
Gardenia Street) on Tuesday, July 16.