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Chinese Golden Week Tips
 

Dear Members, This is a friendly reminder that it is Golden Week for the People's Republic of China commencing the 1 October. This is an incredibly busy week of travel for the Chinese consumer and we know the Whitsundays is always a popular holiday destination during Golden Week. To help you deliver some great customer service we have included some useful ti...

The Whitsundays Small Business Innovation (WSBI) Program

Dear Members,   Whitsunday Regional Council is seeking to boost the economic potential of the small business community in the region with the introduction of The Whitsunday Small Business Innovation (WSBI) Program.   WSBI will be a competitive, merit-based grant program aiming to provide support to small businesses who are undertaking projects which are inno...

We Have Moved! Latest from Embroidery In Stitches
 

Embroidery in Stitches is a valued member of the Chamber network and have recently moved.   Family owned and operated, Embroidery in Stitches Whitsundays (EIS) is a leading supplier of corporate uniforms and work wear to a wide range of clients primarily in the Whitsunday region. While the business has been operating since 2013, the EIS team have over 45 yea...

Chamber met with Tourism Whitsundays
 

Chamber met with Tourism Whitsundays, after a large stakeholder session, to discuss outcomes for the new Destination Tourism Plan.” L-R: Al Milostic (LiveLife Pharmacy), Kate Purdie (APM), James Corvan (Tourism Guru), Tash Wheeler (Tourism Whitsundays), Glen Hingley (Tourism Guru), Judy Porter (Shiift).  

Queensland Business Urges Focus on National Energy Guarantee Policy

The need for policy certainty and a path forward on energy policy is at the core of a debate which despite political division needs to be implemented so as to provide certainty for the business sector. The National Energy Guarantee remains largely similar to the proposal put forward last week but with improvements through the adaptation of some of the ACCC’s...

New Playground For Pioneer Park in Proserpine
 

Whitsunday Regional Council will be delivering a massive upgrade to Pioneer Park in Proserpine with a new climbing net playground, a track ride with tower, a mouse wheel, climbing cubes and a bird’s nest swing, to be installed later this year Keith Johns Park in Proserpine will also receive a facelift, with brand new shelters and BBQ, a unisex toilet and a n...

Saying "NO" To Daylight Saving
 

EVERY year it comes up and every year I say the same thing - that is, I will not support any moves to introduce daylight saving in Queensland and certainly not here in North Queensland. Having lived in NSW for a decade, as well as the north of England where sunshine for most of the year is a bonus, I understand why some places have daylight saving although I...

Queensland Businesses Have Had a Gutful of Politicians’ Navel Gazing

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) warns the country's business community has lost patience with a political system where poor policy outcomes have been delivered on the back of opposition, for opposition sake and personal prejudices against corporate Australia. Leadership spills from both major political parties over the course of the la...

Airlie Beach Markets gets ready to make a move
 

The Airlie Beach Markets will cross the road from September 1 to rest on Coconut Grove temporarily while foreshore revitalisation works are in progress. Whitsunday Regional Council awarded the construction tender to Paynter Dixon Queensland last week, with upgrades expected to begin later this month or early September. WRC said the area between the Sailing C...

Iconic trail run attracts interstate runners to the region

RUN the Great Whitsunday Trail is back for its 12th year welcoming trail runners from near and far to experience the Whitsundays in the iconic event this Sunday. Runners can participate in the standard distance of 28.7km to the ultra distance of 57.4km as well as the inaugural 9km challenge to the Honeyeater lookout and back. Local trail runners have been la...

Airlie Beach Race Week Starts At A Cracking Pace

What a way to start Whitsunday Sailing Club's 30th Airlie Beach Race Week - a mass two- line downwind start with billowing spinnakers sailing towards Double Cone Island in a light breeze - and a little sports boat, aptly named 'Heat' leading the fleet.Geoff Williams cranked up Luke Ratcliff’s Viper 640, Heat, thumbing his nose at the Tasmanian RP66, Alive, t...

​Drought Bites But Still No Dams

QUEENSLAND continues to be gripped by drought – so much so that almost two-thirds of our State is now drought-declared and across the border, it’s been suggested it’s the worst drought in NSW in a century. The situation north of the Tweed is something I touched on in my latest appearance on Sky News with host Gary Hardgrave, whilst explaining to viewers arou...

Choosing a currency specialist, what you need to know

In the final article of the Currency Strategy series with CCIQ partner, OFX, we explore the considerations when choosing a Currency Specialist – from security & regulation, fees, strategy options, customer service and technologies. When sending or receiving funds from overseas, it’s important to protect your transfers with a firm that can help you make the m...

Employer to pay $600,000 to former employee after failing to separate worker with violent criminal past before physical assault

The Queensland District Court (QDC) has found a specialist butchery business was negligent in failing to separate two co-workers before a physical assault occurred in its workplace, ordering it to pay almost $600,000 in damages to the injured worker. Call CCIQ on 1300 731 988 to learn more about your obligations as an employer These proceedings concerned a p...

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