Newly elected Pine Rivers Chamber of Commerce president Cheryl Springer has big plans for the business group and the region.
Mrs Springer, who was voted in to the role last Thursday at the chamber’s annual general meeting, said she would be proud to represent local businesses.
‘‘My goal for the Pine Rivers Chamber of Commerce is to be the voice of business in this district,’’ she said.
‘‘I aim to encourage big business back to the chamber.
I think the chamber has a lot to offer big businesses and I think big businesses have a lot to offer the chamber.
Mrs Springer has owned and operated Springers Solar at Lawnton with her husband Brian since 1987 and has been a member of the chamber of commerce for seven years.
‘‘The role of the chamber is to speak to local and state governments,’’ Mrs Springer said.
‘‘I want to be able to go to the local or state representatives and present a case on behalf of all of the members.
‘‘I hope that by having small, medium and big businesses in the chamber, I will be able to represent the entire region.
‘‘If a representative comes to me for an opinion, it won’t be mine.
‘‘It will be the opinion of all of the businesses. I want to be able to give that opinion. Or, if I don’t know, I will take it to the chamber and find out,’’ Mrs Springer said.
The Pine Rivers Chamber of Commerce meets once a month for breakfast at The Coffee Club on Gympie Rd, Strathpine.
Its next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 10, from 7-9am. Guest speakers are invited to the meeting.
Membership of the chamber costs $85 per year.
Member for Pine Rivers, Mr Seath Holswich, has announced today that he will be hosting a Strathpine Business Forum to start a discussion on ways to renew and reinvigorate the Strathpine Business District.
“Over the past 12 months it has become increasingly clear to me that Strathpine needs a boost to ensure we remain a strong business and retail precinct well into the future,” Mr Holswich said.
“There are too many ‘for lease’ signs in windows along Gympie Rd and we need to look at strategies to reinvigorate the area.”
“Whilst the Strathpine Gateway Project has the potential to provide a massive injection for the Strathpine community, we can’t just sit back for the next few years and expect the Gateway Project to be the solution to all the suburbs’ challenges.”
“This Forum, to be held on Monday night 6th November, is intended to be a catalyst to open up further discussion and to create a plan of attack so that we can build a better Strathpine.”
Mr Holswich is issuing an invitation for all business owners, community members and interested parties to attend the Forum.
“This will be a brainstorming and networking session,” Mr Holswich said. “We need to get all stakeholders together and work together towards a positive future for Strathpine.”
“To get all stakeholders in a room and working together on common short and long term goals will set us on the path to future success for our region.”
Mr Holswich started a similar process with tourism and recreation operators in Dayboro in mid-2012.
Mr Holswich has listed jobs growth in the Pine Rivers economy as one of his top five priorities for 2013 and this Forum is one of many actions he is undertaking to assist the Pine Rivers business community.
The Forum is free to attend, however rsvp’s are requested. For more information about the Forum, or to download an information flyer, go to the “Events” tab at www.seathholswich.com