Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Bold Gympie Plan to Cash in on Boom; a[euro][approximately]Untapped Market Awaits Business'

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Bold Gympie Plan to Cash in on Boom; a[euro][approximately]Untapped Market Awaits Business'

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ARTHUR

GORRIE

REPORTER

arthur.gorrie@gympietimes.com

GYMPIE region businesses and workers are missing out on much of the mining boom's potential, but not for long.

According to speakers at this week's Gympie Chamber of Commerce breakfast, a huge and largely untapped middle- level market awaits our manufacturers and professionals.

The region's Cinderella status must end, according to Jason McPherson, of Gympie firm CPM Engineering.

Mr McPherson says the auditing and other compliance costs of dealing with the major mining firms is too much for most small businesses.

But the middle-ranking firms supplying them need the kind of expertise and manufactured products that Gympie businesses can supply.

To get this major marketing drive started, chamber members are promoting a bus trip next month, to take Gympie region business to the market.

They will attend the Surat Basin Energy and Mining Expo at Toowoomba Showgrounds on Wednesday and Thursday, June 20 and 21. …

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