Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Chamber's New Approaches; Incoming President Wants Railway Precinct as a Tourism Hub, Better Signage on City Approaches

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Chamber's New Approaches; Incoming President Wants Railway Precinct as a Tourism Hub, Better Signage on City Approaches

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Katie Cameron

Reporter

New committee

Warwick Chamber of Commerce office bearers 2014 are:

President - Bruce Partridge

Vice President - Jason Gard

Treasurer - Lewis Von Stieglitz

Secretary - Jennie Porter

IT IS time for fresh ideas, and with the changeover of committee members for the Warwick Chamber of Commerce, the new year is sure to be a great one for the local business community.

Newly elected chamber of commerce president Bruce Partridge, who is also the general manager at the Daily News, will be moving up from treasurer to take on the top job.

Chamber of Commerce presidents have a maximum of four years in the office, after which they must hand over the reins to another committee member.

"It is a great opportunity for new approaches," Mr Partridge said.

"Most of the presidents have different approaches for what they want to achieve.

"This year the chamber developed its own economic committee, which has direct links to the council's economic development unit.

"We developed a plan of projects the chamber is capable of completing, such as the retail Christmas campaign.

"We want to make Warwick a prominent destination for retail shopping in the broader region from places like Toowoomba and Goondiwindi."

Former chamber of commerce president David Littleproud said he could look back with pride on what the chamber had achieved over the past four years.

"Council now has a greater awareness of the financial impact that expenditure has on ratepayers," he said.

"In terms of the planning department, the chamber has brought them to the realisation that we are in competition with capital dollars in other shires.

"We are still on track to execute a strategic economic plan and council needs to be held accountable for that going forward."

Mr Littleproud said the major achievement he was proudest of was the commitment from the Coalition Government to fund the study of alternative routes to Cunningham's Gap. …

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