CCIQ Noosa

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (2.47 pm): Noosa is home to people who overwhelmingly have made a conscious decision to move into our community and contribute to its ongoing prosperity. One organisation which over the last few years has made great strides in showcasing itself in the Noosa community at large is CCIQ Noosa. Under the excellent stewardship of past president, Sarah Fisher, and the new president, Peter Chenoweth, the Noosa chamber hosted in July of this year their inaugural best practice forum which I attended.

Also participating in the forum were representatives from chambers of commerce in Maroochydore, Caloundra, Mackay, Brisbane Bayside, North Lakes, Fortitude Valley and Toowoomba. The chamber’s recently elected management committee includes Peter Chenoweth, Dick Barnes, Ingrid Jackson and Robyn Walter who, along with a vibrant membership, are taking CCIQ Noosa to new heights of professionalism.

I am really excited about the partnership this organisation is developing with other local businesses and community groups. This will allow the small business sector to speak as one on issues vital to their wellbeing. I congratulate the Peregian Business Association, the Tewantin Traders Association, the Noosa Parks Association, Country Noosa, the Noosaville Business Association and the Hastings Street Association for their support and involvement and who, when combined, are a strategic and powerful voice for our area’s 41⁄2 thousand small businesses.

That is the local strategy. Regionally, CCIQ Noosa is the only Chamber of Commerce belonging to Sunshine Coast Business Council and the only chamber on the Sunshine Coast to be accredited by the peak body, Chamber of Commerce & Industry Queensland. Five years ago another great initiative was the development of Business Mentoring Noosa. This outstanding service is offered by a group of highly successful, semiretired and retired businesspeople who lend their expertise to helping local small business owners improve their profitability. CCIQ Noosa is also involved in driving other projects which include an international film festival, a proposal for a convention centre and fast-tracking the introduction of high speed broadband for businesses in the region.

In business, there always needs to be an overarching goal and for CCIQ Noosa, it is to grow the average revenue of the 41⁄2 thousand small businesses in Noosa by 10 per cent by June 2017. All of this is done by volunteers with one aim: to see small business expertise and employment in our community grow.