Award-winning Gympie business woman Shannon McVey encourages business people to nominate themselves for the vacant Gympie Chamber of Commerce executive positions.
Award-winning Gympie business woman Shannon McVey encourages business people to nominate themselves for the vacant Gympie Chamber of Commerce executive positions. Craig Warhurst

Chance for change up for grabs

EXECUTIVE positions needing to be filled on Gympie's Chamber of Commerce have been welcomed as a valuable opportunity for business leaders by the Chamber's 2010 New Business of the Year winner, Shannon McVey.

Mrs McVey, who is also the Gympie Women in Business Woman of Excellence 2011, said it was a “fantastic opportunity for anybody who would like to see positive change”.

“There needs to be greater support for businesses in this region,” she said.

“I think business people sometimes feel isolated and the Chamber is perfectly positioned to provide a supporting role to industry in our region.

"Particularly in the economic climate we are in.”

Health issues, career and lifestyle changes have been sited by two former members of the Chamber's executive board as a reason for stepping down.

The remaining executive positions will become vacant at the AGM in August.

Former Chamber of Commerce president Simon Young said his two-year term was coming to the end in August, and the time was right to step down now.

Executive member Andrew Smith said his situation was similar.

“We achieved quite a few projects.

"Some of the bigger issues were seven-day trading, the Traveston Dam issues and at the moment we are working through Mary St Markets with the Mary St traders,” Mr Young said.

“The Flood Plan already in place during the flooding earlier this year was largely inherited by chamber.

“The work that went into the plan was done by the chamber and council... This has been recognised across the state as an example of how a community structures itself during time of natural disaster.”

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