POWER 30: Sneak peek into Gympie's most influential #29
# TONY GOODMAN
SITTING at #29, Gympie businessman Tony Goodman is passionate about promoting Mary St to locals and visitors alike.
Mr Goodman is a member of the Gympie Town Centre Stakeholder Reference Group, a group of business people and community members committed to promoting what he calls "The Heart of the City".
He is also on the board of the Gympie Chamber of Commerce.
The man with the plan to see regular events in Mary St adopted with some kind of permanency is delighted the Gympie Regional Council has embraced the concept he had a major hand in starting four years ago.
Looking back on that, Mr Goodman said he knew Mary St needed an injection of life.
"People were commenting on the decline and how shops were becoming empty and staying empty," he said.
"I wanted to showcase the heart of Gympie and make it a destination and a point of difference to the shopping centres."
The quarterly events he helped inspire and which were organised by a group he was involved in, the Mary Street Traders, are now regularly attended by thousands of people.
Mr Goodman feels the GRC's willingness to get behind the initiative and help shoulder the burden of funding will only help the celebrations to grow.
"Now that council has embraced it, it's great to see," he said.
"I use the lifeboat example and the number one rule in a life boat is we all row together. A strong, dynamic and vibrant town centre sends psychological ripples out into the community," he said.
Some could argue money is influence, and in some cases, they would be right.
Others could argue sports stars hold greater influence than, say, artists and charity workers.
Both could be right, or wrong, because that's the subjectiveness of power.
Let's start a conversation.
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