Chamber AGM delivers some great results
The Caloundra Chamber of Commerce held their Annual General Meeting this week at Sebel Pelicans Waters Golf Resort and Spa.
The evening included reports from President Michael Shadforth, Treasurer Glen Palmer, Caloundra Tourism Chair Ken Jeffreys and Executive Officer Leanne Layfield on Chamber activities over the past twelve months.
Membership currently stands at 542 members up from 523 at the same time last year and well over the 423 members at the AGM in 2015. Most members are based in 4551 post code (59%) with another 11% from post code 4575 and 30% other areas.
Cash reserves from previous years have been used to create stimulus and keep business flowing particularly in the Caloundra CBD during the financial year when construction projects were impacting downtown Caloundra. That disruption also spilled over to the Caloundra Street Fair and its trading on Sundays.
The Chamber provided over $47,000 in event sponsorship support to a variety of cultural events to stimulate the local scene and enhance the vibrancy of Caloundra.
Makeup of the Chamber's Management Committee has now changed with the retirement of committee members Stuart Coward from STEPS and Vicki Taylor from Red Hot Chilli Pepper. Two new committee members, Mark Stephens from Stockland Sunshine Coast and Will Shrapnel from Helimods, were elected to take their place. The Treasurer’s role will be filled again by Glen Palmer from Core Business Accountants who was re-elected for another two years.
One lucky Chamber member walked away from the AGM with a 3 hour exclusive cruise for 22 people onboard Sunshine Coast Afloat, as the prize for the New Faces membership referral campaign. Darren Carter from Computercut Signage will be cruising soon with his friends. He was introduced to the Chamber by Tony Gill from Art on Cairncross.
The Caloundra Chamber is excited by the population growth coming to Caloundra through the development of the greenfield housing estates and the business and industry parks coming on stream creating opportunities for new and old businesses alike.
The Caloundra Chamber of Commerce Management Committee for the next twelve months is:
Michael Shadforth President (Ray White Commercial North Coast Central)
Glen Palmer Treasurer (Core Business Accountants)
Will Shrapnel (HeliMods Pty Ltd)
Mark Stephens (Stockland Sunshine Coast)
Ken Jeffreys (Caloundra Jetski)
Donna Niazov (Family Friendly Pest Control & Carpet Cleaning)