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Chamber’s invitation to local businesses

By Mark Beale

THE Airlie Beach Chamber of Commerce is hosting an informal evening for all local businesses at the Whitsunday Arts And Cultural Centre (WACC) next Thursday, December 4.

Chamber president Tony Laurent said all local business owners and managers were invited to attend this unique function to celebrate a succesful business year in 2014 and discuss the direction for the future.

“Retail, hospitality, tourism operators, professional services or trades – everyone in business is invited to come along and share their ideas with us,” he said.

Mr Laurent said the focus of the evening would be social, with discussions around new positive initatives taking place in the region in 2015.

“You don’t have to be a member of the chamber to attend – we encourage the whole business community to share their views with us and we are there to represent their interests,” he said.

Chamber treasurer Paul Burke said it had been encouraging to see signs of “green shoots” on the business front in 2014.

“And we will be outlining our plans for 2015 to demonstrate our purpose of supporting, uniting, connecting and representing the local business comnnunity,” he said.

WACC curator Jo Sweeney said it was great that a building in the physical heart of the town could also play host to the heart of its business community.

Next Thursday’s function will feature a showcase of the WACC’s new Aboriginal Dreamtime Australia product to local industry. The show is about local indigenous performers sharing the ‘Whispers of the Dreamtime’ story.

Ms Sweeney said both the WACC and Chamber of Commerce were really exicted that a unique new mainland tourism product was being offered in Airlie Beach.

The function will take place from 6-8pm and is free of charge to attend. RSVPs are essential and can be made by phone to 0408 775 155 or via email to


What: Informal business night

When: Thursday, December 4

Where: The WACC

Time: 6-8pm

Cost: Free

Includes: Beverages and Aussie food tasting

RSVP: 0408 775 155 /

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