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Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox further strengthened his desire for leading an open and engaging council by introducing another community initiative at yesterday’s meeting in Bowen.
Introduced as a Mayoral Minute Cr Willcox moved that: “Council approve the establishment of a bi-annual Business and Commerce Forum which will be held in venues alternating between the North and South of our regional area; with the purpose of providing an update from Council to regional business and commerce leaders and for Council to invite and listen to their feedback on economic issues; with invitations to the forum to be decided by the Mayor from nominations provided by all Councillors.“
The motion was carried 7-0 by councillors and Mayor Willcox said this was another example of this council reconnecting with and unifying the region.
“We are determined to conduct our business openly and listen to the wants and needs of our community,” Cr Willcox said.
“Regional leaders of business and commerce would be nominated by councillors and then invited by myself to attend round table forums to allow open engagement and feedback or ideas to be discussed with the aim of improving the economic vitality of our region,” he said.
“These forums would be attended by myself and councillors, CEO Barry Omundson and the soon to be appointed Economic Development Executive Office.
Cr Willcox said he was confident that the bi-annual Business and Commerce Forums would prove a productive way to keep the business leadership of our region aware of Council’s initiatives and activities and to tap into their enthusiasm and expertise by adopting a collaborative approach to address challenges together.
Earlier this month Whitsunday Regional Council implemented a monthly Major Client Forum (MCF) for major stakeholders and groups to meet with Council to exchange ideas, seek information or raise matters of concern.
The first MCF took place in Bowen yesterday and will be staged monthly rotating around the region. Cr Willcox said the new council is determined to ensure a prosperous and informed community.
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