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Damien Martoo (President), Jacqui Trace (Vice-president), Paula Greenwood (Secretary/Treasurer). Photo by

The Kingaroy Chamber Of Commerce and Industry will have four new faces on its executive in 2020.

At the group’s Annual General Meeting and Christmas break-up on Tuesday night, president Rob Fitz-Herbert and vice-president Brett Irwin announced they had decided to stand down from their roles so the Chamber could refresh itself.

Rob told the 60 people in attendance he had been on the Chamber executive for five years and served as president the past two, and Brett had given similar service.

The pair had decided it was time the Chamber took advantage of its extensive membership to give others the opportunity to put their stamp on its activities.

Delivering the annual President’s Report, Rob said the Chamber had enjoyed another successful year despite the effects drought was having on the local economy.

The KCCI now had representatives on the Police Consultative Committee, the Council’s Disaster Management Committee and the Tourism Advisory Committee, allowing it to have input in three areas that were particularly important to many businesses.

It had also successfully lobbied the South Burnett Regional Council to upgrade its target for local purchasing, and had supported a range of community activities ranging from BaconFest to Pink Up South Burnett.

The group had also welcomed a number of new businesses to the area over the previous year and launched an upgraded website to improve communications with members.

Committee members Damien Martoo (The Martoo Review) and Jacqui Trace (Bill Hull Car Centre) were appointed as the new KCCI president and vice-president, while Paula Greenwood was re-elected Secretary/Treasurer.

Current committee members Nina Temperton (South Burnett CTC), Chrys McDuffie (Stanwell), Tonia Gilbert (Jobmatch Employment), Darrin Kefford (Kingaroy Joinery), Kirstie Schumacher (Stanwell) and Todd Fiedler (Fiedler Brothers Plumbing) were all re-elected, and will be joined by new committee members Daniel Pelcl (South Burnett Times), David Musch (Ken Mills Toyota) and Christine Maunder (Westpac).

Hobbs and Associates were reappointed as the group’s auditors.

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