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Image: KCCI vice president Jacqui Trace, president Damien Martoo, Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington, and KCCI secretary Paula Greenwood … Mrs Frecklington was the official host for the evening


The meet’n’greet also was an opportunity for the KCCI to unveil its new Strategic Development Plan which was the result of an afternoon of brainstorming late last year by Executive members.

The plan, which can be downloaded from the KCCI website (880kb PDF) identifies the five core themes for the Chamber: Regional Progression, Relationships, Connections, Network Diversity and Leadership.

However, Mr Martoo stressed it was a “living document” and would change over time.

“The Kingaroy Chamber of Commerce and Industry will show strong leadership and timely communication to the business sector,” he said.

“This is something we have to drive now and into the future. We will communicate the full facts of projects and programs within our region and we will do so honestly, without the distraction of self-importance or political bias.

“We are driven to be inclusive to all but under no circumstances will we provide special treatment to anyone.

“We are here for business. If you want to be part of this Chamber and you want to come along for the ride, you can do it but do not expect special treatment.”


Other topics discussed at the meet’n’greet included:

  • KTP Facade Workshop, facilitated by the KCCI, will be held on Tuesday, March 23, for business owners and commercial property owners. Guest speakers will be from Kay Apparel and Home Butcher Supplies (who will be talking about the importance of signage); Crowies Paints (retaining heritage while bringing a building into the modern era); Kingaroy Joinery (a staged approach to upgrades); a representative from Rixson Design (part of the design team behind the KTP); and Faunt and Emmett Real Estate (the value in upgrading facades of commercial properties).
  • On March 24, a South Burnett Business Breakfast will be held from 6:00am with Matt Collins at Nanango RSL Club in conjunction with the KCCI, CROW-FM and Burnett Today.
  • World’s Greatest Shave fundraising is being undertaken by Kingaroy Office Central’s Susan Robertson. Donations can be made on the World’s Greatest Shave website. She will be losing her locks on March 11 at her business in Haly Street.
  • South Burnett Mayor Brett Otto spoke about Council’s Corporate Plan which is under development, the creation of a Regional Economic Development Advisory Committee and the appointment of his predecessor, former mayor Keith Campbell as an “Ambassador” for the Kingaroy Transformation Project (see separate report).