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KCCI Elects 2013 Executive

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SBRC Mayor Wayne Kratzmann welcomed in members of the KCCI's 2013 executive - Mark Reinbott, Rod Steele, John Carey, Shannon Scott, Josh Gadischke and Nina Temperton - with Roger Gorrel from CCIQ at the Chamber's Annual General Meeting in Kingaroy

November 20, 2012

The Kingaroy Chamber Of Commerce and Industry elected a new executive committee for 2013 at its Annual General Meeting held at Kingaroy’s Broadway Hotel tonight.

Rod Steele (McDonalds Family Restaurant) was re-elected as President; Shannon Scott (Taste South Burnett) as the new Vice-President; Mark Reinbott (Subway) as Secretary; and John Carey (Stanwell Corporation) as Treasurer.

Josh Gadischke (Proteco Gold Pty Ltd) and Nina Temperton (South Burnett CTC) will be joined on the Executive Committee by Kylie Adriaans (Sans Age Spa) and Greg Taffe (Go Green Generation), who are taking over positions formerly held by Merv O’Reilly (O’Reilly, Nunn & Favier Surveyors) and Lynnelle Richardson (5 Small Stones).

Delivering the President’s Report, Mr Steele said that 2012 had been “a difficult year” for many businesses in the region but there had also been a number of positive developments which led him to believe 2013 would be better.

These included:

  • The election of former KCCI secretary Deb Frecklington as Member for Nanango in April and the election of Mayor Wayne Kratzmann in May, both of whom were “highly active” in promoting the region’s growth
  • The State Government’s decision to invest $3.6 million upgrading the town’s ambulance station. announced in September
  • The imminent re-opening of the Blackbutt Range road, expected to occur by Christmas; and
  • The gradual improvement of the State’s economy after the 2011 floods.

He said the main problem the region faced was attracting and retaining skilled professionals.

But he thought the South Burnett’s biggest strengths were its livability, its great recreational facilities, its diversified economy, and that the cost of living was significantly lower than Brisbane.

Mr Steele said the KCCI would be looking at ways to effectively promote these things in the year ahead.

He also recorded his thanks to outgoing executive committee members Merv O’Reilly and Lynnelle Richardson for their service to the Chamber.

John Carey, delivering the Treasurer’s Report, noted that after recording a small loss last year the KCCI had turned a small profit this year.

This was the result of a recent re-organisation of the Chamber, he said, which had left it in a sound financial position.

The meeting was also addressed by South Burnett Mayor Wayne Kratzmann and Mr Roger Gorrel, the South-West Queensland Regional Manager of the Chamber Of Commerce and Industry Queensland.

Footnote: The KCCI will be holding its annual members’ Christmas break-up meeting at Accents Restaurant at 30 Alford Street in Kingaroy at 5:00pm on Friday, November 30.

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