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ARTICLE BY MARYBOROUGH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

March 10th, 2010

A wee drop of pain for a lovely bit of long term gain
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At this morning’s Maryborough Chamber breakfast we heard that our region is the most disadvantaged in Queensland. If you have a child looking for their first job you would already be aware of our problems. We also heard about the CEDE project which will develop regional employment prospects and improve our ability to attract long term sustainable industries.
To achieve economic development we need a vision, a plan and resources. We are lucky that the hard work is done on the vision and the plan. All we need is some resources. The University of Southern Queensland,  the Fraser Coast Regional Council,  the Maryborough Chamber of Commerce, and the Urban Development Institute of Australia (Fraser Coast) have all committed funds to get the research centre up and running. There are other groups who will come on board in the next month.
Your Chamber wants to go the next step. We have received considerable, and unexpected, praise for our leading role in supporting this project. The surprise was that a conservative Maryborough was embracing the need to change and improve our economic base.
The Chamber has set up a CEDE fund where we will raise $25,000 which will guarantee that the project goes ahead. Any money donated is fully tax deductible.
And what a start we have! Three small, visionary and energetic businesses have thrown in $500 each.
Anne’s Lingerie
Toast
Mango 4 Office Technology
Anne, Vince and David you are bloody marvellous. Chamber members you immediately need to get into some great underwear, walk down and have a fantastic coffee and…….well maybe print something.
There are so many important short term causes were we can all make a difference today. Please do not ignore them in favour of what we request. We ask that you take a small percentage from your marketing budget and allocate it to this long term regional project.
This is not a fund raising exercise. It is a Fraser Coast development exercise which will benefit everyone.
If you would like to join Anne, Vince and David or if you would like more info, simply  click here and let us know.
A NOTE BY THE EDITOR
THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE AND GROUPS WITH THE BEST OF INTENTIONS IN CREATING JOBS.

AT THE END OF THE DAY ALL THESE VISIONS, PLANS, GROUP DISCUSSIONS, NETWORKING, GOOD INTENTIONS, RESOURCES, SOCIALIZING, CLUB FUNCTIONS, BREAKFASTS, TALKFESTS  CAN CREATE  AN OVERLOAD  AND  AMOUNT TO NOTHING AT ALL UNLESS THERE ARE REAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR JOB CREATION.
THE BEST WAY IS TO CANVAS INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE DIRECTLY WITH WHAT THEY ARE AFTER AND GO AND GET IT FOR THEM SO THEY CAN OFFER JOBS.
ALSO FAST TRACK PROCESSES WITH COUNCIL ON DEVELOPMENT APPLICATIONS AND MAKE IT ATTRACTIVE FOR THESE DEVELOPMENTS TO PROCEED IN A TIMELY AND COST EFECTIVE MANNER.

ALL THESE WELL INTENTIONED GROUPS AND COUNCIL NEED TO TAKE NOTE
Published by Henry Sapiecha 11th March 2010
PROGRESS

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