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Community & Business

23 July, 2021

Ravenshoe chamber calls for new, local members

A RAVENSHOE resident with a passion for the town’s ongoing viability and general sustainability has implored others to get involved with the local Chamber of Commerce.

By Michael Warren

Ravenshoe’s Doreen Mortimore will step down from her role as secretary of the local Chamber of Commerce next month.

A RAVENSHOE resident with a passion for the town’s ongoing viability and general sustainability has implored others to get involved with the local Chamber of Commerce. 

Much loved Chamber secretary Doreen Mortimore will step down from her role at the upcoming August AGM and in the interim has thrown the invitation out to other residents to get involved and help drive the future of the close-knit and sleepy Tablelands town. 

Ms Mortimore resigned from her position last year, but with no incoming personnel to take her place she stayed on to advocate and support her town. 

Now 12 months on and with Ms Mortimore to step down ahead the Ravenshoe Chamber have put a call out for people to put their hand up and get involved. 

“At the AGM in August the secretary position will be vacant and I think it is a great opportunity for anyone out there to step up and take on such a position,” Ms Mortimore said. 

“In this particular role you’ll handle a range of tasks – it’s always important to note you are never alone, just ask and people will always help you.” 

The outgoing secretary said being a member of the Chamber of Commerce is a rewarding experience.

“I have liked being able to inform the businesses of government decisions and of projects that they may be able to get involved in that would create extra funds for their family business,” she explained. 

“Another (highlight) is when you succeed in funding and are able to do projects that help the community to have better knowledge and interest for visitors to come to our area.

“TRC have helped us with RADF and Economic Development Funds for three of our projects and we appreciate this support.” 

Ms Mortimore also cited the Town Hall facelift, the placement of a large black and white historical photo on the side of the butchers for its 100th birthday and the achievement of a new concrete pathway from the NAB bank to the butcher shop as some of her favourite memories during her five years in the role. 

“Ravenshoe's future is bright,” Ms Mortimore said. 

“The diversity we have within a 10km drive of the CBD is amazing. 

“Our forest is so full of wildlife; we have 13 possum species, plus flora and birds. We are the Highest Town in Queensland with altitude.” 

The Ravenshoe Chamber of Commerce AGM will be held on August 17.


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