BURRUM CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MINUTES – JUNE 2009

BURRUM CHAMBER

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126th MEETING OF THE BURRUM CHAMBER OF COMMERCE INCORPORATED HELD ON MONDAY, 1ST JUNE, 2009

Meeting commenced at 7.10pm.

Items raised in discussion

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Council attendees –

Andrew Jackson, Gerard O’Connell, Leigh Bennett.

SOME IDEAS BEING SUBMITTED TO THE ABOVE BY MEMBERS WERE

1. Tracy Barlow -How will ideas affect Howard – improving the environment would be advantageous – do not wish to see Howard an outer suburb of Hervey Bay – agreed that some industrial areas will need to be developed but would like to see it remain mainly a rural area.

2. Consensus was that plans should not be based around a large influx of residents (urban sprawl) but hoped to see business growth without going too big.

3. Henry Sapiecha – stated that while this was good, he hoped it would not jeopardise people and business – natural progression.

4. Bill Gosewisch – would like to see sustainable development for job placements (i.e. accommodation, age care facility and small businesses). Also stated that there were 2 primary schools in the area but that our children had to then travel to Hervey Bay, Maryborough or Childers to attend High School. Meeting agreed that this was not in the best interest of the town as we were losing our young people to larger towns – Gerard O’Connell to follow up with Education Dept.

5. Carol Robertson – Howard should remain the hub of the District – simple signage would be advantageous to the area.

6. Yvonne Melverton – small industrial area should be developed to provide employment for our young people.

7. Some projects in the shire are being considered by the Council and these need to be maintained in an organised manner.

8. Andrew Jackson asked if we were able to get Broadband and good mobile reception – was told good in town but fades as you move away from town – impacts on business people who work from home as well as families. Was told that there was a fibre optic cable in area – further investigation to be made.

9. Henry Sapiecha – asked what impact/reaction from Council to a proposed development of 300 affordable homes – would need to be reviewed by Town Planners – on land classed as rural the State Govt. is involved – very hard to change from rural to urban development.

10. Helen Day – suggested a parcel of land be made available for development which would retain the “village” lifestyle – needs some sort of balance.

11. Sewerage – Street scaping –Area accommodation – Aged care facilities etc all raised for discussion

12. Debbie Trapnell –We need a more even council allocation of money

13. Henry Sapiecha – asked about the Bridge – not Council responsibility – this is an important link to the town – pedestrian footpath needed or converted to a weir with road, which would tie in with safety issues.

Closed @ 8:50pm.

Next meeting to be held on Monday 6th July 2009

*President – Bill Gosewisch *Vice President – Mal Chard *Secretary – Rhonda Davison

*Treasurer – Bill Brown *Publicity Officer – Henry Sapiecha

Email…. bcc@acbocallcentre.com P.O. Box 174 Howard Q4659

Published by Henry Sapiecha 15th June 2009

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