Chamber drives ahead with name change plan
The Gold Coast's most influential business lobby group is pushing ahead with plans to change its name to Gold Coast Chamber of Commerce after a vote of members was stymied.Gold Coast Central Chamber of Commerce president Martin Hall said the planned new name was more reflective of the group's membership and its influence in the region but not all business groups in the area agreed.
At a Special General Meeting held today members of the Gold Coast Central chamber voted overwhelmingly in favour of the name change but the motion was defeated."In order to change our Constitution, we need 75 per cent of members to vote in favour of the change and with today's vote we only received 72 per cent," said Mr Hall.
"We intend to vote again on the proposal later this month when we will have more members present."Mr Hall said the opposition to the proposed name change was based on misinformation.
"The change of name from Central Chamber to just Gold Coast Chamber of Commerce is really nothing more than a change in business name,'' said Mr Hall."Our approach, membership base, geographical footprint and activities will remain unchanged as we continue to represent the interests of the business community in the heart of the Gold Coast.
"We already have federal ministerial approval to use the name and now we simply need formal approval from our members to change our Constitution."The Gold Coast Central Chamber of Commerce is an amalgamation of six former chambers of commerce. This includes Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Burleigh Heads, Nerang, Robina and Varsity chambers.
The Chamber also represents businesses operating in the core suburbs of Main Beach, Mermaid Beach, Mermaid Waters, Miami, Burleigh Waters, Benowa, Sorrento and Bundall.Mr Hall said the Central Chamber had three pillars in its strategic plan: economy, education and engagement.
"The Chamber serves to boost the economic health of its members and the region, to help educate members and to engage governments, businesses and the community on behalf of its members."The Gold Coast has come a long way in a short time but there is still a lot more that can be done to strengthen our position as a world-class city in which to do business and which we can all call home.
"What we need is all levels of government, the business community and the wider community in general to work together to build a stronger city."