Wave park update scheduled for Chamber of Commerce AGM

Douglas Chamber of Commerce

Howard Salkow

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An artist impression of the proposed NorthBreak Port Douglas resort. Image: Visualisation by Hunt Design
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Fresh from a busy and pandemic-demanding year, the Douglas Chamber of Commerce is heading into its Annual General Meeting with hope and enthusiasm that will produce an even more productive 2022 with a stronger membership.

The Annual General Meeting is being held at The Tin Shed on September 15 from 7:30 am to 9:00am. Members are free and non-members $15.

Like any business organisation, the Chamber will be aiming to retain its current membership and entice new members to play a role in the community.

A highlight of the meeting will be an update by David Imgraben, the developer of a $317m surf park, which will produce man-made waves, to be known as NorthBreak and located in the Mowbray Valley (5640 Captain Cook Highway, Mowbray).

It is part of a proposal that involves the establishment of a tourist resort, comprising a number of elements, including:

  • A wave park;
  • Ancillary facilities including a freshwater swimming lagoon and aqua park;
  • A hotel complex, comprising circa 160-room short-term accommodation units;
  • A village precinct, comprising shops, food and drink outlets;
  • A self-contained housing precinct, comprising a maximum of 90 self-contained dwelling units that may be attached and/or detached.

Positions vacant

Meanwhile, there are a number of positions available for those interested in being an office bearer.

The most significant is president as Liz Ross is retiring after a number of years at the helm. She warrants accolades for juggling a full time job, travel and presiding over the chamber.

Other vacant positions are secretary and treasurer and this is an excellent opportunity for those in the business community to step up and work with a dedicated and committed Management Committee for the future of a strong and productive Chamber, focused on making Douglas a great place to do business and building a strong and resilient business community.

The Chamber will have a Coordinator position moving forward to work alongside the Committee and deliver on projects and objectives set by the committee and Strategic Plan thus relieving the Committee of volunteer hours required.

Chamber committee meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month and alternate between Mossman and Port Douglas.

Chamber Successes

The chamber can look back on a number of successes, including:

  • Collaboration and building strong working relationships with Douglas Shire Council, Tourism Port Douglas and Daintree, Jabalabina Aboriginal Corporation, Department of Small Business and Training, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ);
  • Advocating for Douglas Business Community to State and Federal Government for Covid Support and Financial Relief;
  • Douglas Business Expo 2021;
  • Supporting our Agricultural industry through meetings with FNQ Milling and Leanne Kruss from Queensland Agricultural Workforce Network;
  • Working with Department of Employment Small Business and Training on delivering training and business support programs to Douglas Shire Business Community;
  • Social Media and Training Courses delivered in Port Douglas and Mossman;
  • Local Jobs Program Forums in Port Douglas and Mossman;
  • Networking Events and supporting local projects such as Mossman Botanic Gardens, Coral Reef Bio Bank and Wave Park.

Chamber event details:

What: Douglas Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting
Where: The Tin Shed
When: Wednesday September 15
Time: 7:30am to 9:00am

Special Presentation by David Imgraben on the Wave Park project. Start: 7.50am.

More information can be found here.

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