New president for Capricornia Chamber of Commerce
PETER Fraser has big aspirations for the local business community here in Central Queensland.
The Westpac Bank Manager was elected as the new president of the Capricornia Chamber of Commerce by the chamber's committee last Monday.
Peter, 48, has been involved in the Chamber since its inception in March last year and said he was looking forward to taking on the new role.
"I was a president of a Chamber of Commerce down in Victoria a few years ago, so I had a lot of experience with the whole idea of a chamber," he said.
"I was the treasurer last year which was a role I thoroughly enjoyed, but I was nominated by the committee to take on the presidential role, which was nice, so I'm looking forward to it."
The former mortgage broker said he aims to help local businesses in as many ways as he can, and hopefully expand the number of members.
"I really want to see a much more vibrant business environment here in Rockhampton," he said.
"I'd like to see the attendance rate rise for our meetings.
"At the moment we have about 50 people attending, which is great, but ideally I'd love to get between 70 and 100.
"We are aware of a range of issues that are relevant to our local businesses, so we try really hard to help solve those problems.
"Some of the things the chamber will be focusing on is how we can get people over to the CBD to help out those traders and how we can get businesses in touch with other businesses that may be facing similar issues.
"An active chamber of commerce is great for the local community and I think people need to see the value of Capricornia having our own chamber."
Peter will meet with Capricorn Enterprise, Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow and other community leaders throughout this week as he settles into his new leadership role.