Capricornia Chamber of Commerce says CQ business 'upbeat'

ALAN Anderson has challenged the results of a survey which show Central Queensland has experienced a significant drop in business confidence this year.

The Capricornia Chamber of Commerce president said most of the businesspeople he had spoken to were feeling "upbeat and positive".

"I am not saying everything is fantastic and rosy but a lot of the people I talk to are pretty positive about where things are going," he said.

This flies in the face of the latest Westpac Group CCIQ Pulse Survey for the March quarter, which reveals significant falls in business confidence in both the state and national economies.

Central Queensland, Far North Queensland and the Sunshine Coast were identified as the regions that had experienced the biggest falls.

Mr Anderson said he did not think the situation was as desperate as the survey suggested.

"Those I am talking to are seeing more and more tenders becoming available," he said.

"There are also state and federal government funds coming through, as well as money from larger industry, including the mines."

The chamber, which was launched in July last year, has about 90 business members. Its goal is to have 200 by the end of the year.

It hopes to get a clearer picture of the region's business landscape when it conducts a comprehensive project, run in conjunction with Regional Development Australia and the Department of State Development.

"It is designed to assess the current status of business across the board," Mr Anderson said.

"It will also help us determine how we can help our local businesses and the resources we have available."

The first of two online surveys will open next week. Businesses are urged to complete the survey at www.capricorniachamber.com.au



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