Traders to speak with one voice

Marcoola south. Photo: Barry Leddicoat/168638d
Marcoola south. Photo: Barry Leddicoat/168638d

Business owners and accommodation providers from Marcoola, Mudjimba, Twin Waters and Pacific Paradise areas are invited to a meeting next week to discuss the formation of a North Shore traders association.

The goals of the association at this stage are to provide a forum to discuss and raise issues confronting business owners, to develop promotional opportunities and to provide a direct line of communication in dealing with the new regional council.

Spokesman Kev Blacklaw said North Shore accommodation houses, retailers and Runway Drive industrial estate businesses needed to be “under one umbrella” so they had more strength.

“In that way, if we approach the council, we approach the council as one group.”

Mr Blacklaw said the North Shore had some of the last of the old coastal villages.

“There are a lot of owner-operator businesses and that gives a little bit more feel about it – more of a village atmosphere.”

One of the issues sure to be raised by the new association will be the long-awaited beautification of the David Low Way.

Marcoola business owners’ cries for streeetscaping of what Mr Blacklaw calls the “gateway to the Sunshine Coast” have been falling on deaf ears for many years and it is hoped the new association will get some action.

New Division 8 councillor Debbie Blumel in a recent letter to the Coolum and North Shore News said she empathised with the traders and encouraged them to form an association.

“Despite the lack of progress by the previous council in implementing designs, I believe that works near the shops, apartments and resorts are very much needed and I am happy to give new impetus to this stalled project,” she wrote.

“My personal hope is that the group and I can work cooperatively across the two levels of government (council and state), and that we will achieve positive results.”

The meeting will be held at the SurfAir meeting room on Tuesday from 6-7.30pm.

North Shore business owners and operators are invited to attend and give their views on what they want the proposed traders association to achieve.

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