Country Business operation in the Northern entry to the Somerset Region
The Kilcoy Chamber of Commerce focuses on the improvement of business operation in Kilcoy and the wider Somerset Region. For instance we are building our relationships with local business, community, government agencies, local, state and federal government policy makers:
- Partnership with FM101.5 Moreton Bays Own Radio Station. This partnership is working to bring FM radio to every household in Kilcoy and surrounds. This will open up exciting opportunities for our community and businesses. There is more information on this partnership on the Chamber Resources Page.
- Represented on the Qld Government Small Business Advisory Panel 2019. The think tank allowed Kilcoy and Somerset a real voice, heard by government policy makers of Small Business operation.
- Chamber of Commerce Industry Qld – Regional Business Policy Panel. In other words this is an important breakthrough for Kilcoy and the Region. It allows a voice that represents the needs of our Regional Business to be heard at Policy making level.
- Trade Investment Queensland committee – member
- Economic Development Committee – Somerset Regional Council – member
- Tourism Advisory Committee – Somerset Regional Council – member
- Regional Development Australia Ipswich West Moreton – Member 2019-2020
Heavy Vehicle alternative route/bypass for a safer, streetscape friendly Kilcoy
The Chamber and the Kilcoy District Progress Alliance work together in a combined effort to gain community interest in a Heavy Vehicle Alternative Route. Our Mayor is leading the discussion with representation to the ALGA National General Assembly July 1st 2019 stating:
“The bypass is a vitally important piece of missing infrastructure for the Somerset region.
“It will support population growth, increased freight from producers and pastoralists, and will meet community expectations about the safety, amenity and reliability of Somerset roads and transport.
“Further advocacy is required, and council remains committed to the Kilcoy Bypass.”
The growth of Kilcoy Global Foods production will see 69 (currently) heavy vehicles increase to 91 (full production levels reached) rolling through town. Kilcoy sees 7,800 vehicles travel our streets on any given day. Approximately 1200 are heavy vehicles. As a result our roads are heavily damaged and effluent loss spills onto our local streets and pathways. The ABC recently interviewed the Chamber President, Kilcoy locals and relevant stakeholders. Listen Here
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) and the Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) are working together to develop a Registered Industry Code of Practice which will address the management of effluent in the livestock supply chain. ( Nb: Construction of a network of effluent disposal facilities would contribute to the livestock supply chain’s ability to effectively manage livestock effluent and ALRTA appreciates the support of stakeholders in contributing to achieving this outcome directly or by lobbying all levels of government.)
Bypass Impact Studies
There are many studies that support bypass infrastructure in towns like Kilcoy. The Chamber has developed a publication which identifies the likely impacts that a bypass may present. The document includes relevant historical reference to discussions, studies and meetings. It highlights attempts over several decades to keep the bypass in the mind of decision makers.
The Kempsey Bypass experience is very relevant to Kilcoy. There is evidence from the study to suggest Kilcoy would benefit socially, culturally and economically and confidence in the progress of the town would develop. There is a Kilcoy Beautification Plan and it was developed by the Kilcoy District Progress Alliance Inc in 2018. It is in workshop with Somerset Regional Council.
The Somerset Regional Council is advocating for greater Governmental action regarding Kilcoy’s inadequate infrastructure which is needed to accommodate our growth from future Kilcoy Global Foods Development. Read More
The Chamber Business Plan is a looking glass into the future. Kilcoy is expected to see 56% population growth in the next 20+ years to 2043. As a result of this the Business Plan has been developed to take in the needs of a growing population. A bypass for heavy vehicles fits well into future plans.
The Kilcoy Chamber is the Champion of Kilcoy and the Somerset Region. Speaking out on matters regarding better planning decisions, infrastructure spending and transport solutions.
Membership of the Chamber ensures Business has a strong voice throughout the journey.