The Kilcoy Chamber of Commerce – Advance Queensland
Advance Queensland Regional Planning does not seem to believe that the Somerset Region is Rural or Regional for their planning purposes. The Chamber is pursuing correction of this oversight. Eligibility for a community role, all Chambers are being overlooked. The CCIQ is seeking clarification of the program eligibility and so is our local Member.
The Chamber is focussed on bringing the bigger issues to the notice of decision makers through advocacy on Regional Committees where it is representing the interests of Kilcoy and the wider Somerset Region.
Business has a chance to engage with the policy decisions that impact their operations. Through membership we have a greater chance of being heard. The push for a Somerset Chamber is being supported by many of the Somerset Businesses and the Council. We need strength of numbers through membership to make this happen.
For the full Press Release Download Here
ROADWORKS Intersection Improvements MARY and WILLIAM STREETS
The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) would like to advise you about upcoming roadworks on approximately 700 metres of the D’Aguilar Highway (also known as William Street and Mary Street), through Kilcoy.
These works follow the water main relocation completed earlier this year along the length of Mary Street.
The pavement resurfacing and rehabilitation works, like the water main relocation, will be delivered by Somerset Regional Council (SRC) on behalf of TMR.
In addition to the pavement works, intersection improvement works will be undertaken at either end of Mary Street.
Please see attached project plan for details.
Summary of works:
- Resurfacing works will take place along William Street between Kilcoy Creek and the Mary Street intersection.
- Pavement rehabilitation works will be undertaken on Mary Street between William Street and Hope Street.
- The William Street and Hope Street intersections will be reconfigured to re-prioritise traffic flow through Kilcoy.
- The eastern leg of the Hope Street intersection, adjacent to the Kilcoy Sports Centre will be closed off by a cul-de-sac and guardrail to prevent motorists from accessing the D’Aguilar Highway at this location.
- The William Street intersection will undergo linemarking, lane configuration and other upgrade works to prioritise traffic along the D’Aguilar Highway through Kilcoy.
What to expect:
- Pavement works are scheduled to start late-October 2019, with completion planned for mid-2020, weather and construction schedule permitting.
- Construction will be undertaken during the day, Monday to Friday between 6am and 6pm.
- Nearby residents and businesses will experience construction noise, dust and vibration during the works.
- Due to the nature of the works, there will be intermittent property access restrictions and modifications to accesses and parking within the work zone.
- Motorists will experience delays during these works with temporary lane closures, traffic control, reduced speed limits and Variable Message Signs in place to ensure the safety of motorists and road workers.
Property owners will be advised of access modifications as a result of the intersection works. TMR and SRC will engage with business owners and residents during construction to provide advance notice of construction impacts, including making alternative arrangements for access, as required during works.
For assistance to actions that will mitigate operational disruption, download the Business Continuity Guide HERE
TMR acknowledges small business is vital to local and regional economies such as Kilcoy and is committed to lessening the impact of roadworks on the community wherever possible.
TMR and SRC will engage with impacted residents and businesses over the coming weeks to discuss the project design and potential impacts during construction.
Priority access and entry through the work zone will be given to emergency vehicles.
TMR thanks you for your patience during these works. For further information please contact Mr Rowdy Goudens, Project Manager on 5451 7055 or email email@example.com.
Download a MAP of the Traffic and pavement improvements HERE
The President of the Chamber participated in an ABC News Report about the impacts of Effluent on our streetscape and business activities. The Chamber is steady in lobbying for greater infrastructure investment in Kilcoy. The Radio Audio can be listened to HERE
Recently the Somerset Regional Council announced its successful advocacy for a Spill station in the Region. A site is proposed and being considered. For more on this CLICK HERE
The Council is also advocating for the major governing bodies to work together to provide funding for much needed infrastructure spending in our District. Housing Demand is a major problem for the District. The growth of KPC will only aggravate the situation. For more on this CLICK HERE
Our Guest speaker Mr Colin Fruk of the Chamber of Commerce Queensland & Industry spoke eloquently at the August AGM about the relationship the Chamber has with Business. Mainly the advocacy role on behalf of Business and particularly Regional Business.
The Kilcoy Chamber of Commerce has for the first time secured a seat on the Regional Business Policy Panel. This enables the Somerset Regions Businesses to have a strong advocacy voice through the Chamber. Colin was most informative providing the attendees with instances of how advocacy and strength of Chambers membership gained significant outcomes for Business.
For more about CCIQ, READ HERE
The Mayor of Somerset Regional Council, Mr Graham Lehman gave a “State of the Nation” Report relative to the positive investment attitude in the Region. Mr Lehman officiated at the AGM sharing stories of his time in Council and other business related stories.
For the State of the Nation address READ HERE
The President Bronwyn Davies noted in her Annual report that the focus for the Chamber has been to grow the awareness of Kilcoy, District and the Region to a wider Regional stakeholder audience. Thus giving a stronger voice of advocacy for Kilcoy and Regional concerns to be heard by the decision makers.
Full Presidents Report READ HERE
For media reports READ HERE
An important voice in the Region is The Regional Development Australia Ipswich West Moreton. Kilcoy has for the first time in the organisations existence, secured a voice on the Committee. President Bronwyn Davies has been appointed until December 2020. This presents a wonderful opportunity for Kilcoy and surrounding Businesses. It means we have direct access to the resources that the RDAIWM provide for Grant applications, Business plans and Development Ideas.
For more on RDAIWM READ HERE
The new committee was appointed by the Chair Mr Graham Lehman following the AGM. Bronwyn Davies retained her role as President, Mr Garry Connell owner of the Kilcoy Motel will continue as Treasurer until September 2019 and Mrs Terrie Beaky of Kilcoy Mechanical comes on board as Secretary.
Bronwyn presented her Vision for the future of the Chamber. Particularly that Kilcoy has an incredible opportunity to Lead by embracing the Somerset Region and forging a new Chamber of Commerce Somerset. All voices deserve to be heard and although Somerset is made up of several townships with their own localised feel, all are dependent on local council, State and Federal governments making decisions that impact the local business community. What better way to enable effective influence than to have a BIG business voice. Team Somerset.
For more on Team Somerset READ HERE
Our local Councillors support our Chamber. They attend the meetings to provide insight and knowledge of actions, issues, developments and ideas relevant to Kilcoy the District and the overall Region.
For more and to read Councillor Reports please READ HERE.
The Kilcoy Chamber of Commerce will continue to play its part in delivering newsworthy entries relevant to business and Chamber activity. There will be plenty of discussion over the next few months in readiness for a Bigger Business Voice residing in a Chamber of Commerce Somerset. We will strive for FM101.5 signal reach into Kilcoy. The benefits to Kilcoy from having access to the radio outreach are noted on our website. CLICK HERE
The Chamber Committee is dedicated to promote and advocate for Somerset Region Business issues to enable our local businesses to Thrive not just Survive.
Membership is crucial for a Strong Voice to be heard. Become a Chamber supporter. Be a Business advocate for your own business. Join the conversation through membership.
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