North Stradbroke Island business operators talk with Straddie Chamber of Commerce about post-sandmining opportunities

SPEAKER: Opposition tourism and environment spokesman David Crisafulli speaks at a Straddie Chamber of Commerce breakfast.
SPEAKER: Opposition tourism and environment spokesman David Crisafulli speaks at a Straddie Chamber of Commerce breakfast.

STRADDIE Chamber of Commerce chairman Colin Battersby says there are opportunities for businesses outside of the island's economic transition strategy.

Mr Battersby said 55 North Stradbroke Island business operators met recently with local, state and federal politicians to talk about how to progress the opportunities.

"It is critical that all stakeholders are on the same page as to what we are trying to achieve," Mr Battersby said.

Oodgeroo MP Mark Robinson, Capalaba MP Don Brown, Redlands MP Kim Richards, Cr Peter Mitchell and Bowman MP Andrew Laming had attended the chamber's business breakfast.

Mr Battersby said guest speaker Opposition tourism and environment spokesman David Crisafulli said the community needed to get together to identify priority projects.

"North Stradbroke Island has its own unique and special appeal that, with careful planning, can provide a sustainable post-sandmining economy for island businesses and residents, Mr Crisafulli said.

"What is needed is for all the small businesses and tourism operators that create the jobs and opportunities to come together and ensure that governments work to the island's vision for it's future."

Mr Robinson said local small businesses and tourism operators were the heart of the Straddie economy and their future in the economic transition was critical.

"The need to speed up the economic transition strategy and build on that in the medium and long-term with key legacy projects and initiatives was central to David Crisafull's presentation," Mr Robinson said.

"...It will take the whole community working together to successfully transition to Straddie's future of a diverse tourism-centred economy over the next 10 or more years."

Mr Battersby said it was productive for chamber members to meet elected members from all three levels of government.

He said Straddie needed a unique approach to re-building the economy after sandmining.

The triple bottom line - people, planet, profit - means different things to different communities," Mr Battersby said.

"We all have a massive opportunity to develop tourism opportunities and communities that tick the triple bottom line boxes."

Mr Battersby said businesses were looking forward to a bright future on the island with fantastic tourism opportunities.

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