Randall voted Commerce president
IN a surprise move last night, high-profile Warwick business identity John Randall was voted in as the new Warwick Chamber of Commerce president.
The election happened at the Chamber’s AGM, which was held at the Gunyah Restaurant.
Mr Randall has always been a strong supporter of local businesses in his day job as Southern Downs Regional Council Economic Development Officer and has implemented over time a number of positive initiatives in growing the economic base of Warwick.
“I am proud to accept this vote of support from members of the Chamber,” Mr Randall said at the meeting, which was chaired by local member Lawrence Springborg.
“I have been involved with local business organisations for a long time and I have always been attracted to the strong confident base and ‘can do’ attitude of the Warwick Chamber.
“In recent times the Chamber successes have included establishing a corporate website, introducing the highly successful Business After Hours, as well as continuing the Heritage Business Excellence Awards.”
Mr Randall said he did not see any conflicts of interest now he was representing the business community of Warwick while still being employed by the SDRC, an organisation which “at times seems to be anti-business and development”.
“I discussed my nomination with my colleagues at council some time ago and I have their full support,” Mr Randall said.
“I appreciate economic development sometimes operates on the fringe and boundaries of the usual council activities, but that’s the way it is.
“Economic development is driven by private sector business success and profits and that’s what drives job creation.
“At the end of the day, you can’t get job creation if you haven’t got positive economic development.”
Mr Randall said his first priority as president would be to consult closely with the Chamber executive and members and develop a clear and concise Action Plan for the next 12 months.
“There are almost 800 businesses in town and I would like to see the majority of them signed up as members of the Warwick Chamber of Commerce,” he said.