Tracy Dobie new Chamber of Commerce president

Former Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie has been welcomed by the Warwick Chamber of Commerce as its new president following the AGM last night, Monday 11 May, held via Zoom due to COVID-19 restrictions.

A media statement released by the Chamber said “possessing a wealth of experience as Mayor of the Southern Downs Regional Council (2016-2020), Tracy Dobie also brings a background of over 25 years of service with the Australian Army and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, in addition to 14 years in the private sector”.

“Tracy has spent considerable time meeting with and hearing from local business owners over the past four years,” the statement said.

“Across the WCoC region, from Tregony to The Head, Killarney to Elbow Valley, out to Karara, Allora and all the areas in-between, Tracy has made it her focus to meet and listen with local business owners and operators.

“Entering its 98th year of operation, the WCoC association has always focused on the needs of the local business and wider community.

“Under Tracy’s leadership, the Executive and general members look forward to continuing to develop and deliver opportunities for our region.

“Outgoing President Julia Keogh has returned in the Vice-President role, with Jane Pollard continuing in her role as Chamber Treasurer and Kevin Reynolds as the association’s Secretary.

“All positions were uncontested during the AGM proceedings.

“Outgoing Vice-President David Martin was thanked for his four years of voluntary service to the association and presented with a special gift as an acknowledgement of thanks.

“Ms Dobie has indicated that she is keen to focus and refine the WCoC Strategic Plan 2018-2022, with an emphasis on the Chambers Four Pillars Framework:

• Advocating

• Innovating

• Collaborating

• Educating

while continuing to meet the Chamber Mission Statement, which is to ‘represent and act on behalf of local businesses through strong advocacy, an innovative culture, provision of capacity-building through collaboration and education to promote life-long learning’, and the Vision Statement, ‘to be acknowledged within the Southern Downs region for serving the best interests of local businesses through proactive partnerships within the business sector, community organisations, and all levels of government, thereby contributing significantly to the development of a stable and prosperous local economy and community”.