Traders speak up
SUNSHINE Beach traders look set to be the first to benefit from a new move by the Noosa Chamber of Commerce to establish "precincts" to represent the smaller towns surrounding Noosa proper.
Trader representatives from places like Sunshine, Peregian, Noosaville, Cooroy and Noosa Junction recently met with the chamber and Noosa Tourism to discuss the proposal, with a follow-up meeting furthering Sunshine's cause a week ago.
Proposed precinct chairman Gary Roser, of Sunshine Beach Seafoods, said the idea had plenty of benefits.
"Sunshine Beach suffers from nobody knowing where we are," Mr Roser said. "That's a big goal of our committee, to try and get Sunshine a bit better known. We are passing the hat around to put a TV commercial together to publicise Sunshine Beach and we want it to run on a national breakfast program.
"I also wanted to get some events happening at Sunshine Beach like a food festival or art markets, say, six times a year. Council has just spent $600,000 refurbishing the park and boardwalk, and it looks fantastic. It would be nice to get it used a bit.
"Joining with the Noosa Chamber will also help us apply for grants for festivals, which we cannot do unless we are incorporated. By joining the chamber and being a precinct, we keep our identity and have the benefits of being an incorporated committee."
Mr Roser said he had support from at least 20 Sunshine Beach traders so far, but would like to hear from more, particularly if they were keen on becoming a part of the TV commercial.
Contact him on 0411 754 026.