Central Queensland Chambers of Commerce Regional Policy Committee

Central Queensland Chambers of Commerce Regional Policy Committee

Capricornia Chamber of Commerce

PO Box 8318


Issues and constraints on business in the region remain high on the agenda for business representatives.

Data from Business Chamber Queensland’s March 2023 Pulse Survey showed retaining and recruiting suitably qualified employees was the top constraint on business growth.

54% of businesses in the region said that further investment into the availability of housing in the area would have very to very significant positive impacts on business growth opportunities.

There is an immediate link between housing availability and the ability to recruit workers, particularly when major projects requiring additional capacity are due to start.  This is one reason why effort is put into supporting local procurement for larger projects.

At its most recent meeting, the Central Queensland and Mackay/Whitsunday Regional Policy Committee of Business Chamber Queensland continued its discussion of critical issues affecting business in the region.  In particular, the group focused on issues for small and medium businesses and very small rural communities.  Anecdotal evidence from all participating organisations reinforced that very small rural communities are hit much harder than larger centres as there is little to no scope to find replacements for vacant positions.

The Regional Policy Committee works to identify the major constraints on business growth and viability.  Its findings feed into advocacy efforts at both local and State level.  Despite a lower sample size than more populous regions, the cited data should be interpreted with caution.  However, businesses across the state are echoing the same sentiment.

Phil Henry

Chair, Central Queensland Regional Policy Committee

Capricornia Chamber of Commerce

M 0434 017 132

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