Advance Rockhampton has today announced a partnership with the Capricornia Chamber of Commerce to pursue a pro-business, pro-Rockhampton agenda.

The partnership looks to increase the level of engagement and collaboration between Advance Rockhampton, the Capricornia Chamber of Commerce and local businesses over the next twelve months, focusing on retail and small business activation, increasing collaboration and growing the diversity of offering across the region’s retail precincts.

Evolution, not revolution

Executive Manager of Advance Rockhampton, Mr Greg Bowden, said revitalising precincts is an evolution not a revolution.

“Rockhampton and Rockhampton Regional Council is well progressed on this journey with many great activations and enhancements made across the city,” Mr Bowden said.

“Now is the time to concentrate on increasing collaboration across the current traders and businesses and create new opportunities to increase the diversity of offering and the attraction of new businesses to the city.

“This is about building our retail presence not only for locals but for visitors from across Queensland including those in Western Queensland, who rely on getting to the business and economic capital of Central Queensland to experience what we have to offer.”

Capricornia Chamber of Commerce President, Phil Henry, said customer service and business vibrancy will increase the attraction for customers and new businesses to visit and invest in the CBD.

“Our two organisations have similar agendas and this relationship gives businesses hope that two like-minded agencies are focused on building business in the Rockhampton region,” Mr Henry said.

“We have a great opportunity to build a CBD precinct that we can be proud of but that will take all parties to be working together towards that same common goal.

“We believe the region is in a prime position to launch itself into the future and continue to offer an environment for businesses to prosper and grow.”

“The first step of the partnership will be to complete a precinct mapping exercise identifying who the key players are in each precinct and where the opportunities are for growth,” Mr Bowden said.

“In parallel to this mapping exercise, we will be launching the Rockhampton Region Precinct Activation Survey. This survey aims to get feedback from local industry players on what we can realistically do to help business thrive in the future.”

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