YEAR AHEAD: Shannon McDermott from ENZED Surat Basin is the new president of Chinchilla Community and Commerce Inc.
YEAR AHEAD: Shannon McDermott from ENZED Surat Basin is the new president of Chinchilla Community and Commerce Inc. Kate McCormack

CCCI welcomes new president for 2019

SHARING more information and building on quality events are at the fore for the Chinchilla Community Commerce and Industry Inc this year under the leadership of Shannon McDermott.

The 2019 CCCI President and owner of Enzed has spent the start of the year settling into the role and getting a feel for how the organisation works to cater and advocate for it's hundreds of members.

Mr McDermott's interest in the CCCI was sparked when he first moved to town and set up his own business.

"It was the then-president of the CCCI (Rob Hart) that was probably one of the guys that made me feel most welcome as a businessperson in town,” Mr McDermott said.

"(He) went out of his way to meet and greet me and just tried to involve me with anything as far as information that was happening with local events and different things of interest.”

That initial spark has culminated in Mr McDermott becoming president of the organisation, with a big focus on improved information sharing.

"I think sometimes with these predominantly volunteer organisations you can take on too much, in my tenure as president what I'd like to leave as my legacy is an organisation that's really good at sharing information with it's members and also getting it's members to share information amongst each other,” he said.

"As staff at the CCCI have a lot of opportunity or a lot of contact with council, different government groups, we're made privy to a lot of information.

"We need to find better ways of getting the message across, getting that information back to our members.”

Beyond ensuring members have more information, Mr McDermott said another focus was continuing to deliver excellent events like the President's Golf Day and One Long Table, with a push to garner more funding from government and business grants.

"The key to growth and doing what we do better is having more funding so it's something that I want to try and push as the president.”


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