New CCCI president at the helm
IN BETWEEN being a wife, mother, consulting and running her own small business, Amanda Maurice has somehow found the time to fit a new role into her already busy schedule.
She's taken the reins as president of Chinchilla Community Commerce and Industry and she's looking forward to being a voice for the town's business community.
Ms Maurice was unanimously voted in at the CCCI's annual general meeting last week, taking the helm from long-term president Rob Hart, who served in the role for five years.
Ms Maurice, an accountant by trade, owns and runs Roundtree Business Services and is no stranger to the CCCI, having served as treasurer for the past four years - a role she said uniquely positioned her to represent the interests of the board.
"The common threads I've seen over the years (are that) the people in the presidency role are fairly natural leaders, they have a real passion for Chinchilla and local business, and they want to try and contribute to its success,” Ms Maurice said.
"As for me, I probably saw my strength being that because I was familiar with the chamber, what it does and how it runs and the board as well, I can listen to what they want and represent and guide the ship a bit for the next 12 months.”
Ms Maurice moved to town five years ago and said since then she had come to love Chinchilla and was passionate about helping the businesses in the area succeed.
She said the CCCI played an important role in helping her establish her business when she first came to Chinchilla.
"The business connections I made through CCCI were a really important part of me settling in town or establishing in town and the opportunities that have opened up from there,” she said.
"I feel very at home here. I've really enjoyed the town and the people - and the more people I meet, the better it gets.
"It's a small town but it's a very well-serviced town.
"It's close enough to Brisbane to have enough city influence both in business and socially, without being somewhere that's bigger.
"I love open spaces.
"I really like salt-of-the- earth people and there are so many here and I think that is the really appealing part of the town.”
Looking ahead, MsMaurice said Chinchilla was set for a year of economic growth and business activity and that she hoped to see CCCI membership increase.
"It's really important that the CCCI can be available to new people wanting to come into the town to start a business or coming to be an employee, that they can feel settled in the town and meet some people, can meet other people in business,” she said.
"I am excited.
"I've really loved how we've seen local business become more engaged with CCCI over the last few years and we'd like to see that continue.
"We'd like to be able to do as much as we can for our members...”