CCIQ Noosa reveals university lecturer as new president
Steven Boyd, from the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Business School, will take over as president of the high-profile Noosa division of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) from September.
Dr Boyd, program coordinator of the Bachelor of Property Economics and Development and a lecturer within the Faculty of Arts, Business and Law at USC, is also a member of the Australian Property Institute and a leader in surf life-saving on the Sunshine Coast.
The Sunshine Beach resident, who was also a Noosa Council candidate at the recent local government elections, is a business owner who states that he is keen to “ensure the Noosa experience for generations to come and inspire residents to learn, create and ultimately enable our new economy”.
Dr Boyd takes over from CCIQ Noosa president Peter Chenoweth, who steps down from the busy role after he took over from local business woman Sarah Fisher in September 2015.
Mr Chenoweth has been instrumental in putting CCIQ Noosa in the spotlight and leading the drive for fast, alternative broadband connections for local small businesses; pushing council for new Convention and Cultural Centres; and establishing the inaugural Noosa International Film Festival (NIFF).
“Local access to fast, affordable Broadband is a critical enabler of business survival and growth, and also benefits the wider community. CCIQ Noosa has actively pursued discussions with a range of providers,” Mr Chenoweth said.
“As a result, Our Community Broadband has now installed their seventh fixed-wireless aerial, in Tewantin. This joins aerials at Elysium, Noosa Hill, Noosa Waters, Noosa Civic, and two at Sunrise Beach. A further two aerials are under discussion.”
CCIQ Noosa, through its own research, has provided council with crucial data showing the many benefits of purpose-built, adjacent Convention and Cultural Centres, particularly to small business in the region and to boost tourism dollars.
“A recent council meeting resolved that it would not build and operate the proposed centres, but that it would be open to any commercial proposal from the market. CCIQ Noosa looks forward to continuing to work with council to encourage any market interest,” Mr Chenoweth said.
“NIFF will run from November 3-6. Progress to date is beyond expectations. We expect film-goers will be delighted by the quality and diversity of the program. Films will screen across five venues in Noosa Heads, Cooroy, Eumundi, and Pomona.
“It has been a privilege to serve CCIQ Noosa and particularly with help from more than 60 volunteers, without whom the substantial progress achieved by chamber would not have been possible. I welcome incoming president Steven Boyd.
“I’d like to thank CCIQ for all its support, including jointly initiating with us on the Chamber Best Practice Forum, through which leading chambers can learn from other each, lift their performance and better serve their members.”
Dr Boyd said he looks forward to working with small business to build on the solid foundation created by Mr Chenoweth and CCIQ Noosa. “In particular, I commend the chamber and mentoring team for their roles in improving internet connectivity and upskilling our business community. Further attention in these areas will see the Noosa business community better prepared for new ventures.”
The CCIQ Noosa AGM will be held on September 13.