Talks on to unite chambers

THREE Gold Coast chambers of commerce may merge to build a more effective organisation representing almost half of business on the Gold Coast.

Central Gold Coast Chamber of Commerce, Nerang Chamber of Commerce and Surfers Paradise Chamber of Commerce have discussed combining into one entity.

Central Gold Coast chamber president Jason Deacon said the proposed chamber would be the largest on the Coast but it would not play "big brother" to the eight other chambers.

"The chambers are ineffective individually because they don't have the finances and income stream," Mr Deacon said.

"The proposed merger would see 46% of the city's businesses being represented by the one chamber, creating a very strong voice to local, state and federal governments on a range of issues."

Members of the chambers are likely to vote on the merger before Christmas.

Mr Deacon said the merger would give members a more powerful lobby group, but it was not going to dictate to the eight remaining chambers on the coast or replace the Gold Coast Combined Chamber of Commerce.

The chambers are ineffective individually because they don't have the finances and income stream.

- Jason Deacon



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