HISTORY OF OUR ORGANISATION
2007 - 2019
LOWE STREET PRECINCT
With Nambour Futures becoming the Nambour Alliance in 2006 one of our first advocacy results was the Lowe Street Placemaking upgrade.
NAMBOUR TOWN VISION 2011
From 2009 through to 2011 the Nambour Alliance Board developed it’s Nambour Town Vision, drafted by Tony Vella. The concept listed the showgrounds development, the Nambour multimodal leisure corridor (including a water park and lagoon), and CBD renewal as being the 3 physical infrastructure efforts required to assist with creating a resilient future.
Today we see the waterpark planned as a $3 Million slide within the existing municipal pool
continued effort is required to ensure this scaled-down concept becomes reality
the multi-purpose Showgrounds centre planned however continued effort is required to ensure this concept becomes reality
the leisure corridors as part of the open space master plan, are all currently on hold at Council.
the Town Vision was also a Segway to advocacy with Council that lead to an activation reference called The Nambour Activation Plan, and yes, you guessed it, this plan and its activation officer has recoiled.
NAMBOUR ACTIVATION PLAN 2015
The Nambour Activation Plan (NAP) 4 key projects (splash park and leisure corridor, connecting to the showgrounds, riparian boundary green spine, and tram) that will support the CBD, and a framework of 5 locations with activation ideas (C square, Town Square, Currie forecourt, Howard Street, Petrie Creek ). Activating our town (the soft infrastructure) is not limited to these 5 areas.
As for the 5 projects (the hard infrastructure), we will need to keep the SCRC focus on spending any significant funds on these.
THE NAMBOUR TRAM 2016
In 2018 transferred our grant to the Sunshine Coast Council. The original stakeholders were Nambour Alliance Grant - $500k, The Nambour Tramway Company (TNTco) $100k, Sunshine Coast Council $1.5M for a total of $2.1M.
In our view, the tram project is one that has the potential to bring economic reward to our town and the communities of our region within the Blackall Range Foothills. Allowing history to be resurfaced that is unique and fun, the tram is about building tourism and visitation, not transport. This project was part of the 2011 Town Vision and the 2015 Activation Plan. It continues with the passionate support of the local Councilor and ReImagine Nambour. Thought support for the project within the community has been divided, the NCOC expects the tram will deliver on stated project objectives.
The NCOC seeks to support and leverage community events that contribute to the livability of Nambour as a town, creates vibrancy in our town's CBD, attracts visitors and contribute to our local economy. We have assisted with and enabled events like Retro Rock, Tramfest, NamJam, Christmas Carols, the Winter Jazz Festival and many others.
NAMBOUR ECONOMIC TRANSITION STRATEGY 2018 AND THE REIMAGINE NAMBOUR PROJECT
The Nambour Alliance conceived the need for an Economic Transition Strategy creating the NETS committee in 2017. Chair of the NETS Committee, Ali Atkinson prepared a strategy proposal document and presentation on behalf of the Nambour Alliance which informed a submission which led to the securing grant funding of $100k comprising $50k in federal grant funding and $50k funding from Sunshine Coast Coast Council for the purposes of developing a Nambour Economic Transition Strategy. After a comprehensive and transparent process, consulting firm Left Bank Co was engaged to help the community of Nambour with this task. Nambour Alliance (now Nambour Chamber of Commerce) has been a key contributor to the Re-Imagine Nambour Project. Ali Atkinson and Tony Vella represented our members and the Nambour business community on the initial ReImagine Nambour Steering Committee. The development of the ReImagine Nambour Economic Transition Strategy has concluded. A dedicated project officer is soon to be appointed by the Sunshine Coast Coast to work on implementing the recommendations and actions contained within the ReImagine Nambour NETS document. More information, this and other related documents can be found on the ReImagine Nambour website.
The Nambour Chamber of Commerce Board is committed to ensuring that his project’s road map result is advocated to be a “Head of Power” to spark and direct economic drive, pressuring government for dedicated long-term economic development and investment attraction through establishing an advisory board consisting of Council, Visit Sunshine Coast, the NCOC and Regional Development Australia (Sunshine Coast).
Simon Pearce 2006 - 2014
Tony Vella 2015 - 2017
Tim Smith 2018 - 2020
NAMBOUR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESIDENTS
Tim Smith 2018 - 2020
Mark Bray 2020 - current