Business strength will come from working together

BUSINESSES working together is the key to help Ipswich industry strengthen in coming decades, Ipswich Chamber of Commerce president Anita Dwyer said.

The chamber is a supporter of The Queensland Times campaign City Pride, running throughout August to encourage people to shop at local businesses.

Despite tough economic conditions over the past few years, Mrs Dwyer believes there is an opportunity to grow business in Ipswich's retail industry and its CBD.

She said the investment the city had made back into the CBD in the past few years was a positive development.

The chamber plans to host a CBD Clean-Up day on October 4, calling on business owners, landlords and members of the public to spruce up our main streets.

"We'd like to make that a community day," Mrs Dwyer said.

She said residential housing growth and the opening of new big businesses would help back-up growth in other sectors.

The latest development approval numbers for new homes in Ipswich have risen to some of the highest levels in several years.

Mrs Dwyer said new big business in the area, such as West Ipswich's Bunnings store that was under construction, would act as an anchor for smaller operators.

Other City Pride sponsors and supporters include Ipswich City Council, University of Southern Queensland and River 949.

The first City Pride prize, worth $2750, will be drawn tomorrow. Shoppers can pick up an entry form by buying goods or services at one of more than 370 participating businesses across the city.

Visit for a list of City Pride businesses.



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