“This is a fantastic recognition for a very hard working and dedicated group of volunteers. It just goes to show what can be achieved when the community works together. Well done to everyone who has ever volunteered their time, you are all winners and have made a wonderful difference to our community,” said Cooroy Chamber of Commerce President, Danielle Taylor.
The award is well deserved considering the sheer amount of work that the volunteer Chamber of Commerce do for the community. They run the Cooroy website, the Cooroy Facebook page and the Cooroy App all of which are valuable communication tools for the community.
Every year they produce the “Kurui: Your Guide to Cooroy” which has 5000 copies printed and distributed throughout Sunshine Coast, Noosa and Gympie. This is a great little booklet with all sorts of information about Cooroy and is loved by locals and visitors alike.
They run two free community events in Cooroy, Christmas in Cooroy and the Australian Body Art Festival. Both of which are fantastic social activities that also attract thousands of people to town and provide the community with economic benefits as well as enhance the town’s already strong community spirit. They sponsor several other events including Cooroy Fusion, ABW at Noosa District High School and Cooroy Originals. They also decorate town at Christmas time making the Christmas spirit shine bright in Cooroy!
Over the years, they’ve raised hundreds of thousands of dollars through grants that has been directly invested in the town. The most recent of which is the $200,000 CCTV project that was funded by the Australian Government and was rolled out earlier in the year now providing enhanced safety for the community and providing the Cooroy Police with a valuable resource for fighting crime.
They run public meetings and forums when needed such as Meet the Candidates Nights around election times as well as hosting networking nights, workshops and the annual Dinner with the Mayor. They also are a voice for Cooroy with all levels of government and are often invited to serve on focus groups and committees on a large range of issues.
The Cooroy Chamber of Commerce is a very strong, long running Chamber that not only focusses on business but also the needs of the community. They are a not for profit community organisation and have achieved all of this through volunteer effort. It’s just one more thing that we can be proud of in Cooroy!