Logan Regional Chamber of Commerce Delivers 12 Seater Minibus
It was with great pleasure that the Logan Regional Chamber of Commerce was able to deliver a 12 seater minibus to Yarrabilba Secondary college on the 17th September. For a number of years The Chamber has been wanting to form a Junior Chamber of Commerce to give the students in the local region opportunities to learn new skills, mingle with future employers and meet some really interesting speakers to inspire them.
“Public transport is a real issue in our area, not just north – south, but east – west as well. A lot of families are either one car families, or parents that work long hours, so the youth are the big losers here as they can not get around to participate in extracurricular activities – this has been the number one hurdle of getting our Junior Chamber off the ground.” Chyerl Pridham President of the Logan Regional Chamber of Commerce said.
“With the help of a number of people who have been sympathetic to our needs we took a look at the Gambling Community Benefit Fund. We still had a problem, although I had a need for a bus, it was not full time – twelve times a year did not warrant such a huge purchase for a volunteer run Not For Profit Organisation.”
It was about this time that President Chyerl Pridham was introduced to Belinda Tregea, newly appointed Principal of Yarrabilba Secondary College. After a few meetings they had a plan. While the Logan Regional Chamber of Commerce would remain the Owner of the Youth Bus, Yarrabilba Secondary Secondary College would become the managing Booking Agent of the bus.
“Ultimately, this bus is for the YOUTH of our Region, not just Yarrabilba Secondary College – they have become a way for us to deliver it to our region. A special Thank You goes to Ms Tregea for understanding the vision and getting on board for the ride!” Chyerl said, “We have 2 emerging satellite cities but the issue is isolation for so many. This bus now means that students can now attend events like the Junior Chamber of Commerce, go on excursions that may not have been previously cost effective for the schools or attend VET/TAFE programs that are not run locally. There are just so many opportunities that have now been opened up to the youth of our area, by the purchase of this bus. Our next project for 2021 is to get the Logan Regional Junior Chamber of Commerce up and running alongside the Senior Chamber of Commerce.”
Congratulations Chyerl and the Chamber of Commerce team!