Business Chamber thinks pink

March 10, 2016 in Broader Community Event, Event, News by Peter Hackney

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The Blue Mountains Regional Business Chamber has moved to recognise the importance of the LGBTIQ community to the local economy, with a brand new initiative involving LQBTIQ business owners and ‘pink-friendly’ businesses.

Man withdrawing rainbow flag business card. Image: stock photo.

Man withdrawing rainbow flag business card. Image: stock photo.

The Chamber’s ‘Pink Business Chapter’ will be officially launched on April 6, marking a new milestone for the Mountains’ burgeoning queer community.

The initiative will capitalise on the area’s large, growing LGBTIQ population, with a particular focus on the opportunities that marriage equality will present for the region.

Pink Business Chapter spokesperson Dianne Davis, said the chapter’s first priority was to capitalise on the benefits same-sex marriage would bring.

“The Pink Business Chapter’s initial business development campaign is to develop the same-sex marriage industry in the Blue Mountains region in preparation for when the legislation is enacted,” said Ms Davis, who is owner of Davis & Associates Marketing and Vice President of the Blue Mountains Regional Business Chamber.

“There is a 12 month window of opportunity for our region to profess this initiative.”

Ms Davis said the Chamber had noted the Blue Mountains’ status as an traditional wedding and honeymoon destination, the high proportion of LGBTIQ residents in the area and the fact that this made it a safe destination for same-sex couples.

“All of these factors should make the region equally attractive to LGBTIQ couples who are intending to marry, once same-sex marriage legislation is enacted in Australia,” she said.

The Pink Business Chapter will be officially launched at a breakfast, to be held at iconic Leura tearooms Bygone Beautys at 7.30am Wednesday, April 6.

Registration for the launch is available via the Events section on the Chamber website, located at www.bmchamber.org.au.

More information about the initiative is available by phoning Pink Business Chapter spokesperson Dianne Davis on 0417 257 791 or Executive General Manager of the Chamber, Julie Bargenquast on 0413 956 591.