New members welcomed to SCDL Board

Rod Stringer with newly elected SCDL Board member, Fraser Green (right) at Palmer Coolum Resort’s The Spa.

Three new members were welcomed to the Sunshine Coast Destination Limited Board of Directors this week following their election at the association’s AGM, held at Novotel Twin Waters on Monday (26 Nov).
The successful nominees, Mark Skinner, Fraser Green and William (Bill) Darby will now join existing board members: Chair Barrie Adams, Rodger Powell, Jane Fraser, John Hall, Ian McNicol, David Thompson, and Company Secretary David Wright.
Mark Skinner is an accomplished manager and professional with experience in the tourism, service, retail, education and manufacturing sectors with extensive knowledge in marketing, strategic planning, financial management, the development of information technology systems, human resource management and business administration.
He owns and manages Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat, a boutique Montville hotel which recently won the Queensland Tourism Award for Hosted Accommodation.
Coolum Resort’s Raelene Ohloson and Kelli Robinson with Coolum Business and Tourism President, Noel Mooney at SCDL’s recent networking forum, held at The Spa

Fraser Green owns and operates Sundaze, a successful chain of women’s casual fashion and speciality swimwear stores, which employs 35 staff and operates from six locations across the Gold and Sunshine Coasts including Cotton Tree, Maroochydore and Mooloolaba with a head office at Warana.
He has been actively involved in tourism for the past 20 years, including three years serving on the Central Area Reference Group and Destination Advisory Panel.
46 years old Bill Darby has been a Sunshine Coast resident for 20 years and, since 1994, has successfully owned and operated tourism-focused businesses from Marcoola to Pelican Waters. He currently operates Caloundra’s Rumba Beach Resort and is also the Tourism Chair with the Caloundra Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Queensland Government’s expert panel on red-tape reduction for liquor and gaming.
SCDL CEO Steve Cooper said the nine nominees who stood for election possessed an outstanding calibre of knowledge and experience in management and business.
“The new board members will bring a wealth of awareness and understanding of the tourism industry to our existing Board; and we are excited to be working with them,” Mr Cooper said.
“We would also like to acknowledge the services of retiring board member Greg Laverty and thank him for his contribution to SCDL,” Mr Cooper added.
SCDL members were given a chance to congratulate the new board members at the Association’s Christmas Party, held immediately following Monday’s AGM.
SCDL has been actively connecting with its members at a local level over the past month, holding a series of networking forums at various locations across the region.
It was Coolum’s turn most recently, with a ‘Connecting businesses to benefit Tourism’ network forum held at Palmer Coolum Resort’s luxurious The Spa on 15 November.
Attendees were given the chance to and network with representatives from key SCDL areas including: Business Events, Digital Marketing, Industry Development, International Trade, Marketing, Media and Membership and meet the candidates for Monday’s (26 Nov) Board elections.
Earlier in the day, SCDL members were given the opportunity to get ready for a busy holiday season with a free digital workshop on local search marketing strategies, held at Twin Waters Golf Club.
SCDL CEO Steve Cooper said one of the biggest benefits of SCDL membership was attending industry workshops and participating in targeted marketing campaigns. Email membership@scdl.com.au or call (07)5458 8800 for membership enquiries, or view the SCDL public website at www.visitsunshinecoast.com.au.