Nadia Elliot Burgess has commenced her period of long service leave and maternity leave – congratulations Nadia! All enquiries to the Chamber should now be made to Leanne Cawley at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 6681 5049.
We would like to welcome back our pre-standing board members who have been re-elected, as well as our automatically returning board member Martin Corkery from Riversleigh Guesthouse. We would also like to extend a very warm welcome to our newly elected member, Amanda Edmonds from Edmonds Conveyancing.
The Board has been active over the last few months, particularly noting the following:
- A submission has been made to the Ballina Shire Economic Development Strategy, conducted by the Council. All members should keep an eye on further advice about, and opportunities to participate in, this important initiative.
- Board members have anecdotal evidence that there was good commercial activity in Ballina over the summer period. It may be that initiatives to address a perceived threat from sharks in the region has had some success with locals and visitors alike “coming to the coast”. However the Chamber’s position is that it continues to encourage shark mitigation strategies that have no effect on other marine creatures.
- Further to the above, a submission was made by the Chamber to the enquiry conducted by the Senate Environment and Communications References Committee (Cth) into shark mitigation and deterrent strategies. A public hearing will be conducted in Byron Bay on 2 May 2017. It is anticipated that the Chamberwill prepare a submission to the hearing – with the hope that a Board member will appear as a witness.
- The Chamber continues to participate in other community meetings. A representative of the Chamber attended a “Crime Safety” meeting with the Police in March 2017. The Police encouraged vigilance with respect to fraud and particularly Internet fraud. A minute from the meeting notes that the new Grafton Correctional Facility ,to be completed by 2020, will be the fourth biggest community in the Clarence Valley.
The amended and approved constitution can be viewed here
The Chamber board and staff continue to work diligently on your behalf as a valued member – if you have any feedback or would like to make us aware of any barriers to your business growth please let us know. I look forward to seeing you at a Chamber event soon!