Fire-hit Kyogle calls for shopping splurge
By BREE PRICE
KYOGLE'S business communi- ty, hit hard by the destruc- tion of the Norply factory, has a message for the North- ern Rivers ? we want you to shop in our town. At the launch of the Kyogle Emergency Disaster Relief fund yesterday, Kyogle Chamber of Commerce presi- dent Tom Rogers made the plea in a bid to avoid the town's businesses going back- wards after the fire. Up to 140 Norply em- ployees were left jobless after the plywood factory was de- stroyed by fire last week. Mr Rogers said a flow-on impact could lead to a further 143 jobs lost if nothing was done. He said a study prepared by the Tweed Economic De- velopment Corporation last Friday, the day after the fire, found jobs would be lost from the retail trade, transport and government sectors. "We're just asking for a lit- tle bit of help," he said. "If you haven't been to
Kyogle for a long time, or you've never been, or you lived in Kyogle, now more than ever ? come to Kyogle. "Have a cup of coffee, a yarn with the locals and shop in the wonderful shops." Mr Rogers and Kyogle mayor Ernie Bennett also put out a call yesterday for dona- tions to the Kyogle Emergen- cy Disaster Relief Fund. The fund will be managed by a committee of community representatives from the chamber of commerce, the
council, Kyogle Community Economic Development Com- mittee, Rotary, Lions, Tursa, the Casino/Kyogle HACC and Norply employees. Mr Bennett said several thousand dollars had already been received from a number of organisations in addition to the $50,000 to be contributed by the council.
n Donations to the Norply appeal can be made at any Summerland Credit Union, ANZ or Westpac branch.