Fresh face brings passion and energy
By DAWN COHEN
THE STRENGTH of the Ballina Chamber of Commerce rests on the shoulders of recently-returned resident Nadia Eliott-Burgess.
Aged only 26, the newly appointed Business and Promotion Manager is charged with the task of recruiting new businesses and being a conduit between the chamber and its membership.
It's a job vital to the future of Ballina's business community, Ballina Chamber of Commerce chairman Don Conson said.
By recruiting new businesses, Ms EliottBurgess would boost the influence of the chamber. By liaising between members and the executive she would ensure the body accurately represented the wishes of local businesses.
"The greater our membership, the stronger our combined voice," Mr Conson said.
"The bigger our voice, the more affective we can be in pushing for the improvement of Ballina."
Ballina Shire coun- cillor Sharon Cadwallader vacated her part-time job as the chamber's business and promotion manager last year.
The position is now full-time.
Ms Eliott-Burgess, who previously ran the Port Headlands Chamber of Commerce, said she was passionate about small business.
While in Port Headland she also spent two years as a technical document controller for the town's BHP mine.
"It was a bit of shock coming back to to rain, hills and shopping," she said. "But it's wonderful living between the rainforest and the sea.
"I love Lake Ainsworth. I remember as a child running to the beach for a swim and then to the lake for another one, and the dance between the two."
Now she is raring to get to work.
"Fostering relationships and networking is what floats my boat," she said. "I have put my boots back on, and want to work hard."
The chamber's next breakfast meeting will be held at the Ballina RSL at 7am this Wednesday. Call 6686 7006 for details.