Cross-border official keen to go

"I AM going to be busy, I already know that much."

He might be only two weeks into his job as NSW's inaugural cross-border commissioner, but Steve Toms isn't wasting any time in learning about the issues.

Yesterday he introduced himself at the Ballina Chamber of Commerce and Industry's breakfast meeting.

Mr Toms said his plan was to advocate for communities on the borders and work to resolve the various issues they faced.

"One of the first things that people in northern NSW have talked to me about is daylight savings," he said.

"But there are lots of issues to consider - health, police, emergency services and education. Some things will be more easily fixed than others.

"I will also be working closely with the new small-business commissioner Yasmin King.

"I am looking forward to this role and I can see that there is a real will to make changes."

Following the chamber of commerce breakfast, Mr Toms spent some time talking with local business and community representatives, including the chamber's executive officer, Nadia Eliott-Burgess, chamber secretary Glenn Costello, Ballina Shire councillor Sharon Cadwallader and Lennox Head-based MLC Catherine Cusack.



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