Evans Head business chamber revived after community meeting

AFTER an absence of more than a decade, Evans Head's business chamber will be revived following a successful meeting between the town's business owners.

However, the new "community chamber" will not just be business-based, with any member of Evans and surrounding communities also invited to contribute.

Richmond Valley Council general manager John Walker said the September 3 meeting, which also featured appearances by the NSW Business Chamber's John Murray and the State Government's Small Biz Bus, was a chance for the community to band together for a brighter economic future.

"It went very well. We had about 35 attendees and the objective was to see if there was support for a chamber of commerce with community contributions," he said.

"Our point was the importance of having a unified voice and we all enthusiastically agreed to keep going with this.

"It's a very community-based town...we wanted to put together in a truly representative organisation, which is what everyone wanted."

Mr Walker said topics discussed at the meeting included tourism opportunities, plans for the town post-bypass, demand for industrial land, opportunities for subdivision and relationships with the neighbouring towns of Woodburn and Broadwater.

LJ Hooker Evans Head principal and meeting organiser Brian O'Farrell described the Evans Head Bowling Club gathering as "...giving a voice to people in Evans Head".

"I was stoked at the attendance and we got a lot of good info," he said.

"I think it's great to see everyone showing some interest and working together.

"It's a community chamber and we have a lot of good people in town with excellent knowledge - we want them involved too."

The Evans chamber will join 19 regional chambers already allied with the state body, according to Mr Murray.

"We're going to be assisting them in the next few weeks to get everything running," he said.

The next step is a meeting at the bowls club on September 17 from 7am*.

* A previous version of this report incorrectly said the meeting would be held at 7pm.



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