Chamber pours $6000 into Coldstream festival

By SALLY GORDON

THE Yamba Chamber of Commerce is the first cab off the rank to lock in sponsorship for this year's Surfing the Coldstream Festival.

At a meeting on Monday, members unanimously agreed to become a gold sponsor and inject $6000 into the event, scheduled to hit Yamba's CBD in late October.

The chamber had previously mooted the idea of sponsoring the festival to the tune of $10,000.

But chamber president Sue Hughes said members wanted to allocate funds across a range of chamber-led initiatives throughout the year.

"We've got so many different things happening throughout the year, we don't want to put all our eggs into one basket," Ms Hughes said. "Rather than pooling a large amount of funds into one activity we would like to get behind a number of events such as the lifestyle expo, shop local campaign and 'drinks after hours' initiative with Rotary."

Chamber member and PRD Nationwide director Denise Gillies believed that positive feedback from last year's event warranted the chamber's full backing.

"I thought Surfing the Coldstream was excellent last year and I think this time around it will be even better," she said.

"The feedback we had in our office, as Yamba's unofficial tourist site, was great."



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