Maude gets chamber top job for a third time
By Sally Gordon
The Maclean business community has a new leader.
The Maclean Chamber of Commerce recently said goodbye to former president, Jody Toyer, and welcomed in Gulmarrad business identity, Keith Maude.
Ms Toyer headed-up the Maclean Chamber for 12 months, helping the executive organise a 'meet the candidates forum', the Clarence Coast Lifestyle Expo, the 'ribbons of colour' for the Maclean Highland Gathering and install new highway signage.
She said it was time to hand the responsibilities of leading the busy chamber on to someone able to devote adequate time to the position.
"The decision to step down was for personal reasons, however, I'll be attending every meeting and be there in the future to help out ... I just didn't have the time to be on the executive," she said.
"It was a big learning curve and I enjoyed it, but at the moment I really need the time to do other things outside the chamber."
Ms Toyer said the break would only be for a couple of years, after which time she would reconsider running for the chamber again.
Mr Maude, who runs Studio on Wharf, a photography business based at Gulmarrad, returns to the helm for the third time.
He said that this year his main priorities would be to bring back the lifestyle expo bigger and better and continue bolstering advertorial signage for Maclean.
"I see working for the chamber as a way of making people aware that Maclean exists and letting people know that anything you want, you can buy in Maclean. It's vital the chamber pushes that point," he said.