FUN TIMES: New Grafton Chamber of Commerce president John Shearer at Market Square yesterday.
FUN TIMES: New Grafton Chamber of Commerce president John Shearer at Market Square yesterday.

Chamber boss sees Grafton as a city of fun

NEWLY elected Chamber of Commerce President John Shearer wants to make Grafton a city of fun.

"I'd like to see a different image for the town," Mr Shearer said.

"I said it to outgoing president Sandy Stuart, Grafton the City of Fun.

"This week, we have the Clarence Valley Country Muster happening outside of town.

"There has been a groundswell of support for triple j's One Night Stand."

Mr Shearer said he was contemplating a free water park for kids.

"Water is one of our best resources," he said.

"A boardwalk along the river in Grafton as well.

"All these things take a lot of time, of course.

"I think it is important to build a vision for the town and share it, and if people build into that vision it can happen."

Mr Shearer said he was open to suggestions how the Chamber could turn Grafton into the city of fun.

"Being elected president is a bit of an honour I guess," he said.

"It's an excellent team and they have shown every confidence in me, that's for sure."

Chamber of Commerce executive Mark Butler said Mr Shearer was forward thinking.

"I think with the executives that are on board the chamber, they will be very strong with John at the head," Mr Butler said.

"We have got a very strong team to move the chamber forward."

Mr Butler said the Chamber of Commerce was getting ready for the new Grafton Bridge and Pacific Highway upgrade between Woolgoolga and Ballina.

Other members and their titles

Phil Belletty vice president

Anita Kleyn secretary

Glenn Thompson treasurer

Corey Bertalli executive

Mark Butler executive

Sandy Stewart outgoing president

Allan Sams promotions officer

Rick Murray executive



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