The Leadership hand-over. Left from front: outgoing secretary, Bev Mansfield; outgoing president, Debbie McCredie;  outgoing treasurer, Rick Angelo. Right from front:  new vice-president, Lauren Priest; new treasurer, Meredith Morschel; new president, Gina Lopez; new secretary, Roz Woodward.
The Leadership hand-over. Left from front: outgoing secretary, Bev Mansfield; outgoing president, Debbie McCredie; outgoing treasurer, Rick Angelo. Right from front: new vice-president, Lauren Priest; new treasurer, Meredith Morschel; new president, Gina Lopez; new secretary, Roz Woodward.

Chamber serves up $13M question for breakfast

A POOL of $13million worth of tourism funding will provide the main talking points at the first Yamba Chamber of Commerce Breakfast under the direction of new president Gina Lopez.

Jacquie Burnside from Destination North Coast is the guest speaker for the function at 'The Block' at Yamba YHA Backpacker Beach Resort from 7am on Wednesday.

Ms Lopez urged anyone with an vested interest in Yamba's community to attend.

"You might just become inspired to initiate a project that is good for the community," she said.

"Jacquie Burnside will talk about the $13million coming into the area specifically for the events funding program.

"I am a project program manager by trade, so what I'd like to see is lots of groups coming together to form projects that the chamber can support.

"So if you've got a great idea for business in Yamba and can do it, we can help to communicate what you're doing and support it."

There will be a chance to meet and greet with representatives of Clarence Valley Council's economic development and tourism departments.

"Alicia Hiatt, Elizabeth Fairweather and Lou Gumb will be there to mingle and answer questions," Ms Lopez said.

"They are an important connection for us to build the business community.

"We really want it to be about getting together and creating new energy around tourism."

The largely brand new committee will also be formally introduced to those in attendance. This financial year sees a new-look Yamba Chamber of Commerce with nine out of 11 new faces on the committee.

Ms Lopez said it was part of a statewide trend and an important transition to keep up with technological and social change in the small business environment.

"Throughout the whole of NSW there is an invigoration of the chambers of commerce and Yamba is not an exception to this change," she said.

"Because of the younger energy (of the new committee), where we will more naturally succeed is communication, as our work lives fit around devices and modern technology.

"All these community volunteer groups have ageing populations. People's lifestyles have changed and young people aren't getting involved, yet they're a really important part of our democracy.

"So I think it really important the chambers are bodies that are functioning and are a voice of the community in its entirety.

"Through time I hope to develop chambers as a communication node - a place where you can find out what's happening within the business community and connect.

"Who else's job is it? It seems appropriate that the chambers are a unifying place for businesses."

The breakfast is $20 for chamber members and $25 for guests.

Yamba Chamber of Commerce 2018/19 committee

President: Gina Lopez* (EcoBag Media)

Vice-president: Lauren Priest* (Lone Rock Wholefoods)

Treasurer: Meredith Morschel* (Kitchen to Table)

Secretary: Roslyn Woodward* (The Yamba Well-Being Centre)

Executive Committee

  • Adam Woodleigh* (Red Alfalfa)
  • Liz Sumner* (Dunes Cafe)
  • Hayley Talbot* (Blanc Space)
  • Rick Angelo (Clarence Press)
  • Michael Vincent* (Xtreme Cycle & Skate)
  • Debbie McCredie (Yamba Cinema)
  • Jessica Robinson* (Jessica Robinson Photography)

* New to committee  



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