Business in Glen (BIG) held its first annual general meeting last week and resolved to work closely with the Glen Innes Severn Tourist Association (GISTA) and to be a voice for the entire region.
Other initiatives announced at the meeting include securing funding for a retail IQ Worksop that will assist business with their promotion and marketing techniques, and securing funding for a program that addresses the issues faced by business in towns and on the land.
President Jim Ritchie said that BIG does not want to be seen as just a voice for the businesses in the main CBD of Glen Innes.
“We are a voice for the entire region, which includes businesses in the villages, andfarmers & graziers also,” he said.
“The stronger and more diverse our member base becomes, the louder our voice will be heard.”
Mr Ritchie added that BIG has been able to successfully lobby on behalf of businesses over the past year with Council regarding the Grey Street upgrade.
“We were able to convince Council to retain a minimum 2.9metre parking space in the centre main street and we believe due to the centre parking spaces we have more parking than many other towns,” he said.
“BIG, in association with GISTA and the Council, has secured Greg Alder to present his new ‘IQ retail workshop’ later in the year which champions innovation in regional Australia.
“We have also secured funding thanks to Heather Thomas from Say and Co Rural, for the ‘Tackling Tough Times Together” program which will help businesses in the region address their issues.”
The executive of BIG was declared open for vote and Ruth Sim-Brummell was elected the new Treasurer. Other positions remained unchanged with President: Jim Ritchie, Secretary/Public Officer: Kylie Hawkins and Vice President: Howard Eastwood retaining their positions.
BIG Vice President Howard Eastwood, President Jim Ritchie, Secretary/Public Officer Kylie Hawkins
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