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February 1, 2023

Byron Chamber welcomes new president, kickstarts event

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Mark Ryan, an immigration lawyer, has been appointed as the new president of the Byron Bay Chamber of Commerce.

In his first newsletter, Mr Ryan said, ‘Firstly, I would like to thank our outgoing president, Todd Sotheren and our Treasurer Matt Davison for all of their hard work and I wish you both the best of luck with your next steps’. 

‘I would also like to welcome our new board members, Cam Hogan – treasurer, Belinda Kirkwood – board Member, and Diego Tiago – board member, and of course welcoming back Cathy Levin-Byers and Kate Hardman in the role of joint vice president, along with returning board member, Eddie Brook.

‘I am thrilled to be working together with such a strong board through the remainder of 2020 and into 2021!

‘It goes without saying, 2020 has been a wild ride for a lot of businesses in Byron Bay. What has been brilliant to witness though is how businesses have been able to pivot and readily adapt to the changing market conditions. The community has seen an increase in online sales and businesses moving to online platforms, businesses introducing new product lines to meet demand and businesses changing the way they operate to continue to work safely within the COVID-19 framework’.

November 18 event

‘I am very excited to announce that after a long COVID-19 borne hiatus, the chamber will have its first event lined up for November 18! The wonderful team at Art & Wine Co have graciously opened their doors to 40 of our members for an evening to get our creativity flowing!’

Art & Wine Co is located at 13 Lawson Street and the event starts at 5pm.

For more info, visit Byron Bay Chamber.

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  1. Excuse my ignorance, but what exactly is “an immigration lawyer,”?
    Are these the people who work to uphold the law of the nation , or those that facilitate foreign invasion to your country of choice ?
    Cheers, G”)

      • Immigrants on the First Fleet did not need immigration lawyers. Most, including my great great great great grandfather and great great great great grandmother who had both been a bit naughty in England, had no choice about coming and no option of returning. They probably had breached local law about who could come uninvited onto the land, but as they had established a good mudus vivende with the Dhurag people that their son, my great great great grandfather, grew up playing with the local kids and speaking Dhurag, I suspect they had met the migration criteria.


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