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Mullum welcomes new chamber prez

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‘A change is as good as a holiday,’ Jenelle told The Echo

‘I think it is important that people don’t stay in a position like this too long. It is really important to have fresh ideas and inspiration and Paul is perfect for this job.’

Paul praised the job Jenelle has done during her tenure as president.

‘Mullumbimby is a great town. We’ve been through the floods, bushfires, and the future is about building on this great community, keeping important ties in place and keeping everyone together. Janelle has done a fantastic job and there is a very good support committee there – I couldn’t take this on without the support of a great and active committee.

Town’s backbone

‘The businesses play an integral part in the community, and they are the backbone of the town. The chamber has brought the community together and we will continue building on what has been done for the last eight years.

‘From fundraising following natural disasters like the Black Summer fires, and recent floods, as well as organising local events like the upcoming Ingenuity Small Sculpture exhibition on November  5–6 and Carols by Candlelight on December 11, or the recent Chinny Charge… we will continue to build on a really good base.

‘The chamber is behind utilising the rail trail,’ said Paul.

‘Down the track it could be some form of alternative public transport, but the most important thing is we have something that has been sitting around for 18 years unused by the community.

‘The rail trail is a great way to create connectivity between all the little towns around the area. The key is to continue to improve on what’s here and keep the community vibrant and engaged in the town and its future.’

Jenelle said she will remain on the executive for the chamber for the time being and that she is really excited about getting behind some special projects for the town.

‘I now get to concentrate on those activities and projects that I want to see happen for the town of Mullumbimby’, she added.


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