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Northern Rivers
NSW Business Chamber

Northern Rivers


"The Northern Rivers is the
fastest growing region in NSW and offers a unique lifestyle in an area renowned for its natural environment , and where there are a multitude of working, learning and cultural opportunities."

Gary Fox, Northern Rivers Regional Advisory Council President

The Northern Rivers NSW Business Chamber is committed to assisting our members and local Chamber of Commerce Alliance members in the region to navigate their way through a variety of workplace issues and challenges.

We provide a comprehensive range of products and services designed to assist member businesses grow and meet a variety of compliance issues the Northern Rivers region. We also work closely with the local Chambers to ensure there is one strong voice to represent the Northern Rivers region on a variety of issues.

The assistance we provide to local businesses includes:

  • providing a voice at local, regional, state and federal levels of government and authority through our considerable lobbying power
  • Industrial Relations assistance and advice
  • help with Occupational Health & Safety compliance
  • regular updates on workplace obligations via educational seminars
  • regular Networking for Knowledge forums
  • marketing assistance
  • international trade assistance
  • regional “What’s on” calendars for businesses.

Get in touch with your local team

The Northern Rivers NSW Business Chamber is always happy to assist members, Chambers of Commerce and regional businesses.

Regional Manager              
John Murray                          

Regional Coordinator         
Ailesh O'Brien      
Business Development Manager
Donna Yager

Business Development Manager
Janet Bowden

Office location
2/54 Tamar St Ballina NSW 2487

Postal address
PO Box 950 Ballina NSW 2487

(02) 6686 8282

(02) 6686 9090

Your Regional Advisory Council

The Northern Rivers Regional Advisory Council (RAC) initiates and facilitates innovative projects and programs that improve and sustain business performance in the region.

The Council acts as an advisory body to the NSW Business Chamber Council, and the Board of Directors and Management of NSW Business Chamber. They champion policy issues for the region, as well as matters relating to membership, local issues and the promotion and development of the Northern Rivers region.

The Northern Rivers Regional Advisory Council is made up of a diverse group of experienced and well respected members of the local business community including:

  • Gary Fox (President)
  • Bev George (Deputy President)
  • Rowle Hull
  • Sandy Stewart
  • Tom Bowers
  • Aymon Gow
  • Nadia Eliott-Burgess
  • Greg McNamara
  • Anni Brownjohn
  • Rikki McDonald-Grinberg
  • Toni Zuschke
  • Kim Vincent
  • Andrew Tucker
  • Andrew Gordon
  • Jolyon Burnett
  • Ross Roberts

Upcoming events

For more information and to register for our upcoming events, visit our Events calendar.

Latest news

We've been really busy working to help sustain and grow the Northern Rivers economy. Here are some of the many initiatives we've been working on:

A visit from NSW Small Business Commissioner
"A breath of fresh air" was the common description given to Small Business Commissioner, Yasmin King, during her whistle stop tour of Northern Rivers recently. Ms King chose to start her NSW Business Chamber sponsored tour in our region, with visits to Grafton, Lismore, Ballina, Byron and Tweed Heads.

The local Chambers of Commerce in each of the locations visited played a pivotal role in ensuring good attendance numbers, and concerns were clearly presented to the Commissioner on the problems facing businesses in the regions. Bureaucracy, particularly associated with local Government, came out on top as being the single most frustrating impediment to small business. Ms King made contact with a number of local businesses across the Region and took away many issues for follow up.

NSW Cross Border Commissioner
The Northern Rivers is eagerly awaiting the announcement of the new Cross Border Commissioner. This announcement will cap off yet another big win for the 10 Big Ideas to Grow Northern Rivers campaign that had cross border issues as a major factor holding back businesses in this region. Like the Small Business Commissioner, we will be keen to have local businesses meet with the new Commissioner to put forward their business frustrations.

10 Big Ideas to Grow Northern Rivers
This whole campaign has been an overwhelming success with so many successes already unfolding. There is still some work to do however and we will continue to meet with all local MP's to ensure we get maximum effect to all those issues holding back business within the region. Watch this space!

Pacific Highway Upgrade
Another 10 Big Ideas win! Just prior to the last State Election, the Mid North Coast NSW Business Chamber put forward a proposal for 6 monthly report cards on the status of the Pacific Highway upgrade. These upgrades have been used as a political football for far too long. On Friday 20th October, at Evans Head, Duncan Gay MP, Minster for Roads and Ports, announced the acceptance of the 6 Monthly Report Cards concept. This announcement was accepted by myself. I thanked the Minister for his commitment to accountability on this important regional transport asset.

Local Chamber Alliance
The Northern Rivers is still going strong with 75% of all the regions local Chambers now onboard and some 600 local Chamber of Commerce members now accessing a range of benefits from the Local Chamber Alliance program. Our target for the region is 100% of Chambers and 750 of their members onboard and we are well on track to achieve this figure this financial year. Only a few more Chambers left to join now but already this region is finally now able to speak as one strong business voice!

Workplace Health & Safety
As of 1 January 2012, new legislation is in effect. We have recently completed a range of presentations giving an overview of these and other changes. The head of our Work Safety Unit has also visited attendees at discounted rates to do Safety Audits and make recommendations. To date, there has been over 60 audits.

Breaking News
Visit our media centre for our latest news. 

The Northern Rivers NSW Business Chamber has taken the pledge to be a ‘Supportive Employer’ with Defence Reserves Support (DRS).

By signing the pledge, the Northern Rivers NSW Business Chamber agrees to the aims and objectives of DRS which embraces a supportive position for any employee that chooses to become involved as a voluntary member of the Australian Defence services. 

We have also agreed to pass relevant collateral onto business members to enlighten them to employer benefits as well as the character building opportunities for their staff.

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