It’s been a busy time for NSW Business Chamber on the Northern Rivers.

First up we had Chamber Day on Monday 12 April. Chamber Day is hosted each quarter by the Chamber and is a day where all of our Local Chamber Presidents and committee representatives come together to learn, share and connect – it’s an awesome day and exemplifies the spirit of the Chamber movement. 

In the Northern Rivers we have 21 local chambers all run by volunteer committee members – that’s a group of people who, in addition to running their own businesses, still fit in the time to represent other businesses in their town and to advocate on their behalf.

NSW Business Chamber is actively involved in this advocacy and has recently posted some significant wins, including securing an increase in the payroll tax threshold and gaining an extension to the instant asset write-off.

It doesn’t stop there as we continue to work for the delivery of infrastructure so that the Norther Rivers can reach its full potential. At the local level, the Chamber works with local chambers to improve the business environment and lessen the negative impacts on business operations. 

This might include projects such as main street traffic trials and revitalisation projects, through to securing more industrial land to boost our employment creating businesses. There is never a dull moment advocating for local business needs and each of our Local Chamber Presidents excel in their effort for which we are most grateful.

Calling for nominations to NSW Business Chamber’s Northern Rivers Advisory Council

There is a lot going on in the region and crucial to our policy and advocacy efforts are our Regional Advisory Councils (RAC). Every two years, Regional Advisory Councillors are elected at an Annual General Meeting and/or if casual vacancies become available filled throughout the year. This year’s AGM for the Northern Rivers is scheduled for 1 August. 
The RAC is made up of 20 positions of which 15 are held by financial members and 5 held by Local Chamber Presidents. The RAC meets regularly throughout the year and initiates and facilitates innovative projects and programs that improve and sustain business performance.

Regional Advisory Councillors must be financial members of NSW Business Chamber, or be an authorised representative of an affiliated LCC. If you are interested in joining our Advisory Council, please send an email to to arrange a conversation.

Dust off your boots and we’ll see you at Primex

We are excited to be 2019 Norco Primex partners for this amazing signature primary industries event in our region from Thursday 16 May to Saturday 18 May at the Richmond Valley Event Centre in Casino. 

The NSW Business Chamber team will be in the Business, Investment and Innovation Pavilion. We are thrilled to be part of one of the country’s leading primary industries expos, attracting 350 exhibitors and more than 30,000 visitors over three days.

We are collaborating with our usual ‘partners in crime’ including AusIndustry, Regional Development Australia and State Training NSW to provide networking and information on optimisation for business, invention, Innovation and investment.

Primex is a great platform for us to raise the profile of innovation in agriculture. We believe that ‘on farm’ innovation and those who are focused on bringing innovative products to the agribusiness sector should be given a place to shine – and this is it.

See you in Pavilion four!

Yours in business


Jane Laverty – Regional Manager, Northern Rivers