Re-elected Murwillumbah Business Chamber president Toni Zuschke who heads up an executive dominated by women with new ideas to help business people support each other.
Re-elected Murwillumbah Business Chamber president Toni Zuschke who heads up an executive dominated by women with new ideas to help business people support each other.

Murwillumbah to get rewards card

MURWILLUMBAH and District Business Chamber president Toni Zuschke and her female-dominated executive team have been re-elected unopposed to represent the area’s business people.

Among the team’s plans for the year ahead is the introduction of an innovative electronic rewards card giving money to local shoppers.

Ms Zuschke and her team of five other women and two men were put back into their jobs at the chamber’s annual meeting on Wednesday night with Mrs Zuschke quickly revealing plans for next year including the rewards card.

Yesterday she said the card would be part of a “shop local” program offering real money as rewards.

“If you go into a butcher and buy $500 worth he may put $5 on your card and that will keep accruing,” Ms Zuschke explained.

“Members can shop with other members and also receive discounts. The next time you go into the butcher’s you can pay with the money on your rewards card.”

Ms Zuschke said the scheme was also part of the chamber’s plan to encourage a stronger business community in the district where members looked after each other.

“We are really working on things that can give business support for one another,” she said.

“If we can put our arms around each other as a big family – and we sometimes call ourselves a business family... we can weather the storm.”

Ms Zuschke said times in business were “tough” at the moment but not to the point where business people were despairing.

Instead she said a “positive atmosphere” surrounded the Murwillumbah business community.

“Everyone is just cautious at the moment,” she added. “Murwillumbah business is very strong in the sense that it is connected to the community.”

In her annual report to the chamber Ms Zuschke recounted various successful programs run during the year including the relaunch of the “Heart of the Tweed” campaign for Murwillumbah.

“Our television commercials, featuring the Murwillumbah Primary School choir, were designed with a generic approach to promote the area and have been really well received.”



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