New chairwoman for advisory board
THE chairwoman of a new business advisory board said things had to change in the Tweed otherwise it would become a "ghost region".
Anni Brownjohn, the owner of The Right Food Group based in Murwillumbah, was elected chairwoman last week of Destination Tweed's Tweed Business Advisory Board.
Ms Brownjohn said she nominated for the role as chairwoman because you cannot "have a whinge" without standing up and giving it a go.
"I think I stood up because of a sense of frustration and concern," Ms Brownjohn said.
"There is an attraction to come here (Tweed Shire) but it hasn't built sustainable businesses."
Ms Brownjohn said getting "real businesses" talking to Tweed Shire Council was an important step.
"The success stories are the ones we have to talk to," she said.
"I am keen to get things moving at a rapid pace because that's how businesses have to be these days.
"If we don't do something right now then the next 12 months will be bad."
Ms Brownjohn said some of the priorities were to look at the council's processes, such as development applications and contributions, and to train the next generation of Tweed business leaders.
The board members are:
Toni Zuschke - Barking Toad Creative Advertising Agency and Murwillumbah District Chamber of Commerce President
Tania Murdock - Murdock Pharmacy Group
Don Neale - Neale Property Group
Anni Brownjohn - The Right Food Group Pty Ltd
Robert Quirk - Tweed Canegrowers Association president
Adam Smith - Planit Consulting Director
Leone Craydon - On Track Community Program CEO
Tom Senti - GJ Gardner Homes company director
Peter Leotta - GJ Gardner Homes managing director
A representative of Tweed Shire Council has also been invited to join the board and Destination Tweed will provide secretariat services.