Maggie-Anne Leybourne, Plucka and Rory Curtis launched the Kingscliff Rotary annual Duck Race at the business breakfast.
Maggie-Anne Leybourne, Plucka and Rory Curtis launched the Kingscliff Rotary annual Duck Race at the business breakfast. John Gass

Plucking ducks and lost notes all before breakfast

IT was a busy morning at Tweed Heads Bowls Club with the Tweed Chamber of Commerce hosting a large crowd at their monthly business breakfast this morning.

The who's who in Tweed business heard NORTEC Employment and Training marketing coordinator Michelle Dowding talk about the team at NORTEC being right on track to smash their 1000 jobs in 100 days challenge.

"On day 10 we've now made exactly 100 job placements and we're very excited," she said.

Ms Dowding told the crowd, the current biggest employing industry in the Tweed is hospitality, and there were gaps that needed filling.

"It's the largest industry by far and the opportunities in this industry continue to grow," she said.

"Wait staff, duty managers, and interestingly enough, even with the popularity of shows like Master Chef, there is a huge demand and skill shortage for qualified chefs in this region."

Tweed PCYC coordinator and Kids in Community chairperson Mark Madden launched the Kids in Community awards and said it was a valuable and necessary program to help kids feel recognised.

Past winner Matthew Kirkham said he believed kids these days were given a bad name.

"We often hone in on the minority groups of our society and I believe the small amount of reckless and selfish young people tend to detract from the wonderful things other young people are doing in our community," he said.

"The Kids in Community awards highlights the inspirational young people who work to make a difference in their communities."

Mr Madden said he was looking for businesses and individuals to come on as sponsors.

Tweed River Art Gallery director Susi Muddiman discussed all that the Tweed's state of the art gallery had to offer.

She said the cement base of the new Margaret Olley Centre was poured this morning.

The gallery holds more than $2million worth of art work and is visited by more than 80,000 people a year.

National's candidate for the seat of Richmond, Matthew Fraser pretended lose his notes before his speech.

He soon recovered them and had a laugh, he told the breakfast attendees why they should vote for the Nationals.

Mr Fraser said small business was important to him and if elected he'd try to bring a BMX track to the area.

He said national BMX events attract 20,000 plus visitors per event which would provide economic benefit to the Tweed.

BEATS Business Excellence Awards Tweed Shire coordinator Natascha Wernick said everything was on track and looking good for this year's awards, but she was still looking for sponsors to come on board.

She said the People's Choice category rules for nominating had changed and voting has been simplified. To find out how to vote head to http://www.murwillumbahchamber.com.au.

Rotary members Maggie-Anne Leybourne and Rory Curtis also announced the Kingscliff Rotary annual Duck Race would be held on October 20.

Mr Curtis said corporate ducks are for the "crazy, crazy, crazy" price of $50 and little ducks are $5.

For more information head to http://www.rotaryduckrace.com.au.

The chamber's new president Victor Lapardin was unavailable to attend his first meeting but did pledge a brand new car as a first place prize for Rotary's duck race.



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