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Chamber president Josh McPhee said a range of issues were discussed on Thursday evening.

Chamber president Josh McPhee said a range of issues were discussed on Thursday evening.

In the wake of the cancelled Town Wide Sale, Inverell’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry held a brainstorming session on Thursday evening to come up with new ideas.

And it wasn’t just the shopping centre, but our town as a whole that they were examining.

Chamber vice president John McGregor said a bit of everything was covered from internal chamber issues, to broader matters.

Ideas relating to everything from tourism, marketing local events, real estate and the cost of living in town, through to renewable energy and employment opportunities were debated.

The night began with a discussion of which areas needed to be looked at, before people broke off into groups. Watch it here:

With butcher’s paper taped to the windows of Freckles cafe, the small groups of three and four, moved around, listing the positives and negatives of each issue.

Questions were raised such as whether they chamber needs a paid secretary, could more be done to attract new business to town, and could annual events be better promoted.

Each group moved around, adding more to the lists of benefits, and the challenges facing our community. It looked like this:

At the end of the evening, people added their names to items they were interested in. This will lead to the formation of task forces to examine each of the issues and come up with some solutions.

At the end of the evening, chamber president Josh McPhee said some of the ideas included rebranding the Town Wide Sale, which had previously been held each year, and discussions about local real estate. Here’s what both Josh and John had to say:

Chamber vice president John McGregor said a bit of everything was covered from internal chamber issues, to broader matters.

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