The Berrigan District Development Association, under the new leadership of John Lane, will turn its focus to growing the local economy and supporting business.
That is the vision for Mr lane, who was elected chair of the association at its recent annual general meeting.
It followed Mr Lane’s induction as a life member of the group, and the same time his business, Dawmac, celebrated its 50th anniversary.
It is Mr Lane’s ninth term as association president, and he said he stood to offer the group his expertise and guidance.
‘‘We have a fantastic team of people on the committee — Gary Lehre as vice-president, Tracy Dunn as social media coordinator, Meagan Lench as treasurer and Cristina and Carla von Brockhusen both serving as secretary.
‘‘As they are new, I think I can offer them guidance to help them settle into their positions.
‘‘Our priority is getting more business involvement with the BDDA,’’ Mr Lane said.
He said another focus of the group is to improve promotion of Berrigan and its businesses, which includes community events.
‘‘We will continue to push our ‘Better in Berrigan’ shopping bags, which is a wonderful idea to help promote the town,’’ he said.
‘‘The next big town event will be the Night Market in December, and we’re already planning for our ‘Welcome to Berrigan’ barbecue for April or May next year.’’
A project designed to celebrate Berrigan and entice visitors to stop includes a new mural in Chanter St, for which Mr Lane said designs are still being finalised.
‘‘The first proposal was to paint the mural with the ‘Better in Berrigan’ logo, but some felt it wouldn’t make passers-by stop to look at it and take photos,’’ he said.
‘‘We’re now looking at something that tells people more about Berrigan, like federation, the rail line and pioneering.’’