John elected to help make Ber­ri­gan bet­ter

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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 vi­cepres­i­dent, 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.’’

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