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Northern Rivers
NSW Business Chamber

Northern Rivers


"The Northern Rivers is the
fastest growing region in NSW and offers a unique lifestyle in an area renowned for its natural environment , and where there are a multitude of working, learning and cultural opportunities."

Gary Fox, Northern Rivers Regional Advisory Council President

The Northern Rivers NSW Business Chamber is committed to assisting our members and local Chamber of Commerce Alliance members in the region to navigate their way through a variety of workplace issues and challenges.

We provide a comprehensive range of products and services designed to assist member businesses grow and meet a variety of compliance issues the Northern Rivers region. We also work closely with the local Chambers to ensure there is one strong voice to represent the Northern Rivers region on a variety of issues.

The assistance we provide to local businesses includes:

  • providing a voice at local, regional, state and federal levels of government and authority through our considerable lobbying power
  • Industrial Relations assistance and advice
  • help with Occupational Health & Safety compliance
  • regular updates on workplace obligations via educational seminars
  • regular Networking for Knowledge forums
  • marketing assistance
  • international trade assistance
  • regional “What’s on” calendars for businesses.

Get in touch with your local team

The Northern Rivers NSW Business Chamber is always happy to assist members, Chambers of Commerce and regional businesses.

Regional Manager              
John Murray                          

Regional Coordinator         
Ailesh O'Brien      
Business Development Manager
Donna Yager

Office location
2/54 Tamar St Ballina NSW 2487

Postal address
PO Box 950 Ballina NSW 2487

(02) 6686 8282

(02) 6686 9090

Your Regional Advisory Council

The Northern Rivers Regional Advisory Council (RAC) initiates and facilitates innovative projects and programs that improve and sustain business performance in the region.

The Council acts as an advisory body to the NSW Business Chamber Council, and the Board of Directors and Management of NSW Business Chamber. They champion policy issues for the region, as well as matters relating to membership, local issues and the promotion and development of the Northern Rivers region.

The Northern Rivers Regional Advisory Council is made up of a diverse group of experienced and well respected members of the local business community including:

  • Gary Fox (President)
  • Bev George (Deputy President)
  • Rowle Hull
  • Tom Bowers
  • Rikki McDonald-Grinberg
  • Kim Davis
  • Andrew Tucker
  • Andrew Gordon
  • Jolyon Burnett
  • Ross Roberts
  • Neil Kennedy
  • Andrew McInnes
  • Bill Bedser
  • Denis Albion
  • Don Neale
  • Robert Blanchard
  • Narelle Besseling
  • Michael O'Grady
  • Cameron Arnold
  • Pip Carter

Upcoming events


The NSW Business Chamber Business Awards celebrate and recognise business excellence from members across NSW.

Winners from the Northern Rivers Business Awards will be announced on Saturday 26 September at the Lismore Workers Club, Lismore with winners proceeding as finalists to the NSW Business Chamber State Awards.

The Northern Rivers region encompasses members in the seven Local Government Areas of Tweed Shire, Byron Shire, Ballina Shire, Lismore City, Richmond Valley, Kyogle and Clarence Valley.

The Regional Gala Celebration is shaping up to be a fantastic night recognising the hard work, commitment and successes of businesses from all across the Northern Rivers.
If you would like to purchase a ticket, please click here or alternatively you can call the Northern Rivers office, 02 6686 8282

For more information and to register for our upcoming events, visit our Events calendar.



Small businesses frequently interact with local government and rely on positive interactions with local councils to allow for continued sustainability.

The Office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner, in partnership with the NSW Business Chamber, launched the Small Business Freindly Councils (SBFC) Program in September 2014. The SBFC Program is an Australian first, giving Counils in NSW the opportunity to be formally recognised as 'Small Business Friendly'.

Currently, 67 local councils in NSW have joined the Program demonstrating their commitment to their local small business community. This represents over 345,000 small businesses and over 50 per cent of all NSW small businesses.

For further information on the Small Business Friendly Councils Program, please visit the NSW Small Business Commissioners website.

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The Northern Rivers NSW Business Chamber has taken the pledge to be a ‘Supportive Employer’ with Defence Reserves Support (DRS).

By signing the pledge, the Northern Rivers NSW Business Chamber agrees to the aims and objectives of DRS which embraces a supportive position for any employee that chooses to become involved as a voluntary member of the Australian Defence services. 

We have also agreed to pass relevant collateral onto business members to enlighten them to employer benefits as well as the character building opportunities for their staff.

Want to become a member?

Let us help you find the right membership  or call one of our team call (02) 6686 8282