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Grafton Chamber of Commerce breakfast

Pictured (l-r) are Rotary Club of Grafton Midday’s Peter Robinson, Grafton Chamber executive members Annemarie Henderson and Brad Behsman and Rotary Club of Grafton Midday’s Greg Butcher. Image: Lynne Mowbray.

Lynne Mowbray

The Grafton Chamber of Commerce held their monthly breakfast meeting on Wednesday September 20 at Clocktower Hotel, Grafton.

Guest speakers at the breakfast meeting were Greg Butcher and Peter Robinson from Rotary Grafton Midday and Theresa O’Connell from Fair Trading NSW.

Rotary Grafton Midday gave a presentation featuring the Clarence Valley Orchestra and promoting this year’s upcoming Rotary Carols by Candlelight, which will be held at Alumy Creek.

This year the Rotary Carols by Candlelight will be held on Saturday December 2, at the Alumy Creek Reserve, Lawrence Road, Alumy Creek, replacing the carols which in the past have been held in Market Square, Grafton.

Celebrity artist at the carols will be TV personality Monica Trapaga (from ABC Play School and the Sydney Jazz Club circuit) who will be performing with the Clarence Valley Orchestra throughout the evening of traditional carols and Christmas themed entertainment. Prime Possum will also be making an appearance.

For Rotary Midday’s vision of providing this ‘free community event’, the club is looking for sponsorship support from businesses within the community.

Anyone wishing to sponsor this exciting new event can contact Rotarian Peter Robinson on 0408 660 732.
At the end of the Rotary Clubs presentation, the Grafton Chamber of Commerce presented them with a cheque for $1000, towards this year’s carols event.

Theresa O’Connell from Fair Trading NSW spoke next, about the many scams which target businesses.

Ms O’Connell touched on several ways that businesses can go about protecting themselves from these scams by making themselves more aware and vigilant.

Some of the many scams which she touched on were; false billing scams, overpayment scams, classified scams, fake ads and fake charities.

Ms O’Connell encouraged business owners to keep their personal details secure and to report scams to the appropriate authorities.

The Grafton Chamber of Commerce will hold its next monthly meeting on Tuesday October 17 at the Clocktower Hotel.