Sandy Talbot is the new president of the Naracoorte Lucindale Business and Tourism Association.
He was elected to replace Judy Schinckel at the association’s annual meeting on Wednesday night.
The meeting at Limestone Coast Training headquarters, where the association now meets once a month on Wednesdays, drew a pleasing attendance of about 25 people.
They heard from speakers David Hill on “The economics of happiness” and David Furniss from Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast on current projects including the NDIS.
Other office bearers and board members were also elected at the annual meeting.
Mrs Schinckel will be vice-president, Pam Meynell is the new minute secretary, Jan Teate is treasurer and Helen Macdonald public officer.
The committee comprises Diana Edwards, Rob Hansen, Phoebe McArthur, Decima McTernan, Katie Brodie, Lucy Fogerty and Emma Male.
In her outgoing president’s report, Mrs Schinckel said it had been a busy year with a number of successful events and good progress made on some projects,
She said the Naracoorte Caves connection project supported by the association had made great progress, the Christmas pageant was successful, a customer rewards program initiated by Emma Male had showed promise and a project to improve tourism signage in the district continued to make inroads.
Mrs Schinckel hoped that projects to revamp the association’s WIN TV ad and upgrading the Naracoorte tourist bay would progress over the next 12 months.
The treasurer reported a solid year where the association built on its capital pleasingly.
Mr Talbot said he was keen to build on the achievements of the association from previous years and agreed that the TV ad and visitor information bay projects were important.
He was also keen to grow the association’s strength to ensure all businesses in the district felt welcome and supported.
“I’d like to have a membership drive, hopefully appoint someone to a membership recruitment role,” he said. "I encourage all businesses, not just retail, but accountants, lawyers, everyone in business, to join up.
“Businesses should feel free to bring to us what they want us to do for them.”
Mr Talbot encouraged anyone interested in finding out more about joining up to contact him.