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Bay website revs up for campaign

GIVEAWAY: Dean Power and Koby Hagenfelds from Community Engine, which is giving away $100,000 to local community groups.
GIVEAWAY: Dean Power and Koby Hagenfelds from Community Engine, which is giving away $100,000 to local community groups. Kate Oneill

WANT a share of $100,000?

If you're part of a community group or know someone that is, then read on.

New social commerce website Community Engine has pledged to give community groups in the Byron Shire $1 for every "follow" they collect above a minimum of $50 and up to $5000 per group as part of a campaign to help attract users and build the website's presence in the area.

The campaign kicked off on Tuesday, but is still open to new groups.

All you have to do is claim your free profile on communityengine.com.au, call 1300 266 686 or visit the shop at 1 Byron St, Byron Bay.

Billing itself as a "personalised community noticeboard" Community Engine gives small businesses and community groups a profile, which can be used to stay in touch with members and customers, share news and photos and to sell good and services online.

It uses your interests and "follows" to help personalise your experience of the site.

The website is based in Sydney, but has chosen the Northern Rivers for its regional launch.

The giveaway has already attracted plenty of interest locally, including from local community organisation, Mullumbimby Community Gardens.

The Gardens' Jeanette Martin said $5000 would go a long way to help current projects at the garden including the children's adventure playground.

The money would also be used to help fund and expand the youth programs at the garden.

Ms Martin said the Community Engine website was a useful new tool for the Byron community to connect and share information, news and events.

To follow Community Engine simply visit the site at communityengine.com.au.


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