New Bangalow Chamber of Commerce president, Greg Crump.
New Bangalow Chamber of Commerce president, Greg Crump.

From world executive to chamber boss

FOR 25 years, Greg Crump travelled the world working as a high-powered advertising executive and living the high life.

His extensive travels took him through much of Asia, Europe and the United States and he saw a lot of what the rest of the world had to offer.

But three years ago he returned to Australia and came to the Far North Coast, which he now happily declares as “the best place in the world” to live.

Greg took on the business started by his father, John, in 1994, Australian Advanced Trees, at Newrybar and also dived into community life, including joining the Bangalow Chamber of Commerce.

Several weeks ago when no one else put up their hand for the job and with the encouragement of chamber stalwart Michael Malloy, he was elected president.

“To be honest, I didn’t want to stand for president,” he said.

“But Michael Malloy took me aside and said he really wanted me to do it. He nominated me.”

Greg said he took on the top job out of respect for the work Mr Malloy had done for the town and because “Bangalow is such a great community”.

Along with the chamber’s executive, he plans to actively engage other community groups in the town and those businesses “which thought there was not much in the chamber for them”.

“We will try and get everyone together and be positive and say, ‘how can we help, what can we do?’” he said.

With a membership of 130 businesses, Greg is aiming to lift that to 150.

He also plans to work more closely with other chambers across the Byron Shire, especially in relation to tourism.

“I love it here,” he said.

“I travelled a lot when I was overseas and this has got to be the best place on earth.

“It doesn’t get any better really.”

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