BILLY Brady has been installed as the new president of the Kyabram Chamber of Commerce.
He replaces long-serving president Miles Gould, who stood down from the role last month after (xx) years driving the town’s commercial destiny.
Mr Brady, who has run Brady Electrical here for the past four years, has bold plans for his time in the hot seat.
First up the 32-year-old said he was keen to engage young Kyabram business owners to build on the strong community support on which the Chamber relies.
“The collective idea is I am a younger business owner and I feel some of the younger people in town need to step up and do their bit to support growth and tourism,” he said.
“I was already involved in One Town One Voice and we already do a lot of work at the Fauna Park – and I get to see the positive impact that has on our town.
“My wife Laura and I are keen to get out there and recruit locals who haven’t been involved in the Chamber before.”
And the Brady family have plenty of incentive to keep Kyabram thriving.
They have three-month-old daughter Harriet, and are plan to be long-term residents of the town.
“Ky is our home,” Mr Brady said.
“I've had my business here for four years now, and we really rely on the local community support and try to always give back where we can,” he said.
“It's important to stimulate the local economy and our community and we all have a role in that.”
And he is the man with a plan.
As well as going after younger members to add new blood to the chamber, he also has a wish list of improvements to infrastructure and a push to drive up tourism numbers.
“The Fauna Park is one of the viable options to be able to create money from out of town,” he said.
“Since the draft master plan has been released it has shown that council is now starting to have an appetite for Kyabram with infrastructure and spending and I’m keen to build on that.
“Now is the time for the community to rally and show that we collectively want things moving forward for Kyabram.”
His first challenge will be the annual bush market, which kicks off later this month.
But he’ll have support in Jen Savage and Mark Halden, who have put their hands up to share the role of secretary.
And Deanne Stagg from Wickedly Deevine will work with Mr Brady as vice president.
The support from both the new chamber leadership and the wider community hasn’t been lost on him.
“I like Kyabram because of its sense of community,” Mr Brady said.
“All your mates are here and you have the same mindset – people are always willing to help and pitch in,” he said.
“It’s a great place to start a business and the community always supports locals starting out.
“We are very lucky to live in such a great area, and I’m looking forward to being part of helping it grow.”