Chamber moves to settle waves

By PETER CATON

FORMER Murwillumbah and District Business Chamber secretary Bob Robertson has moved to clear up conflicting claims over a letter sent to Tweed Shire Council regarding the Murwillumbah swimming complex.

It follows a statement by the council's general manager Mike Rayner that the chamber had not sent a letter to council, but rather a submission on the council's seven-year plan.

Mr Robertson yesterday released a copy of the chamber's written submission.

Mr Robertson also said the council had acknowledged the letter despite telling the business breakfast it was "totally ignored".

He said the acknowledgement appeared to be a standard reply which noted that the council had received more than 2500 responses to its seven-year plan.

Chamber president Phil Youngblutt said he had offered to apologise to Mr Rayner if the letter had not been sent, but yesterday he found copies and would send one to Mr Rayner.

The two-and-a-half-page letter suggests moving the swimming pool "to a more suitable site i.e. sports field - Knox Park or similar".

"Use swimming pool site for car parking" it adds, pointing out there would then be no need for the planned $5 million multistorey car park.

In a letter to the Daily News Mr Rayner said news stories this week had claimed a letter was written to council by the Murwillumbah Chamber of Commerce 12 months ago and had not been answered.

"The letter was supposed to have asked for relocation of the town's pool to Knox Park," Mr Rayner wrote. "Council has no record of such a letter and the President of the chamber has subsequently confirmed that there was no letter.

"The Chamber did put in a general submission to the Seven Year Plan in April. This was responded to by council within three weeks."



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