Chamber ?not in a crisis

MURWILLUMBAH Business Chamber president Phil Youngblutt has moved to reassure local businesses there is no crisis in the new chamber.

But he admits there is "a problem with some directors from the previous board" who have challenged the new board.

Mr Youngblutt yesterday accused rebel directors of being "determined to maintain the bad old ways of the previous leadership", but said local businesses were voting with their dollars.

The rebels are understood to have challenged the current operations, causing Mr Youngblutt to walk out of a recent board meeting even before it could consider the controversial issue of reducing two-hour carparking limits in Murwillumbah's Main Street.

The chamber has still not come to a decision on that issue.

But Mr Youngblutt said membership had increased from around 25 to 93 since he was elected at the June AGM and a record 108 people attended the last business breakfast.

"We have legal advice that many of the actions, or failures to act, by the previous board have put the chamber in breach of some rules, but we are cleaning up the old board's mess as quickly as possible and we are very definitely in business for local business," he said.

Mr Youngblutt claimed some directors from the previous board were not even financial members at the AGM election and they had yet to supply updated financial records and some important correspondence to the new board.



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