Tweed chambers to form a formidable force

TWEED'S four chambers of commerce have joined forces to push the case for businesses facing an increasing range of burdens through council and state government fees and regulations.

Yesterday the four chambers chiefs gathered at Kingscliff to shake hands on the informal pact and vowed to jointly fight campaigns on issues such as new council inspection fees which would be levied under a proposal to introduce special food police checking on all food shops, restaurants and clubs in the Tweed.

Tweed Chamber of Commerce president Michael Tree, Kingscliff Chamber of Commerce president Alan McIntosh, Murwillumbah and District Business chamber president Phil Youngblutt and Pottsville Beach Business Association's Tania Murdock said the combined effort would give extra strength to the arguments of the business community.

"It's the first time we have really united," Ms Murdock said.

"We've spoken to each other before, but this is a bit more serious. When issues come up we will contact each other. We are supporting each other and using each other as a basis for further information.

"We would like council to recognise we are working together and we have knowledge on our local area which council should be utilising."

Ms Murdock said the chambers would also tackle crime problems together and were already jointly attending regular meetings with police.

They also plan to present a combined voice on upcoming changes to Tweed's Local Environment Plan, including any new rules on building height levels.

Today the Murwillumbah chamber is holding its monthly breakfast in the Murwillumbah Services Memorial Club from 6.45am.

Guest speakers include journalist Alex Mitchell who has moved to Murwillumbah after retiring last year as the state political editor for the Sun Herald newspaper.

Vice-president Murray Lees said Mr Mitchell would tell breakfast guests how to "separate the substance from the spin" in today's state government budget announcements.

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