Chamber directors bow out
THE Murwillumbah business chamber is prone to take over following a lack of board nominations from its membership.
Murwillumbah and District Business Chamber president Phil Youngblutt has confirmed he will step down from his position to focus more energy on his role as a Tweed Shire Councillor.
Treasurer Erroll Goulding and secretary Marjorie Goward are also resigning, siting personal reasons.
With these three key positions now up for grabs and a lack of nominations from members, rumours were rife yesterday that a rival faction was forming to take a tilt at the board.
Chamber vice-president Murray Lees told the Tweed Daily News yesterday he was disappointed that even after the chamber had grown in membership to around 100, it was having difficulty attracting nominations, which close today.
Mr Lees said he was still hopeful of a 'smooth transition' to a new chamber.
Mr Lees, who said he was unable to stand for president, is one of the few directors who have re-nominated.
Cr Youngblutt said he was increasingly busy as a shire councillor.
He felt it might be better that someone else “with new ideas” stepped into the role of chamber president.
“It's not really realised there's only seven councillors there now instead of 11 as previously,” he said.
“I'm getting far more to do now than what I did when I was in years ago.
“We are not full time but we have a fair workload.”
Mr Youngblutt said he was happy with what the chamber had achieved since he took over four years ago.
“We took if from basically collapsed to a pretty strong chamber now,” he said.
“We had only 20-odd members and no books but we reached 150 members at one stage and have probably about 100 now.
“At least it's sound.
“By the end of the month we will have CCTV (closed circuit television) cameras up and running in the CBD.”
Cr Youngblutt said he believed enough current members of the board would stay to provide consistency.
“The books have all been kept up to date. It's just a matter of continuing on,” he said.
“I don't see any problem.
“And we have established a very good rapport with all state and federal members and the other chambers.
“There's probably new ideas that could come in.
“I don't think that's a bad thing.”
The chamber's monthly breakfast meeting is still scheduled to go ahead on Tuesday from 7am until 8.30 am at the Murwillumbah Services Club.