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Bad blood expected to spill over at Batemans Bay Chamber of Business and Tourism AGM this evening

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Outgoing president of the Batemans Bay Chamber has been scathing in his assessment of Eurobodalla Council

The annual general meeting of the Batemans Bay Business and Tourism Chamber will be held at the Batemans Bay Soldiers Club this evening. The outgoing president David Maclachlan has distributed a report to members slamming Eurobodalla Council and has said if the new Chamber Executive decides to not have Council as a member of the chamber, he hopes other members will support this action.

In the report Mr Maclachlan says Chamber should "never be Councils proxy and that businesses' have a legitimate fear of Council which needs to be overcome", and says "his public criticism of capacity, relevance, expertise and process surrounding the Mackay Park development precipitated criticism from the Mayor and attracted the wrath of Council".

He says Council "needs to listen to an industry group or the Chamber without fear or need for retribution".

The report outlines in detail Mr Maclachlan's concerns with Council across a range of matters. Mayor Liz Innes has responded through a media statement, saying saying she disagrees with Mr Maclachlan’s assessment and has confidence that she, and Council, have always engaged with the Chamber in a professional and proactive manner.

She says she looks forward to a beneficial working relationship with the new Bay Chamber executive