Batemans Bay Business and Tourism Chamber says it regrets differences between its executive and some Eurobodalla Shire Council staff are being played out in public.
In a statement to the Bay Post/Moruya Examiner, the chamber executive said its charter called on it to “challenge” local government in the interests of the community.
“The Batemans Bay Business and Tourism Chamber is highly active in its endeavours to increase business activity in Batemans Bay to drive economic growth, improve shopfront vacancies and employment for our community,” the statement said.
“The chamber’s charter calls on its branches to challenge local government to prosper its community for better economic outcomes.
“Sometimes this necessitates a difference of opinion, which in normal circumstances leads to healthy debate and eventual consensus, generally, for a better outcome.
“Unfortunately, this zeal has led to differences of opinion between council staff and the chamber executive which then resulted in a request for council staff and councillors not to attend our December meeting, so that chamber members could be appraised of the situation in private.
“It is a regret that this issue which is being addressed by the chamber for more positive outcomes, has been played out in public.”