Shepparton Chamber of Commerce has rescinded its support for the closure of Andrew Fairley Ave after a backlash from angry chamber members.DARREN LINTON May 21, 2014 3:24am
Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industry has backflipped on its support for the closure of Andrew Fairley Ave.
At a special meeting on Monday night disgruntled members brought on, president Jamie Cox told the 30 members present the board would withdraw its submission supporting the proposed closure and rescind the original motion.
The special meeting was forced because of a backlash from chamber members who thought the board had gone too far in reaching a formal position without seeking the views of its members.
‘‘As part of that address, I apologised to the members,’’ Mr Cox said.
‘‘What we recognised is the board is there to govern and run the Chamber of Commerce and Industry and a part of that is talking with our members.
‘‘The right choice to make was to withdraw the submission and rescind the motion.’’
The formal special meeting lasted less than 20 minutes, but it looked like being derailed before it started.
Members arrived to find SPC Ardmona chief financial officer James Harvey and Greater Shepparton City Council director of infrastructure Steve Bowmaker there to present to the audience.
Non-members cannot attend special meetings under the constitution, so both men had to leave the room.
However, they were invited back after the close of the formal meeting to present on SPC Ardmona’s plans and the council’s traffic study.
Trevor Cottrell, a businessman opposed to the closure, also spoke.
‘‘At the end of the night, there were still people debating whether it should be closed or not,’’ Mr Cox said.
He said the speakers were there to provide information and it was up to individual members to make submissions on the proposed closure.
‘‘If you have a strong view for or against on Andrew Fairley Ave, then drop in a submission,’’ Mr Cox said.
McDonald's owners to pass on baton
The first preliminary final on Saturday saw the Tungamah seniors start their campaign against Waaia at the Rennie Recreation Reserve.
The Aboriginal and wider community is mourning the death of revered Bangerang Aboriginal elder, Uncle John ‘‘Sandy’’ Atkinson.
If too much footy is never enough for you then get down to Echuca South’s oval on Sunday and catch the Echuca Moama United masters, the EMUs, in action.
TRUCKS, cars and vintage machinery took over Rochester Recreation Reserve on Tuesday last week.
KYABRAM’S Margaret and Leonard Flint have come a long way since meeting in the early 1950s.
Avenel win over Nagambie to take top spot
Berrigan Shire councillor Daryll Morris says he has been sickened by some of the vitriol and personal attacks to surface since the council’s proposal to redevelop Finley’s Memorial Hall and School of Arts site was revealed in October last year.
YOU probably wouldn’t expect to find an intensive care nurse running an award winning hotel and brewery, but that’s exactly what you will find when you visit Tooborac.
The preparations for the 10th Cobram Swap Meet have been given a boost with a brand new line marker. The Rotary Club of Cobram, which organise the swap meet, applied for a volunteer grant from the Federal Government, from which it received $4600.
At 77 years of age, popular local golfer Paul ‘Tango’ has claimed his second hole-in-one.
Tuesday, August 16
The News magazines are online - read high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for the latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.