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Plan of the proposed food precinct for Lismore Road.

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Just weeks after being re-elected, the president of the Bangalow Chamber of Commerce, Carolyn Adams, has announced her resignation, along with that of vice-president Jeff Lovett, treasurer Greg Clark and committee member John Gray.

She told members via email last Thursday, saying  the decision had come with ‘deep disappointment.’

It came just days after Ms Adams got her way on a vote to ‘neither support or oppose’ a controversial food factory project for the Lismore Road gateway to the town.

In the days before the special general meeting held to consider the issue, opponents of the food factory plan had sought to prevent proxy votes from being counted, arguing the group’s constitution did not allow them.

Ms Adams, as chair, allowed the proxies to be counted and this, Echonetdaily understands, is the ongoing gripe of disaffected members who are seeking to have the vote disallowed.

Ironically, according to Echonetdaily’s count, the vote would have stood even without the proxy votes.

Ms Adams wrote, ‘Many of you will know that I have had a very difficult month as president. There has been a ridiculous amount of emails and phone calls in respect of the annual general meeting and the special general meeting. ‘

‘I have been threatened with motions of “no confidence”, accused of acting unconstitutionally. I have been bullied and my decisions as your president are constantly questioned,’ she added.

Ms Adams thanked Jeff, Greg and John and, ‘members who have gone out of their way to be supportive.’

Echonetdaily’s calls to recently elected secretary Linda Sparrow, who did not resign, have not been returned.

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  1. The other half of the Chamber of Commerce are not against the proposed development per se. It is simply a matter of infrastructure.
    In short the extra traffic generated by any development needs the relevant roadway solution.
    We await a Master Plan then developments can begin. This is the future of commerce in Bangalow.
    Otherwise you just destroy the town of Bangalow.


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