Busi­nesses to speak out on ACCI plan

Albany Advertiser - - NEWS - Toby Hussey

Al­bany Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try mem­bers will get the chance to have a say on its op­er­a­tions this month.

The ACCI is re­view­ing its oneyear-old strate­gic plan and part of that process in­volves re­ceiv­ing busi­ness own­ers’ feed­back on what they want from the cham­ber. The fo­rum will be held at Cen­ten­nial Sta­dium, Novem­ber 16, at 7.30am.

Act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Michael Clark said feed­back would sup­port “fur­ther de­vel­op­ing an Al­bany cham­ber that will con­tinue to pro­vide (busi­nesses) ben­e­fit into the fu­ture”.

“The op­por­tu­nity to re­view our op­er­a­tions and ce­ment our­selves as Al­bany’s peak busi­ness rep­re­sen­ta­tive into the fu­ture is an ex­cit­ing time for the cham­ber,” he said.

Mr Clark took over as in­terim chief ex­ec­u­tive af­ter the sud­den de­par­ture of chief ex­ec­u­tive Gra­ham Foster last month. Mr Clark said the strate­gic re­view would as­sist in de­cid­ing who took over the role in early 2019.

Dur­ing the past nine months, in which the cham­ber has lost three chiefs, its mem­ber­ship may have dropped by as much as 5 per cent.

How­ever, Mr Clark said he didn’t be­lieve the drop was due to lead­er­ship un­cer­tainty. “I think times are tough — some peo­ple can’t af­ford the mem­ber­ship,” he said.

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