'Divided' tourism board scrutinised

A REPORT will be tabled at next Tuesday's Kiama Municipal Council meeting, amid concerns about the Kiama Tourism board.

Kiama Mayor Brian Petschler said the report, which could be presented in either open or closed committee, related to the "ongoing problems that the board appears to be having".

"We are concerned that the issues appear to be causing some division on the board and that's the basis for the report," he said.

He said the council was not buying into the operations of the not-for-profit organisation and stand-alone legal entity, but was still a major contributor towards its budget.

"We want to make sure the money is being spent appropriately for the promotion of tourism," he said.

Since elections in September, board members Sonya Slyer and Kiama councillor Mark Way have resigned.

Kiama and District Chamber of Commerce representative Megan Smillie is also no longer part of the board.

The council currently provides about $250,000 to Kiama Tourism from a levy and its holiday parks. Kiama Tourism chairman Brian Longbottom said he had not seen the report and declined to comment.

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