Tourism Board silent on vote

KIAMA Tourism chairman Brian Longbottom has declined to say whether its board will accept an $8000 governance review proposed by Kiama Municipal Council.

The review, to be funded by Kiama council through "tourism-related funds", was proposed after concerns were raised with the council over "ongoing problems" the board appeared to be having.

Kiama Council decided at its final 2013 meeting that a consultant would be brought in to assess Kiama Tourism, amid concerns about the organisation's board.

Kiama Mayor Brian Petschler said the council would pay for a consultant to review the board's operations and governance.

Kiama Tourism is a not-for-profit organisation and a stand-alone legal entity.

Kiama council said it contributed more than $300,000 each year to Kiama Tourism through a tourism levy of $217,000, Holiday Parks contribution of $30,000 and a rental subsidy of $59,500.

The council also has three members on the board, including general manager Michael Forsyth.

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.

Councillor Mark Honey was voted to replace Cr Way on the board.

At last month's meeting, the council resolved to adopt the terms of reference with the additional requirement that the consultant seek individual input or comment from all current directors of the board and those who have served on the board at any time in the past two years.

Mr Longbottom said a motion regarding the independent review of governance requested by the council had been put forward and carried by the Kiama Tourism board detailing an agreed process from this point.

However, the "meeting is still confidential and we are in discussion with Kiama Council", he said.

A Kiama Council spokeswoman said the council had received advice from the tourism board, which was to be reported to the next council meeting on Tuesday, March 18.

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