Camden Council cuts ties with its local chamber

TENSION between Camden Council and the Camden Chamber of Commerce has reached new heights, with the council cancelling its membership of the business organisation.

The council is one of the biggest employers in the local government area, with 409 employees on its books.

General manager Ron Moore told the Advertiser in a statement he had made the decision to cancel the council's membership "due to concerns about the way the chamber has conducted itself recently in dealings with council staff and elected representatives."

Camden Liberal mayor Lara Symkowiak told the Advertiser in a statement the council had made "every effort to consult and work collaboratively with the chamber".

A spokesman for the Camden Chamber of Commerce confirmed the council had requested a refund of its membership, which was renewed on August 8.

He declined to make any further comment.

Relations between the chamber and the council have been strained over the past few months with chamber president Miriam Roberts publicly criticising the council's approach to the Camden CBD.

Cr Symkowiak has accused the chamber executive of bullying her.

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