An olive branch appears to have been offered to Dubbo Chamber of Commerce following fierce criticism surrounding hundreds of thousands of dollars directed to the Dubbo City Council city image branch.
The peak business body pulled no punches in a submission to council’s 2010/2011 draft management plan, labelling city image promotional campaigns as reactionary, poorly conducted and lacking consultation.
The chamber said businesses were continually asked to support campaigns at short notice without the chance to spend promotional dollars strategically.
The chamber submission also raised concerns about the implementation of a strategic framework for economic development.
Yesterday council announced its intention to brief the chamber on a minimum quarterly basis “with regard to providing advance notice of city image campaigns”.
The chamber would also be invited to present and discuss its “Ten Big Ideas” concept at a meeting of council and executive staff.
The announcements were made as council’s budget and management plan were formally adopted.
Members of the public were invited to view the plan and make comment throughout the month of May.
According to Mayor Allan Smith, the exhibition period was the community’s opportunity to have input into the way council provided services in Dubbo.
“Prior to adopting the plan for 2010/2011, council considered more than 60 submissions from residents, who raised various issues from proposed water charges to rates and charges,” he said.
“I thank those people who took the time to view the document and make comments and provide feedback to council on issues that affect them.
“Council will respond to each submission.’’
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