Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Randall Quits as Chamber President; Conflict of Interest Suggestions Denied by Council Economic Development Officer

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Randall Quits as Chamber President; Conflict of Interest Suggestions Denied by Council Economic Development Officer

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Byline: JEREMY SOLLARS

IN a move set to rock the local business community, Warwick Chamber of Commerce president John Randall yesterday announced his resignation from the role.

Mr Randall Co who is also employed as Warwick's economic development officer for the Southern Downs Regional Council Co took over the presidency in March from financial advisor Danny Spry.

In a statement issued yesterday, Mr Randall said he believed he had achieved "a number of reforms" which he undertook to implement when he became president.

He denied his surprise decision was linked to concerns understood to exist among councillors and council staff about a potential conflict of interest between his chamber and council roles.

Mr Randall said the time was "now right" for him to step down and allow someone else to take the chamber forward "to its next level".

He pointed to increased chamber membership, a strong lobbying presence to government and a "much higher public profile of the chamber and the work it does" as some of his main achievements.

"There are many strong business opportunities for Warwick in the future, especially coming out of the Surat Basin," Mr Randall said.

"I have been able to get Warwick businesses a seat at the table where we can now talk direct to the big guys like Origin and Arrow Energy.

"This is where the business and job growth is going to be."

Mr Randall said the chamber had been involved in a number of controversial issues under his leadership, including the on-again off-again RV-Friendly debate and seven-day trading for Warwick.

"Looking back, I am confident that the chamber acted in the best interests of the Warwick community in both these cases," he said.

"Of course I am a little sorry to be going, because we certainly scored some impressive goals, but I am confident that (incoming president) David Littleproud will be able to take the chamber to even higher levels and continue to take on those harder issues for Warwick. …

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