President's 11-year run

THE man known as "Mr Liverpool" was re-elected as the president of the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce for the 11th year in a row last week.

Owner of Comfort Inn Hunts Liverpool, Harry Hunt, was elected at the chamber's annual general meeting last Wednesday.

"It's a big commitment because I have my own business to run," Mr Hunt said. "But I enjoy it and it's important for the businesses of the area to work together to improve Liverpool."

Fowler MP Chris Hayes presided over the board election and said that was something he had plenty of experience in — as part of his role as government whip he had presided over the recent leadership spills in the federal Labor Party.

"I hope Harry has better luck than Julia Gillard or Kevin Rudd did," Mr Hayes said, jokingly.

"Harry is known as Mr Liverpool around town and that's because there's very few positive things that happen in this area that Harry doesn't have his fingerprints on, even though he doesn't admit it sometimes."

Mr Hunt said there had been some criticism of the chamber for being inactive recently.

"But I would just like to remind everyone that the board are all volunteers and we're all time poor," he said. "If there is anyone that wants to come forward with some ideas of how we could be more active, they are welcome to give us feedback at any time."

Mr Hunt said there was a lot of exciting events to come this year, starting with a visit from NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell, who will speak at the February 27 meeting.

Jeff Gough was elected treasurer of the chamber, Drew Percival was elected vice-president and Karress Rhodes was elected secretary.

Bernard Garling, Sam Cavallaro, Daniel Doherty and Simon Poles were elected directors.

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