“Do the basics really well.” That was a message Graham Fitton regularly delivers to business operators.

THE key local business organisation in Wonthaggi, the Wonthaggi Business and Tourism Association, has lost one president, but gained another, even if just temporarily.

Stepping into the breach is local business operator Terry Earl who has already held most other positions in the organisation and will make the ideal ‘caretaker’ if that’s all that eventuates.

The committee elected Terry Earl to fill the casual vacancy and he will remain in the role until an annual general meeting can be held.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the WBTA will be placed into caretaker mode as well with limited function over the next three months.

The AGM has been postponed with a new date being decided in the coming months.

Whilst WBTA is in caretaker mode, and until an AGM can be called, all existing paid-up members will have their membership renewed for a further six months at no cos,t given the adverse effect the pandemic has had on businesses and the economy.

“Like many of you, we have been affected within our own businesses and are navigating through this trying time. I am looking forward to re-grouping with you all soon. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me,” said WBTA Secretary, Amy Easton.

The association thanked Graham for his service which included a number of business development and internal organisation initiatives.