NSW LIBS & NATS LAUNCH CLUBS COMMUNITY AND RESCUE PACKAGE

NSW LIBS & NATS LAUNCH CLUBS COMMUNITY AND RESCUE PACKAGE

11 October 2010

The NSW Liberals & Nationals have announced a Clubs and Community Rescue package to secure the viability of registered clubs and the local sporting, charity and community groups they support.

Thomas George said the plan will also require clubs to make a substantial increase in their contributions to local sporting clubs, charities and community groups here in Murwillumbah.

"Registered clubs already make a significant contribution to local communities," Thomas George said.

"Labor's clubs tax has hurt the Murwillumbah Services Club. Sports, charity and community based organisations rely on our local registered clubs for support, yet Labor's unfair tax regime has put that support from clubs at risk.

"The NSW Liberals & Nationals recognise the damage this unfair tax on clubs has done to the community through job losses, club closures and the reduction in support for local sporting organisations.

"Under the NSW Liberals and National's plans tax rates will be reduced by $36,000 over four years, ensuring that clubs remain viable. In return for this reduction in the clubs tax, clubs will be required to do even more on top of the great work they already do for local communities.

"Independent experts estimate our rescue package will create nearly 2,000 jobs per year over the next four years and would see an increase in NSW clubs social contribution of $272 million over four years.

"It means more money remains in the local community.

"The impact of clubs closing was particularly hard in regional NSW, where so often they form the heart of the community.

"Our rescue package will ensure the bowling greens, cricket and footy fields, golf courses, meeting rooms, and swimming pools remain supported.

"Labor's Clubs tax has devastated clubs, cost jobs and seen a reduction in support for local charities and sporting clubs," Thomas George said.

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577