NSW GOVERNMENT TO FIGHT FOR CLUBS IN REGIONAL COMMUNITIES

NSW GOVERNMENT TO FIGHT FOR CLUBS IN REGIONAL COMMUNITIES

30 May 2011

Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner and Member for Lismore Thomas George have today confirmed the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government will fight to defend clubs and regional communities from the Federal Government’s attempt to impose job-destroying mandatory pre-commitment technology.

The Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Hospitality and Racing George Souris and the Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward were both in Canberra last week representing NSW at the COAG Select Council on Gambling Reform.

In the House during Question Time today, Mr Stoner explained how the NSW Government was protecting regional clubs and the communities they support.

“Of the 1,485 registered clubs in this State, about two thirds are in regional NSW,” Mr Stoner said.

“Regional clubs employ over 25,000 people – frighteningly, it is estimated 6,721 employees will lose their jobs as a result of the Gillard/Wilkie deal.

“As Leader of the NSW Nationals, I am often invited to clubs across regional NSW and have seen firsthand the important role they play in communities.

“From Meals on Wheels to NRMA Careflight and the Salvos, clubs support many organisations of vital importance to country NSW.

“Unlike Labor, the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is not willing to endanger thousands of jobs and jeopardise the future of programs that are critical to communities across the State.

“The NSW Labor Opposition cares more about proving their left wing credentials and securing votes in inner-Sydney suburbs than standing up for clubs across regional NSW,” Mr Stoner said.

Member for Lismore Thomas George said he would continue to fight against the Federal Labor Government’s plans which put the jobs and community organisations supported by clubs at risk.

“The Federal Labor Government’s proposal for mandatory commitment technology will have a material impact on regional communities,” Mr George said.

“I will fight to defend clubs in the Lismore electorate, the services they provide to our communities, the organisations they support and, most importantly, the jobs they create.

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