Councils Urged To Help Protect Local Facilities

Councils Urged To Help Protect Local Facilities

Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams is calling on local councils to contact NSW Labor Party and Greens members in the Upper House urging them to support the Crown Lands Amendment Bill currently before Parliament.

The Amendment Bill is in response to a recent Court decision which called into question the legality of up to 7,000 community and commercial facilities operating on Crown land in NSW.

“The Bill is to ensure the local community facilities including CWA Halls, Scout and Girl Guide Halls, recreational sporting clubs, Surf Life Saving Clubs, Rural Fire Service building and local businesses including kiosks, café and restaurants on Crown reserves can continue to legally operate,” Mrs Williams said.

“Many of these tenures have been in place for decades and provide an important community service, but unfortunately if this Bill does not pass through the Upper House, their future is in question.

“This is why it is so important for local councils to engage with Labor and Greens Upper House members and encourage them to support the Bill which is going through Parliament this week.

“Councils have a vested interest in this issue with revenue collected by councils from these tenures being reinvested back into community assets such as parks, showgrounds and sporting facilities,” Mrs Williams said.

“Deputy Premier and Member for Oxley, Andrew Stoner has written to local councils asking that they contact Upper House members to register their concerns and encourage them to support the Bill.

“On behalf of our community, I urge our local councils to follow up this issue and protect the tenure of any local community facility which is what the Liberals and Nationals Government is trying to achieve,” Mrs Williams said. 

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