Labor & The Greens Threaten Future Of Community Facilities

Labor & The Greens Threaten Future Of Community Facilities

A political stunt from Labor and the Greens threatens the ongoing operation of local community facilities.

Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said, “The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government recently introduced a minor Amendment in Parliament to ensure local community facilities like Lady Nelson Wharf in Port Macquarie can continue to legally operate – but Labor and the Greens have opposed it.

“This Amendment was 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.

“These facilities, including CWA Halls, Scout and Girl Guide Halls, recreational sporting clubs, Surf Life Saving Clubs, Rural Fire Service buildings, and local businesses including kiosks, cafes and restaurants on Crown reserves, make a valuable contribution to our communities.

“Without a minor change to existing laws, many of our valued community operations and local businesses would be considered legally invalid and may be forced to close.

“This will cause untold disruption as many businesses in NSW will be unable to legally trade because they will not have a valid tenure,” Mrs Williams said.

“Lady Nelson Wharf which is used daily by many people in our community is one such facility impacted by this law.

“With beach and bushfire season with us, this reckless political stunt from the Labor-Greens alliance is jeopardising the operation of Rural Fire Service brigades and Surf Life Saving Clubs across NSW.

“The Government’s common-sense Amendment enables our valuable community facilities and businesses to continue operating on Crown land.

“I call on Labor and the Greens to stop playing petty politics and to get behind our important community groups and local businesses in the Port Macquarie electorate operating under secondary tenures on Crown land,” Mrs Williams said.

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