Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams has today signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with her local clubs providing certainty for the clubs and employees across the region.
Mrs Williams and Russell Stockham, Chief Executive Officer of Port City Bowling Club signed the MOU in Port Macquarie today.
“The Port City Bowling Club is one of hundreds of clubs across NSW employing over 42,000 people and contributing more than $3.2 billion to the State’s economy each year,” Mrs Williams said.
“The Port Macquarie electorate has 12 clubs employing over 460 people and making a total social contribution of over $14.8 million in addition to paying almost $6.8 million in tax.
“Clubs are the backbone of our community and this MOU builds on key commitments already achieved and ensures further investment for the future of our well-loved clubs.
“The NSW Liberals & Nationals also recognise the important role many clubs play in sheltering communities, and supporting emergency services during natural disasters and other emergencies.
“Local clubs play a pivotal role providing a temporary home for displaced residents and hardworking emergency service personnel during a natural disaster and this measure will go a long way to giving the community and clubs the certainty they deserve,” Mrs Williams said.
Port City Bowling Club Chief Executive Officer, Russell Stockham said the MOU was a win for all the rural and regional clubs across NSW and was happy to see the work clubs do for their communities doesn’t go unnoticed.
“Rural and regional clubs employ more than 20,000 people, so by giving clubs the confidence to continue the work they do means we can ensure more local jobs are kept and created,” Mr Stockham said.
“Clubs play a crucial role locally and this MOU means we can continue to be there for our members and the wider community. We would like to thank our local MP Leslie Williams for supporting this MOU.”
Deputy Premier and Minister for Hospitality, Troy Grant said the NSW Government recognises the vast majority of clubs are safe, well regulated venues which play a role in supporting local communities and residents.
“Clubs have a significant reach into all our communities and are dedicated to providing the best services to benefit patrons,” Mr Grant said.
“We share the industry’s vision for a strong, viable and sustainable club sector and this MOU goes a long way to providing certainty for the future.”
Posted on 27 Mon, October, 2014
by Leslie Williams