State Matters with Steve Cansdell
Phone: 6643 1244
Fax: 6642 7574
Address: 11 Prince Street, Grafton, 2460
Nationals secure the future of local clubs
The Liberal/Nationals Coalition has just signed an agreement with ClubsNSW which will secure the future of local clubs. Under the deal, Labors latest tax hike on local clubs, imposed last month, will be abolished, and club tax rates will be frozen at 2005 levels for four years.
The Coalition tax cuts are especially generous for smaller local clubs compared to the rates imposed by the NSW Government. It is a fact that the NSW Government has used Northern Rivers clubs as cash cows to finance its Sydney disasters like the Lane Cove tunnel and the failed desalination plant. The result has been 2000 club job losses across NSW and there are fears some smaller local clubs may have to close their doors permanently.
Remember, the NSW Government had no mandate for its tax slug on local clubs, since it never mentioned it would do this before the last election. Clubs have had to slash grants to local charities and junior sporting groups as well as increasing their prices for food and drink. Labor doesnt seem to have grasped the simple fact that a club forced to close pays no further tax to the NSW Government.
No to effluent discharge in the Evans River
I am not happy at the NSW Labor Governments failure to support an environmentally sustainable alternative to the proposed dumping of effluents in the Evans River. Come on Mr Iemma, pull your bureaucrats into line and lets do the right thing by future generations of lower Richmond Valley residents!
Newsletter on the way
My next community newsletter should arrive in the letterboxes of Richmond Valley residents next week. It includes a handy map of the new Clarence electorate, which has changed to include Casino.
And another thing
I participated in the official opening of the new Junbung Youth Centre in Casino last Friday and was very impressed with the facilities on offer for local kids. Congratualtions to the Junbung Aboriginal Elders Corporation, Casino Police and the community generally for making it happen. Theres no more noble act than to help build a brighter future for local children.