Aug 20, 2018
Canberra Community Clubs welcomes and strongly endorses today’s announcement by the ACT Government of the Club Diversification Support Fund and the Pathway to 4000 Gaming Machines report. The announcement, which embraces recommendations made in a report commissioned by the Government and conducted by Neville Stevens AO, provides Clubs with the opportunity to create new revenue streams, reduce reliance on gaming machine revenues, and develop the skills and capacity needed to ensure Canberra retains a sustainable and vibrant community Club industry.'
Canberra Community Clubs Chair, Athol Chalmers, outlined the importance of this announcement for the Club industry. “This announcement today by the Government is a potential game changer for our industry. Through a combination of incentives to surrender gaming machine authorisations and the establishment of a Diversification Support Fund, the Government has created the opportunity for many of our Clubs to convert aspirations into reality. For small to medium sized Clubs in particular, creating new revenue streams is an aspiration which is in most cases simply beyond their financial capabilities. This package changes that. It provides Clubs, both large and small, with the opportunity for significant financial relief together with strong support for investment in skills development and human capital. The latter is a particularly important long-term issue if the industry is to evolve and remain relevant in the rapidly changing world that Clubs operate in.”
Athol Chalmers; ph 0407 244129