Labor’s carbon tax and pokie limits will smash surf clubs

4 Oct 2011 11:04 AMJann Stuckey

4 October 2011

LABOR’S carbon tax and pokie limits threaten the survival of Gold Coast surf clubs.
LNP Shadow Minister for Tourism, Manufacturing and Small Business Jann Stuckey said Labor’s carbon tax and poker machine limits would have a huge impact on clubs and could force some to shut their doors.

“Labor doesn’t seem to understand just how important these clubs and their dedicated volunteer lifesavers are to the Gold Coast community,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Electricity bills will go through the roof and pokie revenue used to pay for member’ facilities and support our lifesavers will be lost.

“Labor just doesn’t care – surf clubs such as Tallebudgera will be hit with power bills tens of thousands of dollars higher, and local Members Christine Smith (Burleigh), Peta-Kaye Croft (Broadwater) and Peter Lawlor (Southport) haven’t said a word.

“Labor’s local members aren’t listening to surf club members and managers who know exactly how hard they’ll be hit.

“Smith, Croft and Lawlor are supporting Labor’s carbon tax and pokie limits that will add to operating costs and strip hundreds of thousands of dollars every year from our surf clubs – money that’s used to buy essential equipment including inflatable rescue boats, boards, radios, quad-bikes and utes.

“Don’t they understand that tourists, local visitors, and families come to the Gold Coast to enjoy our beaches because they know they are well patrolled by dedicated volunteers. The patrol season is just starting and we don’t want their time chewed up selling extra meat trays just to make ends meet to pay for vital rescue gear.

“The coast’s lifestyle as well as resident and visitor safety is under threat because of Labor governments that have lost touch with communities.

“The LNP CanDo team will fight Labor’s job-destroying carbon tax and bring commonsense back to government in Queensland.”

Media contact: Jann Stuckey 0439 755 919