New deal for NSW clubs promises less red tape, more investment
Premier Mike Baird said the MOU would freeze tax rates affecting clubs across the State for another 4 years.
“Clubs are the lifeblood of communities across NSW, featuring 719 bowling greens, 353 golf courses, 100 tennis facilities and 96 sporting fields,” Mr Baird said.
“Clubs are also one of the State’s biggest employers, providing jobs to 42,000 people and contributing more than $3.2 billion a year to State’s economy.
The Premier also said the government is “untangling the red tape” by increasing cheque issuing limits from $2,000 to $5,000. This will remove over 250,000 cheques from the system.
Mr Baird also highlighted the vital role clubs play in responding to natural disasters and emergencies across regional NSW.
“We also recognise the important role many clubs play in sheltering communities, and supporting emergency services during natural disasters and other emergencies”, Mr Baird said.
“Under this agreement, local clubs and emergency services will partner to enhance the capabilities of clubs to act as evacuation centres and determine if funding could assist capital upgrades, such as dam expansions, and other support measures.