Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith has signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with his local clubs providing certainty for the clubs and employees across the region.
Mr Ayres and Mr Warren Wilson, Panthers Group CEO signed the MOU at Penrith Panthers Rugby League Club.
“The Penrith Panthers Rugby League 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,” Mr Ayres said.
“The Penrith electorate has 10 clubs employing over 835 people and making a total social contribution of over $25 million in addition to paying almost $14.5 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,” Mr Ayres said.
Mr Wilson said it was great to see the Government recognise the work clubs do during natural disasters.
“When a natural disaster strikes, clubs are usually the first point of call for emergency personnel to help provide shelter, food and support for those affected,” he said.
“This MOU will facilitate a partnership between clubs and emergency service personnel which will allow us to provide even better support to our community when it needs it most.”
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.”