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News: TAB sale to impact WA sport and outdoor recreation (2015)

29-May-2015

TAB sale to impact WA sport and recreation

In the recent State Budget the Premier Colin Barnett and Treasurer Mike Nahan announced the sale of the WA TAB could raise up to $600 million for the Western Australian Government. You may not be aware that the sale will put a major part of sport and recreation funding in Western Australia in jeopardy.

It is not intended here to argue whether the sale should proceed, but to raise awareness that such a decision would affect the community much more broadly than just the racing industry. 

The TAB has provided more than $30 million dollars to sport and recreation organisations since 2004. If the TAB is sold the sports wagering account (SWA) which funds these grants could be lost. 

Outdoors WA members may have no issue with the concept of selling off a profitable government asset in times of financial need. However, we will all agree that the loss of SWA funds to assist our community organisations to carry out their important work will ultimately impact on the outdoor sector, families, and community health and well being.

Outdoors WA has requested a response from the Minister of Sport and Recreation and the Minister for Racing on how these community funds will be secured in retaining the ongoing sport and recreation benefits we enjoy.

Outdoors WA stands alongside other community organisations in raising this issue to ensure support for community sport and recreation funding and the benefits we all enjoy.

Parks and Leisure Australia WA has issued a statement to their members, you can read here.

Previous media coverage

TAB sale 'threatens community sport'

TAB sale threatens Rockingham and Kwinana grassroots sports

One-third of WA community sport funding threatened by TAB privatisation

What can you do?

We call on members to raise these concerns, start the conversation with their communities, and with elected and local members highlighting the consequences of the loss of a major grants pool that directly funds more than $4 million of recreational programs annually.

Outdoors WA will keep you aware of the government response and the actions ahead.






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