Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today welcomed the support package for newsagents in the Tamworth electorate who are facing a challenge with the Tatts Group and the sale of lottery tickets in their agencies.

Mr Anderson said local newsagents had been facing an uncertain future regarding the sale of lottery tickets due the expiry of a five-year cap that stated lottery tickets could be sold only at newsagencies, convenience stores or other retail businesses, not major supermarket chains like Coles and Woolworths.

“That cap was due to expire on March 31 and there was the threat of the Tatts Group allowing tickets to be sold at Coles and Woolworths which would have had a devastating effect on our newsagents,’ Mr Anderson said.

“The Tatts Group was also demanding that lottery agents upgrade their point of sale at the business owner’s expense, this was also a major concern.

“I recently held a meeting with local newsagents, and the Minister for Small Business, John Barilaro, in Tamworth to discuss the newsagents’ concerns.

“I am pleased to see that the NSW Government has today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Tatts Group.

“The agreement is that the Tatts Group will not pursue large supermarket chains as lottery outlets for the next three years and the Government will assist lottery agents with their point of sale upgrades with financial assistance up to $10,000.

“This package will protect our local newsagents for a further three years and allow them to grow their businesses.

“The retail sector is a very important part of local business and I am keen to ensure that it stays strong in our regional centres in the Tamworth electorate,” Mr Anderson said.


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