LOCAL facilities including the CWA Hall, RFS buildings and sporting clubs could be kicked off their land in a government alliance that has been slammed by Member for Murrumbidgee Adrian Piccoli.
Mr Piccoli said a political stunt from Labor and the Greens has threatened the ongoing operation of community facilities and businesses in Griffith and across the Murrumbidgee electorate.
“The NSW Liberals and Nationals government recently introduced a minor amendment in Parliament to ensure local community facilities and businesses can continue to legally operate – but Labor and the Greens have opposed it,” Mr Piccoli said.
“This amendment was in response to a recent court decision which called into question the legality of up to 7000 community and commercial facilities operating on Crown land in NSW.”
Mr Piccoli said the facilities, including CWA halls, Scout and Girl Guide halls, recreational sporting clubs, Rural Fire Service buildings, and local businesses including kiosks, cafes and restaurants on Crown reserves, made a valuable contribution to the community.
“Without a minor change to existing laws, many of our valued community operations and local businesses would be considered legally invalid and may be forced to close,” he said.
“This will cause untold disruption as many local businesses will be unable to legally trade because they will not have a valid tenure.
“This reckless political stunt from the Labor-Greens alliance is jeopardising the operation of RFS brigades across NSW.
“The government’s common-sense amendment enables our valuable community facilities and businesses to continue operating on Crown land.
“I call on Labor and the Greens to stop playing petty politics and to get behind our important community groups.”
and local businesses in the Murrumbidgee Electorate operating under secondary tenures on Crown land.”