The Hon. Mark McGowan and The Hon. Paul Papalia meet with ALNA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Australia, 21 April 2017: The Australian Lottery and Newsagents Association has met with West Australian Premier The Hon. Mark McGowan and Small Business Minister The Hon. Paul Papalia and is buoyed by their concern and interest in the issues Lotterywest is causing lottery retailers.
Over the last two years the relationship between lottery retailers and Lotterywest has been significantly challenged. Retailers and the representative body, the Australian Lottery and Newsagents’ Association (ALNA), have lost confidence in the management of Lotterywest and are disappointed by its lack of action to suitably address retailers’ concerns.
At the second of two meetings that took place yesterday at the Premier’s offices in West Perth, ALNA’s WA Director Raj Selvendra and owner of the number one ranked Lotterywest outlet Here’s Luck Lottery Centre provided the Premier with a priority list for his immediate attention.
The WA Premier and Minister for Small Business understood our concerns and were supportive in looking for solutions to the issues raised about Lotterywest and the retail partnership.
Adam Joy, CEO of Australian Lottery and Newsagents Association explained, “The Premier and Small Business Minister asked about the immediate priorities for action and we advised that these are to see new Lotterywest shopfits and its network expansion halted, pending necessary sensible review and return on investment analysis for both the retailers and the Western Australian people.
“Our members applaud the McGowan government in proactively approaching these issues with such empathy and concern for small business retailers. Our members regularly adapt to change and will continue to, but this should not be at their majority expense requiring unreasonable capital investment without sound rationale and return on investment analysis. This is particularly important in an economic climate where discretionary spend is reducing.”
Mr McGowan and Mr Papalia were provided an extensive list of issues and supporting documentation including:
ALNA is delighted with the ‘open door policy” extended by the Premier, and we are confident that the Premier will make the necessary just and fair decisions for our Lottery Retailers.
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Australian Lottery and Newsagents’ Association (ALNA)
The Australian Lottery and Newsagents’ Association (ALNA) is the only national and non-profit, industry body specifically for Australian newsagencies and lottery agents. Representing a significant part of the Australian economy, ALNA works tirelessly to better its members businesses, and to ensure a secure future for newsagencies and lottery agents.