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If you care about your local community, then join us…  Andrew Barr is planning to divert funds from local community groups, charities and junior sports!

The deadline to stop this  Monday 13th August 2018!

Please take the time to read the facts below.
This is going happen and will hurt your local community.

02/07/2018 – Mr Andrew Barr establishes the Chief Minister’s Charitable Fund with $5 million in taxpayers’ money.

He has outsourced the management of the fund to a local charity, Hands Across Canberra 

Which consists of a board of 8 people who decide what charities will receive funding.

Mr Andrew Barr now plans to fund his legacy by diverting funds already going to established community charities, groups and junior sports. These funds are currently distributed by your local club through the Community Contributions Scheme.

Clubs give over $11 million annually and support over 1000 community groups.

Additionally Clubs collectively maintain over 400 hectares of green space, including bowling greens, football and cricket fields. Green spaces the ACT Government can’t afford to maintain. The ACT Government looks after 300 hectares.

There are families out there doing it tough. Families that couldn’t afford for their children to play sport if not for club subsidies and funding.

It’s junior sports that’s going to be hardest hit! 

The Community Contributions Scheme was established in 1997 and simply put is legislation that mandated that Clubs put 8% of the profit from the pokies back into the community.

ACT clubs’ compliance with their community contributions’ obligations is regulated by the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission and Access Canberra, the ACT Government.

A recent Price Waterhouse Coopers report provides insight into the scheme valuing it at between $16.8 million to $33.2 million, this estimate represents what was delivered to the community in 2015-16 by these contributions.

Club Contributions 2012 through to 2017
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The Community Contributions Scheme has been running successfully for over 20 years. However, there is now a “convenient” issue that Andrew Barr is using as a reason to divert funds to his legacy, the Chief Minister’s Charitable Fund.

On the 27 April 2018 – The ACT Auditor General released its review “Report No 5 of 2018, ACT Clubs Community Contributions”.

The Auditor-General found that “ACT Gambling and Racing Commission has approved a broad and diverse range of expenditure as community contributions”. Six recommendations were made including greater clarity around the community contributions scheme’s objectives and how the Government regulates the scheme.

In short, the government failed in managing its own scheme.

Basically, the Auditor-General found that there is a lack of supporting documentation and oversight by Government agencies.

Auditor General’s Recommendations
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Common sense would suggest if there’s a problem with the guidelines and reporting of the Community Contributions Scheme, then FIX IT! The Auditor General has already made 6 easy recommendations that would fix the problem.
But that wouldn’t help Barr fund his Chief Minister’s Charitable Fund!

There are 1000’s of small community groups in Canberra, from book clubs to cultural associations. A lot of these clubs don’t have the opportunity to raise funds. Most of these rely on their local licensed club for support, either as a meeting place or for funding.

Barr is going to remove cultural diversity from our local communities! 

So who am I? – My name is Stuart Ramshaw and I grew up and live in the Weston Creek. I’m a local businessman, love fundraising for charity and I’m the president of the Weston Social Golfers, and a very average golfer. Our Golf Club receives sponsorship from our local licensed club. I found out about this a week ago and couldn’t believe it was happening without any community consultation.

“My concern is not for our club, but the families that are doing it tough. The one’s that couldn’t afford for their children to play sport if not for club support. Barr want’s healthy communities and Canberra to be Australia’s most inclusive city – so how could he do this to junior sports clubs? 

I know he’s a fan of AFL, how about under 7’s rugby league? Maybe inclusive doesn’t include anyone from a lower socioeconomic background?”  

PS. I have also sent a number of emails to lrgpolicy@act.gov.au.  Apparently this where you sent your feedback and submissions as part of the consultation process. It’s the only channel for consultation and they don’t even acknowledge receiving your email!

My letter to Mr Andrew Barr
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Join our Facebook Group, numbers matter.
If we get enough voters subscribing he might back down.

Barr has also fast tracked the “consultation” process to 4 weeks. In reality there has been virtually no consultation with the clubs and zero with all the community and sporting groups this is going to hurt. They actually don’t even acknowledge receiving emails or submissions. Surprise! It also didn’t make it to the Government’s Your Say Site! 

We do have the support of the Canberra Liberals.
Unfortunately they don’t have the numbers to stop this.

Andrew Barr has the support of the Greens and is going to divert these funds from your community to his Chief Minister’s Charity Fund.

He has the numbers to sneak this one through. Don’t let him!

Chances are he’s going to get away with this, however we’ve got to try something.

What can we do?

At the end of the day Andrew Barr is a politician and apart from wanting to leave a legacy they also want to get re-elected!

FIRST – Let him know, you know what he’s planning and you’re not happy, regardless of which political party you support.
Send him an email at barr@act.gov.au (don’t hold your breath for a response.)

SECONDLY – Like and even Join our Facebook Group, numbers matter. If you don’t wan to join the group we’ve also setup a Facebook Page to encourage debate. If we get enough voters subscribing he might back down.

THIRDLY – Sign the Petition.

We just opened an official ACT Legislative Assembly petition and are asking people to sign it.

Please Sign Now!

Please Note: If you work for Local or Federal government, signing an official petition is not a breach of your Social Media Policy, it’s your democratic right. Just don’t share it on social media.

Also please share this with everyone you know. It’s not as interesting as cat videos, but this actually matters.

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UPDATE 28/08/2018

The “lack of” consultation is now over, and Barr has ignored Canberrans and the call for proper community consultation. The good news is that the Government, embarrassed by the level of community anger, have decided to allow our clubs to continue to administer their minimum 8% of gaming revenue as a community contribution.

However, the Government (Barr) has announced that he will increase that regulated level and siphon it away to a central fund, his Chief Ministers Charitable Fund. How much? We don’t know yet!

Mark Parton moved a motion calling upon the government to leave the clubs community contributions alone. It was effectively voted down at the amendment stage. These MLA’s voted against his original motion. Caroline Le Couteur, Bec Cody, Chris Steel, Joy Burch, Mick Gentleman, Gordon Ramsay, Suzanne Orr, Tara Cheyne, Michael Pettersson, Rachael Stephen-Smith, Shane Rattenbury, Yvette Berry, Meegan Fitzharris and Andrew Barr.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men should do nothing.” – Edmund Burke

The good men and women of Canberra now need to stand up and get angry!

The only way to stop him now is to get your local Labor or Greens member to show some independent thought and vote against it.

Check by Suburb the Electorate you are in and RING and EMAIL your local member and let them know how you feel. You don’t have to be polite anymore. Let them know you are angry and if they support Barr doing this you will not vote for them at the next election.


Murrumbidgee

Chapman
Hughes
Stirling
Chifley
Isaacs
Stromlo District
Coombs
Kambah
Torrens
Coree District
Lyons
Tuggeranong District North
Curtin
Mawson
Uriarra
Denman Prospect
Molonglo
Waramanga
Duffy
Molonglo Valley District
Weston
Farrer
O’Malley
Weston Creek District
Fisher
Pearce
Woden Valley District
Garran
Phillip
Wright
Holder
Rivett

You local member:
Bec Cody (Labor)
Ph: (02) 6205 1448
cody@parliament.act.gov.au

Caroline Le Couteur (Greens)
Ph: (02) 6205 1941
lecouteur@parliament.act.gov.au
Chris Steel (Labor)
Ph: (02) 6205 1470
steel@parliament.act.gov.au

Kurrajong

Acton
Downer
Oaks Estate
Ainslie
Forrest
O’Connor
Barton
Fyshwick
Parkes
Beard
Griffith
Pialligo
Braddon
Hackett
Red Hill
Campbell
Hume
Reid
Canberra Airport
Jerrabomberra District
Russell
Canberra Central District
Kingston
Symonston
Canberra City
Kowen District
Turner
Capital Hill
Lyneham
Watson
Deakin
Majura District
Yarralumla
Dickson
Narrabundah

You local member:
Shane Rattenbury (Greens)
Ph: (02) 6205 0005
rattenbury@act.gov.au
Rachel Stephen-Smith (Labor)
Ph: (02) 6205 2661
stephen-smith@act.gov.au

Brindabella

Banks
Gordon
Rendezvous Creek District
Bonython
Gowrie
Richardson
Booth District
Greenway
Tennent District
Calwell
Isabella Plains
Tharwa
Chisholm
Macarthur
Theodore
Conder
Monash
Tuggeranong District South
Cotter River District
Mount Clear District
Wanniassa
Fadden
Oxley
Gilmore
Paddy’s River District

You local member:
Joy Burch (Labor)
Ph: (02) 6205 0020
burch@parliament.act.gov.au
Mick Gentleman (Labor)
Ph: (02) 6205 0218
gentleman@act.gov.au

Yerrabi

Amaroo
Giralang
Lawson
Belconnen District North
Gungahlin
McKellar
Bonner
Gungahlin District
Mitchell
Casey
Hall
Moncrieff
Crace
Hall District
Ngunnawal
Evatt
Harrison
Nicholls
Forde
Jacka
Palmerston
Franklin
Kaleen
Throsby

You local member:
Meegan Fitzharris (Labor)
Ph: (02) 6205 0051
fitzharris@act.gov.au
Suzanne Orr (Labor)
Ph: (02) 6205 1439
orr@parliament.act.gov.au
Michael Pettersson (Labor)
Ph: (02) 6205 1436
pettersson@parliament.act.gov.au

Ginninderra

Aranda
Florey
Macgregor
Belconnen
Flynn
Macquarie
Belconnen District South
Fraser
Melba
Bruce
Hawker
Page
Charnwood
Higgins
Scullin
Cook
Holt
Spence
Dunlop
Latham
Weetangera

You local member:
Yvette Berry (Labor)
Ph: (02) 6205 0233
berry@act.gov.au
Tara Cheyne (Labor)
Ph: (02) 6205 0100
cheyne@parliament.act.gov.au
Gordon Ramsay (Labor)
Ph: (02) 6205 2615
ramsay@act.gov.au

My letter to my local Labor and Greens members

Join our Facebook Group, numbers matter. If we get enough voters subscribing he might back down.
If you’re not on Facebook then please join our email list. If you work for local or federal government, it is not a breach of your social media policy to join this mailing list.

We just opened an official ACT Legislative Assembly petition and are asking people to sign it.

Please Sign Now!

Please Note: If you work for Local or Federal government, signing an official petition is not a breach of your Social Media Policy, it’s your democratic right. Just don’t share it on social media.

The opinions expressed on this page are mine and mine alone. The facts outlined are true and this is going to happen.
PS. Trolls, before you start – I do not support any political party or Clubs ACT. I support my local community.
If you want to help, please contact me stuart@canberranet.com.au

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