THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
LABOR CANDIDATE FOR PAGE
FRIDAY, 24 JUNE 2016
SUBJECTS: Federal Labor's announcement to support the woolgoolga community; marriage equality.
TANYA PLIBERSEK DEPUTY LEADER OF FEDERAL LABOR PARTY, MEMBER FOR SYDNEY: It’s great to be here in Woolgoolga with our fantastic candidate for Page, Janelle Saffin, and representatives of the Woolgoolga Surf Life Saving Club. We are delighted to be able to announce if Labor is elected on the 2nd July we will contribute $1.2 million to this much needed upgrade at the Surf Lifesaving Club premises. This is a club that has made a huge contribution to the local community for many years but you can see the building behind me, it's seen better days and so the club has a great proposal to move quite a bit further down the beach – a $2.8 million complete redevelopment that would mean that the club not only got all of the storage and facilities it needs for the future, but also have some rooms available to the public and rent them out to help support the good work of the club.
JANELLE SAFFIN: I’m delighted that Tanya can be here with me and meet the President of the Lifesaving Club to make this formal announcement. I've been lobbied by nearly everyone in Woolgoolga and the Northern Beaches about the Surf Lifesaving Club. Everybody agrees this is the key priority project. I was able to put that forward to the leadership, the Labor leadership, and be able to announce it. Even when I've been out walking on the beach of a morning - 6:30, 6:00 – people have said to me 'Janelle can you get the money [inaudible]?’. I sure am trying. So it's just delightful to be able to be here today and announce it. It's sorely needed.
SAFFIN: As Tanya said it’s seen better days - I think that's putting it politely. It really is in a state of disrepair but it's a credit to the Woolgoolga Surf Lifesaving Club that they've been able to keep providing the wonderful work that they do and making a place here with the club that they’ve got.
JOURNALIST: Janelle, an extra $200,000 from the Nationals' announcement, what would that go towards in particular?
SAFFIN: It would go towards the full development and making it a functioning, safe environment.
JOURNALIST: Is this a 'one up' on the Nationals or was this always in the plan?
SAFFIN: It was always in the plan. What I was asking for [inaudible].
JOURNALIST: The club's already got a lot of funding of your own. But you'd welcome more obviously?
LES PEPPER, PRESIDENT, WOOLGOOLGA SURF LIFESAVING CLUB: Oh yes definitely, we much appreciate the money that Janelle and the Labor Party [inaudible] go towards the club. It's a big project for the club. We've been trying to do this full time, for the past four years we’ve been working on this. It's probably been a twenty year project all up. But we just need a bigger club to sort all our equipment, to get our - just so we can be a state of the art facility [inaudible].
JOURNALIST: $1.2 million is a great gift but it would take a lot more than that, won't it?
PEPPER: Definitely - with the assistance of Surf Lifesaving New South Wales also, – they’ve promised us money. The money that we have our own, and there's still plenty of federal government, state grants around to go for - basically money can generate money [inaudible]. It’s just a terrific outcome for us all over.
PLIBERSEK: Why are we spending $160 million on an opinion poll that the government will ignore?