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JUNE 2015

MEETING WITH TREASURER


The Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt and two senior advisers recently met with LAQ representatives Troy Ross, Bradley Dean and Tony Libke. The purpose for the meeting was to outline the position of agents in the current business environment and exchange views on a wide number of areas affecting the network. The Treasurer was well acquainted with the challenges facing news/ lottery agents.

The treasurer advised as part of the State Government’s initiative to better understand small business he had spent time last year working in his local news/lottery agency. He said he saw first-hand the challenges and also noted that agents needed to be proactive and look at their product lines to grow and be successful. The Treasurer advised he would provide feedback to LAQ on a number of the matters that were raised.

He said there were no plans to change the small business definition which exists in the Lotteries Act and advised that question be raised at our planned meeting with the Attorney General who was minister responsible for the act. LAQ also plans to meet in the near future with the government opposition.

COLES XPRESS TRIAL


Tatts Group has advised LAQ that the trial of selling lotto via Coles Xpress stores in Victoria had concluded and the findings were the experiment was a success. TATTS reported that they do not believe the sales generated impacted the existing retail network sales. LAQ believes that all retailers selling lotto should be treated equally and be required to install the lotteries retail image. In Victoria this is not the case where agents are required to install the full retail image and devote a significant part of their prime shop front to the lottery shop fit and another group does not have the same requirement. The sale of lotto via ColesXpress will not occur in Queensland under current legislation.

TERRITORY MEETINGS


There has been good feedback from agents who attended the recent Golden Casket territory meetings. These meetings while having a Golden Casket product focus also looked at the wider business and ways for agents to drive business sales.

DAVID ROBINSON RETIRES


Long serving Golden Casket employee David Robinson is retiring effective early July 2015. David has been with Golden Casket for almost 20 years and is currently the Retail State Manager. LAQ wish David and his wife Ida all the best in retirement. David’s replacement is Stephen Urquhart who is planning to meet with LAQ in early July.

LAQ 2015-2016 SUPSCRIPTION


The LAQ membership subscription rate for 2015-2016 remains unchanged at $270 + GST.

LAQ continues to operate on a very cost effective basis with subscriptions significantly lower than other associations. Many of the conditions applying in Queensland that do not exist in other jurisdictions have been achieved due to the effective representation by LAQ on behalf of agents.

LAQ appreciates the continued support of members for the work we do in the area of lottery matters, a most important area of your business. If you have any lottery issue you would like to discuss please contact the LAQ director in your area.

RETAIL IMAGE CHANGES


Golden Casket has decided to introduce a new digital screen display as a part of the Retail Image for the network. Golden Casket had been trialing the digital screen and decided to move to the new technology immediately. This change has meant that all non essential shop fits have been placed on hold and agents with a 30 June 2015 deadline to submit plans for the retail image upgrade have had the deadline extended to 31 December 2015. Combined with the digital change will be modifications to RI which we understand will reduce the overall cost. Full details of these changes are expected to be released by Golden Casket in the near future.

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ASSOCIATION DIRECTORS


PRESIDENT
Mackay
Mr T. Ross (Troy)
Tel: (07) 4942 1897 Fax: (07) 4942 1835
Email: mtpleasant@nextra.com.au

VICE PRESIDENT
Broadbeach
Mr A. Milligan (Anthony)
Tel: (07) 5538 2078 Fax: (07) 5538 1477
Email: pacificfair@newsxpress.com.au

EXECUTIVE MEMBER
Strathpine
Mr B. Dean (Bradley)
Tel: (07) 3410 0155 Fax: (07) 3410 0101
Email: brjdean@bigpond.com

SECRETARY
Mr A.O. Libke (Tony)
Level 2/190 Edward Street
GPO Box 1705, BRISBANE QLD 4000
Tel: (07) 3211 1017 Fax: (07) 3221 7267
Country: 1800 621 413
Email: admin@lotteryagentsqld.com.au

DIRECTORS
Robina
Mr G. Randall (Graham)
Phone: (07) 5593 0255
Email: robinatowncentre@newsxpress.com.au

Bribie Island
Mr R. Lever (Ross)
Tel: (07) 3410 0155 Fax: (07) 3410 0101
Email: bribienews@nextrabribie.com.au

Should you have an enquiry about a Casket Office matter, please feel free to contact the Association Secretary, Tony Libke or Director in your area.

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