Lotto re­tail­ers meet Premier

FEARS SHARED IN ‘FRUIT­FUL’ TALKS

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Jes­sica War­riner

A CLOVERDALE lottery re­tailer has met with the Premier over con­cerns about the re­la­tion­ship be­tween re­tail­ers and Lot­tery­west.

Two of the top wor­ries for re­tail­ers are the cost of new fit-outs for their shops and com­pe­ti­tion fears at the num­ber of new Lotto li­cences be­ing is­sued.

Re­tailer Raj Sel­ven­dra from Here’s Luck Lottery Cen­tre in Bel­mont Fo­rum and WA di­rec­tor of the Aus­tralian Lottery and Newsagents’ As­so­ci­a­tion (ALNA) said the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Lot­tery­west and re­tail­ers was at an all time low.

Mr Sel­ven­dra took part in two meet­ings with Premier Mark McGowan and Small Busi­ness Min­is­ter Paul Pa­palia at the end of April.

“For the first time af­ter eight-and-a-half years, we’ve had the priv­i­lege of meet­ing the Premier,” Mr Sel­ven­dra said.

“We had a very fruit­ful dis­cus­sion… We are hope­ful, we are con­fi­dent that the Premier will do the right thing for the re­tail­ers.”

ALNA CEO Adam Joy said there were two im­me­di­ate pri­or­i­ties for ac­tion.

“These are to see new Lot­tery­west shop­fits and its net­work ex­pan­sion halted, pend­ing nec­es­sary sen­si­ble re­view,” Mr Joy said.

“Our mem­bers reg­u­larly adapt to change and will con­tinue to, but this should not be at their ma­jor­ity ex­pense.”

Lot­tery­west CEO Paul An­drew said the re­tail net­work was an im­por­tant part of the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s busi­ness, and feed­back from re­tail­ers had been in­valu­able through­out the changes.

“To en­sure they re­main rel­e­vant and con­tem­po­rary in an in­creas­ingly com­pet­i­tive re­tail en­vi­ron­ment, we’ve pro­gres­sively been mod­ernising our stores across the state and pro­vid­ing more con­tem­po­rary ways to play our games,” Mr An­drew said.

“Lot­tery­west has a range of ways it is sup­port­ing re­tail­ers through this process, in­clud­ing as­sis­tance from a ded­i­cated shop­fit team.

“We’re con­tribut­ing to the ma­te­rial costs for the Lot­tery­west com­po­nent of the shop­fit, and have also ne­go­ti­ated and se­cured a bulk pur­chas­ing price.”

Premier Mark McGowan said the new govern­ment ap­pre­ci­ated the re­tail­ers’ con­cerns.

“We ac­knowl­edge and un­der­stand the is­sues raised by the Aus­tralian Lottery and Newsagents’ As­so­ci­a­tion,” Mr McGowan said.

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