Lotto retailers meet Premier
FEARS SHARED IN ‘FRUITFUL’ TALKS
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.