Shop­ping cen­tre pushes for lotto li­cence

Southern Telegraph - - News - Gareth McKnight

A Bal­divis shop­ping precinct has started a pe­ti­tion to lobby for a newsagency to be al­lowed to sell lottery tick­ets.

The Bal­divis Square shop­ping cen­tre has a pro­po­nent that wants to open up a newsagency, but his will only pro­ceed if a lotto ap­pli­ca­tion is granted.

This ini­tially looked set to be ap­proved, but it is now un­der re­view by the Lot­ter­ies Com­mis­sion.

The only li­censed lotto op­er­a­tor in Bal­divis is based at Stock- land Shop­ping Cen­tre, but Bal­divis Square cen­tre manager Maria Mus­bah wants this to change. She said more peo­ple would use Bal­divis Square if lotto tick­ets were sold.

IGA as­sis­tant manager Josh Rock said about 12,000 cus­tomers shopped there each week and plenty asked when the newsagency, with lotto, would be avail­able. Bal­divis MP Reece Whitby said he would present the pe­ti­tion in Par­lia­ment.

“To op­er­ate at full po­ten­tial, you need all the of­fer­ings, in­clud­ing a newsagency. This is hold­ing the cen­tre back,” he said.

The pe­ti­tion can be signed at IGA in Bal­divis Square.

Maria Mus­bah, cen­tre, with IGA as­sis­tant manager Josh Rock and Bal­divis MP Reece Whitby.

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