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Powell Media Release – Carbon Tax a threat to local sporting clubs (25 July 2011)

Local sporting clubs may be forced to pass on higher power bills to their membership or cut back on services and facilities under Labor’s carbon tax, LNP Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell said.

“Labor’s carbon tax could threaten the survival of many local sporting clubs already struggling from higher electricity, insurance and water charges.  Parents of children who are members of swimming clubs or play junior football or netball just can’t afford to keep forking out extra money to pay for Labor’s carbon tax.

“Electricity bills will rise by 10% and gas bills by 9% in the first year of the carbon tax – they will continue to rise each year after that.  These increases come on top of a massive 63% spike in household electricity and gas charges under the Bligh Labor government in the last five years.  Since 2006 the average household electricity bill has risen $700.

“Local sporting clubs are often the focal point for social activity in many communities and help keep our kids active and involved in sport.  To punish them through increased utility and other charges is a slap in the face to the many volunteers – the mums and dads who work tirelessly to fundraise and keep the clubs going.  Now they will be forced to fundraise even more.

“Clubs may have to cut back on night fixtures or training to try and keep electricity bills under control.

“Anna Bligh should stand up to her Canberra colleagues and fiercely oppose this hugely unpopular carbon tax which punishes families, businesses and community sporting clubs.

“The LNP has a one point plan on the carbon tax. We will stand up for Queenslanders and oppose it, ” Mr Powell concluded.

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