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Labor lunch a hit

Monday, 26th September, 2011

A new initiative to get people discussing local issues of importance was already generating a lot of interest in the city, according to the President of the Broken Hill Branch.

The BH ALP has come up with the idea of inviting the public to a Community Lunch every month at which they may discuss issues and hear an address from a guest speaker.

The first lunch was held last Sunday at the Democratic Club and, according to Branch President, Darriea Turley, it went very well.

The guest speaker was Maureen Clark, Councillor from the Barrier Teachers Association and delegate to the NSW Teachers Federation. 

Mrs Clark’s presentation was about the recent changes to the NSW Industrial Relations system. 

“Maureen outlined Broken Hill’s industrial relations history and the need to campaign against the recent amendment to the Industrial Relations Public Sector Bill which has removed the independent umpire,” Ms Turley said.

She said the Community Lunch idea was already starting to create a buzz around town.

“It was great to see supporters attend this function, but more important was the interest from the community,” she said. 

“People have contacted me and stopped me in the street offering ideas about who could be our guest speakers and commenting what a great concept it is.”

Ms Turley said the aim of the monthly lunch meetings was not so much to recruit members to the ALP but to allow people to discuss with the members issues affecting the local community.  

She said anyone who would like to attend the next lunch at the Legion Club on Sunday, October 16 may phone 0427 057 967 for more details. 

The lunch will be held at a different venue each month with a new guest speaker each time.

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