MEMBER for Murray Valley, Tim McCurdy, together with 17 Liberal and National MPs tabled petitions in the Victorian Legislative Assembly during the week from lawn bowls clubs in their electorates.
The petitions, with 2,413 signatures, called on Federal Minister for Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, to restore coverage of bowls on ABC Television.
“Bowls clubs and the coverage of the sport is important to many people in the Murray Valley electorate,” Mr McCurdy said.
“With the support of the members of our bowling clubs the Victorian Coalition is making sure a clear message is sent to the ABC that it is imperative that the sport is televised.”
President of Bowls Australia, Joe Aarons OAM, and President of Bowls Victoria, Graeme Hosken, joined Mr McCurdy and other MP’s at the Parliamentary lawn bowls green on Thursday (Oct 13) with the Minister for Sport and Recreation, Hugh Delahunty.
“This decision to dump programming after 30 years on the ABC is a blow to the 800,000 Australians who take part in bowls annually,” Mr Delahunty said.
“The ABC’s charter states that it is required to provide a balance between wide appeal and specialised broadcasting programs and the 200,000 Australians who watch this sport each week will be disadvantaged by this decision.
“I urge all Victorians to send a strong message to the ABC and to the Federal Labor Government,” Mr Delahunty said.
Victorians can still sign the petition at local bowls clubs, Coalition MP’s offices or online Bowls Australia at www.bowlsaustralia.com.au