WorkChoices impacts in Merimbula

NSWNA members Dianne Lang and Helen Pratt are active in the Your Rights at Work group in the Bega/Moruya region.
The Hon. Sandra Nori MP, NSW Minister for Tourism, addressed a Your Rights at Work meeting attended by nurses, union groups, concerned citizens and church representatives which explored how the legislation impacts directly on tourism.

Dianne spoke about the legislation and the devastating impact it is having on tourism in the community. She argued that very wealthy people are not the people who take holidays on the South coast, but rather average working Australian families that are looking for an affordable break.

She said, ‘When average working families have to make cut backs to household budgets due to the scrapping of penalty and overtimes rates, it will be luxury items, like holidays, that go first.’

Businesses in the area such as coffee shops, restaurants, hotels and other stores that rely on tourism to support the local economy are concerned the legislation will have a negative impact on working Australian families who holiday in their area.

Active in Moruya

Ronnie Hogg, EN, and Jo Bruce, RN, from Moruya District Hospital, attended the discussion evening at the Moruya bowling club to find out more about how they could participate in the community campaign.

Jo was pleased to see the NSWNA visiting nurses in the area. ‘It is encouraging to see the NSWNA campaign against the Industrial Relations legislation is gathering strength. I’m pleased to see my union being proactive and visiting workers on the South Coast.’

Jo feels inspired to educate people in her area and invite them to attend the community meetings. She said, ‘I will be encouraging people to attend a forum which is being run by the federal government. It is important people who understand the negative impact of the legislation attend to offer an alternative view about the changes.’

You can get active now

The NSWNA encourages members, friends and families to attend these local groups. By participating in your local community group you can participate in the campaign to protect fair pay and working conditions for nurses and all Australian workers.

Everyone is invited and welcome to attend the community meetings listed below. Up-to-date information about the dates, times and locations can be found at the South Coast Labour Council website at

Henderson Park Community
Railway Carriage (opposite)
72 Henderson Road, Queanbeyan
Tuesday, 25 July 2006, 6.30pm
Dodds Hotel
94 Commissioner Street, Cooma
Thursday, 20 July 2006, 6pm
Far South Coast:
Pambula-Merimbula Golf Club
Arthur Kaine Drive, Pambula
Tuesday, 11 July 2006, 5.15pm
Moruya Bowling Club
Shore Street, Moruya
Monday, 24 July 2006, 7pm
Milton Public School (staff room)
Thomas Street, Milton
Tuesday, 18 July 2006, 7.30pm
Bomaderry Bowling Club
154 Meroo Street, Bomaderry
Tuesday, 4 July 2006, 5pm