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ALNA launches fund to support bushfire affected newsagents

Mark Fletcher
January 16th, 2020 · 2 Comments

ALNA late yesterday announced details of a fund go support bushfire affected newsagents:

As many of our small businesses are feeling the effects of the devastating fires and the flow on impacts of the loss of properties, sales, cashflow, and tourism, and through stock and power interruptions, ALNA has announced today the creation of a News and Lottery Agents Fire Assistance Support Fund and we invite you to participate.

The fund will provide much needed financial assistance to those newsagents, lottery agents and newspaper distribution agents in our industry whose businesses have been directly impacted by the devastating bushfires.

Newsagents are a mainstay of thousands of communities that on an average day are visited frequently by one in three Australians. However, as fires rage and damage buildings, relocate customers, cut spending, interrupt stock, impact tourism, and most tragically bring a loss of life, our sectors small businesses are deeply affected.

Small businesses like our newsagents and lottery agents and their staff are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of this loss. And this comes at the peak trading time for many of our regional businesses, when they traditionally do most of their big trading days in busy tourist and holiday areas.

As a result of this, ALNA has set up this support fund and is receiving donations to help those members of our industry who normally support us through their busy businesses and who are currently in need.”

ALNA Chairman Stuart Kilborn said: “Retail is tough enough and our hearts go out to these business owners and their staff who have been affected. As an industry it’s an opportunity to come together and to support each other through this difficult time.”

ALNA is pleased to have also been offered the assistance of the Victorian Association for Newsagents (VANA) to help promote and support the fund. ALNA and VANA are asking all participants in our industry like yourselves to get behind the initiative and to support it, to help those members of our industry who normally support us through their businesses and who are currently in need.

VANA Chairman Chris Pecora said: “Our industry nationally is united in purpose, in this time of need.”


ALNA has collaborated with Rural Business Tasmania Inc (ABN 43 790 148 538) to establish the News & Lottery Agents Fire Assistance Support Fund. Rural Business Tasmania is a registered charity and is endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR), so all donations will be covered as a tax-deductible donation to the News & Lottery Agents Fire Assistance Support Fund.

Affected businesses will be able to apply for funds, and a process coordinated by ALNA will determine the distribution of funds to those businesses that have demonstrated impact by fires. The running of the fund and the administration of financial assistance to affected businesses will be coordinated by ALNA, and in addition to a donation by ALNA, suppliers and fellow newsagents and lottery agents are also being asked to support it with donations where you have the capacity.

ALNA has created a charitable GoFundMe payment gateway for online donations to the fund, (to avoid leaving a tip to GoFundMe, please change this to other and enter $0) .

We are developing the application form to be available on our website soon for applications for assistance.

Tax deductible donations can also be made direct to:

News & Lottery Agents Fire Assistance Support Fund.
ANZ Bank
BSB:  017 542
Account No: 474 134 297

For your donation to be tax-deductible, please include your name as reference.

Please email to request a tax-deductible receipt for your donation.


Category: Social responsibility

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jason // Jan 20, 2020 at 2:09 PM

    It’s such a rushed execution of what was surely a well intentioned idea. No details about how it will be distributed, no application form, no timeline, no real transparency about it. The target of $15k seems like a tiny about compared to what the fires have done recently too.

    As a donor, you look at it and have no idea where your money will actually go.
    As someone needing support you can’t apply yet and there’s no timeframe to suggest if this is for you if you need help right now or in a few months.

    (Also, the news about the small business support packages came out around the same time offering a surprising decent level of immediate support)


  • 2 Graeme Day // Jan 20, 2020 at 3:20 PM

    It does seem like an after thought without much information however they are doing something and every bit helps even if it is a bit hoe do you do in presentation Let’s hope they raise lots.


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