Dear Newsagents of Victoria,
VANA has been working with the Liberal Party for over six months on the initiative of ConnectVic, an election promise from Liberal Party leader Matt Guy.
A physical network of ConnectVic hubs across metropolitan and regional Victoria, in partnership with established small business shopfronts starting with newsagencies, will ensure Victorian government services are more accessible to people throughout the state, and support existing retail businesses.
Leader of the Liberal Party, Matt Guy, said the Liberals and Nationals’ ConnectVic initiative was a real solution to make everyday life easier for all Victorians.
Launched yesterday at one of our new members, Julie Tran, at East Boundary News & Lotto in East Bentleigh, the proposal from the Liberal party is that ConnectVic will be an in-house kiosk offering services such as renewal of driver’s licence, topping up of public transport pass, passport renewals and a myriad of other services that will drive the public into newsagents.
The Liberal Party will invest $300 million into this initiative, with the main benefit being a huge increase in footfall for our industry. Obviously, The Liberal Party will need to win the State Election in Victoria on Saturday for ConnectVic to be implemented.
A huge thank you to Julie Tran that made her newsagency available to networks Ten, Nine, Seven, ABC, Sky News and 3AW all of yesterday morning.
Brendan Tohill | Chief Executive Officer
VANA – Victorian Authorised Newsagents Association
NLNA – National Lotteries Newsagents Association