Cashless Debit Card trial for Bundaberg
Posted on Thursday, 13 September, 2018
Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said the extension
of the Cashless Debit Card (CDC) trial to Bundaberg is confirmation of the
worth of the terrific pioneering work
the residents of the Ceduna area had
done in proviing to the nation the community value of the card.
“The Government has secured support to roll out the debit
card in the Bundaberg and Hervey Bay regions as soon as next year, expanding on
the existing trial sites in Ceduna, East Kimberly and the more latterly added
Kalgoorlie,” he said.
“The urgency to implement further testing of the card was
increasing daily. Having successfully implemented the card in populations with
higher indigenous populations in Ceduna, the East Kimberly and the goldfield
region around Kalgoorlie, it was becomingincreasingly urgent to take the trial
to a community with a racial mix more representative of the rest of Austraia.”
“This extension to broader Australia has been strogly
resisted by the Greens and Labor and they should explain why, but eventially
with persistance we have won the support of the Seanate cross bench”, Mr Ramsey
the CDC has resulted in reductions in
drug use, alcohol consumption and gambling as well as reductions in crime and hospital admittances. The pilot
program has been a highly successful exercise.”
800 South Australians and 4900 West Australian are using the card.
“The Cashless Debit Card trial was co-designed
with community leaders in Ceduna to best meet local needs and I praise the
Ceduna community for taking responsibility and tackling local challenges head
the courage to address the issues that were damaging people, families and the
maintained for some time the trials in Ceduna and Kimberly could not continue as
trial pilots in isolation and I am very pleased it has been expanded.
Contact: Leonie Lloyd-Smith 08 8633 1744