The Victorian Association for Newsagents.

Wednesday 26th February 2020

Good Afternoon Members,

A quick note on us going National.

For VANA, it will be business as usual, no changes at all.

Same website, same workshops, same awards night and same regional workshops.

Our new association, the National Lotteries and Newsagents Association (NLNA) has been formed as of today and you will automatically become a subscriber free of charge as a part of your VANA Membership.

We will represent you on all the national issues and interests, particularly in the Government space.

National initiatives will be available to VANA Members as well. As a part of this, you will also receive weekly Human Resources and Industrial Relations updates.

It’s always been my intention to form a National body, as one voice. We have a highly professional and dynamic team led by our CEO, Brendan Tohill, who will also function as the CEO of the NLNA. We welcome Kammeron (George) Cran to our NLNA Advisory Board after 14 years in senior management at News Corp. New to our operational team is Nicki Spencer (IPA, Qualified Auditor & Not For Profit Expert) who will be our National Finance Manager and Malcolm Packman (previously with Seven, Nine & Telstra) who will be our National Business Manager, based in our Brisbane office.

The industry needs energy and change immediately. The Amazon Hub program is a prime example of us disrupting the channel rather than our industry being disrupted.

We are at the table on all the key matters with Tabcorp, Nine, News Corp and have steering committees on distribution.

The drive is always on improving income, improving foot traffic and lifting the profile of the industry and our wonderful newsagents.

Finally, after our launch yesterday in Sydney, it was amazing how much support the industry has given us on the NLNA with News Corp, Nine, Tabcorp, Amazon Hub, Henderson Greetings, ACCO Brands, Fitzpatrick Insurance, Tyro Eftpos Solutions and Ladbrokes all in attendance.

Yours Sincerely,

Chris Pecora