The NSW Local Impact Assessments (LIA) scheme looks at the impact to communities that an increase in gaming machines would cause. However, it lacks transparency, does not require independent, expert analysis and is heavily tilted in favour of the poker machine industry. Local councils are not allowed to assess the damage caused by pokies when approving applications which does not protect communities!
As a result of this flawed current scheme, Fairfield City Council, which is ranked as the most disadvantaged area in Sydney, lost $8.27 billion in the last year to pokies. Enough is enough! Local Council's should be able to protect their municipalities from pokie harm! We are calling the Premier's office to send a message: pokies in vulnerable areas should be capped and local council's should have the power to protect their communities.