Give Back Councils Power
Dear Minister Toole,
The current Local Impact Assessment Scheme is hurting our communities. Councils are currently not permitted to consider the social impacts of gambling within a Development Application. Council's know their local areas best and need to be able to stop pokie expansion to prevent gambling-related harm and protect the well-being of the community.
NSW is the home of the world's largest gambling growth and problems. Spending on pokies last financial year is up 9.5% from the previous year. The average of losses from poker machines in NSW is estimated to be over $5.4 billion.
We know the harms associated with gambling: addiction, poverty, homelessness and domestic violence. We don't want that for our communities. We need our local councils to be able to stop pokie applications after considering the social implications. We demand that you consider the genuine needs of the community and act!