NSW Needs to Change: Sign the Petition
Dear Premier Gladys Berejiklian,
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.
As a result of this flawed current scheme, Fairfield City Council, which is ranked as the most disadvantaged area in Sydney, lost $800 million in the last year to pokies.
I am demanding that you use the LIA review to initiate reforms to protect communities: including banning additional pokies and capping pokie numbers in vulnerable areas; giving councils the power to assess the potential damage caused by pokies when considering poker machine applications and bringing greater transparency to the LIA review. The government needs to prioritize people, not poker machines.