NSW Needs to Change - Alliance for Gambling Reform

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.

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 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 $800 million in the last year to pokies. Enough is enough! Local Council's should be able to protect their municipalities from pokie harm! Sign the petition to demand action from the Premier.