Give the Community a Say on Poker Machines!
Dear Premier Gladys Berejiklian,
Clubs have proven time and time again that they cannot be trusted to act responsibly and assist those most vulnerable to gambling harm.
This became painfully obvious for the NSW community with the recent and tragic death of Gary Van Duinen. Had Dee Why RSL behaved responsibly and ethically, this could have been prevented.
It's clear that clubs & pubs cannot be trusted with the poker machines they already have.
It is wrong that under the current Local Impact Assessment scheme, Councils are not part of the process when deciding on applications for new machines in their area.
At the very least, Councils should have the right to say "NO" to more pokies.
It is essential that the community's best interests are the priority when it comes to the management of poker machines, rather than the profits of NSW's hotels and clubs.
Local governments need to have the final say on poker machine increases to protect their community from the predatory behaviour of pokie operators.