GAMBLING LOSSES FOR THE AREA
This council area is ranked 5th in the state for losses through poker machines in both clubs and pubs. It has 9 hotels ranked in the top 100 by pub poker machine net profit, and Wests HQ/Rooty Hill RSL is ranked 10th in the state by club poker machine net profit.
|Name||Ward||Reducing the hours of poker machine venues?||Local governments having greater say on the granting or refusing applications for poker machines in their respective communities?||Banning of all sports gambling ads?||Reducing the opening hours of poker machine venues||Not taking any donations from venues or organisations that derive income from gambling interests?||Reducing gambling harm in your LGA?|
|Kittu Randhawa||Ward 2||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅|
|Len Hobbs||Ward 2||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅|
Which of the policies referred to in our Candidate Information Pack do you support?
What is your position on poker machine policy?
It is my view Councils take a point of convenience on poker machines and gambling in general. Councils approve applications by the gambling venues so there is a high risk of a potential conflict of interest where those organisations 'donate' to Council events, functions or host activities.
In particular removal of gambling machines from public spaces. My local club Blacktown Workers has substantially increased the gambling opportunities since reopening after lockdown. We would support a reduction in the amount allowed to be gambled on machines, a compulsory pledge in advance of the amount to be spent, and more rigorous exclusion policies.