GAMBLING LOSSES FOR THE AREA
|Georges River||Period||Losses||Poker Machines||Premises|
This council area is ranked 9th in the state club pokies losses, and 7th in the state by pub pokie losses. It is one of the few council areas in NSW where club and pub poker machine numbers have increased since reforms in 2018. Club Central, Club Rivers and St Georges Leagues club all rank in the top 70 by club poker machine net profits (out of 1,032 gambling clubs). The Meridian Hotel ranks 8th in the state for pub poker machine net profits, with the Golden Tiger Bar at 30th and the Hurstville Ritz at 31st.
|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?|
|Greg Briscoe-Hough||Mortdale Ward||❌||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅|
|William Koshakji||Hurstville Ward||✅||❌||❌||✅||✅||✅|
Which of the policies referred to in our Candidate Information Pack do you support?
What is your position on poker machine policy?
My position is that we live in a free society and their are many activities that some people enjoy in moderation and others get carried away with.
Whilst I can take or leave pokies, I have experienced and seen it’s destructive impacts.
My only concern is that any crackdown does not see the transfer or off-shoring of these losses to International profiteering via online alternatives.
I would prefer to see pokie co-operatives set up in the club industry so that people can pay a daily admission (like hiring a tennis court or playing golf) and then play machines with non-cash rewards such as dining vouchers or points towards a gift pool.
For many people gambling is a diversion and opportunity for social intercourse they otherwise might not have.
I am also concerned that certain aspects of children’s computer and video games have barely disguised gambling elements - perhaps if they were statutorily set up to automatically locked them out of a game for an hour or day if they lose, it may be a training deterrent rather than breeding ground.
Reduce opening hours