GAMBLING LOSSES FOR THE AREA
|Hotel (with Shellharbour)||2020/2021||$17,317,226||186||11|
NSW Liquor and Gaming bundle together the data for neighbouring council areas if, in one or more of those areas, there are less than 5 venues of a type. These bundled groups are not consistent from one half year to the next, nor are they necessarily the same for pubs and clubs. It makes it very difficult to establish losses in individual council areas which do not have many gambling pubs or clubs.
|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?|
Which of the policies referred to in our Candidate Information Pack do you support?
What is your position on poker machine policy?
I do not take unsolicited directions on policy from anyone but my community. I do understand the damage that gambling can bring to individuals, families and communities. Some people are ill-equipped to manage their gambling, they need all the help and support that can be offered.
I don't know that we have any poker machine policies. There are no machines on Council land. Only one of the venues with machines is sometimes used for Council events. I am interested in public health and agree that there is a need for evening venues that do not involve alcohol or gambling. I will keep your information in mind when opportunities to intervene arise.
I found the material provided very informative, identifying tangible measures local governments could introduce. I would support the introduction of a Kiama council poker machine policy. I do think it would need to be a staged implementation to manage any backlash that may occur. This is likely to come from those with vested interests, but could derail any Council plans or actions so would need to be carefully managed. There could also be unanticipated and genuine social repercussions, for example, would the pressures place on venues that promote gambling result in people losing jobs (particularly those that can ill afford to do so) and if so how will that be managed.