GAMBLING LOSSES FOR THE AREA
|Wagga Wagga||Period||Losses||Poker Machines||Premises|
|Hotel (with Lockheart and Narrandera)||2020/2021||$33,999,256||360||21|
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||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?||Not taking any donations from venues or organisations that derive income from gambling interests?||Reducing gambling harm in your LGA?|
|Sarah Pollard Williams||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅|
Which of the policies referred to in our Candidate Information Pack do you support?
What is your position on poker machine policy?
I believe in a state wide review of poker machines. The removal of ATM'S from gaming premises and a reduction in the maximum currency denominations able to be placed in machines.
I support LGA having greater say
I am very concerned about the social harm gambling has in our communities and I fully support the proposed Council Social Policy and all Advocacy actions.
Your communication has alerted me to the fact that Wagga Council does not appear to have a policy around poker machines, it merely restricts advertising of gambling on Council owned assets. This needs to change.
One of the things I am very keen to do, and as quickly as I am able, is to have more round the table discussions between Councillors and the community, on a regular basis, to discuss these issues and what our community needs from Council to address things like gambling harm. It will take people power in my personal opinion and I am committed to providing the community with that opportunity/forum.
I am watching with serious concern, pub owner Sean O'Hara (and his consortium which already owns 32 pubs around NSW), buy up pubs around Wagga which now feature the all new very exclusive looking VIP lounges which operate until 3am. They now own the Palm and Pawn, Sporties and Turvey Park Pubs, and the new VIP lounges are located where there is maximum passing traffic. This is a potential disaster and I would like to work with the Alliance for Gambling Reform to understand how I can use my skills and influence as a Councillor to help put in place the necessary policies to reduce gambling harm in our community. I am also very keen to learn exactly how Victorian Councils are handling this matter. They seem to be leading the way in Australia, at a local level, on many social issues.
One final thing - I am also very interested to look at the potential for prevention rather than just the cure. The night libraries sound interesting and I would like to know more about the mental health side of things because my personal experience suggests that certain people are more prone to addictive behaviour than others, and anxiety and depression are present in the person at the time that the habit becomes an addiction. I look forward to working with Alliance for Gambling Reform to learn all there is to learn and to help make change.
Sarah Pollard Williams
No grants for organisations operating EGMS, no rates reduction for EGM operators and definitely no council events at venues with EGMS.
Public health issue, much like alcohol and drug use.