The NSW government, through the so-called Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority, is conducting a review of the Local Impact Assessment process.
Anyone seeking to move poker machines, or get new ones, needs to put in a LIA as part of their application. They must show a net benefit to the community – that means, they need to show that the community gets more than it is harmed by the poker machines. The applicants often offer large “donations” to local charities, community groups, and even public hospitals. They total that up, and claim it is more than the calculated harm of the poker machines.
The government is considering its response to the review of this process right now. They need to hear from you that you want to process to be more difficult, not easier, and certainly not based on ridiculous calculations of “donations”.