WA gam­bling go-ahead

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CRUISE ships can now open their gam­ing floors while trav­el­ling be­tween Western Aus­tralian ports un­der changes to the Gam­ing and Wa­ger­ing Com­mis­sion Reg­u­la­tions 1988.

Un­der the amend­ment, gam­ing is only banned when the ship is within 12 nau­ti­cal miles of the port where it in­tends to berth or an­chor, where pre­vi­ously the re­stric­tion ap­plied while the ship was within 12 nau­ti­cal miles of the WA coast­line.

A new pro­vi­sion has also been added which spec­i­fies that gam­ing must be an an­cil­lary ser­vice, mean­ing cruises ‘to nowhere’ will re­main banned.

Tourism and Rac­ing and Gam­ing Min­is­ter for Western Aus­tralia Paul Pa­palia said the changes would make cruis­ing more ap­peal­ing to providers and pax.

“Cruise ship­ping is a vi­tal part of WA’s tourism in­dus­try, bring­ing in mil­lions of dol­lars to the State’s econ­omy an­nu­ally and cre­at­ing jobs,” Pa­palia said.

“The McGowan Govt has lifted gam­ing re­stric­tions, com­mit­ted to up­grad­ing Fre­man­tle and Ger­ald­ton ports and is cur­rently work­ing to re­solve other in­fra­struc­ture is­sues.”

A spokesper­son for Car­ni­val Aus­tralia wel­comed the WA Govern­ment’s de­ci­sion, not­ing it was “a com­mon sense de­ci­sion that brings WA into line with com­pa­ra­ble cruise mar­kets”.

“Gam­ing is just one part of the over­all cruise ex­pe­ri­ence but this de­ci­sion means that cruise pas­sen­gers can have ac­cess to the full suite of on board ac­tiv­i­ties,” the spokesper­son told CW.

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