Pok­ies capped

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE -

Corowa will not re­ceive any ad­di­tional poker ma­chines un­der new gam­ing re­forms an­nounced last month.

Com­mu­ni­ties in NSW re­garded vul­ner­a­ble to gam­bling won’t be able to get more pok­ies un­der new laws pro­posed by the NSW gov­ern­ment.

Min­is­ter for Rac­ing Paul Toole an­nounced a num­ber of gam­ing re­forms in an over­haul of the Lo­cal Im­pact Assess­ment scheme.

“Lo­cal com­mu­nity caps are an ap­pro­pri­ate re­sponse to con­cerns that some ar­eas have too many gam­ing ma­chines.

“These ar­eas will be capped at their cur­rent num­ber, en­sur­ing no ad­di­tional ma­chines can move into these ar­eas,” Mr Toole said.

When pur­chas­ing ma­chines from an­other ho­tel or club the assess­ment is not needed as the re­gion’s to­tal num­ber re­mains the same.

Mr Toole said caps, like those now en­forced in Corowa were an ap­pro­pri­ate re­sponse to con­cerns some ar­eas have too many ma­chines. The NSW gov­ern­ment has clas­si­fied the Corowa com­mu­nity as ‘high risk’.

Corowa pubs and clubs are cur­rently en­ti­tled to run 272 ma­chines, cur­rently split be­tween two clubs and a ho­tel.

“A num­ber of coun­cils and com­mu­nity groups sug­gested caps and the NSW Gov­ern­ment agrees this is the right thing to do in higher-risk ar­eas,” Mr Toole said.

“Lo­cal com­mu­nity caps are part of a pack­age of re­forms that rep­re­sent the most sig­nif­i­cant changes to gam­bling reg­u­la­tion in NSW for a decade.

“The re­forms in­clude an over­haul of the Lo­cal Im­pact Assess­ment (LIA) scheme that reg­u­lates gam­ing ma­chine move­ments. These changes will de­liver more trans­parency, more

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