Auck­lan­ders say what they think about gam­bling

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Auck­lan­ders have made their feel­ings on gam­bling clear.

Nearly 10,000 sub­mis­sions have been re­ceived on the Auck­land Coun­cil’s pro­posed poli­cies on TAB and pokie venues.

Sub­mis­sions closed last Fri­day.

Many dif­fer­ent groups and in­di­vid­u­als in­clud­ing sports clubs, com­mu­nity groups, antigam­bling or­gan­i­sa­tions and gam­ing trusts submitted on the poli­cies which will de­ter­mine one set of rules for the city, cap TAB venues and im­ple­ment a ‘‘sink­ing lid’’ across the city for pok­ies.

Coun­cil so­cial and com­mu­nity devel­op­ment fo­rum chair­woman Cathy Casey says it is heart­en­ing to see so much pub­lic in­put into gam­bling laws.

‘‘We iden­ti­fied the need to min­imise gam­bling-re­lated harm in the Auck­land Plan,’’ she says.

‘‘Th­ese two poli­cies are a way we can achieve that. It is clear from the num­ber of sub­mis­sions that our com­mu­ni­ties care very much about gam­bling in Auck­land.’’

Pub­lic hear­ings will be held in the next few months and the new poli­cies adopted soon af­ter.

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