We Want Your Thoughts

The Tribune (NZ) - - SQUARE CIRCULAR -

Com­mu­nity en­gage­ment is an im­por­tant part of Coun­cil’s de­ci­sion mak­ing. It means Coun­cil and peo­ple talk­ing to­gether to share ideas and build un­der­stand­ing. This helps us make good de­ci­sions.

We are cur­rently re­view­ing our gam­bling poli­cies. These set the num­ber and lo­ca­tion of pokie ma­chines and New Zealand Rac­ing Board venues in Palmer­ston North. The poli­cies try to bal­ance the so­cial costs of gam­bling with the ben­e­fits from the com­mu­nity grants made by gam­bling trusts. This is a tricky bal­ance, so we want to know your views. The draft pol­icy pro­poses a limit of 347 pokie ma­chines. This is the cur­rent num­ber of ma­chines in Palmer­ston North but is a re­duc­tion from the cur­rent limit of 400 ma­chines. The draft pol­icy con­tin­ues the ban­ning of venues with pokie ma­chines within 200m of schools and ed­u­ca­tion fa­cil­i­ties. The draft pol­icy al­lows venues to re­lo­cate into and within the in­ner or outer busi­ness zones. It also pro­poses a ban of new pokie ma­chine venues in in­dus­trial ar­eas. This is to pre­vent new venues be­ing es­tab­lished near our most vul­ner­a­ble com­mu­ni­ties. Con­sul­ta­tion will start on 3 Septem­ber and you have un­til 7 Oct to have your say. Go to our web­site - pncc.govt.nz/con­sul­ta­tions - for more in­for­ma­tion. The web­site also con­tains up­dates on is­sues we have re­cently con­sulted on. And don’t for­get, you can al­ways talk with the Mayor or a Coun­cil­lor about any topic you are in­ter­ested in – their con­tact de­tails are on this page.

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