the roundtable – 26 mar
At the most
recent council meeting councillors endorsed the draft Gambling Policy
and draft Electronic Gaming (Pokie) Machine Guidelines
to go out for public consultation. I was pleased to be able to second the
was well overdue for a review, with our existing policy written back in 2002.
There’s been many a change in the regulatory environment since 2002. The
intention of the policy is to assist council in its role in assessing Pokie
Machine applications specifically around the determination of any net social or
economic detriment or benefit from new Pokie Machines through conducting a
Social and Economic Impact Assessment (SEIA).
The policy highlights
Council’s legislative mandate to protect and enhance health and wellbeing
outcomes of the community.
does not replace council’s Local Planning Policy
for Gaming Machines which sits within the planning process for pokie machines,
this policy is about applications for new pokie machines as opposed to planning
permit applications (generally the two processes run in parallel though).
council gets an application for new pokie machines the first thing we need to
determine is whether to submit a SEIA to the Victorian Commission for Gambling
and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR). The SEIA needs to assess the positive and
negative economic and social impacts to the community. The SEIA needs to take
into account community vulnerabilities and risks such as low socio economic
status, co-morbidity factors, social isolation, a lack of financial resilience,
the number of pokie machines that already exist in the community, research
findings, demographics and any other key factors. It should also take into
account the views of the general community. It is complex, but so are the
issues and impacts around pokie machines in our community.
The most important
thing about the SEIA is that it is prepared objectively so it can stand up to
scrutiny at a hearing at the VCGLR.
has been informed by the recent community engagement undertaken in relation to
an application for pokie machines in Healesville.
important that council hears from the community, we want to know what you
think. The policy and guidelines will be out for comment for 6 weeks.
like to read the draft documents you can find a copy here.
You can submit your comments to email@example.com.
I encourage you to do so, it’s important that we hear from you.
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