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 community consultation and greater certainty for industry.”
The NSW Government will provide more information than ever before about gaming machines, with comprehensive activity and profit statistics available.
Under the reform hotels and clubs in areas such as Mulwala and Albury, which are a ‘mid-risk’ area, looking to increase the number of gaming machines will have to demonstrate the extra machines will provide a positive contribution or overall positive impact for the community.
High-risk communities will be decided based on their socio-economic level as determined by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Socio-economic factors will now have a 70 per cent weighting when regulators assess gaming machine applications.