Gambling Policies Review

Gambling Policies Review

Thursday, July 07, 2016

The Council is currently consulting on the Class 4 (pokie machine) Gambling Policy and the Board (stand-alone TABs) Venues Policy, and we need your feedback by 8 August 2016. The Council is required to review these policies every three years.

Proposed changes to the policies:
Class 4 Gambling Policy
The Council is proposing to reduce the number of gaming machines available in the district from 140 machines to 120. Over the past three years the number of gaming machines has decreased to 118 through natural attrition. The Council also proposes to introduce a relocation policy, which would allow businesses with gaming machines to relocate to a new premise, with a maximum of 9 machines.

Board Venues Policy
There are no changes proposed for this policy, which is to not allow any new stand-alone venues in the district. The policy has been separated from the Class 4 Gambling Policy, which it was previously part of. Board Venues are premises which the sole purpose is for gambling. South Taranaki does have TAB outlets, which are different from stand-alone venues as they are based in premises which have a liquor licence; and the sole purpose of these venues is for the consumption of alcohol and food.

The Council's Class 4 Gambling Policy and the Board Venues Policy are open for public consultation from 7 July to 8 August 2016. This is your chance to let the Mayor and Councillors know your views, so please take the time to have your say.

A copy of the Consultation Documents and submission form can be found by clicking here or from any LibraryPlus Centre or the Council Administration Building on Albion Street in Hawera.

If you have any queries contact Adrienne Cook on 0800 111 323.

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