Statement - Proposed Reforms to Local Impact Assessment scheme

Published Tuesday, 6th March 2018

Poker machines

"Council is pleased the NSW Government has acknowledged Council’s advocacy of the harm caused to the community by electronic gaming machines (EGMs) by capping the number of new EGMs in Fairfield City.

"While we acknowledge new applications for the Fairfield Local Government Area cannot be submitted, we have concerns that the proposed legislation introduces leasing arrangements which no longer facilitate a reduction in EGMs in our City.

"We also have concerns that the leasing provision has the potential to bring dormant EGM licences in under-utilised areas to life in locations where they can generate higher revenue from more people gambling more money.

"The leasing provisions will centralise EGMs by transferring them from small venues with low expenditure to other locations in our City that generate higher gambling turnover."

- Mayor of Fairfield City Frank Carbone 



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