Several Central Coast suburbs are about to be hit with a Pokies cap, under new reforms introduced to Parliament yesterday by the State Government.
No new gaming machines will be allowed in places deemed "High Risk" or problem gambling by the Liquor and Gaming Authority including Wyong, Woy Woy, Umina, The Entrance, Budgewoi, Toukley and Gorokan.
Racing Minister Paul Toole says the reforms are vital in kerbing gambling addiction.
“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.
Above:Venues on the Peninsula, including Patonga, will be affected.
“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 says.
“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.”
In January, data obtained by the NSW Greens found Coasties are pumping nearly $6 million a week into poker machines.
The figures from the ILGA shows local clubs and pubs saw a turnover of almost $304 million last year, with a $261 million net profit.