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Selwyn District Council Gambling Policy Review 2018
The Council is undertaking consultation on a reviewed draft Gambling Venue Policy.
The policy has been prepared under the Gambling Act 2003 and once adopted will replace the existing Gambling Policy 2015.
The Council’s Gambling Policy sets out if and where non-casino gaming machines, commonly known as ‘pokie machines’, can be located in the district. It also provides restrictions on the number of machines at the venues.
The objectives of the Policy are: to control the growth of gambling in Selwyn district; to prevent and minimise the harm caused by gambling, including problem gambling; and to allow those who wish to participate in responsible class 4 and race and sports betting to do so in the Selwyn district.
The draft policy seeks to strike a balance between community benefit (funding and entertainment) and the harm caused by problem gambling.
The draft policy proposes:
Click here to make a submission via the Selwyn District Council website or you can email your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To download the Report to Council, the Statement of Proposal and the Gambling submission form, please click on the documents below.
Submissions close Friday 29 June 2018 at 5pm.
What is a ‘sinking lid’?
The Problem Gambling Foundation of New Zealand advocates Councils to adopt a true sinking lid policy.
A true sinking lid means no new gambling venues or pokie machines in your region, and machines cannot be moved to another pub or club under any circumstances. It is a way to gradually reduce the destructive harm caused by pokies, the most harmful form of gambling.