Joy Burch is celebrating the package of her poker machine bill through the Legislative Assembly:
The amendments passed today include provisions that would:
— Allow new or single-venue clubs to access a pool of up to 150 machines to assist them establish new venues where the Government releases land suitable for new club sites. The pool will be created by the surrender of existing machines, ensuring there is no net growth in the number of machines.
— Amend the $250 daily Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) withdrawal limit proposed in the first draft of the Bill so that it no longer apply to ATMs sites operating 20 or fewer machines, or those only operating ‘Class B’ machines (typically pubs and taverns).
— Allow multi-venue club groups to relocate machines between venues; and give them more flexibility by allowing the relocation of up to 10 machines or 10 per cent of the existing number of machines at the receiving club – whichever is the lesser – without automatically being required to undertake a social impact assessment – rather, this would be left to the discretion of the Gaming and Racing Commission.
— Allow gaming machine licensees to take up to 10 per cent of their machines ‘off the floor’ for up to 12 months.
— Set a medium to long-term target cap of 4000 gaming machines in the ACT. However, once reached the cap would be set on a per capita basis.