Proposed changes spark concern
COUNTRY clubs and hotels are concerned proposed changes to the pricing of gaming machine entitlements, if passed by the State Government, will have a harmful flow-on effect to the community.
The Gambling Regulation Act 2003 is set to expire in 2022 and clubs will be forced to adhere to new changes that key stakeholders say are concerning.
The changes require venue operators to pay an increased deposit for their acquired entitlements, once during the allocation process and again in 2032, with a further proposal that the current 10-year reforms be pushed out to a 20-year term.
A gaming venue must have an entitlement for each gaming machine it operates, allocated by the state in accordance with the Gambling Regulation Act 2003.
Locals in the hospitality management sector are concerned that the financial demands the proposed changes would place on clubs would be too much.