LOCAL pokie venues will pay thousands more in monitoring fees with the introduction of a new gaming licence monitor in August but are not expected to be out of pocket because they will retain more revenue under the new taxation system.
The Gordon Hotel, the Richmond Henty Hotel, Portland RSL Memorial Bowling Club and Portland Football Netball Cricket Club will pay between $9660 and $13,440 more over the next year in monitoring fees starting August 16.
But under a new pokies tax system to be introduced at the same time, the venues will get to retain additional revenue ranging from 8.33 to 58.43 per cent, which they previous paid as tax and fees to the gaming operator.
The monitoring system is used to calculate tax payable on each machine and to ensure the machines operate legally.
Minister for Gaming, Michael O’Brien last week announced the increase from $29 per machine per month to $64 per month for the next three years to finance the $32 million transition to the new licensee Intralot Gaming Services from a system operated by Tattersalls and Tabcorp.
Shadow minister for gaming Martin Pakula says the increased fee will hit regional venues hard.
Read more in Friday’s edition of the Portland Observer.