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Council to consult on proposed gaming policies

Council to consult on proposed gaming and TAB policies

Christchurch City Council will seek feedback from the community on the proposed Class 4 Gaming Venue and TAB policies.

The Council’s Regulatory and Consents Committee agreed today that both the class 4 gaming venue and TAB proposed policies will be presented at the Council’s meeting on 20 November. Public consultation on the proposed policies will take place from 24 November until 5 February 2004.

The Council’s development of the proposed policies responds to the Gambling Act 2003, which came into force on 18 September 2003. The Act places a requirement on the Council to introduce a policy on class 4 venues and a policy on TAB venues by 18 March 2004. It also requires the Council to undertake a special consultative procedure, including releasing the proposed policies for public inspection and providing the opportunity for the public to make submissions and be heard by the Council.

The proposed policies will specify whether or not class 4 gaming and new TAB venues may be established in Christchurch and, if so, where they may be located. It may also specify any restrictions on the maximum number of gaming machines that may be operated at class 4 and TAB venues.

In adopting any policy the Council is obliged to have regard to the social impact of gambling within Christchurch.

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