Draft Gambling Policy seeks community feedback

Gaming machines should be capped at a target of 141 -- that's the recommendation from a draft Gambling Policy for the Whakatane District.

The Policy must be reviewed every three years and public consultation on the proposed policy is now being undertaken, in conjunction with the Council's 2019/20 Annual Plan process.

Committee Chairperson, and Deputy Mayor Judy Turner says the existing policy expires this year and under the Gambling Act 2003 and the racing Act 2003, must be reviewed and replaced.

She says the District currently has 179 pokies based in 12 venues, compared with 197 machines and 14 venues in March 2015.

The Draft Gambling Policy 2019, supporting documents and the submission form are available on the Council website.

Sam Gardner