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Far West NSW clubs support collaborative and considered approach to cashless gaming

Two of Broken Hill’s biggest clubs have welcomed the NSW election results and expressed their intention to work with the Labor government on gambling reform.

In the months leading up to the election, former Prime Minister Dominic Perrotet promised to make all gaming machines in the state cashless within five years, if re-elected, to eradicate problem gambling.

The plan was immediately criticized by the state agency, Clubs NSW, who said enforcing a cashless gaming policy would drastically cut revenue streams.

Legislator Barwon Roy Butler also refused to support the idea of ​​bringing it to the elections, believing it was important for the state government to recognize the difference between metropolitan and local clubs.

Instead, he supported club NSW’s proposal to implement facial recognition and self-exclusion strategies as a more appropriate solution for his voter’s club.

The Musician’s Club gaming machines use both cash and cashless technology.(ABC News: Oliver Brown)

Ward Gator, chief executive of the Barrier Social Democratic Club of Broken Hill, said clubs in the region were particularly concerned that cashless games would follow the path of similar initiatives in Canada if they were implemented. I was.

“2-3 years ago, [Nova Scotia] The introduction of a mandatory cashless gaming system has resulted in a 30-40% reduction in club revenue and profits,” said Gator.

“We were concerned about how this would affect clubs in the region in particular.”

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Gator’s Gaming Lounge was a regular source of income and helped offset prices in other areas of the club.

He said that the game’s profits could also provide financial support to other regional initiatives and organizations in need, and that if the game’s revenue were gone, there would be no support.

Michael Boland, general manager of the 103-machine Broken Hill Musician’s Club, agrees that clubs around Silver City do a lot for their communities.

“Some clubs say they operate for profit. I would say we operate under a social license,” Borland said.

“The revenue from the game is [Silver City] cinema.

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Broken Hill Social Democracy Club is concerned that forced cashless games will stop regular financial support to the community.(ABC News: Oliver Brown)

“I’m going to have a doctor’s surgery next to the cinema. [which] Partially fund the doctors who go there. “

He said games still make up the majority of the club’s revenue, but the club is working hard to bring it down. .

“This year, with movie theaters going online, we expect viewership to drop to around 52-54%,” he said.

Labor policy ‘should be thought through’

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-03-29/far-west-clubs-support-collaborative-approach-to-cashless-gaming/102155812 Far West NSW clubs support collaborative and considered approach to cashless gaming

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