The City of Melbourne is building a robust framework to ensure the appropriate location and operation of gaming venues.
Melbourne is Victoria’s pre-eminent cultural and entertainment location, providing entertainment for residents, visitors and tourists, and services that satisfy the needs of the community. Whilst gaming represents a legal entertainment offering, gaming machines are recognised as the form of gambling associated with the greatest harms to individuals, their families and the broader community.
We are seeking to revise and update the existing local planning policy for gaming to reflect the current statutory regulatory framework in which gaming takes place, and provide a robust framework to guide the assessment of planning applications for gaming venues to minimise the impacts of gaming within the municipality.
Submissions to Melbourne Planning Scheme Amendment C307 have closed. An independent panel appointed by the Minister for Planning considered submissions received and issued a report with recommendations. Council will consider this report and changes to the Planning Scheme Amendment.
Amendment C307 proposes to implement the outcomes of a review of the City of Melbourne’s gaming policy in the Melbourne Planning Scheme, by strengthening policy. This will ensure that electronic gaming machines are suitably located and operated as part of range of entertainment in the City, while ensuring that any social and economic impacts are also assessed.
It will make the following changes to the Planning Scheme:
Amendment C307 is supported by the reference documents; ‘City of Melbourne Electronic Gaming Machine Decision-Making Framework, 2017’, and ‘City of Melbourne Electronic Gaming Machine Review Background Report, 2017’.
Amendment C307 seeks to revise the existing local planning policy for gaming in the Melbourne Planning Scheme, in addition to amending the planning provisions for gaming premises by updating the list of shopping complexes where the installation or use of a gaming machine is prohibited.
If you are a current or prospective gaming venue operator, the revised local planning policy for gaming will inform City of Melbourne’s assessment of any planning permit application that seeks to install electronic gaming machines, or establish a new gaming venue.
Council will consider the panel report and any changes to the Planning Scheme Amendment and whether to submit a final amendment to the Minister for approval.
The Panel hearing for Planning Scheme Amendment C307 commenced on Tuesday 12 March 2019.
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