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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:

  • Amend Clause 21.10-6 Cultural/Arts and Entertainment Facilities, to strengthen policy to ensure that electronic gaming machines operate as part of the overall range of entertainment activities in the municipality.
  • Amend Clause 21.12 Hoddle Grid, to strengthen policy to reduce the concentration of electronic gaming machines in the Hoddle Grid where they contribute to convenience gambling
  • Amend Clause 22.12 to introduce a revised policy which enables a more comprehensive assessment of the social and economic impacts of gaming, and assists in guiding the appropriate location and operation of gaming venues.
  • Amend the Schedule to Clause 52.28 Gaming, to update the list of shopping complexes where the installation or use of a gaming machine is prohibited.
  • 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.

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    Gambler’s Help services are provided by a range of community organisations across metropolitan, regional and rural Victoria.

    The services include online, telephone and face-to-face counselling, advice and information. There are also services tailored for Aboriginal communities, and in-language support for at-risk culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

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    • community education about the early signs of gambling harm and how to access support
    • support for gaming venue staff so they can identify and respond to gambling harm
    • integration with other health services to provide a seamless experience for people seeking support.

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    Website: https://gamblershelp.com.au/get-help/

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