AN independent expert has been appointed by the ACT government to help clubs reduce its reliance on gaming machine revenue, according to attorney-general Gordon Ramsay.
Neville Stevens has been selected to undertake a “Club Industry Diversification Support Analysis”, to reduce the number of gaming machines in the Territory and to support clubs to transition away from a dependence on income from these machines.
“The Government has a strong harm minimisation agenda, which includes a commitment to reduce the maximum number of gaming machines that can be operated in the Territory to 4000 by 2020,” Mr Ramsay says.
“Mr Stevens is a former Commonwealth Secretary for the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, and Department of Industry. He brings a wealth of experience and understanding in progressing significant reform within a regulated industry.
“Mr Stevens will be consulting with clubs, club peak bodies and club workers (through their unions), to look at ways to assist the industry to diversify club revenue streams.”
A report on the Club Industry Diversification Support Analysis will be provided to Mr Ramsay by May 31.