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Greens leader Shane Rattenbury has signaled an intense future for Canberra’s clubs which includes less of a reliance on poker machine earnings, as the market expressed optimism about his visit as the ACT’s new video gaming minister. A long-time campaigner for pokies reform, Mr Rattenbury’s consultation to the position in Andrew Barr’s new cabinet triggered immediate questions about the future of the clubs sector. It came after the Greens effectively lobbied Labor to consist of a variety of betting harm decrease measures in their parliamentary contract, including a commitment to present $5-bet limits and $100 load-up limits within the next 4 years. The Greens had gone to the October election with a much more aggressive agenda, which Clubs ACT and the Canberra Liberals feared would bankrupt clubs if implemented. Mr Rattenbury on Wednesday has actually looked for to allay fears that his appointment would spell danger for a sector which is still reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic. While acknowledging there would need to be “tough conversations” between federal government and industry, Mr Rattenbury said he was dedicated to making sure clubs were still a part of the Canberra community in the decades to come. “Our problem is not with the clubs, it’s with the truth that they have actually been overreliant on video gaming maker profits,” he said. “We desire clubs to have an effective and sustainable future without the harm that originates from a dependence on poker machines. “There will be some difficult discussions, there is no doubt about that. But that is the nature of an evolving industry. I think the clubs understand that the world is changing, and the function of clubs is going to alter. “The job we have all got to do together is make sure clubs can make that modification and that they are still here in a number of years’s time.” Canberra Community Clubs chairman Athol Chalmers said the sector and Mr Rattenbury had a number of shared goals, including that venues should be aiming to reduce their reliance on video gaming income. Mr Chalmers was pleased the prepared intro of $5-bet limits would be subject to comprehensive consultation with market. He also welcomed the facility of a ministerial council, which will consist of agents from clubs, unions and government, to help assist the future of the sector. Mr Chalmers said the industry ought to not be concerned at the possibility of a Greens gaming minister. “People just require to get rid of the Greens preconception from their mind and realise we are working with a minister who in my experience is really sensible, excellent to work with,” he stated. Clubs ACT chief executive Gwyn Rees, who it was on announced on Wednesday night would be stepping down from his position, said the organisation looked forward to dealing with the next ACT government to help reduce betting damage without “irreparably damaging the sector”. Mr Rees, who has been a critic of Mr Rattenbury, stated the measures consisted of in the parliamentary arrangement were in big part reasonable. But he stated it was very important the federal government talked to clubs to minimize “injurious monetary effects”. “Our club sector has currently taken huge actions towards lowering dependence on video gaming,” he said. “Given That September 2015, the variety of machines on video gaming floors has been lowered from 5022 to just 3700 – well on its way to the government’s stated goal of3500 “Clubs have shown their dedication to lowering betting harm in our community and we hope the government embraces the input and knowledge the sector can offer progressing.” In a declaration issued on Wednesday night, Clubs ACT president Kim Marshall stated Mr Rees would step down from his position on January 29, ending his eight-year period with the organisation. “Gwyn is carrying on to pursue new obstacles and to dedicate more time to his young family after the birth of his second boy last year,” Mr Marshall stated. “On behalf of the board, I applaud Gwyn for his efforts and all that he has attained on behalf of clubs, including substantial concessions through water charge waivers and bulk energy procurement. “Gwyn has actually worked determinedly on behalf of our industry during his tenure as CEO, nevertheless, he has actually decided the time is right for him to discover new difficulties, and a balance between his expert objectives and family life.” Mr Rees stated: “It’s been an absolute benefit to serve the ACT club market, I am unfortunate to be leaving but will remain steadfastly a club man”.

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Greens leader Shane Rattenbury has actually signified a bright future for Canberra’s clubs which involves less of a dependence on poker machine income, as the market expressed optimism about his consultation as the ACT’s new video gaming minister.

A long-time advocate for pokies reform, Mr Rattenbury’s visit to the position in Andrew Barr’s brand-new cabinet stimulated instant questions about the future of the clubs sector.

Mr Rattenbury on Wednesday has actually sought to ease fears that his consultation would spell danger for a sector which is still reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Canberra Community Clubs chair Athol Chalmers Picture: Jamila Toderas

Canberra Neighborhood Clubs chair Athol Chalmers Image: Jamila Toderas

While acknowledging there would need to be “difficult conversations” between federal government and market, Mr Rattenbury stated he was devoted to ensuring clubs were still a part of the Canberra community in the decades to come.

” Our concern is not with the clubs, it’s with the fact that they have actually been overreliant on gaming machine profits,” he stated. “We desire clubs to have a successful and sustainable future without the harm that comes from a reliance on poker machines.

” There will be some hard discussions, there is no doubt about that. That is the nature of an evolving industry. I believe the clubs understand that the world is changing, and the role of clubs is going to change.

” The job we have all got to do together is make sure clubs can make that modification which they are still here in a couple of years’s time.”

Canberra Neighborhood Clubs chairman Athol Chalmers said the sector and Mr Rattenbury had a variety of shared objectives, consisting of that locations should be intending to lower their dependence on video gaming revenue.

Mr Chalmers was pleased the prepared intro of $5-bet limits would go through substantial consultation with market.

He likewise welcomed the facility of a ministerial council, which will consist of agents from clubs, unions and federal government, to assist direct the future of the sector.

Mr Chalmers stated the market needs to not be worried at the prospect of a Greens video gaming minister.

” Individuals just require to remove the Greens stigma from their mind and realise we are dealing with a minister who in my experience is very practical, great to work with,” he stated.

Clubs ACT chief executive Gwyn Rees, who it was on announced on Wednesday night would be stepping down from his position, stated the organisation anticipated working with the next ACT government to help in reducing betting harm without “irreparably harming the sector”.

Mr Rees, who has been a critic of Mr Rattenbury, stated the procedures consisted of in the parliamentary arrangement remained in big part sensible. He said it was essential the government consulted with clubs to lower “adverse financial impacts”.

” Our club sector has actually already taken big steps towards decreasing dependence on video gaming,” he said.

” Because September 2015, the variety of devices on video gaming floors has actually been minimized from 5022 to just 3700 – well on its way to the federal government’s stated goal of 3500.

” Clubs have actually demonstrated their dedication to minimizing gambling harm in our neighborhood and we hope the federal government accepts the input and proficiency the sector can use moving on.”

In a statement released on Wednesday night, Clubs ACT president Kim Marshall said Mr Rees would step down from his position on January 29, ending his eight-year period with the organisation.

” Gwyn is carrying on to pursue new challenges and to commit more time to his young family after the birth of his second boy last year,” Mr Marshall said.

” On behalf of the board, I applaud Gwyn for his efforts and all that he has accomplished on behalf of clubs, consisting of substantial concessions through water charge waivers and bulk energy procurement.

” Gwyn has worked determinedly on behalf of our market during his tenure as CEO, nevertheless, he has actually decided the time is right for him to find new difficulties, and a balance in between his professional goals and family life.”

Mr Rees stated: “It’s been an outright advantage to serve the ACT club industry, I am sad to be leaving but will stay steadfastly a club male”.