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City of Ballarat Community Magazine September 2010
Residents have taken the opportunity to have their say on Council's draft
Electronic Gaming Machine Community Policy.
Council developed the Electronic Gaming Machine Community Policy to
help ensure the appropriate balance is struck between access to electronic
gaming machines and their recreational benefits, and Council's broader
responsibilities relating to community health and wellbeing.
The draft policy highlights Council's position in relation to a number of
preventative responsible gambling strategies, machine numbers and
There are seven policy positions that Council was seeking feedback on:
Policy 1 -- City of Ballarat supports a collaborative approach to managing
the impacts of gaming.
Policy 2 -- Gaming machines should be a safe and enjoyable recreational
pursuit and their design should reflect that.
Policy 3 -- City of Ballarat will work in a collaborative manner through the
Ballarat Responsible Gambling Committee to ensure that self-exclusion
and pre-commitment strategies are as effective as possible.
Policy 4 -- City of Ballarat will limit the accessibility of Electronic Gaming
Machines (EGMs) by:
• Ensuring the number of EGMs in the city does not exceed the
regional cap for the City of Ballarat.
• Supporting the location of EGMs within the Central Business
District (CBD) where they will be accessible to visitors to the
• With the exemption of the CBD, not supporting EGMs being
located within areas where people congregate.
• Not supporting EGMs where the effect would be provision of
high levels of convenience for vulnerable populations.
Policy 5 -- City of Ballarat will continue to disseminate information about
the risks associated with EGM gambling, and alternative recreational
Policy 6 - City of Ballarat will work in a collaborative manner with the Ballarat
Responsible Gambling Committee to identify alternative recreational activities
targeted at the needs of problem gamblers.
Policy 7 -- City of Ballarat will facilitate the redistribution of revenues from
gaming venues to ensure that they benefit a broad cross section of the
Ballarat community. This will be achieved through the establishment of an
independently administered Community Benefit Grants Scheme.
Public submissions on the Draft Policy closed on Friday 20 August.
Submissions are now being considered and a review of the draft policy
will take place before going back to Council for consideration in October.
Visit the Gardens in spring
If you are looking for some colour to inspire your spring-time mood, drop
into the Conservatory and Ballarat Botanical Gardens to enjoy the many
beautiful garden displays on offer during their showcase season.
As spring arrives the annual garden beds are starting to overflow with
foxgloves and poppies, and spring bulbs of daffodils, jonquils and tulips
are starting to raise their cheery heads. It truly is a beautiful sight and one
to shake off the winter gloom.
Currently the Conservatory is featuring the very popular 'Winter Daze' display
of cyclamen, cineraria and primula. Spring is always a busy time of the year
for the Gardens and Conservatory, with the 'Schizanthus' display opening
on Saturday 9 October and a number of free exhibitions from the Botanical
Gardens Tenant groups.
The Conservatory features five stunning floral displays a year.
Why not make the Gardens and Conservatory a regular venue, drop in for
a coffee, buy that special gift, or treat visiting friends and relatives to one
of Ballarat's most beautiful settings, at any time of the year.
The Conservatory is open daily from 9am to 5pm.
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