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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 12 Hansard (31 October) . . Page.. 4561 ..


This government's view is that reliance on gaming machines as a primary source of revenue is not sustainable. Many clubs themselves recognise this—

Mr Coe interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Coe, that is enough.

MR RAMSAY: and are engaging with the government right now to take up incentives that will promote new business models and reduce gaming machine numbers at the same time.

Mr Coe interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Coe, not another word, thank you, or you will be warned too.

MR RAMSAY: Over the course of this term we have focused on supporting small and medium clubs. We recognise the cultural, sporting and social values that these clubs offer. And that is why additional incentives are in our pathway to 4,000 machines for small and medium clubs. That is also why we provided a 50 per cent tax rebate and a $10,000 grant for these clubs beginning last financial year.

We can achieve a reduction in the number of our gaming machine authorisations as well as stronger harm minimisation and also a stronger club sector at the same time. And we will continue to work closely with the industry, with workers and with the community to deliver on our commitments.

Mr Barr: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answer to question without notice

Ginninderry—environmental impact statement

MR GENTLEMAN: For members' interest, I will give a short explanation of the EIS process after Ms Lee's question earlier on. I advise the Assembly that as the proposal involves areas and processes listed under schedule 4 of the Planning and Development Act 2007, an impact track development application, a DA, is required for the urban development of Ginninderry stage 2 and subsequent stages.

An impact track DA must be accompanied by either a completed EIS or an EIS exemption granted by the Minister for Planning and Land Management. A proponent may only apply for an EIS exemption if the expected environmental impacts of a development proposal have been addressed by relevant studies less than five years old.

The information submitted as part of the EIS exemption application is subject to the same regulatory scrutiny as a draft EIS, including a detailed environmental assessment, statutory public consultation and a referral to entities. The difference between an EIS exemption process and an EIS process is that if current and detailed


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