Nelson Marlborough DHB Social Impact Assessment of Draft Nelson City Council Gambling Policy Report

The Gambling Act 2003 requires that Territorial Local Authorities develop Class 4 and Totaliser Agency Board (TAB) venue policies in consultation with their communities and that these are subject to review every three years.

In adopting a policy, territorial local authorities must have regard to the social impact of gambling in their community.

Nelson City Council (NCC) adopted a Class 4 and TAB Gambling Policy in early 2004 and the three-yearly review was due for completion in February 2007. NCC staff decided to undertake a Social Impact Assessment (SIA) to inform this process and to work with the Public Health Service (PHS) of Nelson Marlborough District Health Board (NMDHB) to carry this out.

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