The NSW Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority (ILGA) will visit the Newcastle region this week to gain better insights into regional issues as part of its Regional Engagement Strategy.
It follows successful visits to the Northern Rivers and Albury earlier in the year.
ILGA Chairperson Caroline Lamb said regional visits were important to ensure the Authority was responsive to the unique needs of each community it served.
“This visit is in line with ILGA’s goal of engaging with different communities and stakeholders to ensure its regulatory decision making is well-informed and relevant,” Ms Lamb said.
Board members and staff will meet community representatives and key local organisations including:
City of Newcastle (Council)
Newcastle Liquor Accords
Australian Hotels Association NSW
Hunter New England Local Health Districts
Ms Lamb said the Authority looked forward to working closely with the Newcastle community and building strong relationships to help ILGA continue to make a positive impact in the region.
“By listening to locals’ concerns, we can be confident that our future decisions are fair, balanced and well-suited to the needs of the people in the area,” Ms Lamb said.
“We will be meeting with a range of groups and individuals to understand what matters to the Newcastle community when it comes to the impacts of liquor and gaming on crime, health and local industry.
“These visits will give us firsthand accounts to support the data and help us make decisions in the public interest.”
For more information, visit: https://www.liquorandgaming.nsw.gov.au/independent-liquor-and-gaming-authority.
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