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28 May 2019

Dee Why RSL to face disciplinary complaint over gaming machine practices

The NSW Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority (ILGA) will consider a disciplinary complaint against Dee Why RSL following an investigation into alleged irresponsible gaming practices at the club.

The allegations concerning irresponsible gaming practices arose following the death of gaming patron Gary Van Duinen in June last year.

Liquor & Gaming NSW undertook a detailed investigation into claims that the club’s practices in relation to its gaming machines encouraged Mr Van Duinen to misuse and abuse gaming machines within the club.

With the investigation now complete, Liquor & Gaming NSW has lodged a formal disciplinary complaint with ILGA.

Under NSW gaming laws, ILGA has broad disciplinary powers where it is satisfied that any of the grounds on which the complaint was made apply.

These include formal reprimands, imposing or varying conditions through to suspension or cancellation of a licence and imposing fines up to $550,000 where it finds practices have encouraged the misuse and abuse of gambling activities.

It is not appropriate to make any further comment until ILGA has considered the complaint.

It is usual practice for ILGA to publish reasons for a decision once it finalises a disciplinary complaint proceeding.

Contact Gambling Help NSW on 1800 858 858.

MEDIA INQUIRIES: Eric Aubert (02) 9995 0794, 0438 207 294.