A crackdown on the gaming machine shutdown period by the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing (OLGR) has resulted in 35 penalty notices this year, with the Government body warning licensed venues to ensure their machines are shut down for the required period each day.

The Gaming Machines Act NSW (2001) requires that licensed venues operating gaming machines shut down their machines for a mandatory six hours, or three hours with the approval of the Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority, with penalty notices of $1100 issued to non-compliant venues. 

The 35 fines so far this year have totalled $38,500 across five hotels and one club. 

Four of the penalised venues were based in Sydney, with one each based in Newcastle and Wollongong. 

The Shout Team

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