NSW appoints Gillian Eldershaw to ILGA board

Gillian Eldershaw has been appointed for a three-year term.
Gillian Eldershaw has been appointed for a three-year term.

The Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority has announced the appointment of Gillian Eldershaw as a new member of the board.

Australia.- The New South Wales Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority (ILGA) has appointed barrister Gillian Eldershaw to its board.

The announcement was made by Philip Crawford, ILGA chair, who welcomed Eldershaw for a three-year term. Crawford praised Eldershaw’s experience and said she “brings a wide array of skills which will be a great asset to ILGA.”

Eldershaw will replace Nicole McWilliam, whose term has finished, to brings the board’s membership back to eight. She is a barrister admitted to practice in New South Wales and in the High Court of Australia. She completed a Bachelor of Laws in 2004 and earned a Bachelor of Nursing in 1995.

The regulator said: “ILGA is committed to fair and transparent decision making and dealing with matters in a timely and efficient manner. People appointed to the ILGA board must be of the highest integrity and promote fair, transparent, and efficient decision-making. Ms Eldershaw clearly meets all these requirements.”

The rest of the comprises chair Philip Crawford, deputy chair Murray Smith and members Craig Sahlin, Stephen Parbery, Sarah Dinning, Samantha Zouroudis, and Paul Gentle.

NSW to create new casino regulator following Crown inquiry

The NSW government will create a new independent casino regulator that will have the powers of a standing Royal Commission and will be funded by a casino supervisory levy.

According to authorities, the creation of the new casino regulator follows a suggestion made by former Supreme Court judge Patricia Bergin in her final report, which found Crown unsuitable to hold its licence for its second Sydney casino.

Victor Dominello, minister for digital and customer service, said the new Independent Casino Commission would be in charge of approving all acquisitions, holdings or transfer of interest of 10 per cent or more in a casino licence. The regulator will also have to implement a new licensing regime for junkets.

In August, authorities also announced the creation of a new regulator for the state of Victoria. The Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission (VGCC) will replace the VCGLR and eventually control and monitor all gambling and gaming services in the state.

Melissa Horne, the state’s minister for consumer affairs, gaming and liquor regulation, said the VGCC would be stricter than the VCGLR.

Deborah Cope, a regulatory and public policy reform expert, has said the new regulatory body will have a dedicated division for employees working on the regulation of casino services and will employ people with expertise in the field.

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