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Taking a stand against gambling harm

Taking a stand against gambling harm

Australian's lose more money to big gambling than any other country in the world - $23 billion every year.

More and more information is becoming available that demonstrates that poker machines are designed to take your money and be addictive. They cause the same chemical reaction in the brain as cocaine.

Gambling causes twice as much harm to the health of Australians as diabetes, bipolar disorder and cannabis dependence combined.

Pokies are addictive, like a loaded dice, they're rigged and a serious health issue.

Some facts about poker machines in the City of Whittlesea

  • the City of Whittlesea is currently ranked 7th out of 70 Local Government Areas for poker machine losses in Victoria
  • on average $293,136 is lost in our community each day
  • $107 million was lost in our municipality in the last year - or $154,840 per machine
  • $680 is lost per adult per capita
  • We are home to 4 of Victoria's top 20 venues for poker machine losses:
    • Epping Plaza Hotel, Epping - $20 million lost (ranked 1st in the State for losses)
    • Plough Hotel, Mill Park - $19 million lost (ranked 2nd in the State for losses)
    • Bundoora Taverner, Bundoora - $17 million (ranked 6th in the State for losses)
    • Excelsior Hotel, Thomastown - $16 million lost (ranked 9th in the State for losses)

What are we doing?

We are a foundation partner of the Alliance for Gambling Reform and the Pokies Play You campaign, calling for stronger industry controls to protect consumers and reduce the damage that gambling can bring to families and communities.

The Pokies Play You campaign aims to improve community understanding and awareness about the harm poker machines can do, and to harness local community action in calling for reforms.

Your support is vital - join us!

Here are some ways that you can get involved in the call for poker machine reforms:

Why are we lobbying against pokies?

Poker machines are causing our communities a great deal of harm.

Gambling harm has a devastating effect on individuals, families, businesses and the wider community.

We are all impacted by poker machines, and not just those who use pokies.

As a local council we have a role in managing the harmful impacts of gambling in local communities, particularly pokies in hotels and clubs.

Commercial Hotel

In 2016, Australia Leisure and Hospitality Group (ALH) submitted an application to the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) – the State’s independent statutory authority that regulates and approves licenses for poker machines – for the Commercial Hotel in South Morang to be a gambling venue with 40 poker machines.

The Hotel currently does not have any poker machines.

We were pleased when the VCGLR refused this application. Following this refusal, ALH Group sought a review of the decision at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal along with the planning permit that was refused by Council in March 2017.

Learn more about the fight against poker machines at the Commercial Hotel.

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