Harm from gambling

Harm from gambling

  • In 2015/16, player losses on pokies in Moonee Valley were over $75.4 million
  • There are 7.52 pokies per 1000 adults in Moonee Valley
  • Moonee Valley has 11 pokie venues with 732 pokie machines
  • On average, each adult in Moonee Valley lost $774 in 2015/16.

Harm from gambling can have significant and devastating impacts on a broad range of people, their families and communities including financial, family and psychological problems. We are committed to reduce harm from gambling in Moonee Valley and Victoria.

Pokie machines are particularly harmful as 42% of pokie losses are from people with serious pokie addictions (Productivity Commission, 2010). It is also estimated that 75% to 80% of people with a gambling addiction use poker machines.

A wide range of alternative recreational facilities and services are available to individuals and groups in Moonee Valley. Community centresneighbourhood houses and libraries offer a range of social and recreational programs. The North Eastern Primary Care Partnership developed a Social Outings Guide, which lists a range of non-gambling entertainment options for groups.

If you or someone you know suffers from gambling addiction, free call Gambler's Help on 1800 858 858.

Pokies Play You

In October 2015, we joined over 40 other local councils and organisations in forming the Alliance for Gambling Reform. The alliance seeks to drive additional legislative changes to minimise the harm caused by poker machine operators that target vulnerable communities.

The campaign has been driven by the powerful film Ka-Ching! Pokie Nation highlighting how pokie machines damage communities. Watch the trailer!

You can get involved by:

For more information, visit the Pokies Play You website.

Upcoming events

Join us at these upcoming events to learn more about how gambling impacts our community: 

Ka-ching! Pokie Nation documentary screening
Where:
Avondale Heights Library and Learning Centre,
When:
Friday, 9 June, 1pm -2.30pm
“They’re rigged. They’re addictive. They’re everywhere.” The documentary Ka-Ching! Pokie Nation exposes the addictive design of poker machines and how they damage our communities. Watch this powerful documentary and hear how gambling has impacted our community. 

Book online or call 8325 1940

Three Sides of the Coin
Where:
Flemington Library
When:
Wednesday, 12 July, 2pm-3pm
Come see a live performance by people who have been harmed by gambling, and understand the impact it has on our community. Followed by Q&A with the audience. 

Book online or call 8325 1940

Gaming Policy

In early 2015, Amendment C140 Gaming Policy was approved and incorporated into the Moonee Valley planning scheme. This policy provides guidance on applications to install or use a gaming machine or use land for gaming. 

This policy strengthens our position in determining where gaming machines should be located to protect our community from the harms associated with pokie machines. Free Yourself

More information

For more information on harm from gambling in Moonee Valley, contact our Community Planning Officer on 9243 8888 or health@mvcc.vic.gov.au

Last updated: Sunday, 16 July 2017, 12:55 PM