Council stands against pokies

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Moonee Valley City Council is taking its fight against pokies to the streets as part of a statewide anti-gambling campaign run by a group of local councils.

As a founding member of the Alliance for Gambling Reform, Council is working to combat harm from gambling through its ‘Pokies Play You’ campaign in the lead-up to the state election.

Moonee Valley Mayor Cr John Sipek said gambling harm was a significant problem in the community.

“Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation data reveals more than $78 million was lost on poker machines last financial year in Moonee Valley alone. That translates to $215,312 lost by our residents every day,” Cr Sipek said.

“This figure is absolutely unacceptable and it is our most vulnerable community members who are suffering the greatest impacts of gambling harm.

“We’re taking this message to the streets with a mobile billboard travelling through Moonee Valley this week to highlight the desperate need for reforms.”

Portfolio holder for Community Wellbeing Cr Jim Cusack said pokies addiction was taking a terrible toll on our community.

“The cost of gambling is not only felt in our residents’ back pockets, it also impacts their health and wellbeing and that of their families,” Cr Cusack said.

“We know what the problem is and we know from the Productivity Commission that the best way to reduce harm is by reducing the maximum bet limit to $1.We are now calling on the State Government to reduce the bet limit, reduce venue operating hours, and ensure venues have greater responsibility to protect their customers from harm.”

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If you or anyone you know is struggling with gambling addiction, please call the Gambling Helpline on 1800 858 858.

Contact for journalists:
Sarah Schwager, Media Advisor
Phone: 03 9243 8813; Mobile 0447 517 177; Email: media@mvcc.vic.gov.au

Last updated: Sunday, 11 November 2018, 10:16 PM