70 New poker Machines Coming to Truganina

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The installation of 70 poker machines in Truganina has been approved by the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation.

ABC News reports that the new machines will land in the community, despite opposition and a unanimous vote against the proposal by Wyndham City Council.

Alliance for Gambling Reform chief advocate Tim Costello said the outcome of the application, made by the Werribee Football Club and supported by state member for Werribee Tim Pallas was “disappointing”.

A VCGLR spokesperson said the commission considered the “position of the club” and “concerns raised by council and other community groups” in making its decision.

“After a two-day hearing in March, the commission determined that the application on balance would have no net detriment to the wellbeing of the community of the City of Wyndham,” the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson said Club Tarneit would have to comply with “numerous conditions” including the establishment of the Werribee Football Club – Club Tarneit Foundation”, where $75,000 each year would be invested back into community sports and not-for-profit organisations.

The application will now go back to Wyndham City Council.

Workshops cover gambling harm for seniors

A Victorian council has launched a new set of workshops for seniors and people who work with seniors to brainstorm a future free from gambling harm.

Mirage News reports that Wyndham City has partnered with Gambler’s Help and IPC Health to facilitate the Stepping Out workshops.

They are intended for seniors who live, work or recreate in Wyndham, as well as any service providers, social activity planners or volunteers who work or plan activities for seniors.

The workshops aim to build stronger social connections for older people, free from gambling harm, by encouraging seniors in Wyndham to consider alternate venues and activities for recreation.

The workshops are tailored towards participants’ accessibility requirements, using in-language interpreters for online and in-person workshops, hearing loops for in-person workshops and any other adjustments required to suit participants’ level of ability.

Interested participants can sign up as an individual, group or workplace.

Community Safety Portfolio Holder Cr Susan McIntyre said the council is committed to protecting and promoting the health and wellbeing of all Wyndham residents by preventing the harms associated with gambling.

“Half of the Australian adult population for non-gambling activities like to have a meal, catch up with friends or participate in sport and recreation activities.”

“Evidence shows that during such visits, they will spend some time playing electronic gaming machines.

“These workshops aim to educate seniors and those who work with seniors about gambling harm and to discover gambling free venues and activities for recreation in Wyndham.

“We are focusing on promoting a healthy social life for seniors, free from gambling harm and to support our communities in Wyndham to make choices to participate in gambling-free activities.

“We encourage all seniors and people who work with seniors to register for a workshop, to help create a future free from gambling harm.”

Workshops start in March and take place until August.

Money poured in Wyndham pokies

The amount of money being poured into poker machines has dropped across Wyndham, but the city’s mayor says it needs to fall much further.

Bay 93.9 reported in March 2020 that losses by Wyndham gamblers have fallen by $1.8 million in the first half of this financial year.

However, Mayor Josh Gilligan said a staggering $290,000 was still being lost every day within the municipality.

Cr Gilligan said the city was committed to short and long-term initiatives to reduce the damage caused by gambling, including a total ban on poker machines on council-owned property.

“(also) banning any pokie venues in shopping centres and shopping strips,” Cr Gilligan said.

“On a longer-term basis, we’re looking at some of the factors that are leading to people falling through the cracks around the difficulties that come with addiction to pokies,” Cr Gilligan said.

William Brown

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