It has been revealed that in the tiny island south of Australia, Tasmania, the local government has endorsed the activation of an App to monitor gambling hotspots. The developers of the App, Anglicare Tasmania, a campaign group who highlight the effects of pokies and gambling in the community added the map of the island on the App. It is believed that the areas with high gambling losses will be highlighted in red while the no-loss areas can be seen in white on the map. According to the developers, the App will aid the government in combating gambling problems in the selected areas.
The head of the project, who is also the manager at the research centre, Meg Webb singled out a few local government areas with high poker machines. The areas that will get special attention include Glenorchy, Launceston and Devonport among others. “The smartphone App will aid the community in knowing exactly what to fight against and how to combat it”, added Meg Webb.
Government winning the battle against gambling
The recent reports states that Glenorchy, situated just outside the Hobart, has the highest number of losses per year. It is said that in the past year alone, over $20 million dollars have been lost at the small suburb outside the capital in bets. Despite the reports, the local government still insists that the general problem of gambling is decreasing.
According to the reports released by the Department of Treasury and Finance, the state of Tasmania has a low per capita poker machines on average than any other Australian region.
The state bites its own tail…
The clubs that have pokies are not about to let go of them despite the fear that the government wants to wage war. The powerful hotel and clubs that have machines and tables are not giving up without a fight.
Although the App promises to sway people away from the machines, Steve Old of the Tasmanian Hospitality Association, was quoted saying that government may lose out on revenues due to this. Based on strict tax rules for the gambling houses, if the Anglicare Tasmania gets its wish, items like community support levy may suffer as they benefit from the gambling.