During 2018-19, $106.1 million was lost at Wyndham’s 13 gaming venues. That’s more than $290,000 every day! At the same time, online sports betting continues to be the fastest growing sector of the gambling industry.
Harm from gambling is more common than you think. Recent exit interviews from 18 Victorian gaming venues found that more than 70 per cent of people playing the pokies experience harm. And gambling harm is not just about losing money. It affects relationships, employment, and mental and physical health, as well as families, friends, local business and the broader community.
Council is increasingly concerned about gambling harm and has adopted the Wyndham Gambling Harm Minimisation Policy and Action Plan. It outlines a set of goals and objectives to prevent and reduce harm from gambling, supported by a range of practical actions to be implemented over the life of the policy.
Key achievements to date include:
- commencing a review of the gaming provisions in the Wyndham Planning Scheme
- trialling alternative activities to reduce our reliance on gaming venues for social support programs
- supporting Deakin University to collect local data as part of a research project examining the relationship between older adults and gaming venues
- introducing a policy to prevent new Council events or programs being held in gaming venues
- delivering a range of advocacy activities around key issues such as Victoria’s Responsible Gambling Code of Conduct and federal gambling advertising regulations.
Gambling Harm Information Register
Join our Gambling Harm Information Register to stay up to date on Council’s activities to tackle gambling harm in Wyndham!
The following resources will help you understand the extent of gambling harm in Wyndham, and support you to have your say on future gaming applications:
- Pokies venues in Wyndham – a summary of the location and annual losses at Wyndham’s 13 gaming venues
- Hidden harm: Low-risk and moderate risk gambling – an infographic which highlights the impact of gambling harm on low and moderate risk gamblers (reproduced from research commissioned by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation)
- How to run an effective community campaign against pokies – tips for getting involved in the assessment of gaming applications (produced by the Victorian Local Governance Association)
News and Advocacy
The following links provide information on local news and recent advocacy activities:
- Encore Presents Morning Melodies (18 July 2019) – this exciting new program will be hosted in a safe, accessible and welcoming environment.
- Australian Local Government Association: 2019 Resolutions (June 2019) – one of Wyndham’s resolutions (number 87) called on the Federal Government to publish more detailed online gambling expenditure data.
- More Pokies to Harm Wyndham (1 November 2018) – Council’s response to a state government decision that will bring 80 new gaming machines to the municipality.
Each of these organisations plays a role in reducing gambling harm, incorporating a mix of advocacy, support, research and regulation:
- Alliance for Gambling Reform – the Alliance’s website details their current campaigns and recent media coverage (Wyndham City is an ‘Alliance Leader’).
- Victorian Local Governance Association - the VLGA’s website includes useful resources for local government, communities and employers.
- Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation – the Foundation’s website includes useful statistics and research, as well information on support services and awareness programs.
- Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation – the Commission’s website includes detailed gambling data, as well as information on gaming hearing and decisions.