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Kingston set to join alliance in a bid to stamp out problem gambling

27 June 2017

City of Kingston is taking a leading role in The Alliance for Gambling Reform in an effort to reduce the impact of problem gambling in the community.

Kingston Mayor David Eden said Kingston Council had joined the leadership group of the Alliance to help Council to work closely with key local governments and other stakeholders to reduce the negative effects of gambling on the community. 

“Although gambling is a lawful activity, some of our most vulnerable residents are suffering due to excessive problem gambling. The negative impacts often extend to their families, friends, and other members of our community” Cr Eden said.

“In the past financial year alone, Kingston residents lost an estimated $83.5 million through electronic gaming machine use. Research shows that vulnerable groups, including socially isolated people, those who are socio-economically disadvantaged, and people from multi-cultural backgrounds are those most at-risk.”

“Council is determined to ensure Kingston’s diverse community remains healthy, strong, and more connected. Contributing to this powerful coalition of organisations will enable us to make lasting positive change in the community.”

Kingston has joined the cities of Melbourne, Greater Dandenong, Moreland, Whittlesea and Monash on the leadership group.

“Through our Gambling Policy and Action Plan, City of Kingston has been lobbying for improved legislation and we will continue to work to improve industry practices and regulation. Joining The Alliance for Gambling Reform solidifies Council’s ongoing commitment to address the negative impacts of gambling in Kingston,” Cr Eden said.

Council will also work to discourage gambling operations in shopping centres. 

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