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Working with our community to stem the harm caused by pokies

30 May 2019

Kingston Council says ‘Enough is Enough’ and is launching a campaign to reduce the harm caused by poker machines in our community.

Kingston Mayor Georgina Oxley said Kingston has some of the highest losses to poker machines in the state – with annual losses of more than $86 million.

There are 898 poker machines at 16 local venues, yet under Victorian Government laws our area could have up to 1,213 electronic gaming machines (EGMs). And this number could grow further as our population increases.

“This is despite the fact that Kingston consistently rates third in Victoria for licenced venues, sixth for number of poker machines and in the top 10 for amount of money lost. Enough is enough.”

Council and our community are calling on the Victorian Government to make urgent changes to gaming laws to reduce the devastating impact of poker machines in Kingston.

Council has also joined forces with the Alliance for Gambling Reform, a national organisation working to minimise harm caused by poker machines.

Over the next few years Council’s Enough is Enough campaign will work to:

  • raise community awareness of the harm caused by poker machines in our community
  • build community support for the campaign
  • call on the Victorian Government to introduce stronger controls to minimise the number of poker machines in Kingston
  • help people find other ways to spend their time and make community connections.

Details: kingston.vic.gov.au/advocacy

 

 

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