In the lead up to the State Government election, Brimbank Council is calling on all political parties to introduce changes to reduce harm from poker machines.
Brimbank has had the highest gambling losses of any municipality in Victoria for the last 10 years.
A staggering $1.4 billion has been lost on poker machines in Brimbank in the past 10 years.
The Pokies Play Brimbank campaign demands the Victorian Government introduce the following changes to gambling regulation:
$1 maximum bets on all EGMs
Have a $1 maximum bet per spin on all EGMs to reduce the amount of money gamblers can lose each time they press a button and slow the rate of losses.
Reduced operating hours
Currently venues are able to remain open for 20 hours each day which means that community members are able to access pokies virtually around the clock. We want to reduce the maximum number of hours that gambling venues can operate.
A sinking cap on the number of EGMs in Brimbank
Brimbank currently has 953 poker machines – the maximum allowable number of machines. Brimbank is calling for a “sinking cap” which would mean that as pokies are removed from one venue, they would not be replaced in another venue.
Research to better understand the local impact of harmful gambling
Urgent investment in research is needed to look at the social, economic and health impact of harmful gambling on individuals, their families and local communities.
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