Essendon FC` - Alliance for Gambling Reform

Essendon FC`

To the Board & Management of Essendon Bombers FC-

Over the last year, we're seeing more AFL clubs than every before commit to getting out of pokies as a means of funding their footy. You seem to be attempting to do the opposite.

You currently own 190 poker machines which last year, took $11.85 million out of the community!

And now, you're attempting to extend your lease for the Melton Country Club- home to 89 pokies.

Melton is in the lowest category for socio-economic disadvantage possible, meaning it is among the poorest areas in Australia. Melton is also one of the fastest growing councils, in terms of population, in the country.

It's an area vulnerable to harm from poker machines and you shouldn't be trying to profit from that.

It's time for you to get out of pokies!

Will you sign?

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Essendon currently owns 190 poker machines which last year, took $11.85 million out of the community!

They are ranked FOURTH for pokie harm among AFL Clubs.

And now, they're attempting to extend their current lease for the Melton Country Club- home to 89 pokies.

Melton is in the lowest category for socio-economic disadvantage possible, meaning it is among the poorest areas in Australia. Melton is also one of the fastest growing councils, in terms of population, in the country. 

It's an area that's already vulnerable to pokie harm and Essendon should not be trying to make that worse!

Essendon have in the past expressed their desire to lessen their reliance on pokies. In 2015 they decided they would no longer accept sponsorship from sports betting companies.

We need to push them HARD to get them out of pokies RIGHT NOW!