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- A gambling machine venue should not be in front of a school. Just as you can’t advertise gambling to children, you shouldn’t be able to put gambling in front of children.
- Bendigo is a great place, but more gambling machines don’t make it better. We already have 641 machines and I feel that this is more than enough.
- Gambling machines cause severe negative effects on gamblers and Bendigo’s community. These include; poverty and bankruptcy, family breakup, deprivation and neglect of children, anxiety and depression, self-harm and suicide, family violence, and other harms. This adds up to two thirds the harm caused by alcohol or depression.
- The VCGLR should decline the application.
If you have a story about pokies in your life, or in your community – tell the council and VCGLR! They should know just how this application will impact you.