It is clear that gambling harm is a problem which needs to be taken seriously within the Banyule community. Pokie losses have risen an alarming 7.5% to $19.2 million from February to May of this year when compared with the same period in 2017. In the 2016-17 financial year, the average amount lost per adult to poker machines in Banyule was $549! Currently, annual losses are nearly at $56 million and Banyule is in the top 20 municipalities for gambling harm in Victoria.
Banyule City Council is currently considering a Draft Gambling Policy. It's fantastic leadership and recognises the enormous harm poker machines cause to Banyule.
But, the policy has a lot of room to improve so if you can send this short submission to the Council- it'll help to make sure Council is taking meaningful action (like not hosting Council events or taking money from pokie venues or the gambling industry).
This is just like signing a petition, all you need to do is write your name, address and email address and then hit send! This is a quick action that can have a big impact for ensuring your area is safer from poker machine harm.
Adding a personal message at the start of the submission will also go a long way in displaying to Councillors why this is so important for you!