No More Pokies for Bendigo!
Dear Honourable Jacinta Allan and Minister Marlene Kairouz,
Bendigo is already home to 641 poker machines and now Bendigo Stadium Ltd is attempting to add 44 more. The Council took leadership to prevent Bendigo being subject to higher levels of pokie harm but now the matter is being heard by the VCGLR.
Ms Allan, in 2015-2016, on average Bendigo lost $133,000 from poker machines per day, $48,696,384 in that year – or approx. $77,542 per machine. That's $575 per adult.
Minister Kairouz, the link between pokies and social harms, including: domestic violence, poverty and mental health issues, is well-established. It is estimated that for every person with a gambling issues, 7.3 people (family, friends, colleagues) are adversely affected. Pokies account for 75-80% of gambling-related harm.
Your Government made a commitment to decrease family violence in Victoria, and I applaud you for that. But to allow an increase in pokies would not only be a contradiction, it would see this commitment undone. I don't want that for my community.
Help us to keep Wellington Hotel pokie-free. Protect our community. Ask the VCGLR to reject this application!