Brimbank City Council Candidate Responses - Alliance for Gambling Reform

Brimbank City Council Candidate Responses

Candidate Responses

First Name

Last Name


Do you support reducing the opening hours of poker machine venues?

Do you support local governments having greater say on the granting or refusing applications for poker machines in their respective communities?

Do you support the banning of all sports gambling ads?

Will you pledge to not take any donations from venues or organisations that derive income from gambling interests?

Will you commit to reducing gambling harm in your LGA?


Which of the policies
referred to in our Candidate Information Pack do you support?

What is your position on poker machine policy?

Sarah Branton Grasslands I support all of the policies referred to in the Candidate Information Pack. I believe poker machines need policy that protect the public from harm, similar to tobacco harm policy. In every way we should be minimising encouragement to gamble, whether it's through advertising or accessibility. 
Alexis Nguyen Grasslands Council Social Policy. We need legislative reform to reduce and prevent gambling harm.
Christopher O'Reilly Grasslands Gambling is addictive and extremely harmful to the heath and wellbeing of so many in our community. It is important to take the measures like those outlined in these policies, to reiterate the need to take the concern seriously and work towards reducing harm.
Andrew Chang Harvester I support all of them, and i think pokies in the local areas are a blight. I think in order to ensure pokies revenue is not the reason for governments allow pokies in the first place, we need to advocate for government to find alternative sources of revenue for programs that are earmarked using pokies revenue. 
Katharine Nikolic Harvester I support all policies. I particularly resonate with and deem the position of council to be influential in ending gambling ads particularly relating to local sporting clubs and venues. Our council topped the state in terms of looses. Certainly a statistic not to be proud of. However the councils Gambling Policy of 2019 I believe is quite strong to set a precedent for future improvements particularly in considerations regarding EGM's on council land and understanding the social issues that relate to gambling activity and undertaking the activity itself. There is room here for social integration and exploring alternative ways to engage individuals. I support efforts for not allowing future poker machines on council land and as a potential councillor will make this clear. I also support the transitioning from poker machines by existing venues to continue effort to reduce gambling harm and prevalence particularly to understand the effects on those most disadvantaged and vulnerable CALD communities. A grassroots and local approach is significant in its ability to achieve meaningful reform within this sector.
Thomas O'Reilly Harvester Advocacy - let's spread awareness on the matter and do our bit to bring families back together as they are often affected when there is a gambling addict in the family.
Hannah Andrianopoulos Horseshoe Bend Ending gambling ads.
Andrew  Lappos Taylors  My policy would be to reduce poker machine where possible and provide more education to people 
Sanela Osmic Taylors  I do not see them as mutually exclusive because the issue needs to be addressed from multiple angles. However, I do believe that local Councils need to have a good Council Social Policy and ensure that local community is well informed. I do not agree with the phrase "responsible gambling" and the Council should "walk the talk" by refusing to support organisations that operate EGM's in any way. 
Andrew  Lappos Taylors Limiting and reducing poker machine licences where appropriate and introducing more stronger permit approval processes