Greater Geelong City Council Candidate Responses - Alliance for Gambling Reform

Greater Geelong 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?

Jim Mason Bellarine Council Social Policy; Planning and Enforcement; Advocacy- State and Federal. We must substantially reduce the Poker machine cap and work towards that using a public Health approach, reduce hours, and ban loyalty schemes.
Stephen Simmonds Bellarine Dont like them because of the hidden cost they have on society especially the poor and under educated
Naomi  Adams  Bellarine I support all policies you put forward. As a psychologist I have seen the harm from problem gambling 
Cory  Wolverton Bellarine Opposing more pokies in the Barwon region should be Geelong council policy. Further, I agree that terms such as 'gamble responsibly' are self exclusionary tactics that not only do not work, but can be harmful for individuals. More focus needs to be on the facilitators of gambling harm such as pokie venues and sports betting agencies. These facilitators of gambling harm need to be framed as such, not the people that are directly impacted by gambling.
I completed a honours thesis 3 years ago on pokies and their impact on older men. My research highlighted how accessible these machines are within the community and how addictive they can be. I came away really concerned about the amount of money that our communities put into these venues, with very little reward in the way of actual community services.
I do not support pokies in clubs, RSLs or community venues. These venues are frequented by regular and at times vulnerable people from our own communities. Pokie machines, that are deliberately deceptive by design, are too easy to access and often considered harmless fun, without the full consequences being fully outlined to participants. I support no more poker machines in Barwon and would reduce the amount of machines if given the opportunity, particularly those that are in clubs and community centres. The money made in these venues does not outweigh the damage to individuals, families and the community. 
Louis Hehir Brownbill Not use gambling venues for council events,To not allow future poker machine on Council
land, and plan and support the transition
away from gambling use by existing venues
To make organisations that operate EGMs
ineligible for rates discounts. 
louis Hehir Brownbill Council should not be endorsing venues who support these machines. It is time that poker machines became a thing of the past.
Stretch Kontelj Brownbill i would like to see a steady reduction in the number of poker machines in Victoria particularly in low socio- economic suburbs.  I would like to see more education and public awareness of the harm caused by gambling and its addiction. 
Melissa Cadwell Brownbill I support all of the policies in the Candidate Information Pack , especially stopping the expansion of gambling in our suburbs and towns
Sarah Mansfield Brownbill All of them.
To not hold council events or activities at gambling venues
To not make council grants available to venues or organisations that operate EGMs
To not allow future poker machine on Council land, and plan and support the transition away from gambling use by existing venues
To make organisations that operate EGMs ineligible for rates discounts.
Discarding the phrases 'responsible gambling' and 'problem gambling' from
council documents and discussions. These phrases reinforce stigma by placing
responsibility for gambling harm and addiction on the individual instead of on the
systems and structures in place that enable gambling harm
Shift to the public health narrative of referring to 'gambling harm'
Do an assessment of social and economic impacts of poker machine venue
applications, and commit resources to opposing those that will negatively impact
the community
Maximise community awareness of and engagement with poker machine venue
Ensure venues are compliant with planning and other requirements through active
Advocate to state and federal governments for legislative reform to reduce and prevent gambling harm
Create awareness in the local community by creating news stories around gambling
harm and undertake other harm minimisation projects
I have advocated strongly against any new applications for poker machines in our municipality during my first term on council, have instigated a review of our gambling policy (still pending), and will continue this work if re-elected.
Peter Murrihy Brownbill In the past 3 years we have had several matters come before Council seeking an increase in the number of machines. I have been consistent in voting against these on each occasion.
Jose Rodriguez Lopez Brownbill Dear AGR + Members,
Thank you for bringing Gambling Reform to my attention. I am supportive of any reform with aims at reducing social and economic harm.
I believe Local Councils/Councillors have a duty to reflect the highest standard of community expectations and would support a reduction in Gambling Advertisements; particularly when Children are likely to be participating/viewing the sport. I also believe that there is no place for gambling in Local Community Sports, and am surprised to learn that this may exist, and be seen by junior players.
I am generally supportive of the policy, and will commit to a comprehensive  briefing to ascertain the impact of Poker Machines within the Greater Geelong region.
Thanks again for bringing this issue to my attention.
Feel free to reach out directly if you wish to discuss any matters specific to the municipality.
Michael  Stangel Kardinia All of them and I agree with Poker Machine Policy
Jen Gamble Kardinia I support all reforms across all levels of government that are in the candidate pack, in particular I despise gambling advertising which I believe is normalising gambling for our children. 
I have had too many friends whose families have been impacted by poker machines resulting in their parents losing their entire retirement savings.  I would like to see a complete phase-out of all poker machines in Victoria and support all policies that will prevent the immeasurable harm of these machines on the community.
Andy Richards Kardinia I support a gambling free public space and gambling free community sport. I will advocate to stop the expansion of gambling in City of Greater Geelong.
Bruce Harwood Kardinia Reducing Poker Machine hours to ultimately reduce poker machine loses to the user. Ideally I support the removal of all poker machines as a form of gambling.
Anthony Hamilton-Smith Kardinia I'd be happy to do whatever I can to reduce the amount of poker machines in Geelong.  
Mark Brunger Kardinia My position is that it has a place in our community, however, we need to ensure that the proper safeguards are in place to help those that need support.
monique connell Windermere My position is that poker machines cause untold harm to families and have no real benefit. I would like gambling to be removed from all situation where is may be seen by or impact children and would ideally like it to be treated like tobacco advertising. Poker machines have no place in society at all. I support all your policies and will campaign for gambling reform.
Sarah  Hathway Windermere I support all policies that would seek to minimise or remove harm to families and communities caused by gambling.