Hobsons Bay City Council Candidate Responses - Alliance for Gambling Reform

Hobsons Bay 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?

Angelica  Geiger Cherry Lake  Not to further increase in my municipality the number of machines. 
Dominique Dybala Cherry Lake  I am committed to continuing to reduce gambling harm in my community. Hobsons Bay City Council has a strong policy statement 'Problem Gambling on EGMs'.  There are many areas in this community who are vulnerable to the profound financial, social and health impacts of gambling. Council policy, whilst an excellent step, requires a shift from the language of problem vs. responsible gambling to gambling harm in line with the Alliance for Gambling Reform recommendations. I know that council has a role to play in offering the health and wellbeing opportunities that give people social connection away from gaming venues. I will advocate the council explores those options in this community.  I will also advocate for the continued reforms to gambling legislation required at a State and Federal Level.
Ross Alexander Strand I would be very committed to stopping and slowing the spread of pokies in community sport. 
Grant Richey Wetlands I support all of the policies listed in your documentation, provided such policies are considered with substantial community consolation. The right to gamble is one that I support, but the legal exceptions surrounding gambling venues and the inundating advertising strategies are not in the best interest of our society.
Adele Torr Wetlands All of them, particularly your social policy to change the narrative to gambling harm. Gambling addiction is a contributing factor in domestic violence cases and mental health and I pledge to remove all gambling advertising in any form. This manipulation is deceitful and requires strong regulation and enforcement of compliance.
Graham McGuire Wetlands Poker machines are not good for anyone (except the owners of poker machines).
Stephen Currie Wetlands I support all 3; to support gambling free public space, keep community sport free of gambling and stop the expansion of gambling. I have seen the harm that gambling can do, and believe Council has a role to prevent it becoming a tempting lifeline for our local sporting and social clubs; by ensuring funding and opposing poker machines where they have the power.