Macedon Ranges Shire Council Candidate Responses - Alliance for Gambling Reform

Macedon Ranges Shire 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?

J.S. AMENTA South  Over my 25+ years experience of crowd control, security patrol and working in various gaming venues I have witnessed a lot of negative impacts when it comes to alcohol and gambling.

Personally, I am not in support of growth of gambling in rural living.

As a successful candidate, we would be in support of, but not limited to all council level policies promoted by Alliance For Gambling Reform.

I am still wondering why anyone would ask me the question on whether I would even consider to “take any donations from venues or organisations that derive income from gambling interests?� and would like to clarify that I am standing against corruption.

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Graham HACKETT South  I will support Council Social policy and commit to treat Gambling Harm as a Public Health issue.
I will support Planning and Enforcement Policy to Oppose applications that will negatively impact on my Community.
I will Advocate to prevent Gambling harm to Community members.
Rob Guthrie South  Stop the expansion and reduce the number of machines in our towns
Adrian Gauci South  The Macedon Ranges is our HOME and I will challenge policies that are created to take advantage and/or cause harm to our community.  For me it is that simple!
Jennifer Anderson West Limiting locations, hours, associated activities, such as subsidized meals at gambling venues, and the amount that can be gambled on each machine will help to limit the harm from electronic gaming machines. Local councils need resources to support them to minimize the risks in gambling and advocate for change to occur. I support changes to Australian regulations in how the machines are set up that are aimed to disadvantage all players with lower rates of wins than anywhere else in the world, and for the visual and aural cues to not be the opposite of what is actually occurring such as positive sounding bells when you have actually just lost. I support not having council sponsored events at venues that have electronic gaming machines. I support gambling free safe public open spaces.
Mark Ridgeway West I like the vision which is clearly expressed in the Council Social Policy and agree with the steps outlined for planning, enforcement and advocacy. I firmly belive that it is important to shift the focus of blame away from the individual and place it with the systems and structures that enable harm to occur. 
Janet Pearce West I am a current Councillor at the Macedon Ranges Shire Council which is an Alliance supporter (not financial) and l am aware of the Alliance. I support the policies on the website in relation to it being seen as a Health and Wellbeing issue, also the Planning and Enforcement. I agree with the points documented in Advocacy related to State, Federal and Local. I understand the data regarding yearly spend in the Macedon Ranges -since 2010 around $9.4 million/ $9.5 million per year (which is sitting at $6.9 million last financial year most likely related to COVID 19). I note the Electronic Gaming Machine Policy Community Policy on Council's website is 2009. Thank you.