Monash City Council Candidate Responses - Alliance for Gambling Reform

Monash 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?

Shane Dwyer Glen Waverley To reduce gambling losses, limit access and availability of poker machines, support bans of gambling advertising at sporting events, not to accept donations from gambling organisations
Geoff Lake Glen Waverley I generally support all of the Alliance’s policies.  Keep up the good work.
Reynie Hafner Glen Waverley Council Social Policy, Planning and Enforcement, Advocacy
I am furious that Victoria ever allowed gambling to be legalised! I oppose all gambling due to the harm caused to vulnerable gambling addicts. If elected to Council, I will NOT support applications for EGM's and will advocate against all forms of gambling!
Anjalee de Silva Mount Waverley I support each of the policies referred to in the Candidate Information Pack. As a female candidate who is committed to furthering the interests and wellbeing of women and children in my local community, I am deeply concerned about the links between gambling and family violence. In relation to poker machine policy in particular, I am wholly committed to supporting:
- measures to prevent future poker machines on Council land;
- planning for and implementing the transition away from gambling use by existing venues;
- assessments of the social impacts of poker machine venue applications and measures to oppose those that will negatively impact the community;
- community awareness of and engagement with poker machine venue applications; and
- venue compliance with planning and other requirements through active enforcement.
Bill Dayandas Mount Waverley I am opposed to poker machine and gambling in general. I would like to see sports gambling banned altogether. Especially at the AFL.  
Rebecca Paterson Mount Waverley I actually think we have already addressed everything in the pack. Happy to be corrected if not. I have consistently voted to support measures that reduce harm from gambling in our city as well as supporting advocacy efforts by the alliance including personally writing to Woolworths, AFL clubs etc. 
Simon Miller Mulgrave I am committed to reducing gambling harm in the Monash municipality.
Tina Samardzija Mulgrave I support your policies on how to reduce gambling harm at a local level
Paul Klisaris  Mulgrave The poking industry is a scourge on our society. This industry targets the vulnerable and contributes to domestic violence and misfortunes of individuals and families.
Michael Gardner Oakleigh Outlaw gambling adds, Reduce advertising to live events only, ban on monetized games such as Roblox, Strict controls on betting apps, eliminate kids Gambling arcades such as  Mathew Flinders(Holmesglen) and Totally Game(Southland),  Poker machines down to 5c wagers (there should be no prospect of collecting more than $5 per hour) hours reduced to 10pm close
Jennifer Jaeger Oakleigh I like all of them, having had a close friend who was a gambler who lost all his money I know full well the terrible toll gambling takes on our community.  I fully support your campaign and will do all I can if elected to support your goal.
DANNY COLLINS Oakleigh I support limits on Poker machines and greater warning and support for those addicted to gambling
Stuart James Oakleigh As an incumbent Councillor I have strongly aligned with everything the AGR stands for and believe in all of their policies. My preference would be that anyone wanting to play a machine would have to have a State run membership card (similar to a drivers license) in order to activate a machine, so that problem gambling could be easily identified and addressed.
Josh Fergeus Oakleigh I've been strongly supportive of the Alliance and its initiatives over my four years on Council, and I can commit to supporting all policies which aim to reduce the tremendous harm caused by poker machines in my community.