Port Phillip City Council Candidate Responses - Alliance for Gambling Reform

Port Phillip 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?

Steven Armstrong Canal All of them. If I had my way the bases to Albury would still be running.
Dick Gross Canal I support all of your policies.  I hate the pokies.  I find the incursion into all of our lives with gambling ads awful.  We have to lower this omnipresence of the gambling industry in our lives and that of our children in particular.  Dick
Lesley G Pianella Canal I support all policies outlined, including your council social policy, planning and enforcement policy and advocacy policy.
Dennis Bilic Canal Personally, I see absolutely no benefit of pokies to the community, so I support all your policies.
Dick Gross Canal I hate gambling.  It is an evil, addictive health problem that must be addressed.  Governments have been too weak.  I have looked at the Local Government Asks from the Pack and support all three of them namely:
1. Support gambling-free public space
2. Back gambling-free community sport.  I find the ubiquity of gambling in sport abhorrent.
3. Stop the expansion of gambling in our suburbs & towns.
Thanks for your work.
Tim Baxter Canal Harm from gambling is a public health issue, not an issue of individual vice. It's incumbent on local governments to make our community safer and healthier, and therefore using the powers that we have, including advocacy, to limit gambling harms as much as possible. That includes Council support to move venues from a reliance on pokies to a healthier situation.
Trina Lewis Gateway I am yet to form firm views these policies without deeper investigation - but know that I very sensitive to the negative impact of gambling.  The one thing I can say that I am absolutely against is gambling advertising.  Would like to talk to you about this and your organisation more. thank you
Stan Gyles Gateway To not allow future poker machine on Council land, and plan and support the transition away from gambling use by existing venues
Earl James Gateway I agree that gambling is a serious public health issue that causes great harm to our communities. I will support all three advocacy asks of the Alliance. As a teacher, I am particularly concerned about the corrosive role of the gambling industry in funding community sports. I worry that like tobacco companies before them, the gambling industry is trying to make a conveyor belt of addiction to gambling. 
Katherine Copsey Lake I recognise that harm from gambling is a public health issue and am supportive of local governments using the levers within their power to attempt to reduce harm from gambling.
I support advocacy to state and federal governments for legislative reform to reduce harm from gambling.
If re-elected I will support gambling free public space, support gambling-free community sport and actively seek to stop the expansion of gambling in our suburbs and towns where applications pose a detriment to the community.
Geoffrey Conaghan Lake Overall, I do not gambling.
Adrian Jackson Lake I oppose all online gambling and pokies in venues should be banned. I hate the moronic bogan ads on TV. In Port Phillip the number of machines have reduced including in St Kilda RSL were I am a member. A decade ago the Danish Club closed and sold its mansion in Beaconsfield Pde to a fashion industry lady. The Bleakhouse Hotel was once owned by the Collingwood AFL club and had pokies but it to was sold and the pokies remove after  a classy renovation. Its a pit that the police cant come in an smash up the machines. A large pokies maker is an Australian company called Aristocrat. They should be taxed out of existence. Lets hope the pandemic destroys financially James Packers evil Crown gambling complex too.
bernard mandile Lake no Pokies