Victorian local government elections took place under unprecedented circumstances this October. The Alliance used this opportunity to raise awareness in candidates about what they can do to help advocate for gambling reform and minimise harm in their communities.
An incredible 600 candidates responded to our survey, which found:
- 96% of candidates believed that opening hours should be reduced in venues
- 91% supported gambling ads being banned
- 99% committed to reducing gambling harm in their LGA.
Our campaign also spread information to voters about which of their candidates cared about gambling harm in their area. Results from the election are coming through this week and we are looking forward to working with Victorian councils to reduce gambling harm in their municipality.
In the coming months, we will be launching our councils advocacy policy and hosting a briefing for newly elected candidates.