Free movie screening to take viewers inside pokie machine addiction

Hume City Council in partnership with Connections @ Craigieburn will host a free screening of the ground breaking documentary Ka-Ching! Pokie Nation in Craigieburn on Wednesday 21 March to make residents aware of the negative impacts of poker machine gaming.

Mayor of Hume Councillor Geoff Porter said Council was concerned about the negative impacts of poker machine gaming on the Hume community and the harm caused to some by these electronic gaming machines.

“While high risk gamblers experience the most severe harms related to their gambling, low and moderate risk gamblers may experience harm to their health and wellbeing, and it doesn’t stop there!” Cr Porter said.

“Research shows that for every person who has a problem with gaming, a further seven to ten others are affected, such as their family, friends or colleagues.”

While Hume has seen a slight decrease of 0.26% for electronic gaming machine expenditure in 2016/17, Hume is still in the top six municipalities in Victoria for electronic gaming machine losses with expenditure totalling $105,766,410.

“In Craigieburn alone, an average of $495 per adult was lost on electronic gaming machines last financial year, totalling more than $18 million, which is a concerning figure” Cr Porter said.

“As a result, this financial year we have committed funding to making residents aware of the harm caused by poker machine gaming and we are committed to working collaboratively with residents, community organisations and the gaming sector.”

“This screening of Ka-Ching! Pokie Nation will be accompanied by a question and answer session with a panel of four expert guest speakers, which will allow attendees to ask specific questions and share their views and concerns about pokie machines in their neighbourhood,” Cr Porter said.

Panel members will include Associate Professor Samantha Thomas from Deakin University; Lyn Dundon, Gambling Harm Project Coordinator with the Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria; Julie Jensen, a Therapeutic Counsellor with Banyule Community Health and Gambler's Help Northern and North West; and Bill Veerman, a community educator with lived experience of problem gambling.

Ka-Ching! Pokie Nation will be screened at 6pm, Wednesday 21 March 2018 at the Hume Global Learning Centre – Craigieburn.

Bookings are essential and can be made online by visiting or RSVP to Council’s Social Planning and Policy Officer Nina Stephen on  

Posted on 12:00 AM, 15 March 2018

Updated : 1:00 AM, 15 March 2018

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