Join our odds-on discussion and help shape the future of gaming in Hume

Hume City Council is currently reviewing its Responsible Gaming Policy and residents are invited to share their opinions and experiences of gambling, to help inform the new policy.  

Have your say: Council's review of the Responsible Gaming Policy

The current policy assists Council to respond to the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) on gaming applications in Hume City and our neighbouring municipalities, as well encouraging community awareness of the potential impacts of gaming.

Council recognises that gambling is a legal, recreational activity. However, in instances where gambling becomes problematic or an addiction, it can result in harm to individuals, families and the broader community.

Research shows that for every problem gambler, a further seven people are negatively affected, such as their family, friends and colleagues.

High risk gamblers experience the most severe harm associated with gambling, however low and moderate risk gamblers share the potential to experience diminishing health or wellbeing as a result. 

In Hume, large amounts of money are lost to gambling. Last financial year, the Hume community lost $109.6 million on the pokies (Electronic Gaming Machines) alone, a 3.6 per cent increase on the $105.8 million lost during the 2016/17 financial year.

Council is committed to raising our communities’ awareness of the potential harms associated with gambling and working with the State Government to see that gambling in our community is suitably regulated now and into the future.   

The three community workshops being held across Hume City will inform Council’s review of the Responsible Gaming Policy. To register for a session please visit the Your Say section of our website, email or contact Council’s Research and Engagement Team on 9205 2200. Refreshments will be provided at all sessions.

Gaming Policy Review Community Workshops

Date:              Tuesday 11 September 2018
Time:              6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location:        Craigieburn – Hume Global Learning Centre
                      75-95 Central Park Avenue, Craigieburn                   

Date:              Wednesday 19 September 2018
Time:              6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location:        Broadmeadows – Hume Global Learning Centre
                      1093 Pascoe Vale Road, Broadmeadows              

Date:              Tuesday 18 September 2018
Time:              6:30pm – 8:30pm
Location:        Sunbury Aquatic and Leisure Centre
                       20 Ligar Street, Sunbury              

You can learn more about Electronic Gaming Machines and their impacts on the Hume community by reading Council’s background issues paper here.

Posted on 11:00 AM, 23 August 2018

Updated : 9:04 AM, 30 August 2018

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