Reducing Gambling Harm In Regional Victoria
The Victorian State Government is investing almost $250,000 in programs to prevent and reduce gambling harm in regional and rural Victoria.
Five new projects have been announced, focusing on helping young Victorians, and Aboriginal and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities.
Grants of up to $50,000 have been made available for regional organisations to develop gambling harm prevention initiatives, including:
Mallee Sports Assembly Inc. to engage with local sporting clubs in the region to investigate the prevalence of gambling in venues and the impact on the community
South Gippsland Shire Council to deliver a program working to reduce harm from pokies and other forms of gambling in Leongatha and Mirboo North
Bethany Community Support Inc. to work with 15–25-year-olds in Hamilton, Warrnambool and Geelong
Bendigo Family and Financial Services Inc. to conduct a pilot education program in the region for people under 25 years who receive Centrelink Newstart or Youth Allowance to learn about risks of gambling
Mungabareena Aboriginal Corporation to develop events in Wodonga and the surrounding region that increase awareness of gambling harm and of Gambler's Help services.
For more information, visit responsiblegambling.vic.gov.au/regional.