Thursday, May 26, 2011

Responsible Gambling

While the politics of managing problem gambling is in the news at the federal level, at a local level this week the Council adopted a Responsible Gambling Policy and prepared a planning scheme amendment to discourage the location of new gaming venues in close proximity to social [public and community] housing. There are a combined total of 384 electronic gaming machines* operated by ten licensed venues in the municipality, 57 of them located at the Rex Hotel in Port Melbourne. In 2009/10, total player losses on the combined total of gaming machines in Port Phillip were $28.2m. As well as gaming venues in the municipality, there are 2,500 Electronic Gaming Machines located in Crown Casino. More details on all the venues are available on the website of the Victorian Commission for Gambling Regulation here. The full Council policy is available from the Council's website here. *well below the 830 municipal cap

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