The first stage of our consultation has finished. Thanks to those who provided feedback. We are now using what we heard to update the policy before presenting it to Council in June/July.
If you have any questions in the meantime please get in touch.
We know that gambling is a legal activity and in recent years gambling has become more common, with the ability to gamble anywhere anytime. We also know that gambling can be addictive and the cause of major harm to individuals and communities. In Banyule large amounts of money are lost due to gambling, with the majority of losses coming from Electronic Gaming Machines (EGMs) commonly known as pokies. Nearly $56 million was lost on EGMs in Banyule during 2016/17. Learn more about by reading our background paper.
We are committed to reducing the harms associated with gambling and have created our Draft Gambling Policy to help do this. We would love to hear your thoughts on what the policy should include.
About the Policy
The Policy Statement defines how we will work to minimise harms associated with gambling losses. It guides how we will respond to applications for new venues, additional machines and transfers of machines between venues both within Banyule and neighbouring suburbs. The Policy Statement also guides our response to other gambling related matters.