The City of Whittlesea has received an award at the National Growth Area Alliance conference for our advocacy efforts through the Pokies Play You campaign.
Council is a lead partner in the Alliance for Gambling Reform’s Pokies Play You campaign which highlights the harm caused by poker machines. We have joined with the community to ask the state government legislative change to reduce the impact in our community.
In the 2018-19 financial year $303,715 was lost on poker machines in the City of Whittlesea placing us as the sixth highest of all local government areas in the state. This figure is equivalent to $655 for every adult.
The City of Whittlesea also has four of the top 10 commercial venues for pokies losses in all of Victoria.