In early 2016, Council sought community feedback on a draft Gambling Policy Statement. If the Statement is adopted, Council would oppose all applications for additional poker machines in Monash.
The consultation closed on Thursday 28 April 2016.
Here is a media release about the draft Statement.
Council adopted the "City of Monash Public Health Approach to Gambling Policy Statement 2016-2020" at the May 2016 Council meeting.
Please view the Gambling Policy Statement 2016-2020 (pdf, 932KB)
- opposes any relocation of existing Monash poker machines to disadvantaged areas within Monash
- continues to advocate to the State Government to reform the Gambling Regulation Act so greater regulation and restrictions are placed on the gambling industry
- promotes a range of non-gambling social, cultural and recreational opportunities in Monash to encourage people to make engaged, active and healthy lifestyle choices
- disallows gambling activity, promotion or advertising in Council-owned facilities such as sporting pavilions
- refuses funding to community groups that meet in venues that have poker machines.
Here are some fast facts about gambling in Monash:
- A staggering $313,000 is lost through poker machines in Monash each day, adding up to $114 million over a year
- Monash is among the five Victorian municipalities most affected by gambling, as measured by the number of local gaming machine venues (15 in Monash), the number of poker machines (957 in Monash, equating to 6.3 machines per every 1,000 Monash adults) and the annual losses on poker machines ($114 million in 2014/15).
For more information, contact Fee Harrison, Manager Community Planning and Development, on 9518 3526 or at firstname.lastname@example.org