Australians lose more money (per head of population) to gambling than any other country in the world - $23 billion last year, largely from Australians who can't afford it.
In Monash, $111 million was lost on poker machines in the last financial year, the sixth highest total loss of any Victorian Council area.
Like tobacco, poker machines are addictive, legal and a serious health issue. Over decades, poker machines have been designed to addict. They cause the same chemical reactions in the brain as cocaine.
Monash Council is working with more than 60 other councils and community groups across Australia in the Alliance for Gambling Reform. We're advocating for tougher laws that make poker machines less addictive and less dangerous. We're also advocating for changes in Victorian law that would give communities a real say in blocking deceptive poker machines in their neighbourhoods.
You could show your support by requesting a campaign kit (until 31 December 2016) that includes postcards calling for reform (that you and your family and friends could sign and send to politicians), informative flyers and stickers.
For more information, call Jackie Grieve, Acting Health Promotion Coordinator, on 9518 3574.