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Harm from gambling

Gambling Position Paper Cover

Some Australians enjoy responsible gambling as a social and recreational activity.

Unfortunately, others are severely affected by an addiction to gambling. Harm from gambling can include significant social and financial consequences, not just for the gambler, but their families and communities.

In 2014/15, the total expenditure on pokies in Moonee Valley was over $74 million.

Moonee Valley residents most at risk include:

  • older people
  • women over 40
  • young people
  • those attracted to multiple forms of gambling
  • Culturally and linguistically diverse communities are less likely to gamble, however once they do gamble, there is a higher likelihood towards problem gambling issues.

Harm from gambling is a priority area for our Health Plan 2013-17.

A wide range of alternative recreational facilities and services are available to individuals and groups in Moonee Valley. Community centresneighbourhood houses and libraries offer a range of social and recreational programs. The North Eastern Primary Care Partnership recently launched a Social Outings Guide, which lists a range of non-gambling entertainment options for groups.

If you or someone you know suffers from gambling addiction, free call Gambler's Help on 1800 858 858.

Moonee Valley joins the Alliance

In October 2015, we joined over 40 other local councils and organisations in forming the Alliance for Gambling Reform. The alliance seeks to drive additional legislative changes to minimise the harm caused by poker machine operators that target vulnerable communities.

For more information, visit the Pokies Play You website.  

Free Yourself

Balance what you do for fun!

If you’re a regular gambler who thinks it’s time for a change, we encourage you to take part in Free Yourself (previously Dare to Connect) - a free social support program that will offer regular gamblers the opportunity to meet others in a similar situation.

As a group, you will explore social activities, entertainment and educational/empowerment sessions with the support of local volunteers.

We support Free Yourself, which is led by not-for-profit organisation, Chrysalis Insight.

If you are interested in taking part in the program, or want to enlist as a volunteer, please contact or phone 0428 304 041.

Responsible Gambling videos 

Reclaim the Game: Sports Edition targets local sports clubs, engaging them in conversations about how to promote responsible gambling messages and counter the growing culture of gambling.

The event featured a presentation by David Schwarz, from former AFL footballer David Schwarz, who shared his experience with gambling addiction and how he overcame it.


Reclaim the Game – The Pitch showcased the skills of young film makers to create awareness about the changing face of gambling with the new norm created by modern and mobile technologies.

  • "You’ve got to be in it to win it" by Tom McIntosh and Andy Matthews 


  • "Enjoy the game, not the gamble" by Sarah McSweeney

More information

For more information on harm from gambling in Moonee Valley, contact our Community Planning Officer on 9243 8888 or

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Last updated: Monday, 15 August 2016, 6:33 AM



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