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Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation

GIRO Alerts

13 May 2014
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The Gambling Information Resource Office is part of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation. GIRO alerts are designed to keep you up to date with the latest information including: new developments in research, policy, regulations and laws at local, state and federal government levels. It also includes decisions from the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and the courts. GIRO alerts also list upcoming events concerning gambling.

In this issue:

- Foundation news

- Upcoming Victorian Commission for Gaming and Liquor Regulation hearings

- Local government gambling news

Contact us if you would like to inform others about any events or publications.

Foundation news

Upcoming presentation:

‘Mapping harm: an atlas of gambling venues’
Dr Martin Young, Centre for Gambling Education and Research, Southern Cross University

When: 28 May 2014, 12.30pm-1.30pm
Where: Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, Level 6, 14-20 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne

Co-hosted by the foundation and the Australian Institute of Family Studies, Dr Young will give a presentation about his study on the spatial relationship between pokie venues, their clientele and gambling-related harm in the Northern Territory. The research has been assembled into a gambling atlas which describes the predicted and observed catchments for each gambling venue, and provides information on patron demographics, distance profiles and measures of problem gambling.

This presentation will be especially useful to local councils as the research has the potential to provide insights into the demographics of people likely to visit venues and may also be a potential new source of evidence regarding the impacts of pokie machines.  

To book your place or for further information, please contact Kristal Yeung on (03) 9452 22621 or email
Places are limited so please RSVP quickly.

A self-help guide to overcoming gambling problems

The foundation recently published a new self help guide for people experiencing gambling problems. Help yourself: a self-help guide to overcoming gambling problems can be used by individuals or in consultation with a counsellor. The guide includes a self-assessment, guidance on setting goals, plus exercises to help people achieve and maintain their goals.

Upcoming VCGLR hearings

City of Stonnington

On 19 May 2014, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) will hear an application from Tamari Holdings Pty Ltd to increase the number of EGMs at the Malvern Vale Club Hotel from 30 to 38. The City of Stonnington has objected to the application.

Macedon Ranges

On 28 May 2014, the VCGLR will hear an application from Castello Hotel Investments Pty Ltd to increase the number of EGMs at the Victorian Tavern from 42 to 50. The Macedon Ranges Shire Council has objected to the application.

Local government gambling news

The Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA) recentl published its April 2014 edition of the Gambling News ebulletin.

Visit GIRO for more…

Don’t forget GIRO is more than just a useful online resource! We have an extensive hard copy and digital library including research that cannot be published on our website for copyright reasons. If you would like to visit the office please call or email to make sure we can accommodate you. The office is usually available between 9.30am and 5pm most week days.

Please contact us if you spot an error on our website or in one of our publications.

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Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation

Level 6, 14-20 Blackwood Street
North Melbourne, 3051, Victoria.