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Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation

GIRO Alerts

3 July 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

- ‘No Pokies for Euroa’ tribunal win

- Greens $1 bet Bill

- NAIDOC week – viewing of ‘No ka-ching in gambling’

- News from the VCGLR

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

Foundation news

Workshop – The impact of video games: the new direction of gambling

This month the foundation is hosting a workshop for youth practitioners, teachers, social workers, health promotion professionals, school nurses and gambling support services on working with young people with issues related to video game use, including identifying links to gambling. Participants will be provided with an assessment tool for identifying video game addiction or excessive video game playing.

When: Thursday, 24 July 2014 9:30am – 12:30pm
Where: Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, level 6, 14-20 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne

To book your place or for further information, please email Places are limited so please RSVP quickly.

‘No Pokies for Euroa’ tribunal win

Local community organisation, ‘No Pokies for Euroa' has succeeded in overturning Strathbogie Shire Council’s November 2013 approval for 30 additional electronic gaming machines as part of a redevelopment of the Euroa Hotel. The group objected to the council’s decision and filed an appeal in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT). On 27 June 2014, the tribunal found the hotel was not a suitable location for pokie machines as it was located in a strip shopping centre.

Greens $1 bet Bill

On 11 June 2014, the state’s Greens introduced the Gambling Regulation and Casino Control Amendment Bill in the Victorian parliament. If passed, this bill will introduce a maximum bet of $1 per spin on all pokie machines in Victoria. Currently,
club and hotel pokie machines are set to a $5 maximum bet while some pokie machines in Crown casino have no limit. The bill provides for industry adjustment through a six year phase-in for dollar bets and, if passed, would apply from 1 January 2020 for large approved venues while smaller venues would have a further 2 year adjustment period.

NAIDOC week – viewing of ‘No Ka-ching in Gambling’

On 10 July 2014 Banyule Community Health Aboriginal Health is running a family day for NAIDOC week. NAIDOC Week is a national celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, history and achievement.

As part of the family day there will be a viewing of No Ka-ching in Gambling, three short films.

When: 10 July, 11am to 2pm
Where: the gathering place at the oval at the end of Catalina St. Heidelberg West

For further information or to RSVP please contact or

News from the VCGLR

Upcoming VCGLR hearing:

Swan Hill Club: On 29 July 2014, the VCGLR will hear an application from Murray Downs Golf & Country Club Ltd to increase the number of EGMs at the Swan Hill Club from 35 to 55. The Rural City of Swan Hill has objected to the application.

Visit GIRO for more…

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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.