Council seeks views on gaming machines

WELLINGTON Shire Council is seeking residents’ views on gaming machines.

It comes as applications have been lodged to increase the number of machines in the shire.

Public feedback has been invited through participation in a community attitude survey, which will help council determine whether the public would like to see an increase in the number of gaming machines in the municipality.

Wellington Shire Council community and culture general manager Glenys Butler said council wanted to work in partnership with local groups, community and service providers to reduce the negative impacts of gaming.

“Currently, there are nine electronic gaming machines per 1000 residents in Wellington Shire.

“This is higher than the state average of six per 1000,” Ms Butler said.

“Council has a responsible gaming policy and in the long term, would like to see the number reduce in line with the significantly lower state average, rather than higher.

“Two recent applications lodged with the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation seek to add an additional 16 machines in Wellington Shire.

“We want to know our residents’ attitudes towards this proposal, so we can most accurately advocate on their behalf when providing council’s response in relation to these applications.”

The survey can be completed on council’s website, www.wellington.vic.gov.au or in hard copy at the Sale and Yarram customer service centres.

Full details of both applications can also be accessed from the same locations.

For support or advice about gambling, visit www.gamblinghelponline.org.au or phone 1800 858 858.