Promoting responsible gambling
Residents from across the Hume region gathered at Benalla Bowls Club on Monday to participate in an information session about responsible gambling.
The ‘proactive’ lunch and informative event was held as part of Responsible Gambling Awareness Week from May 26 to June 1.
The week highlights the challenges and assistance available in helping Victorians to enjoy gambling responsibly.
The theme of the week is the changing face of gambling with a focus on how traditional forms of gambling have changed as well as the impact of online gambling, sports betting and an increase in gambling advertising.
Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation chief executive Serge Sardo said it was a challenge for the community to understand the evolution of gamblimg.
‘‘We’re being urged to bet now, bet on the run and bet often, to the point where a punt is no longer a kick, a phone is for betting not talking and a night out with friends is no longer about keeping in touch but is for gambling,’’ Mr Sardo said.
‘‘The overt marketing of gambling as essential to having fun at the footy or being attractive to women is subtly changing how we see gambling.’’
Responsible Gambling Awareness Week is about challenging that shift, urging the community to put gambling back in its place.
‘‘Having the occasional flutter, staying in control and maintaining balance between gambling and other activities is what safer gambling is all about,’’ Mr Sardo said.
The Benalla event was hosted by Gateway Community Health Gambler’s Support and involved speakers such as electronic gaming machine venue managers and responsible gambling officers as well as local council representatives.
Responsible Gambling Awareness Week is run by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, in partnership with the gaming industry, community groups and local government.
For more information about Responsible Gambling Week visit www.rgaw.com.au