Pro­mot­ing re­spon­si­ble gam­bling

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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

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