Linkwest to ad­dress prob­lem gam­bling

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

LINKWEST hopes to ed­u­cate com­mu­ni­ties about all as­pects of gam­bling.

The body for com­mu­nity, neigh­bour­hood and learn­ing cen­tres in WA ap­plied for a Be­yond Gam­bling Grant from the State Gov­ern­ment to de­velop a pro­gram which will be run in eight com­mu­ni­ties to raise aware­ness of gam­bling prob­lems and de­liver work­shops to help prob­lem gam­blers, their fam­i­lies and the com­mu­nity.

Linkwest chief ex­ec­u­tive Jane Chilcott said there were con­cerns in lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties about the groom­ing of chil­dren with gam­ing and non-fi­nan­cial gam­bling games through so­cial media and other chil­dren’s online games.

“Sta­tis­tics show 25 per cent of 13-17 year olds have gam­bled in a video game, 6 per cent played gam­bling games on a mo­bile, 40 per cent in­tended to gam­ble with real money and 94 per cent play video games,” she said.

She said there were also con­cerns gam­bling had be­come nor­malised. “Gam­bling is now an in­vis­i­ble ac­tiv­ity as some­one can place a bet with­out go­ing to the TAB or at­tend­ing the game,” she said.

“One of the key parts of the pro­gram we have de­signed is rais­ing aware­ness of the is­sues around gam­bling and bust­ing some myths such as the prob­lem of non-fi­nan­cial gam­bling in chil­dren.”

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