Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

Link west is a body for com­mu­nity, neigh­bour­hood and learn­ing cen­tres in Western Aus­tralia. It of­fers train­ing and sup­port to those work­ing in small, com­mu­nity-man­aged not-for-prof­its.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Jane Chilcott said there was con­cern about the groom­ing of chil­dren with gam­ing and non-fi­nan­cial gam­bling games through so­cial media and other chil­dren's online games. She said there was also con­cern around gam­bling as­so­ci­ated with par­tic­u­lar lo­cal suc­cess­ful sport­ing teams.

“The con­cern about adults gam­bling is the rise of advertising dur­ing sport­ing events on the TV and how it is con­stantly pro­moted dur­ing the games, that it is pos­si­ble to bet dur­ing games and how easy it is to bet us­ing apps on mo­bile phones,” she said.

“Gam­bling is be­com­ing nor­malised and the temp­ta­tion to gam­ble is con­stantly dan­gled in front of some­one watch­ing a game.” Link west will use the grant to run a pro­gram in eight com­mu­ni­ties in WA over a one-year pe­riod.

The pro­gram is made up of three parts: myth­bust­ing and aware­ness-rais­ing, work­shops, and ac­tiv­i­ties in lo­cal com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions that will di­rectly help those with con­cerns.

Each of the com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions will be helped to set up a gam­bling sup­port group.

In ad­di­tion, Ms Chilcott said, WA needs to watch gam­bling advertising very care­fully.

“It may be that as a so­ci­ety we will have to treat it in the same way we now treat al­co­hol advertising and spon­sor­ship around sport­ing events.”

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