4 Whittlesea venues are between the best ten for poker device losses in the final economic 12 months, in accordance to figures produced by the Victorian Dependable Gambling Basis.
Epping Plaza Lodge recorded the maximum losses in the point out in 2019-twenty, with $fifteen.29 million dropped on its pokie devices.
Plough Lodge in Mill Park arrived in at quantity two, with $fifteen.04 million dropped.
Excelsior Lodge ($thirteen.twelve million dropped ) and Bundoora Taverner ($twelve.87 million dropped) have been also in the best ten.
Over-all, Whittlesea recorded the sixth-maximum losses in the point out, with $eighty three.seven million dropped on pokies in the municipality irrespective of gaming venues staying shut among April and June.
Whittlesea council panel of directors chair, Lydia Wilson, claimed when there have been significant discounts when pokie devices venues have been shut because of to COVID-19, it was important steps are in area to cut down the destructive outcomes of gambling.
Considering the fact that gaming devices have been shut down, $forty five million has been saved that would ordinarily go into devices in Whittlesea, in accordance to the Victorian Dependable Gambling Basis details.
“It is quite alarming and a massive issue that the best two venues for gambling losses, which quantities to far more than $thirty million from two hundred poker devices throughout these venues, are in the Metropolis of Whittlesea,” Ms Wilson claimed.
“This only reinforces council’s dedication to ongoing advocacy for improve to the poker device field.
“Some gaming venues are open up right up until the compact several hours of the early morning. Unemployment and anxiety prompted by impacts of COVID-19 are at a history substantial, placing extra force on susceptible men and women succumbing to gambling hurt.
“A identical software in Victoria would enable poker device operators to devote a economic deal into supporting and retaining employees and reworking venues into family members-helpful areas.”
Ms Wilson claimed council, alongside with other Victorian councils, have been contacting on the point out authorities to shut gaming venues at midnight.
Losses on pokie devices in Hume have been marginally bigger, with $eighty five.nine million dropped on pokies in the 9 months.
Gladstone Park Lodge recorded the maximum losses in Hume, with $fourteen.forty one million dropped on the venue’s devices.
The location recorded the 3rd-maximum losses in the point out.