Moreland is one of 32 local councils actively supporting of the 'Enough Pokies' campaign, along with the Salvation Army and the Municipal Association of Victoria. More are joining every day. The campaign was launched on 16 October in front of a large turnout of local government stakeholders and is rapidly gaining momentum.
Councils across Victoria are frustrated by the current regulatory framework for pokies in Victoria and the uneven playing field which exists for councils and communities at the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) and VCAT. The regulations and how they are narrowly interpreted by these bodies severely hamper the ability of councils to influence the granting of gaming machine licenses in vulnerable communities – where they do the most damage.
Our campaign will call on the major parties to commit to making changes to the existing legislation to curb the predatory behaviour of big operators who are increasing preying on some of Victoria’s most disadvantaged communities.
It is our belief that a strong showing of support through community and media channels by the majority of Victorian councils will add momentum and weight to our campaign and, ultimately, result in a better outcome for vulnerable communities.
We will implement a communications program for both traditional and social media, and we are inviting community groups and NGOs to be part of our movement.
If you would like to ‘sign up’ to participate in the campaign, you may wish to:
- Respond to this communication with a motion of support on behalf of your organisation
- Let us know how many members your group has so we can add them to our ongoing tally of supporters
- ‘Like’ the campaign on facebook (facebook.com/EnoughPokies) and follow us on twitter (@EnoughPokiesVic) for campaign updates and information
- Let us know if you would be willing to participate in or assist with generating media coverage for our campaign.
Contact details can be provided by emailing Council's Social Planning and Policy Officer.
We look forward to working with you to protect our vulnerable communities against inappropriate placement of pokies.
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