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News and media releases from 2019

Support For Mental Health And Gambling Harm Program

Alfred Health’s Mental Health and Gambling Program will receive a $1.2 million funding boost over three years from the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation. This will strengthen the model of care for clients and provide them with better health outcomes.

Public libraries open doors as gambling alternative

Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz has announced the expansion of the Libraries After Dark program, which gives vulnerable Victorians access to six additional libraries for evening activities. Dandenong, Springvale, Sebastopol and Moe were the successful funding recipients for the next stage of the Libraries After Dark project. Werribee Plaza and Bairnsdale will both receive funding from 2020.

Application for new venue with 52 pokies by Ellinbank Football & Netball Club withdrawn

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Ellinbank Football & Netball Club Inc has withdrawn the application it made to the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation for approval of a new gaming venue with 52 pokies at Club Newmason in Warragul.

Encouraging all women to love the game

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It’s fitting that this Women’s Health Week falls in the midst of the Swisse Wellness VFL Women's Love the Game finals series. The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation is delighted to be caught up in the footy fever, sharing the naming rights to this month’s competition.

Commission approves application for additional 10 pokies at Monbulk Bowling Club

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On 19 August 2019, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation approved an application from Monbulk Bowling Club Inc to increase the number of pokies at Monbulk Bowling Club from 30 to 40.

Commission refuses application for additional 25 pokies at Players Hotel

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On 1 August 2019, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation refused an application from Castello's Players Hotel Pty Ltd to increase the number of pokies at Players Hotel in Dandenong from 25 to 50.

Sports heroes of tomorrow learn about life and leadership

A group of AFL Barwon sporting leaders have embraced the opportunity to meet and learn from Victoria’s most experienced professional athletes. The young footballers and netballers...

Foundation-funded researcher awarded ABC residency

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A gambling researcher funded by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation since 2013 has been awarded one of the ABC’s highly-prized Top Five residencies for 2019

Minister Announces Gambler’s Help Funding Across Victoria

Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz today visited Ballarat to announce $49 million funding for the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation to administer the Local Gambler’s Help Program over three years, with a focus on regional and rural areas.

Foundation cited in the British Medical Journal

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Research funded by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation has been cited in the prestigious British Medical Journal (BMJ), read across the world by medical and allied health professionals.

Applications for Prevention Partnerships Program now open

Applications are now open for the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s Prevention Partnership Program.

VCAT refuses application for additional pokies at Glenroy RSL

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On 18 April 2019, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) upheld a decision by Moreland City Council to refuse to amend a planning permit condition to allow an additional 10 pokies to be installed at the Glenroy RSL premises.

Online gambling restrictions to reduce consumer harm

In an Australian-first, the State Government is tightening rules for online betting operators in a bid to provide stronger consumer protections for Victorians gambling online. From 26 May 2019, online betting operators must comply with strict requirements for betting account deposit limits, restrictions on direct marketing and a ban on perks that encourage consumers to continue betting.

Mat's passion for sport now gambling free

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Mat Crompton has always had a passion for sport. He grew up playing soccer, not only for the execution of skill but the experience of being ‘lost in the moment’.

Mindful gambling improves wellbeing: Think … is that true for you?

Regardless of how often a person gambles or the amount of money they spend, gambling-related stress is a side effect commonly experienced by a large number of Victorians.

Commission approves application for additional 20 pokies at Hogan's Hotel

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On 9 May 2019, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation approved an application from Hogan's Hotel Pty Ltd to increase the number of pokies at Hogan's Hotel in Wallan from 45 to 65.

Youth voice heard in new regional gambling harm prevention initiative

Young people are encouraged to spend more time with their family and friends, delete smartphone betting apps and avoid gambling clickbait as part of Bethany Community Support’s new project, ‘A Young Person’s Message’, launched in April as part of Youth Week.

Commission refuses application for additional pokies at Polish Community Association in Geelong

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On 12 April 2019, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation refused an application from Polish Community Association in Geelong Inc to increase the number of pokies at White Eagle House from 35 to 78.

Getting to know new CEO Shane Lucas

In this Q&A, Shane reflects on his first few weeks as CEO of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation and provides some insights into what’s important to him.

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