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News and media releases from 2021

Connecting with customers is Number One

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While venues have closed on and off through the COVID-19 pandemic, venue workers still need to update their qualifications and that’s kept Venue Support Worker Di Grimble very busy.

The long tail of emergency response

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People fleeing the 2019-20 bushfires needed food and shelter but also financial support. Mike Kirkness from Latrobe Community Health Service was one of the financial counsellors on the frontline.

Light in the COVID-19 tunnel

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Foundation CEO Shane Lucas discusses the Foundation’s submission to the Royal Commission into Crown Melbourne and the establishment of a telehealth Community of Practice.

Crown Royal Commission & the Foundation

The Foundation’s submission to the Royal Commission into the Casino Operator and Licence provided evidence based on contemporary research into the broad social impact of gambling-related harm.

Commission refuses application for additional eight pokies at Robin Hood Hotel

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On 19 July 2021, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation refused an application by Jayeesar Pty Ltd to increase the number of pokies at the Robin Hood Hotel (City of Ballarat) from 20 to 28.

Commission to hear application for additional 12 pokies at Kyabram Club

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On 10 August 2021, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation will hear an application by Kyabram Club Inc to increase the number of pokies at the Kyabram Club (Shire of Campaspe) from 53 to 65.

Commission refuses application for 40 pokies at Royal Hotel in Koo Wee Rup

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On 30 April 2021, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation refused an application by KWR Hotels Pty Ltd to install 40 pokies at the Royal Hotel in Koo Wee Rup (Shire of Cardinia).

Commission approves application for 70 pokies at new venue in Truganina

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On 1 April 2021, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation approved an application by Werribee Football Club Limited for a new gaming venue with 70 pokies at Club Tarneit, 115 Woods Road in Truganina (City of Wyndham).

Investigating impacts of COVID-19 on gambling harm

The Andrews Labor Government is investing in new research to examine the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the gambling environment and the implications for associated behaviours and harm....

VAGO performance audit

When the Foundation was established in 2012, our core responsibility was to ensure that people negatively affected by gambling could access effective treatment and support services. Since then,...

Australian Racing Fact Book 2019–2020 edition published

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Racing Australia recently published the latest edition of the Australian Racing Fact Book. A Guide to the Racing Industry in Australia 2019–2020 outlines the key results and statistics from the Australian thoroughbred sector. The fact book includes wagering turnover on thoroughbred racing, greyhound racing, harness racing and sports betting.

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