Prevention projects for regional and rural Victoria
The prevention projects for regional and rural Victoria aims to build the capacity of regional and rural organisations to develop partnerships, and implement initiatives that prevent harm from gambling impacting on their communities.
The program forms part of the Foundation’s commitment to working with non-metro communities 2018–2021 which outlines our approach to providing targeted assistance to outer metropolitan, regional and rural communities.
The Foundation has awarded grants to fund local initiatives within Victoria's regional and rural communities during 2018–2019.
2018–2019 regional and rural prevention projects
South Gippsland Shire Council
South Gippsland Shire Council will work with the rural communities of Mirboo North and Leongatha to develop policies and activities to reduce harm from pokies and other forms of gambling.
A Young Person’s Message
This project will involve working with 15–25 year-olds in Hamilton, Warrnambool and Geelong to develop localised messages with the aim of reducing gambling harm experienced by young people.
Sport is a Game Not a Shame
Mallee Sports Assembly will engage local sporting clubs in the Northern Mallee region to investigate the prevalence of gambling in these venues and the impact on the community, especially for Aboriginal and young people, and to provide support through information sessions.
Youth Gambling Support Program
Bendigo Family and Financial Services will conduct a pilot education program in the Bendigo region for people under 25 years who receive Centrelink Newstart or Youth Allowance, to learn about risks associated with micro transactions and loot boxes, and the normalisation of gambling through gaming.
'Cultural Festivals' the heart of community health events
This project will involve the development of a ‘Koori Event Kit’ to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, and members of the Aboriginal, African, Nepalese and Filipino communities in Wodonga, to run 'Cultural Festivals' the heart of community health – events that increase local knowledge of gambling harm risks and raise awareness of Gambler's Help services.
For further information
Contact Senior Prevention Advisor (03) 9452 2636 if you have any questions relating to the program.