Every time I read about responsible gambling awareness in the local newspapers, the articles are usually accompanied with the same old loss figures of the various clubs’ patrons – $43,430 a day?
Are our responsible councillors kidding themselves about responsible gambling or are they just sweeping the problem gambling issue under the table?
We have some of the highest concentrations of poker machines v local permanent population in the state.
If councillors wanted to be more responsible for the losses occurring in the Bass Coast region, there would be conditions on venues having to close off a section of poker machines over winter, ie: the large numbers of machines are not necessary for the small local population over the winter months.
Bass Coast Shire Council however allows small towns like Cowes and Wonthaggi to leave all of their poker machines switched on for so few people.
I’m of the opinion that our Bass Coast councillors are more addicted to poker machines than the people playing them as they have done nothing to curb the problem gambling figures.
David Norton, Wonthaggi.