Three Western Australian organisations will share in nearly $500,000 to stamp out problem social gambling.
Community Services Minister Robyn McSweeney and Racing and Gaming Minister Terry Waldron today announced the successful recipients of a share in more than $470,000 in the first round of the Beyond Gambling Grants program.
The $3.5million program, announced last year, provides funding to initiatives which offer alternative activities to social gambling.
Jungarni-Jutiya Indigenous Corporation in the Kimberley received $200,000 to provide educational services in local schools and diversionary activities, including cultural trips and art therapy for adults.
Mrs McSweeney said the grants would enable communities to address and raise awareness of problem social gambling, which was particularly difficult to tackle in remote areas.
“The Beyond Gambling Grants will help communities to work with individuals and their families at a local level to address the issue,” she said.
“This is particularly important where support services may be less accessible.”
Mr Waldron said while WA had the lowest level of problem gambling in the nation, mainly because of the State’s strong stance on limiting gaming machines, it was important that problem gambling support services were accessible to everyone.
“We want the program to raise awareness of the effects of problem gambling on individuals, families and communities, and to strengthen the capacity of local groups to reduce gambling in the community,” he said.
The other successful organisations in this round of grants included Joondalup Men’s Shed which was given $75,700 and Bidyadanga Aboriginal Community La Grange which was awarded $194,120 to provide alternative activities for problem social gamblers.
Community Services Minister’s office - 6552 6500
Racing and Gaming Minister’s office - 6552 6100