Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Former Minister for Child Protection; Community Services; Seniors and Volunteering; Women's Interests; Youth

Hon Terry Waldron MLA

Hon Terry Waldron MLA

Former Minister for Sport and Recreation; Racing and Gaming

    Round two of Beyond Gambling Grants open

    28/08/2012 12:00 AM
    • More than $166,000 for organisations to tackle social gambling
    • Second round of Beyond Gambling Grants now open
    Community Services Minister Robyn McSweeney and Racing and Gaming Minister Terry Waldron today announced two community organisations will share more than $166,000 for projects tackling problem social gambling, such as online gambling and card playing. 

    Mrs McSweeney said the program, launched late last year, had already provided an important first step for community groups to address the damaging effects of excessive gambling.

    “The State Government is concerned about the impact that the spread of social gambling is having, particularly in remote areas,” Mrs McSweeney said.

    “I encourage eligible organisations to apply for a Beyond Gambling grant in the second round of the program, which is open now until October 19, 2012.”

    Mr Waldron said while problem gambling was not as widespread in WA as in other States, the State Government was mindful of the need to offer initiatives like the Beyond Gambling Grants to stay ahead of the problem.

    “Bipartisan support from current and previous Western Australian governments and oppositions in relation to the ‘no pokies’ stance has kept problem gambling rates below other States,” he said.

    The Australian Asian Association ($67,600) and Relationships Australia (Western Australia) ($98,710) are the latest organisations to benefit from Beyond Gambling Grants funding.

    The Australian Asian Association will run an early intervention and diversionary program in the migrant community.  Relationships Australia (Western Australia) will develop and deliver a problem gambling prevention and awareness program.

    These successful grants were from the first round of Beyond Gambling Grants applications.

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    • Initial funding of $2m in 2011-2012 and up to $500,000 each year for the next three years has been made available through the Beyond Gambling Grants program
    • Since October nearly $500,000 has been awarded to community organisations for projects tackling social gambling
    • Applications for 2nd round of Beyond Gambling Grants are now open, and close Oct 19
    • More information and to apply visit http://www.communities.wa.gov.au
    Community Services Minister’s office - 6552 6500
    Racing and Gaming Minister’s office - 6552 6100