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

Grants tackle problem social gambling

1/02/2013 12:00 AM
  • $1,350,227 to go towards eight community projects tackling gambling issues

Eight organisations will share in more than $1.3million of State Government funding to combat problem social gambling, including card playing for money and online gambling.


The Beyond Gambling Grants are a joint initiative of the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor and Department for Communities and support projects that provide alternatives to social gambling.


Community Services Minister Robyn McSweeney said $1,350,227 would go towards community-based projects in the latest round of funding, including $168,167 to the David Wirrpanda Foundation for gambling awareness and healthy lifestyle sessions.


“Although problem social gambling is an issue for individuals and their families, the projects and activities funded through the latest round of Beyond Gambling Grants also tackle the issue at a community level,” Mrs McSweeney said.


“These projects have been chosen because they provide culturally appropriate programs, raise community awareness and promote social inclusion.


“This is particularly important in regional areas where isolation may be exacerbating the problem in individuals.”


Racing and Gaming Minister Terry Waldron said despite Western Australia having the lowest level of problem gambling in Australia, it was still important to provide effective problem gambling support services.


“Programs such as this are critical in raising the awareness of the effects of problem gambling, and to promote the services available to those who need them,” Mr Waldron said.


Funding of $2million was made available through the grants program in 2011-12, with up to $500,000 for the following three years.


          Fact File

  • List attached of recipients of the 2012 Beyond Gambling Grants
  • Grants available to not-for-profit community organisations and local government authorities for projects that:
    • raise awareness of effects of problem social gambling on individuals, families and communities
    • strengthen capacity of individuals, families and communities to reduce level of gambling in the community
    • strengthen capacity of non-government sector to work with individuals, families and communities on the impact of problem social gambling
    • address impact of problem social gambling on individuals, families and communities
  • Liberal-National Government has provided one-off injection of $2million to enhance problem gambling support services with a further $500,000 in ongoing annual funding to assist problem gambling programs
  • More info on Beyond Gambling Grants program at: http://www.communities.wa.gov.au  

Community Service Minister’s office - 6552 6500

Racing and Gaming Minister’s office - 6552 6100