Gambling in focus at sports club

THE Castlemaine Football Netball Club will host a Responsible Gambling Awareness Week event on Saturday night.

Minister for Liquor and Gaming Regulation Edward O’Donohue.

Minister for Liquor and Gaming Regulation Edward O’Donohue.

The club is inviting all members and supporters to attend a dinner and education event at its Camp Reserve club rooms in Forest Street, Castlamaine, from 6.30pm.

The event theme is ‘Continuing the journey … towards awareness of responsible gambling’, and will include a responsible gambling presentation and the signing the foundation's Responsible Gambling Charter, joining sports associations across the state to raise awareness about the harm associated with gambling.

Club secretary Lorelle Huntly said it was good to be proactive and set a good example for young players.

"It's not saying you can't gamble but it's about doing it responsibly," she said.

Responsible Gambling Awareness Week is marked from May 26 until June 1 and is designed to remind people of the benefits of taking a responsible approach to gambling, especially in an environment where gambling activities are rapidly changing.

Minister for Liquor and Gaming Regulation Edward O’Donohue said it was important to educate people about responsible gambling and help them understand risk so they could make informed decisions about their own gambling.

“The Coalition Government continues to implement practical measures and initiatives designed to reduce the incidence of problem gambling, including the removal of ATMs from gaming venues, which led to a seven per cent reduction in spending on electronic gaming machines last financial year," he said.

“We are also introducing pre-commitment technology on electronic gaming machines by the end of 2015."

St Luke’s Anglicare senior manager of community programs Phil Eddy praised the Castlemaine Football and Netball Club for its decision to sign the Responsible Gambling Charter.

“The game is the players, the scores, the action, the members, the competition," he said.

"And we’re wanting to focus on all these aspects of the sport, not the odds and not the betting."

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