The Responsible Gambling Agency in New South Wales has funded government programmes focused on problem gambling reduction and risk minimisation by providing grants in excess of AU$1.5 million.
The ‘Local Prevention Grants Program’ has spread the funds through 14 separate programmes serving a varied demographic including those focusing on Aboriginal peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse populations, youth and metropolitan NSW.
Of the projects being funded, Natalie Wright, director of the Office of Responsible Gambling said: “By funding local responses, we are enabling community organisations to meet the unique needs of their communities and of priority populations.
“We know each community has unique challenges, which is why it was encouraging to see the diverse nature of these projects that address the different issues faced in at-risk communities.
“Through the grants, we aim to raise awareness about gambling harm by encouraging people to get involved, understand the risks and make informed decisions about gambling – something that is paramount in communities most vulnerable to gambling harm.”
The funds will be used to fund programmes in helping local communities make better choices about gambling, break down stigmas about underage gambling as well as encourage individuals to receive therapy and assistance.
Projects include a mix of educational programmes for parents and adolescents, gambling and financial literacy workshops, publicity campaigns aimed at breaking down gambling stigma and help-seeking barriers, and CALD-specific responsible gambling programmes.
The recipients of the Grant include:
- CatholicCare Social Services for the Blue Mountains, $20,376.
- Fairfield City Council, $191,000.
- Granville Multicultural Community Centre, $98,952.
- Lifeline Broken Hill Country to Coast, $194,000.
- Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury, $10,575.
- Lifeline North Coast, $25,000.
- Macedonian Australian Welfare Association NSW, $58,125.
- Mudyala Aboriginal Corporation, $100,000.
- Northern United Rugby League Club, $30,000.
- Uniting (Victoria and Tasmania), $200,000.
- University of Sydney, $198,978.
- University of Technology Sydney, $117,800.
- Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service, $94,000.
- Wesley Community Services, $194,000.