Source: Australasian Muslim Times
The Muslim Leaders Forum for Gambling Harm Awareness was held on Wednesday 5 December in Melbourne equipping them with resources to help families experiencing gambling harm.
The event, held at Al Siraat College was sponsored by Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria and supported by Victoria Police, City of Whittlesea, Arabic Welfare, SHARC and Banyule Community Health.
Keynote speaker, former mayor of City of Whittlesea and ECCV chair, Kris Pavlidis said that residents of her municipality currently lose 300 thousand dollars at the Pokies every single day.
She explained that the council has petitioned heavily this year towards having fewer machines and reducing operating hours for pokies venues.
She shared some of the successes they’ve had in blocking new pokies machines being introduced to the City of Whittlesea.
One case with Commercial Hotel who wanted to introduce pokies machines went all the way to the Supreme Court but was later withdrawn, a significant win for the community.
Inspector Andrew Falconer shared some alarming local statistics which highlight the correlation between gambling harm and family violence and crime in the area.
Manal Shehab from SHARC, Wendy Khalil from Arabic Welfare and Sarah Quirk from Banyule Community Health each shared the effective resources they currently offer families seeking help in Victoria.