funding for south gippsland gambling harm project

The Andrews Labor Government is providing $150,000 for a project that will focus on preventing gambling harm in South Gippsland.

Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett congratulated South Gippsland Shire Council on their successful proposal to look at ways of preventing gambling harm in their community.

South Gippsland Shire Council will receive the funding over two years for them to put towards the project SHIFT.

Fourteen community-based, not-for-profit organisations will receive a share of almost $2 million under the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s 2019-21 Prevention Partnerships Program.

The program supports community organisations to test new ideas and build evidence for effective practice in the prevention of gambling harm.

The funded projects will help build social connection and resilience to prevent gambling harm, break down the stigma associated with harm and encourage people affected to seek advice and support.

The grants were announced as part of Gambling Harm Awareness Week (7–13 October) during which communities are encouraged to talk about the issue of gambling harm, share their personal experiences and support those affected as part of the theme TALK. SHARE. SUPPORT.

Around 550,000 Victorians experience harm from their own gambling each year, with up to six more affected as part of someone else’s gambling.

To participate in a conversation about gambling harm on social media, use #GamblingHarm and/or #TalkShareSupport.

For more information about the Prevention Partnerships Program and funded projects, visit responsiblegambling.vic.gov.au.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz

“This investment in local gambling harm prevention projects will ensure communities like South Gippsland have support from people within their community.”

“Gambling harm is often hidden because people feel uncomfortable talking about it. I commend South Gippsland Shire Council for tackling this through their innovative project/s.

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett

“I want to congratulate South Gippsland Shire Council on their commitment to preventing gambling harm in South Gippsland.”