Anglicare Tasmania Releases Interactive Map of Harmful Effects of Pokies
Anglicare Tasmania has launched an interactive map of the extent of pokie losses throughout the state. The map has been designed for mobile use so potential players can see, on the go, how much is lost to pokies in their local area.
The map reveals that the areas hardest hit by pokie losses are Glenorchy, Launceston and Devonport with Glenorchy the biggest loser with $20.11 million lost in pokie play annually on their 270 machines.
Margie Law, researcher at Anglicare Tasmania said that the machines in Glenorchy collected around twice the average earned in the area.
“Well, it’s known that a lot of poker machines in Tasmania are in the lower socio-economic areas,” commented Ms Law.
“Glenorchy has had economic problems in the past; they’ve got a nice long mile of main road and a lot of pubs and the poker machines get put into those pubs. So, if you’ve got a problem with gambling in Glenorchy, you can’t travel from Glenorchy anywhere without going past a pub with a poker machine.”
The Tasmanian government has lately been paying attention to the impact of problem gambling. The government is considering the future of gaming licenses, particularly in light of the Federal Group’s push to extend their gambling monopoly beyond 2023. However, Steve Old from Tasmanian Hospitality Association claims that the push to remove gaming machines from pubs and clubs would have a serious impact on the state’s economy.
“I think one of the problems we’ve got in Tasmania is people don’t understand the amount of money from gambling that goes into government taxes, and also goes into government revenue and go into things like community support levy,” he stated.
“The fact is the sport and recreation grant and a lot of health grants are paid for through gaming taxes.”
April 16, 2017