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Traralgon Bowls Club Awarded Five-Star Accreditation

The Traralgon Bowls Club is the latest gaming facility in Latrobe City to be accredited under Councilís Gambling Accreditation Charter, achieving 99 points out of a possible 100 during their assessment.

By Latrobe City Council - 16th October 2001 - Back to News

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The Traralgon Bowls Club is the latest gaming facility in Latrobe City to be accredited under Councilís Gambling Accreditation Charter, achieving 99 points out of a possible 100 during their assessment.

Latrobe City Mayor, Councillor Brendan Jenkins, said the high score the Club received when the assessment was undertaken, was an indication of the Clubís commitment to minimising the impacts of gambling. "The five star rating awarded to the Traralgon Bowls Club is well and truly deserved," Cr Jenkins said.

Cr Jenkins said that as a consequence of accreditation, the Club would donate all of its municipal rates, plus an additional ten percent, into the Gambling Impact Fund administered by the Latrobe City Trust.

"Funds distributed by the Trust under this program are used by groups in the community on projects which provide alternatives to gambling. This is a win-win situation where the people affected by gambling are provided with constructive group activities where they are able to keep busy and develop friendships.

"Many people seek solace from gaming machines, spending much of their time in venues purely because they are bored and have few friends. While many people play the machines responsibly, a significant number are unable to control the urge to spend when spending time at gaming machines. Their spending is often money they can ill afford, sometimes leading to family debt and family breakdown. By offering people alternative activities in which they can become involved, the connection with uncontrollable gaming can be broken. They can take time-out," Cr Jenkins explained.

"Latrobe has been at the forefront of encouraging responsible gaming. Long before the State Government began developing legislation to counter some of the effects, Latrobe recognised the problems of gaming machines for many people and families, and introduced the accreditation system. Many of the positive aspects we introduced into the assessment process such as the display of clocks, natural daylight and adjoining non-gaming recreational areas, provides a sense of time and reality to those playing the machines. It is this sense of reality that can help wean those who have a problem with excessive gaming away from machines.

"More and more gaming venues are recognising that some people have a problem with gaming. They also recognise that it is in their own interest to lessen any hurt in the community through introducing and supporting programs that assist problem gamblers. Together with the State Governmentís legislation, Latrobeís accreditation system provides a valuable tool for venues to promote a sense of responsibility in addressing the impact of gaming in Latrobe. Those that take up the challenge and take their responsibilities seriously through the accreditation program, are to be congratulated," Cr Jenkins concluded.


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