Gaming machines (also known as ‘pokies’) are harmful products which have negative impacts on individuals who gamble, their families and the broader community.
The harms resulting from the $56.1 million in losses from gaming machines in Whitehorse outweigh any perceived benefits.
Council recognises that it has a responsibility to prevent and minimise the impacts of gambling on the community in Whitehorse.
This involves assessing every application for any proposed new gaming venue or change in the number of gaming machines in an existing venue in accordance with the Whitehorse Responsible Gambling Policy 2011 ( PDF 181.73KB).
Council continues to support emergency relief and counselling agencies to provide assistance to those people affected by gambling.