$290,000 FOR PROBLEM GAMBLING SERVICES IN THE NORTHERN RIVERS

Minister for the North Coast and Member for Ballina Don Page and his North Coast Nationals colleagues, Thomas George, Geoff Provest and Chris Gulaptis have welcomed funding of $290,000 for Bangalow based organisation Northern Rivers Gambling Counselling Service from the NSW Government to continue to provide problem gambling counselling services to the local community.

Mr Page said the Northern Rivers Gambling Counselling Service run by The Buttery, is one of 56 services across the State which have successfully tendered for contracts to provide high quality problem gambling counselling and support services on behalf of the Government over the next four years.

The Northern Rivers Gambling Counselling Service covers Lismore, Casino, Kyogle and provides an outreach service in Tweed Heads.

Minister for Hospitality and Racing, George Souris announced the contracts as part of the Government’s Responsible Gambling Fund, which supports mainstream and multicultural problem gambling counselling services, legal support for problem gamblers and professional training for counsellors.

“Congratulations to Northern Rivers Gambling Counselling Service for being selected by the NSW Government to continue providing face-to-face counselling services and support for problem gamblers in the Northern Rivers,” Mr Page said.

“The Northern Rivers Gambling Counselling Service is run by a team of highly skilled and experienced professionals,” he said.

“Not only do they target the issues faced by problem gamblers, they also provide counselling and support for the families of problem gamblers.

“They do an amazing job and I’m very pleased to see that the NSW Government is continuing to support the wonderful work they do,” Mr Page said.

“The Northern Rivers Gambling Counselling Service is delivering best practice programs and support to efficiently and effectively target problem gambling in the Lismore Electorate,” Member for Lismore Thomas George said.

“This funding will allow the Northern Rivers Gambling Counselling Service to provide services tailored to specific community needs in the Tweed Electorate over the next four years,” Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest said.

“I am pleased to see support for the 0.8 per cent of the NSW adult population that has a gambling problem. This service brings relief to not only problem gamblers but also their families and loved ones,” Member for Clarence, Chris Gulaptis said.

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577