LISMORE NEIGHBOURHOOD CENTRE TO DELIVER PROBLEM GAMBLING PROGRAM
Lismore Neighbourhood Centre has been selected to deliver a new three-year NSW campaign to tackle Aboriginal problem gambling, Nationals Member for Lismore, Thomas George MP, announced today.
The Government has awarded funding of $1.8 million for the Gambling and Aboriginal People Awareness Program (GAAP) campaign to two successful tenderers, one of which is Lismore Neighbourhood Centre Incorporated. The Centre has been selected to deliver the program in the Northern areas of the State.
“I am pleased to see the Lismore Neighbourhood Centre chosen to be one of two providers of these vital services. The program will use events and promotional activities to effectively engage with Aboriginal communities to raise awareness about problem gambling,” Mr George said.
“Problem gambling is a scourge on society, and the NSW Government is taking action to tackle the issue head-on and deliver culturally-appropriate activities to help break the vicious cycle that can be created by gambling.”
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Victor Dominello, said Aboriginal communities in the Northern part of NSW will benefit from the program, as it will allow community groups which experience the social and family difficulties associated with problem gambling, to be made aware of the causes of such distress.
“Community events will be held and promotional activities staged around significant sporting and cultural events to engage community members, educate people about problem gambling, and help get problem gamblers connected with expert, confidential and culturally-sensitive counselling services,” Mr Dominello said.
“Follow-up community consultations and workshops will bring together service providers, experienced facilitators and community members to develop local problem gambling strategies and initiatives through community-based action plans. These local plans will then be supported with community grants.”
The Government will support these activities with funding as well as developing an Aboriginal-specific problem gambling video and other resources, while also continuing to provide a toll-free telephone counselling service using a trained Aboriginal problem gambling counsellor.
For further information on problem gambling support services visit www.gamblinghelp.nsw.gov.au or phone 1800 858 858.