$30 million for problem gaming and community projects​

Issued: Tuesday 17 June 2014   

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The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has allocated $16 million in the 2014-15 NSW Budget to target problem gambling through high quality counselling services, research and education and awareness activities across the State.

Minister for Hospitality, Gaming and Racing Troy Grant said the 2014-15 NSW Budget also provides up to $14 million to support community projects through the ClubGRANTS scheme.

"This combined $30 million to target problem gambling and support community projects represents a significant social investment across NSW," Mr Grant said.

"The $16 million allocation to the Responsible Gambling Fund (RGF) will support frontline problem gambling counselling services including:

  • More than $11 million for 54 Gambling Help counselling services at over 200 locations across NSW to support problem gamblers and their families;
  • $865,000 for the Gambling Helpline (1800 858 858) and $305,000 to the Gambling Help Online service (www.gamblinghelponline.org.au) which provide confidential counselling and referral services 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week;
  • Over $2 million towards problem gambling education and awareness activities including development of a major advertising campaign targeting both mainstream and multicultural communities;
  • $1.35 million for problem gambling prevention, early intervention and awareness programs in Aboriginal communities including initiatives aimed at increasing the availability of Aboriginal problem gambling counsellors; and
  • $500,000 to support the latest research into problem gambling, including the first stage of a joint project with the ACT Gambling & Racing Commission on the outcomes of counselling, and studies of harm minimisation and alternative treatment strategies.

Mr Grant said the Budget’s allocation for Category Three of the ClubGRANTS scheme will support projects throughout NSW in 2014-15.

"Category Three of the ClubGRANTS scheme provides a contribution of 0.4 per cent of gaming machine profits over $1 million by clubs to a Statewide funding pool to support projects or services associated with sport, health or community infrastructure.

"The scheme has previously seen $14.2 million allocated to projects including funding for a Water Safety Program ($3 million), Youth off the Streets ($1 million), Lambert Park at Leichhardt ($2.2 million), Pluim Park at Lisarow ($3 million) and Valentine Sports Park at Glenwood ($5 million).

"Successful applications for ClubGRANTS Category Three 2013-14 funding round of $12 million will be announced by the NSW Government later this month.

"The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is committed to limiting problem gambling and enhancing much needed infrastructure throughout the community," Mr Grant said.