Camperdown Bowlo to become pokie free
The Greens on Marrickville Council have successfully moved to ban pokies at Camperdown Bowling Club. Marrickville Council is responsible for managing or licencing activities at the Camperdown Bowling Club and surrounding areas.
The Greens have also called for a report on the use of poker machines and gambling in Council owned and controlled venues, which will be debated at an upcoming Council meeting.
Greens Councillor Sylvie Ellsmore, said “Camperdown Bowling Club is a wonderful little venue, but it has struggled over the years.
“We are currently going through an Expression of Interest process to find a licencee who can revive the Camperdown Bowling Club, with better food, recreation activities and social events.
“I am very proud that Council has now confirmed it will be moving to find a licencee who will revive the Club without poker machines, she said.
Clr Ellsmore said, “Australians spend nearly $1 billions a year on pokies and three quarters of people who have a series problem with gambling are pokie players. One in six people who play the pokies regularly have a serious addiction.
“Petersham Bowling Club is an example of a great, popular Club which has removed poker machines. With the support of committed local residents it has moved from strength to strength.
“It demonstrates the viability and demand for genuine community venues, especially in our local area which has a growing number of young families. It is also a regular venue for local musicians.
“Camperdown Bowling Club one of the few family friendly venues in our area, and it has great unrealised potential. Pokies should not, and will not, be part of that future,” said Clr Ellsmore.
Following a Greens Notice of Motion about gambling in other Council owned or controlled venues (as below), Council will also reconsider its policy in relation to allowing pokies and gambling at other Council controlled venues at an upcoming meeting.
Media contact: Greens Clr Sylvie Ellsmore 0403 977 213
C0613 Item 15 Clr Ellsmore
NOTICE OF MOTION: POKER MACHINES IN COUNCIL OWNED OR CONTROLLED VENUES
16 June 2013 Council meeting
Debated THAT Council:
1. affirms its commitment to reducing problem gambling in the Local Government Area;
2. notes that Australians spend nearly $12 billion a year on poker machines and three quarters of people who have a serious problem with gambling are pokie players;
3. commits to make it a condition of leasing or hiring Council owned or controlled venues that no poker machine gambling be undertaken at those venues, including Camperdown Bowling Club; and
4. commits in principle to make it a condition of leasing or hiring Council owned or controlled venues that no other gambling be undertaken at Council owned or controlled venues, except where the gambling activity will
and AGREED THAT the matter be considered at the next Council meeting with a further report.