News | 7 August 2018
The City of Stonnington is partnering with the Alliance for Gambling Reform to campaign for controls to reduce gambling losses from electronic gaming machines (EGMs), and protect the most vulnerable members of our community.
Controls the Council and Alliance are seeking include:
- An overall reduction in the number of gaming machines
- Maximum $1 bets
- Reduced venue operating hours (10am to midnight for gaming areas); and
- Reducing daily EFTPOS cash out limits at venues to $200 per day.
In a worrying trend, EGM losses in 2017/18 took the biggest one-year rise in a decade, jumping $86 million, and resulting in Victoria wide EGM losses of nearly $2.7 billion.
At the same time, Stonnington bucked the trend by recording a 9.5 per cent drop in EGM losses, from $23.1 million in 2016/17 to $20.8 million in 2017/18. This represents the second biggest percentage fall in losses in the State, and the only decline in the metropolitan area.
In terms of loss per adult, the 2017/18 EGM losses in Stonnington equate to $217.20 per adult for the year. Comparing to neighbouring councils, Monash recorded losses of $716.10 per adult, Glen Eira $664.10, Yarra $378.90 and Port Phillip $282.90. Boroondara was the only neighbouring council to report a loss per adult less than Stonnington, at $141.10.
There are seven gaming venues within the City of Stonnington; four hotels and three clubs which collectively house nearly 300 gaming machines.
| Venue name
| Angel Tavern
| Club Tivoli
| Court Jester
| East Malvern RSL
| Malvern Vale Club Hotel
| Prahran Football Club
| Racecourse Hotel
While EGM losses in Stonnington are relatively low compared to other local government areas they still represent losses of $57,131 a day.
For more information please contact our Advocacy, Performance and Improvement team on 3829 1172.