Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Bidyadanga gets problem gambling grant

The State Government has granted Bidyadanga community $194,000 to help problem gamblers.

You can read a media release here:

 

 

Government of Western Australia

Department of the Premier and Cabinet

 

 

 

 

Hon Terry Waldron MLA

Hon Tony Simpson MLA

 

10/6/14

 

Minister for Racing and Gaming

Minister for Community Services

 

 

MEDIA STATEMENT

Community responds to problem gambling

 

• More than $800,000 to help combat problem gambling

• Grants address problem gambling at a community level

 

Five community programs will share in $842,435 of State Government grants to address the impact of problem gambling.

 

They include a youth radio project, a recreation-based program for African youth in Western Australia and a diversion program for Aboriginal people in a Kimberley community.

 

Racing and Gaming Minister Terry Waldron said while WA had lower rates of problem gambling than other States, the grants were invaluable to help those at risk.

 

“By raising the awareness of the effects of problem social gambling through programs such as this, we can strengthen a community’s resolve to reduce the level of gambling,” Mr Waldron said.

 

The grant recipients are:

• Bidyadanga Gambling Diversion Program Phase 2 ($194,120), Kimberley

• Langford Aboriginal Association, GET (Gambling Ends Today) Moorditj Project, Langford, Perth ($198,000)

• Arts Radio, RTRFM Youth in Radio Program, Mt Lawley ($103,000)

• Emo Community Services (ECOS) Inc, Talents Against Gambling Program, Girrawheen ($147,945)

• Warburton Community Inc, Wilurarra Creative Beyond Gambling Project ($199,370)

 

Community Services Minister Tony Simpson said community organisations were best placed to deliver services to communities at a grass roots level.

 

“This funding allows communities to develop tailored programs to deal with problems in the most effective way,” Mr Simpson said.

 

The Beyond Gambling Grants Program is a joint partnership between the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor and the Department of Local Government and Communities.

 

Fact File

• Since 2011, more than $2.8million has been provided to 18 community organisations to run Beyond Gambling projects throughout WA

• To find out more, go to http://www.communities.wa.gov.au/grants/

 

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