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Landmark Gaming Decision
The City of Ballarat is leading the national debate on problem gambling
with its recent resolution to advocate to the Victorian State Government
for a reduction in the city’s Electronic Gaming Machines (EGMs).
Council’s bold gaming policy has attracted national media attention
and garnered the support of federal and state politicians, as well as the
enthusiastic backing of leading community organisations including The
Ballarat Responsible Gambling Committee Chairman and City Councillor
Des Hudson said that City of Ballarat is concerned about the prevalence
and accessibility of EGMs and the effects on the health and wellbeing
of the local community.
“We acknowledge that electronic gaming is a legal business and a legitimate
recreational activity, however, we are concerned about the very large
number of gaming machines in Ballarat.
“The City of Ballarat understands the important role EGMs play in local
business revenue and will propose a State Government buyback scheme
to adequately compensate hoteliers for the machines.”
Cr Hudson said local government does not have control of gaming machines
and that serious conversations with the State Government are necessar y
to make a reduction of Ballarat’s EGM cap a reality.
On 24 August, Ballarat City Council voted to adopt its Gaming Machine
Community Policy – August 2011, amended to reflect Council’s position
to reduce the number of Electronic Gaming Machines to the Victorian
The City of Ballarat also resolved to finalise its Gaming Policy Framework
which will give Council greater control over the location of gaming machines,
discouraging EGMs in socially disadvantaged areas and seeking to locate
gaming venues in the CBD and major recreational facilities.
From the CEO’s desk
Once again this issue of myballarat highlights the breadth of programs,
services and facilities that Council provides for residents. A look through
the pages shows Council’s scope of influence and its areas of responsibility
encompass most aspects of daily life and reach far beyond local issues.
This month the City of Ballarat is putting the spotlight on arts and culture, with
the opening of a major exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ballarat, and a survey of
the local arts community to find out more about the artistic life of our city.
Ballarat is proud to host Australian Modern Masterpieces. It is a stunning
exhibition, a once in a life time opportunity to see key Australian works of
the 20th Century. Leading Australian artists including Dobell, Olley, Brack
and Boyd are all represented. The exhibition runs until late November.
Council is keen to encourage further development of a vibrant local arts
sector and is asking Ballarat’s artists and residents for input on what
direction the arts scene should take. If you have an interest in Ballarat’s
artistic world, the Arts Survey 2011 is a unique opportunity and is open
for public comment until the middle of November.
Public art projects are brightening the streets of our city, from Learmonth
to the Bridge Mall and Lake Wendouree. I urge residents to take a special
look at these remarkable artworks and enjoy the artistic transformation of
key Ballarat sites.
The next round of Council’s Community Impact Grants Program is in November
and I would encourage community groups who may need funding to support
a particular event or program to get involved.
The grants open Tuesday 1 November and close Wednesday 30 November.
These will be two workshops at the Town Hall - 10am, Thursday 3 November
and 5.30pm, Tuesday 8 November.
Council continues to support a diverse range of community organisations
through its Community Impact Grants Program. The latest round of grants
will deliver more than $120,000 to 32 local organisations and not for
It is pleasing that this grants program continues to give Council the
opportunity to provide crucial financial assistance to such a diverse range
of groups which reflect the interests, past times and aspirations of people
from across our community.
Chief Executive Officer
City of Ballarat
GAMING MAChINES IN BALLArAt
In 2010, Electronic Gaming Machines (EGMs) in the City of
Ballarat generated revenue of more than $55 million
Eighty two percent of Ballarat’s residents live within 2.5 kms
of an EGM
Ballarat is home to 657 EGMs
Ballarat’s EGM cap, set by the State Government in 2006,
City of Ballarat is requesting a reduction of the city’s cap to
In Victoria the average cap is 6.28 machines per 1,000 adults
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