A complete of $303,715 a day has been misplaced on pokies within the Metropolis of Whittlesea over the previous monetary 12 months.

Victorian Fee for Playing and Liquor Regulation figures reveal that 10 venues within the Metropolis of Whittlesea recorded a complete of $110.9 million of gaming revenue, greater than $1.four million from the the earlier 12 months.

The sum of money misplaced to gaming machines in Whittlesea is the sixth highest of all native authorities areas within the state and is equal to $655 for each grownup.

The Metropolis of Whittlesea has 4 of the 10 prime industrial venues for pokies in all of Victoria.

Metropolis of Whittlesea Mayor Lawrie Cox mentioned council was advocating for pokies reform for fewer poker machines, diminished working hours and ‘con-free’ machines.

“It’s essential that pokie habit is recognised as a public well being concern and that pressing reforms are launched to deal with this,” Cr Cox mentioned.

“We all know poker machines trigger hurt, the truth is they’re designed to trigger habit.

“Dependancy to pokies is linked to excessive ranges of mortgage stress, household violence, crime and household breakdown.

“We all know that our group has one of many highest charges of household violence within the state and we additionally know that 14 per cent of our households are experiencing mortgage stress and 32 per cent are experiencing rental stress.

“This can be a group that can’t afford to lose greater than $110 million to poker machines.”

General, Victorians misplaced $2.698 billion on poker machines within the 2018-19 monetary 12 months, the second highest quantity of losses since pokies had been launched to the state.

This quantity is a $3.5 million improve on final 12 months’s losses, and solely barely decrease than the all-time document of $2.707 billion in losses recorded in 2008-09.