A real need for gambling awareness

THREE to four new local clients are admitted every week at the Northern Rivers Gambling Service (also known as The Buttery).

This is considered high for a regional area in Australia .

Buttery coordinator for Problem Gambling Counselling in the Northern Rivers, Cliff Banks, is currently contacting every public venue with gambling facilities in the Northern Rivers as part of the National Responsible Gambling Awareness week (May 14 to 20).

"I believe that there are a lot more problem gamblers in this area mainly because it is so highly populated with venues where you can gamble," he said.

"You take the venues away and you have less gambling.

"We see as many gambling clients per capita as we see in Sydney".

The gambling expert estimated that there are between 50 and 60 gambling venues on the Northern Rivers.

Mr Banks plans to visit gambling venues across the Northern Rivers to deliver gambling awareness material.

Confidential support and information on gambling can be found at the NSW Government website or by phoning 1800 858 858.

Read the full report in tomorrow's Northern Star

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