YOU could build a tenth of the Mernda Rail Extension or pay for two Mill Park Leisure centre overhauls with the money sunk into Whittlesea poker machines in the past six months.
Punters put more than $60 million into gaming machines in Whittlesea, with Epping Plaza Hotel ($10.99 million) and Mill Park’s Plough Hotel ($9.82 million) topping the state when it came to expenditure, according to data from the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation.
Whittlesea Council has a staunch anti-pokies policy and Mayor Kris Pavlidis said poker machines were a “scourge” on the community.
“It’s out of control, the effect it has on families and individuals is huge and can’t be ignored,” she said. “The damage caused by pokies goes beyond financial, it can lead to family breakdown and worse.”
Whittlesea Community Connections chief executive Alex Haynes said the agency saw firsthand the impacts of gambling on individuals and families who came in seeking support read more