Don’t gamble on your future, says former NRL champ

Former NRL player and descendent of the Gamilaroi people, Ashley Gordon, will share tips about what it means to gamble responsibly at a community barbeque to be held by the Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Cooperative.

Mr Gordon has been a gambling counsellor for seven years and is executive director of the NSW Aboriginal Safe Gambling Services. He is also a researcher with Southern Cross University and is on the Federal Ministerial Expert Advisory Group on Gambling.

The community barbeque will be held at Bairnsdale City Oval at 12.30pm today as part of Responsible Gambling Awareness Week which runs until October 23.

GEGAC will also formally launch their Safe Gambling Program at the barbeque.

“We will be focusing on providing safe gambling messages, financial counselling and financial literacy programs, as well as facilitating access to gambling counselling,” chief executive officer Lionel Dukakis said.

Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation chief executive Serge Sardo said GEGAC is a great example of how others can use the week as an opportunity to talk about what it means to gamble responsibly.

“We encourage friends, family members, parents, teachers, sporting coaches and everyone in the community to have a conversation about ways to reduce the potential for harm from gambling,” he said.

“The significant increase in online betting and advertising has made it especially important to talk to young people about responsible gambling.

“Gambling is very visible now in our community and if people are planning to gamble, we want them to be informed about the practical ways to gamble without harm.

“Being informed allows individuals, the community and industry to make appropriate decisions about their gambling behaviour and for those who might be experiencing issues to know there is help available,” he said.

Wendy Caccetta 


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