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Responsible Gambling Awareness Week

Wednesday 6th of May 2009

Anglican Counselling Service and Centacare join Gambling Help to reach problem gamblers

Eye-catching drink coasters, posters and staff badges will be flourishing in local pubs and clubs next week as venues join with the NSW State Government’s Gambling Help services to promote Responsible Gambling Awareness Week.

The pop-art style coasters are the result of a state-wide design competition for high-school students. Winning designer Isobel Nutt, 15, who hails from Woodburn on the NSW north coast said she was inspired by Andy Warhol and her ‘drama queen sister’ to create the work. More than a million pieces of print material will appear in venues across the state this week.

“I’m excited to have people see my artwork. And I hope it can successfully inform people about the very real issue of problem gambling in our society,” she said.

Clubs NSW, the Australian Hotels Association (NSW) and the NSW Government have worked together on the project. The Government funds free Gambling Help services throughout the state, including a 24-hour phone line, self-help and online and face to face counselling. In the New England North West, face to face Gambling Help services are available through The Anglican Counselling Service and Centacare.

Gambling Help spokesperson Larry Apthorpe from the Anglican Counselling Service said that other awareness activities during the week will include the launch of new resource for TAFE and high school counsellors and a week-long ‘Time Out’ room at Star City casino where patrons can talk to a Gambling Help responsible gambling advisor as well as the establishment of a local “Problem Gambling” website by “Wests Entertainment Group Tamworth”.

“This is a great opportunity to take our message inside venues and reach millions of people this week. Our local clubs and pubs have been great in supporting us.”

Rod Laing of the Wests Entertainment Group Tamworth said that local pubs and clubs were keen to take part in Responsible Gambling Awareness Week.


“By talking about problem gambling, we can promote existing counselling services as well as get people thinking about how much they can afford to gamble, before it becomes a problem. The more we talk about problem gambling, the more we can remove the stigma that still surrounds it and ensure that the people who need help, get help." Sandra Robinson of Centacare said.

For More Information Contact:

Larry Apthorpe

Anglican Counselling Service (Diocese of Armidale)
Tel: (02) 6401 8200

Sandra Robinson


Tel: (02) 6721 1783


Authorised: Larry Apthorpe, Executive Director

6 May, 2009

Phone contact: (02) 6701 8200

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