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Joint Reclink Australia Gambling Talk Brings People Together

A powerful informal presentation supported by Reclink Australia and Latrobe Community Health Services (LCHS) gave community members the opportunity to discuss the devastating effects of gambling during a recent lunch hosted by Moe Neighbourhood House.  


The informative session on gambling harm and awareness, held on June 16, was an opportunity for people to share a meal, their stories, and experiences.


The day provided a small step forward in breaking down the stigma around gambling and was an outstanding success with 15 community members listening to the wide-ranging effects that gambling has on towns in the Latrobe Valley.


Emily Koppin and Paul Smart from the Gamblers Help Team from Latrobe Community Health presented key information on the negative impact gambling has on people’s lives. 


Community members were astounded by some of the statistics presented. "Did you know that a total of nearly $35 million dollars is spent on just the pokies every year in Latrobe Valley - that's over $129,000 spent on pokies per day and that's only on the pokies?" During the lunch, the LCHS also informed participants of the wide-ranging resources and professionals available to help with gambling addiction.


Reclink Australia has been funded for two years by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation to provide free sport, recreation and art programs across Latrobe Valley and Baw Baw Shire.


Reclink’s Latrobe Valley Senior Sports Coordinator Isaac Copeland says the lunch was an opportunity for the local Reclink team to encourage attendees to join one of their many free activities on offer in the region to help with social connection.


Reclink activities on offer in the region include walking groups, tennis, lawn bowls, gentle exercise, and art sessions. For more information on activities available in the area, contact Isaac on 0401 265 467 or check their Facebook page -


Reclink Australia has been providing sports, arts and recreational opportunities for disadvantaged populations for more than 30 year, with a focus on physical health, mental health and social connection.

Picture (Left to Right): Paul Smart & Emily Koppen (Latrobe Community Health Services - Gamblers Help Team), Isaac Copland (Reclink Australia), Abbe Moriarty (Moe Neighbourhood House) and Rebecca Vandyk (Reclink Australia).

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