Community organisations boosted by gambling.
Community organisations boosted by gambling.

Sport hits the jackpot

LESS coins have been slotted into pokie machines across the Rose City over past months but community organisations are continuing to reap the benefits.

During November, $572,475 was gambled away in pokie machines in Warwick.

In perspective, that pans out to be around $19,000 a day, $1590 an hour or $26 a minute being pushed into gaming machines in Warwick.

Although the numbers may seem excessive, it is significantly less than the $633,283 that went into the machines in October of last year.

But it is not all money down the drain, with a number of organisations receiving a boost through grants funded by the gambling industry.

The Gambling Community Benefit Fund is one of a number of schemes that offer one-off grants of up to $35,000 to non-profit organisations on a quarterly basis.

Over the 2008 and 2009 period, the region received a boost of $358, 355 due to the fund, distributed among 12 local projects.

During the last several rounds of funding, grants have been issued to community organisations ranging from $3000 to $30,000.

Some of the biggest winners across the region over the past couple of years were Endeavour Industries and Allora State School, both of which received close to $30,000.

Smaller beneficiaries included the Warwick Bridge Club, Warwick and District Family Daycare, Lion's Club of Killarney, Warwick East Bowls Club and Warwick and District Country Music Club, receiving between $3000 and $10,000 each.

For information on how to make an application for these and similar grants, visit www.olgr.qld.gov.au.

Note - the hourly figures were based on a 12-hour gambling day.

 

If you or someone you know may be a problem gambler, you can seek help by calling the 24-hourr gambling helpline on 1800 858 858 or visit www.gamblinghelponline.org.au.


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