From the Minister

Message from the Attorney-General and

Minister for Training and Skills Yvette D’Ath

 

I would like to recognise the achievements of Queensland community clubs celebrated during the Keno and Clubs Queensland Awards for Excellence 2017 Gala Dinner last month.

Clubs play a vital role in supporting local communities and ensuring a sustainable and successful hospitality sector for our state. They provide employment opportunities, boost tourism, improve local facilities, support community and charitable groups through sponsorship and donations.

It was wonderful that so many clubs were recognised at these awards. You should all be proud and I urge you to keep up the great work.

I would particularly like to congratulate the recipients of the two Queensland Government Special Achievement Awards. The Carina Leagues Club was presented with the award for Responsible Service of Alcohol, and CSi Club Southport received the Responsible Service of Gambling award.

The last year has been a significant one for many community clubs. I would like to thank Clubs Queensland and its members for their contribution to the government’s efforts to tackle alcohol-fuelled violence. We know that the issue is one that cuts across demographics, and it will take co-operation from everyone involved – government, licensees, and patrons – to drive cultural change.

Responsible Gambling Awareness Week 2017 
In the lead up to Responsible Gambling Awareness Week (RGAW) 2017, the Queensland Government would also like to thank club licensees and staff for the vital role they play in minimising gambling-related harm.

We provide more than $5.5 million to fund a range of problem gambling treatment and support services and need your help to promote these services to your patrons.

RGAW is an annual event, this year running from 24 to 31 July, which aims to encourage responsible gambling and highlight the support available to people who feel that gambling may have become a problem for them.

In 2017, the theme for RGAW developed by Gambling Help services is: ‘Is your gambling getting out of hand? Think of your family’. Signage, including LCD displays, will be made available to gambling providers closer to RGAW 2017 via the Government’s Business Queensland website. I encourage you to use these at your venue.

To find out how to become involved in other RGAW activities in your area, contact your local Gambling Help service. 

While RGAW is a few months away, the Government has already begun supporting the week by running Gambling Help advertising at major Queensland sports stadiums.

You can see these sideline advertisements from now until mid-year during games at Suncorp, CBUS Super and 1300 Smiles stadiums, and The Gabba. The advertisements ask people to consider whether they are ‘Gambling too much?’ and include the Gambling Helpline phone number, a service which provides free and confidential support 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

A number of ‘Gambling too much?’ Facebook advertisements will also run over the next few months. To see these, follow the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR) on Facebook (@qldolgr).

For more information on the Government’s gambling harm minimisation activities or to review the Queensland Responsible Gambling Code of Practice, including a step-by-step resource manual to assist in implementing the Code at your hotel, visit: www.business.qld.gov.au/liquor-gaming.