As Central Coast residents return to pubs and clubs, Member for Gosford, Liesl Tesch has endorsed a State Government campaign aimed at encouraging responsible betting.
The Betiquette campaign provides useful tips for keeping gambling under control.
“We’ve sadly seen and felt the impact betting can have on the community and it can be absolutely devastating,” Tesch said.
“The Betiquette campaign message needs to be heard far and wide so we can avoid the negative effects of problem gambling in our community which can devastate families.”
Betiquette tips include setting a cash limit, limiting distraction, betting with what you can afford, never getting intimidated or encouraged by your mate’s bet, staying focused when you are betting, leaving your cards at home and walking away when you reach your cash limit.
Tesch says she hopes the campaign makes a difference.
“Over half of the NSW adult population participates in some form of gambling, which is why it is so crucial for us to bet in a safer way,” she said.
“I think one of the best ways we can do that is to withdraw a set amount, leave your card at home and only spend the cash you have with you because it limits the temptation so many people have when they’re out and about on the machines or betting on sports.
“The Central Coast was 6% higher than the NSW average for gambling last year which really goes to show we need to start investing more time in addressing gambling issues here.
“I hope we all bring our betiquette to the gaming table and look out for others who might have forgotten theirs.”
More information head on the betiquette campaign can be found at https://www.responsiblegambling.nsw.gov.au/betiquette
Media release, Oct 2
Member for Gosford, Liesl Tesch