Full-back tackles gambling
Wednesday, 2nd September, 2020
By Myles Burt
Ex-Newcastle Knights fullback Ashley Gordon was out speaking to locals with Lifeline yesterday to highlight gambling addiction.
Mr Gordon, who is the Manager of the Warrawi Gambling Help Service, set up outside the Broken Hill Lifeline building on Argent Street.
“Obviously Lifeline is the key service for us, but at the end of the day we’re trying to bring gambling into the conversation, just to see if there are problems which we know there are,” Mr Gordon said.
Mr Gordon wants to promote beneficial services to individuals with gambling issues, especially in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
He said research showed that gambling within indigenous communities was high, and the number of those seeking help low.
“At the end of the day I’m really trying to get help for people that are struggling with gambling at the moment,” Mr Gordon said.
“Unfortunately we have to wait for people to recognise that before they get help.”
Mr Gordon said he’ll be visiting the Aboriginal Health Service during his visit to health workers to let them know which services they can refer people with gambling issues to.
“There are some really quality programs and services in our communities that we need to work with,” Mr Gordon said.
“If people are going to admit they have a problem, they need to get help immediately.”
Lifeline Gambling councillor Greg Pearce said over the past couple of years there’s been an increase in the amount of gambling occurring in smaller communities.
Mr Pearce said their aim was to promote responsible gambling to Broken Hill and those in remote communities.
Mr Gordon and Mr Pearce will be travelling to Wilcannia and Menindee this week to speak with residents about gambling and the services available in the Far West for those who need help.