Carlton Football Club Drop The Ball

CARLTON Football Club should be putting its pokie money back into the community it was taken from, say Hobsons Bay councillors.

Here at RSLPokies.com we tend to agree, but we also want to know what your excuse is for dropping the ball so badly. Yes I have seen your onfield performance and agree that ‘dropping the ball’ is something you all do really well but when it comes to helping the community please explain why you have underperformed by a staggering 830 times!?!

Clubs with poker machines are required to submit statements to the government each financial year to show that at least 8.3 per cent of money they earned through gaming went to benefiting the community.

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Colleen Gates and Angela Altair have called on the club (which is the only AFLclub with pokies in Hobson Bay) to increase funding for local sports and employment programs in Hobsons Bay, where its 120 machines reaped $8.3 million in the 2014/15 financial year.
The club has 60 machines at Club Laverton in Laverton where punters lost $5.7 million and 60 machines at the Victoria Inn in Williamstown with losses of $2.6 million in 2014/15. The combined figures across the state begin to  take on an alarming new form when looked at together and  sadly they point to a culture of putting pokies and profits before people.

Victorian Clubs Fail As One

Colleen Gates went on to say “If they are raising that money on the backs of our local gamblers, they are duty bound to reinvest it back into Hobsons Bay,” Actually Colleen they are not only duty and morally bound, they are legally bound as well!

Clubs with poker machines are required to submit statements to the government each financial year to show that at least 8.3% of money they earned through gaming went to benefiting the community.

BUT… Clubs in Victoria made average voluntary contributions of $2.30 per poker machine last year to help problem gamblers, despite raking in an average $60,000 per machine.

Moonee Valley Racing Club claimed a whopping $46 million community benefit contribution including $38 million in operating costs, $2 million on capital expenditure, $5.4 million in maintaining its facilities and $35,000 for sponsorships. They did not report any voluntary contribution to responsible gambling measures and collected $5.7 million from its 105 poker machines last financial year.

  • The 251 clubs that submitted the community benefit statements last financial year collected $843 million in revenue from poker machines.
  • A Fairfax analysis of the community benefit data found more than three-quarters of the money put aside for community good was spent on ”indirect” benefits such as building upgrades, staff costs or new equipment costs.
  • Less than a quarter of the near $275 million lodged for the past financial year as a community benefit went towards direct community benefits such as club sponsorships, subsiding the cost of seniors’ meals and housing help for disadvantaged people.
  • And more than half of direct contributions went towards maintaining sporting grounds.
  • Just $31,962 – less than 0.1 per cent of total direct contributions – went towards prevention and treatment for problem gambling or substance addiction,
  • $41,428 went towards poverty relief and $13,381 went towards environmental protection.
  • Fourteen clubs reported voluntarily contributing to helping problem gamblers, with Morwell Club putting in the most with $8820.

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But don’t think it’s exclusively a Carlton thing. No it’s universal and appears to be an attitude that is spearheaded by and championed through Clubs Victoria and the ever pathetic Richard Evans, who you are about to have the privilege of meeting 🙁

 

clubs victoria love profits and pokies but not people
For an organisation that is supposed to be Not For Profit I tend to think Not For People would be more apt.

Clubs Victoria Director Richard Evans Couldn’t Give a Fuck Sadly

Club Victoria Executive Director Richard Evans

 

Clubs Victoria executive director Richard Evans said clubs offered voluntary self-exclusion programs to help problem gamblers, although his exact words leave a lot to be desired and really give everyone an insight into how passionate he ISN’T about the whole situation.

”Most clubs identify them and help them out,” he said. – riiiiiight, so most clubs would be how many exactly Richard DICK? and by ‘them’ are you referring to the problem gamblers, or the support services, or your staff – or the patrons?!?

Richard then went on to make a statement that is more reflective of kindergarten than it is of a fully grown adult. It’s also reflective of someone who’s head is shoved so far up his own arse he can’t see the forest for the trees anymore. He said, and I still shake my head and laugh when I read this for the fifteenth time, he said:

“”If everyone, every gambling organisation, every turf club, and every TAB and everyone else all believe it is good to put money into a centralised self-help group, which they are supposed to be doing anyway through their taxes – and we have just had a tax increase, then I am sure they would probably consider it,” he said.”

In essence what DICK is saying is “clubs were community-driven non-profit organisations and would be prepared to consider a greater contribution to problem gambling services if others in the gambling industry also contributed.

ARE YOU FRIGGIN’ KIDDING ME?!?! GROW THE FUCK UP AND BE A MAN FOR ONCE IN YOUR LIFE! MY SON IS 7 AND EVEN HE REALISES THAT IF SOMEONE ELSE JUMPS OFF A BRIDGE HE DOESN’T HAVE TO GO AND DO THE SAME!!! ‘Stop waiting for others to do the right thing …..

GROW A PAIR, MAN THE FUCK UP AND LEAD BY EXAMPLE YOU SACK OF SHIT – I am calling you out Dick.

What a Crock of Shit!

gambling laws for clubs are a crock of shitMonash University public health senior lecturer Charles Livingstone described the public benefit statements as ”a joke”.

”This is a joke, the whole thing is a joke, it has been a joke since it was conceived,” he said.

”They should have to provide eight and a third [8.3] per cent to genuine community benefits … not a racetrack and not an elite training facility for AFL players,” he said.

Carlton FC Continue Their Fight To Increase Problem Gambling in Their Community!

CARLTON Football Club is fighting to extend the curfew of a late night gaming venue, despite council fears it could inflame problem gambling.

Hobsons Bay City Council last year refused an application for the western suburban Club Laverton to open until 3am due to the risk of increasing gambling and alcohol-related issues in the area.
*For reference, Laverton, with neighbouring western suburbs, has the highest youth unemployment rate in the country.

But Carlton, which operates the Laverton pokies venue, launched a tribunal battle in a bid to keep punters at the club into the early hours. – read more here (because quite frankly I can’t keep covering this subject for fear of prank calling Carlton FC out of pure rage. Least I can rest easy knowing they are one of the WORST TEAMS IN THE AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE. I guess it makes sense that their commitment to positive change and a better community are inline with their talents as footballers – basically non existent.

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The various gambling venues across Australia have to answer to the state department relevant to them – and when it comes to Victoria this authority is The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation. To find out exactly what the club’s requisite responsibilities are in regards to Responsible Codes of Conduct and Self Exclusion Program – the part of the agreement that ensures problem gambling is addressed and investments made in harm minimisation and helping bolster the community as a whole

I’ll leave you with this picture of Dick Evans looking like an 80’s paedophile who probably has his mother’s decaying body in the fridge or something. FREAK!

 RICHARD EVANS IS A CON ARTIST AND HATES HIS COUNTRY