Tuesday 26 March, 2013
The State’s most outstanding and long-serving problem gambling counsellors have been recognised for their valuable community contributions with special awards, Minister for Hospitality and Racing, George Souris, said.
Mr Souris said there were more than 150 frontline counsellors funded through the Government’s Responsible Gambling Fund who together deliver over 20,000 counselling sessions across 187 suburbs and towns in NSW each year.
"The NSW Government, through the Responsible Gambling Fund, will be investing more than $48 million in face-to-face counselling and support services over the next four years.
"Problem gambling is something that has a major impact on the lives of many individuals and their families and our professional gambling counsellors deserve the deepest respect for their efforts in helping get these people’s lives back on track," Mr Souris said.
"In 2011-12, face-to-face problem gambling counsellors delivered more than 20,000 counselling sessions to 4,414 clients in 187 towns and suburbs across the State, helping people with gambling problems.
"The annual Responsible Gambling Fund Conference being held in Sydney this week is a chance to recognise some of the best and most dedicated people working in the sector through the presentation of Excellence and Long Service awards".
Excellence Awards for outstanding achievement were presented to:
Long Service Awards for those who have dedicated seven and 10 years continuous services to the community were presented to:
Problem gamblers and their families can access free, confidential help 24 hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week by phoning 1800 858 858 or visiting www.gamblinghelp.nsw.gov.au