While some areas of Australia are seeing dramatic rises in the amount of money being spent on pokies, some locations have experienced the opposite effect. According to recent statistics, the area of Fraser Coast has seen a huge decline in the amount of money being spent on pokies machines.
During the last six months of 2011, residents of Fraser Coast spent less money on pokies than they had during the same period of time in previous years. November 2011 saw a $200 000 decrease from November 2010 and 2009. The number also presented quite a large drop from September’s spending, which totaled more than $4.2 million.
With residents now spending less than $4 million a month on pokies, problem gambling groups are beginning to rejoice. For years, anti-gambling groups have worried about the growing rates of gambling addiction across the country. Now, it seems like things are finally changing.
It may have something to do with all the talk about pokie reform, or it could just be a result of the global recession. Either way, it is interesting to see the at least one area in Australia is seeing a decline in pokies spending rather than a vast increase.