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Gambling Service Crisis

6 July 2004

AUSTRALIA -- As reported by the Port Macquarie News: "A bureacratic bungle has thrown the future of a free gambling service into limbo.

"Port Macquarie Neighbourhood Centre auspices the service which provides confidential counselling for problem gamblers and their families.

"In previous years, the neighbourhood centre has been informed the funding would simply be extended by 12 months.

"...The neighbourhood centre had not been told it needed to re-apply, and expected similar funding for the next 12 months.

"But Port Macquarie Neighbourhood Centre administrator Lindy Peck learnt that a Taree-based organisation had instead received the funding for the Hastings-Macleay-Taree region.

"It leaves the future of the existing Port Macquarie service in doubt.

"...Over the past year, 100 clients have accessed the service..."

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