Betting safe these footy finals

THE Tasmanian Government has teamed up with the Clarence City Council to raise awareness of the impact of sports betting in the lead up to the AFL grand finals.

This partnership saw the addition of the Government’s Know Your Odds Skate Skoot Competition in the recent ST’ART event, which was held at Rosny Park on 27 August.

Featuring $1,700 worth of prizes and an Open Girls competition, the event helped promote the good work of the Know Your Odds Community Partnership Program in reducing the social impact of gambling on young people.

Minister for Human Services Jacquie Petrusma said the Hodgman Liberal Government was committed to supporting gambling harm minimisation measures.

“The Government’s Know Your Odds Community Partnership Program is a proud supporter of skateboard, scooter and BMX competitions and I was happy to help hand out the $1,700 worth of prizes,” she said.

With just weeks left before the biggest grand final games of the year, the Tasmanian Government has also launched a Get Back to the Real Game sport betting education program.

Ms Petrusma said it was vital to recognise that while having a punt on your favourite sport was okay, it had to be done in moderation.

“The education campaign urges young men to consider the impact of sports betting on their life, including the encroachment of betting on their favourite sport and the disconnection from friends and family that excessive gambling can cause,” she said.

“The campaign has been designed to target young men where they place bets on digital devices and includes online ads, still images and a 15-second television commercial.”

Audiences clicking on the ads will be directed to the Know Your Odds sports betting page, which provides information and links to self-assessment and self-help tools.

A second campaign with a focus on cricket will run in late December and early January 2017 to coincide with the Big Bash League cricket tournament.

For more information or self-help tools, visit knowyourodds.net.au/sports-betting.

Caption: All-girls skateboarders She Shreds welcoming Minister for Human Services Jacquie Petrusma into the crew.

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