Victory against the pokies
Wed, 15 Aug 2012 7:00p.m.
In Nelson, it used to be that pokie machines could not be within a hundred metres of a school, kindy or playground. Well, when the council changed that a few years ago, a small community, already winning battles with social problems, decided to take the Nelson City Council on.
They fought for two years to have the pokie machines removed from their local pub, taking the council all the way to the High Court - and winning.
Would you believe, the name of their Nelson suburb is "Victory."
Last week, the nine pokie machines in their corner pub were removed, and reporter Whena Owen was there.
Watch the video to see her report.
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16/08/2012 11:40:16 p.m.
Mike, how weak to think that kids sport is so dependant on their parents losing all their wages down a slit in a computer screen each week. What happened to fundraising that brought community's together. !! Da ! have you even got a brain.
16/08/2012 7:20:06 p.m.
I have on respect for the Gore RSA here in Gore.
It is a gambling howl,this is not supporting the community.
16/08/2012 8:48:00 a.m.
Why not the whole hog, and close the pub down.More people die from drunk driving each year than from pokies.At some stage someone needs to take responsibility for their own actions. Drunks are responsible for themselves, as are gamblers.No doubt sports funding in the area will also find the local pub funding will dry up. Now there, the kids etc playing sport wouldn't even know where the funding came from, but much local sports funding (including juniors/kids) has been financed through likes of local pub pokies.
16/08/2012 7:39:11 a.m.
John Davis wrote:
Kudos! Good on them for fighting back to save their community.
15/08/2012 10:21:32 p.m.
Amazing positive story of what communities can achieve. Thank you Campbell Live. May this inspire others to change our world for the better
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