Gamblers can exclude themselves
A NEW exclusion program has been launched that will help problem gamblers in the Tweed.
While the federal government is trialling mandatory pre-commitment technology, ClubsNSW is offering problem gamblers the option of voluntarily excluding themselves from venues through a website registry.
ClubsNSW chief executive officer Anthony Ball said feedback had been positive on the technology.
"For some problem gamblers, the process of banning themselves from their local clubs is a very traumatic process," Mr Ball said.
"We've been able to make the process substantially easier by allowing them to complete the application online and also by allowing the procedure to be undertaken at a gambling counsellor's office."
South Tweed Sports Club chief executive officer Gordon Rhodes said it was an important program to explore for the Tweed with the number of venues available.
"It's trying to make it as easy as possible to access self-exclusion," Mr Rhodes said.
"They will be able to do it at multiple venues."
Problem gamblers can go through the process while with a gambling councillor or a trained facilitator at their local club.
Meanwhile, far North Coast clubs met in Tweed Heads today to discuss the program at a closed meeting.