Burnie may be a relatively small local government electorate, but each year, more than $7 million is taken from the local economy by poker machines.
There are 110 pokies spread across four different venues in Burnie, and each one is located close shopping centres, workplaces, services, and social places.
The Social Action and Research Centre is creating a series of maps profiling the presence of poker machines in Tasmanian communities and demonstrating their impact.
Each poker machines in Burnie takes on average $64,512 out of the area, about $15,000 more than the local average wage.
Right now, Tasmania has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to confine poker machines to casinos and to free our communities from these machines, which were designed to addict and rigged to win.
Stay tuned – SARC will be producing poker machine maps for each electorate ahead of the State Election due in March 2018.