WA Premier Mark McGowan has stated that the State Government will be drafting legislation to ban the online site Lottoland in an attempt to protect Lotterywest.
The Independent Gambling Authority of South Australia made it an offence for Lottoland to sell its products to South Australian residents. WA will take a similar approach in a bid to protect Lotterywest who, unlike Lottoland, gives a significant amount of money back to the community.
Lottoland is an online gambling site where people can bet on Australian and International Lottos. The site is rising in popularity in Australia and as a result of this rising popularity, and the popularity of similar sites, plus WA’s economic downturn, sale in Lotterywest declined by $60 million in the last financial year.
Because of the drop in sales of Lotterywest, the money they were able to give to the community also declined by $16 million. Lotterywest provides funds every year to various community organisations and projects for emergency relief grants, heritage and conservation, organisational development, community outdoor spaces and much more.
Midlas rely on Lotterywest funding for emergency relief to support people in the north east metropolitan region experiencing financial hardship. Without this support, many of our clients and their children would not get the assistance they need to get food, medicine and other essentials.
Midlas and many other community organisations are incredibly thankful for the funding offered by Lotterywest. State Government action to protect this funding is vitally important for many community organisations.