Katie and Letih enjoy a game of chess at Carrum Downs library, which is staying open until 10pm every Thursday from today.
Carrum Downs library will be open until 10pm every Thursday from today in a bid to combat social isolation and gambling-related harm. It’s all part of the Libraries After Dark program, with Frankston City Libraries joining counterparts across Victoria in staying open later to offer an alternative to gaming venues and online gambling.
Cr David Asker said Frankston City residents lost more than $62 million on poker machines between 2018 and 2019 at an average of $559 per adult, compared with the Victorian average of $538. “These losses have far-reaching consequences for our community beyond their financial impacts,” Cr Asker said. “Gambling can be detrimental to relationships, mental health and overall well-being.”
However, when access to gaming venues was limited during the COVID-19 lockdown, the Frankston community saved about $32 million that would otherwise have been spent on gambling, he said.
“Libraries After Dark was launched in 2018, and I’m very excited we’re adding Carrum Downs library to the program, providing a safe space for our residents to explore the library, enjoy a cuppa and the activities we’ll have on offer. If you’re not sure what to do with yourself on a Thursday night, why not visit Carrum Downs library?”
The Libraries After Dark program is an initiative of the Moreland City Council. The program supports libraries across Victoria through money provided by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation.