Regional community groups share in gambling fund

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Regional community groups share in gambling fund

Four community groups in the Somerset Region have claimed their share of more than $86,000 up for grabs in Gambling Community Benefit Fund grants.

The Gatton Star reports that the successful Somerset groups in Round 102 of the funding include the Esk Bowls Club, will use the funds to purchase a water tank and equipment, the Esk Jockey Club to purchase a tractor, the Kilcoy Motorcycle Club to upgrade their canteen and install a grandstand shelter and the Toogoolawah Bowls Club to install a solar system.

Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington said: “We have some excellent grant writers in the Somerset.

“I’d like to congratulate them on achieving a great range of grants for projects that will greatly benefit our community,” she said.

Ms Frecklington encouraged local groups to consider applying for a Gambling Community Benefit Fund grant to help achieve their goals for the year.

“These grants are now offered over five rounds per year and offer a significant opportunity for community groups to work on important projects,” she said.

“It’s important to note that there have been some recent changes to the Guidelines and groups should head to the GCBF website to check these changes and ensure their applications meet all requirements.

The next GCBF round closes on February 29.

For organisations looking for funding, this isn’t the only grant opportunity available to regional community groups.

Local councils also operate a Community Assistance Grants program.

In the last round in the Somerset, 12 community groups shared in over $20,000 worth of grants.

Applications for the next rounds of community assistance grants close on March 31 for the Lockyer, and April 24 for the Somerset.

For more information on these grants, visit the council websites.

TITO system close in Victoria

The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation announced the transition of pokies to a system that accepts and remits tickets.

Casino Aus reports that venues with gaming machines must now ensure their new systems are compliant with regulatory requirements and expectations.

The new ticket-in ticket-out (TITO) system is designed to rid the need for coins.

The Commission gave notice in December 2019 that the TITO functionality on gaming machines will be available soon.

The system will reduce the need for cash – specifically coins – with the use of barcoded tickets.

Players will be able to see a cashier or cash machine to redeem a ticket is simply take it from one machine to another to seamlessly continue play.

TITO systems have already been tested to make sure they connect with the Intralot Central Monitoring and Control System and be compliant with all Victorian technical standards.

Intralot will monitor TITO transactions just as it does with all other gaming machine transactions.

It is important to note that venues are not required to use TITO.

They may use TITO with all, none or some of their pokies.

The introduction is merely the process by which the venue operators can keep up with the latest technology and keep their machines current and player friendly.

Operators obliged to reset machines

Venue operators with gaming machines must find and coordinate with a third-party service to obtain TITO equipment.

There are no licensed services, however, that are already in complete compliance with VCGLR, so operators are tasked with vetting the companies.

They must work with the third part to ensure that all TITO systems are compliant.

In addition, venue operators must retain all documentation from those service providers.

All of the responsibility during this process is on the venue operator.

It is also important that the gaming machines are capable of using TITO technology.

Newer machines should have the technology to switch to TITO, but older ones may require modifications.

In the case of the latter, manufacturers and suppliers must all approve of the TITO conversion process.

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