Australia: The ways in which Alice Springs residents use gambling venues is being investigated as a part of a research project conducted by Charles Darwin University and its partners. Alice Springs residents will soon be asked to participate in a mail-out survey enquiring about the venues they visit as well as their gambling patterns while there.
Once all data has been collected, the research team will analyse it using GIS technology. This will allow the research team to measure the catchments of individual venues as well as the levels of gambling harm within them, information which has not been available to date in the Northern Territory and remote Australia.
The project, led by Charles Darwin University is the first of its kind in the Northern Territory and will yield important evidence for the regulators of electronic gaming machines or “pokies”.