The CWA in Tasmania has added its voice to the statewide campaign to get pokies out of Tasmania’s suburbs.

Lindy Cleeland, state President CWA in Tas, said: “The CWA stands for strong communities and our members know just how much stronger those communities can be with pokies gone from our local pubs and clubs.

“We urge everyone with a view on this issue to speak up and get that message to their local political representatives and the candidates for the 2018 election.

“It’s well past time for Tasmanians to have our say and for our representatives to choose to serve the community interest ahead of vested interstate interests.”

Representative of Community Voice on Pokies Reform John Stubley said: “The next Parliament decides whether to keep things as they are or take pokies out of pubs and clubs.

“This is the moment when Tasmanians can reverse the decision of 20+ years ago—a decision we never asked for and never wanted. The people of Tasmania now acknowledge that it is time for a new vision of Tasmania when it comes to pokies.

“We thank the CWA for taking a stand today and adding its voice to the call to get pokies out of pubs and clubs in this State.The CWA represents tens of thousands of Tasmanians in communities large and small across this State: we call on every one with an opinion on this issue to grab this moment and make sure politicians know their view.

“The CWA, like us, want to see the money lost on pokies ($20Million per annum in Glenorchy alone and $140Million statewide) flow directly into our communities, our shops, small businesses and sporting clubs rather than being directed away or filtered through poker machines.”

The Community Voice on Pokies Reform coalition comprises 60 member organisations including local councils, not-for-profit service organisations, peak bodies, church-based groups and many others. The CWA is a self-funded volunteer philanthropic organisation. It encourages supporting community and taking an interest in the workings of government at all levels. CWA Tas is part of the largest voluntary women’s organisation in Australia and affiliated with the Associated Country Women of the World.