Originally written by Casterton News
GLENELG Shire gamblers spent more than $81,000 more at the pokies in the past financial year than the 2007/08 financial year, according to the Victorian Commission for Gambling Regulation.
The total expenditure for the 2008/09 financial year was $7,381,377.10. The busiest month was January with an expenditure of $703,305.50, more than $57,000 more than January 2008.
With a shire population of about 20,200, according to the Glenelg Shire Council website, the financial figure equates to about $365.41 per person and with 105 gaming machines in Portland, the financial figure equates to $72,000 per machine.
The quietest month was February with $513,907.88 spent, which was a massive drop from February 2008 when the expenditure was $644,046.66.
The Richmond Henty Hotel came out of the financial year the biggest winner with a total expenditure of $3,097,328.26 followed by the Portland Football Netball Cricket Club ($2,168,252.11), Gordon Hotel ($1,156,247.94) and the Portland RSL Memorial Bowling Club ($959,548.79).
The gambling figures in the shire continue to rise each year with the 2006/07 figures being below the $7 million amount.