News

Traditional gambling falls, but online continues to rise

A NEW study has shown Australia's love affair with the punt continues - but there are signs the relationship is not as strong as it once was.

A Roy Morgan Research study into gambling showed the amount wagered by Australians on gambling dropped by $1.6 billion in the year to September, to $16.9 billion.

It continued a steep decline in gambling revenue since September 2010, when Australia's parted with $20 billion.

The most recent figure is also significantly less than the amount spent on gambling in 2003, which came in at $19.1 billion.

Poker machines again accounted for the bulk of money spent on gambling, with $10.2 billion put through machines in the year to September.

But Australian pumped $1 billion less into the pokies than the previous year, and almost $3 billion less than 2003.

While traditional forms of gambling appear to be declining, the rise and rise of online betting continued unabated.

The amount spent on this form of gambling, including sports betting, increased from $928 million in 2010 to $1.1 billion in the year to September.

Online betting agencies, like the ones operated by Tom Waterhouse, spend huge sums on advertising and event sponsorship to secure a slice of Australia's gambling largesse.

Topics:  gambling, pokies, roy morgan research



Ipswich pound tender documents reveal $200K condition

The Ipswich pound and rehoming centre will be run by RSPCA after September 30.

RSPCA to charge council if a new centre isn't built

Storms are coming! What it means for your long weekend

Yes, it's going to affect your long weekend

Flights resume as Bali ash cloud clears

Tourists are finding themselves caught in Bali, or unable to fly, after a volcanic ash cloud developed over the Indonesian island.

Jetstar was forced to cancel seven flights on Tuesday

Local Partners

Katy Perry gets naked to encourage people to vote

Katy Perry in Funny Or Die sketch

Katy Perry has stripped naked for a comedy video

Jogging Tom Hanks crashes wedding in Central Park

Tom Hanks stopped for a selfie with this bride and groom

MOVIE REVIEW: Storks delivers family fun

A scene from the movie Storks.

ANIMATION can be hit or miss but when it hits, it hits hard.

Nick 'the snake' to call the shots on Survivor jury

Australian Survivor contestant Nick Iadanza.

LATEST evictee is out of the game but will still have a say.

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber split

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber have split after 11 years together.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Housing report points to a lift in local market

AFFORDABLE HOMES: First home buyers have the opportunity to purchase modern new homes in the Ipswich region for under $400,000.

Region shaping up as the "final frontier” for affordable housing

Five ways to slash household bills and save the environment

THINK GREEN: Considering the environment when building or buying your next home can save you big dollars. The Village Building Company, who is responsible for Woodlinks Village at Collingwood Park, builds homes with this front of mind.

THERE is nothing as sweet as slashing dollars from your bills.

Investors out-bid first-home buyers in booming market

Housing generic.

Ipswich's housing market is putting more cash into sellers’ pockets

Another Ripley development

THE ENTRANCE: An overview of the last planned development for the fast growing Ripley area.

85 more home lots released

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.