Help in expose Queensland’s biggest casinos
Why am I doing this?
Casinos are big money makers, both for the people who own them and for state government coffers around Australia. Controversially, New South Wales is about to get its second casino, but Queensland already has several in operation. While casinos employ a lot of people and provide light entertainment for casual visitors and tourists, they can also pose a serious risk to problem gamblers and vulnerable people in our society.
Starting with the sunshine state, I want to find out what our state governments are doing to regulate casinos and if they’re doing a good job.
Out there’s a problem
In order to begin our research, we need to find out what documents and reports the Queensland Government casino regulator, the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation, has already put together over the past two years. In order to do that, I’ve submitted a Freedom of Information request. The Government has responded to me saying the search will take 17 hours.
What you can do to help
With your small donation, we can raise the full amount to pay for the FOI request. Once the money is paid and granted there are no delays, I will receive the results of the FOI in my inbox within a month and will make them public shortly after. I’m not sure what’s contained in the documents I’ve requested, but they will provide a useful starting point!
I’ve never crowdfunded an FOI request before, but I’m keen to get more people interested in the FOI process and hopefully learn some things along the way.
Holding an inaugural casino night fundraiser
Put your gambling face on while enjoying Las Vegas-style excitement at casino inaugural Aces for Animals Casino Night fundraiser from 7-10 p.m. Friday, June 16, at the Arboretum Club in Buffalo Grove.
Proceeds benefit casino, a 45 year-old nonprofit organization that rescues dogs and cats and operates a full-time adoption center in Grayslake.
Try your luck at blackjack, poker, roulette, craps, slot machines and more for a chance to earn chips that can be redeemed for raffle tickets. Take a chance with a 50/50 raffle while enjoying complimentary food and open bar from 7-8 p.m.
Highlights of the prizes, with some surprises, include sports memorabilia, destination days and two complimentary tickets to us annual Tuxedo for Tails Gala in October.
Individual ticket prices are $100 and include one admission to Aces for Animals Casino Night, one 50/50 raffle ticket and $150 in play money/chips. Other ticket packages and sponsorship prices range from $190 to $1,500. Additional raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20.
To purchase Aces for Animals Casino Night tickets, visit Save-A-Pet’s website at www.saveapetil.org. The Arboretum Club is at 401 Half Day Road, Buffalo Grove. Tickets and sponsorships are tax-deductible up to the value of the donation.
This service a nonprofit organization and has saved more than 62,000 animals and expanded thousands of families with the love of an adopted pet. Relying solely on donor generosity, we are one of the largest no-kill cat and dog rescues in Lake County, and costs more than $1,500,000 per year to operate.