Eastern Eyre pokies spending up slightly

Eastern Eyre Peninsula is one of three areas in the state to see an increase in spending on poker machines, according to a new study.

The study into gambling showed people in regional areas were spending less on poker machines than they have in more than a decade.

However, Eastern Eyre Peninsula is bucking the downward trend, with a slight increase of 0.3 per cent from 2015-16 to 2016-17.

Expenditure on poker machines in hotels and clubs fell across most regions of the state in the 2016-17 financial year.

The University of Adelaide’s South Australian Centre for Economic Studies’ gambling database has shown a statewide drop in poker machine gambling of more than $38 million.

Despite the overall decline in gambling spending, spending on poker machines in the Kimba, Cleve, Franklin Harbour and Tumby Bay council areas increased in 2016-17 up 0.3 per cent to $239 per adult.

The net gambling revenue for the region also increased for 2016-17 to $1.29 million, up from last year.

The number of gambling venues and poker machines in the region did not change, with a total of seven venues with 77 machines.

The database looked at 43 different council areas/regions, with Eastern Eyre Peninsula ranked near the bottom for all sections of the data, except for number of poker machines per 1000 adults, where it ranked 13th, with 14.2 machines.

Port Lincoln, Whyalla and Port Augusta council areas were ranked in the top five for relative expenditure on poker machines, while Ceduna, Streaky Bay, Le Hunte, Elliston and Lower Eyre Peninsula council areas were ranked 28th.

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