NSW Aboriginal Safe Gambling Service manages Warruwi Gambling Help program. The Organisation is an Aboriginal owned service which has 100% Aboriginal staff. The Warruwi Gambling Help program consists of 6 key functions, they are:
Ashley is an Aboriginal Australian from the western-NSW community of Brewarrina, a descendent of the Gamilaroi (mother) and Ngemba (father).
After a successful career in rugby league with the Newcastle Knights, Ashley is actively involved in a variety of community issues with extensive experience working with Aboriginal communities throughout Australia. Ashley has vast experience in the field of problem gambling focusing on community education, program design, development and delivery for Indigenous peoples and communities.
However gambling is his passion highlighted by the appointment to the federal Ministerial Expert Advisory Group on Gambling and the Expert Advisory Group for the Australian Gambling Research centre. Previously a gambling counsellor with seven years’ experience and four years has a gambling researcher with the Centre for Gambling Education and Research at Southern Cross University at Lismore. One focus of late is analysing Aboriginal Healing Programs and their effectiveness on Aboriginal problem gamblers.
He currently manages the NSW Aboriginal Safe Gambling Services funded by the Responsible Gambling Fund, Liquor and Gaming NSW. The State-wide program targets 30 Aboriginal communities across NSW each year.
As a consultant, Ashley has a long-term objective to be involved in the ongoing development and implementation of policies and programs that improve the well-being of Aboriginal people.
Bobbi a proud Worimi woman from Nelson Bay, in the Port Stephens peninsular.
Bobbi’s has grown up in a sporting family after her father was a professional surfer competing on the world surfing tour. Bobbi has played many sports including netball, dancing, surfing, touch football, rugby union and rugby league. Her mother encouraged her to play touch football where she excelled and has played for NSW U20s 2014 and 2016, and was a part of the Australian squad. Where she soon found her passion in rugby league in 2019, Bobbi has had a successful short time in rugby league where she was picked in the Sydney Roosters NRLW team and in the Indigenous Allstars.
However Bobbi’s passion has always been to learn more about her Aboriginal culture and work with community and meet new people and develop meaningful connections.
Listen to Stephen, Bernie, Thomas and Roy's stories as they describe the problems they experienced as a result of gambling.