Casino Bus Maps - The Cash Cow Suburbs
Where does the casino pick up punters in Sydney? (2011 data)
Inspired by the SMH article "Casino buses in migrants who hope 'to live beyond their means"(Heath Aston; December 11, 2011), we created a series of map to show the influence of The Star casino on migrant communities in Sydney.
According to New Matilda article "Clubs Australia Knows Its Heartland" (Benjamin Law; 15 Apr 2011), studies have shown an increased prevalence of gambling problems in Asian-Australia.
The Star Express is a network of shuttle buses which operate on routes between The Star casino and suburbs across greater Sydney. Ten routes (11, 22, 33B, 38, 55, 66, 83, 88, 98, 99) service many suburbs that have high percentage of migrant population from non-English speaking backgrounds.
We geocoded the casino's Star Express timetable and plotted the stops on maps showing distribution of non-english speaking populations in Sydney.
How to read the maps
- ● The Star (casino)
- ● Casino bus stop
- Size: number of pick-ups
- Opacity: average waiting time
- — line connecting bus stops
- – – line connecting last bus stop to casino
♦♦♦Languages other than English spoken at home (male) as % of population Max:30%
♦♦♦Chinese spoken at home (male) as % of population Max:14%
♦♦♦Vietnamese spoken at home (male) as % of population Max:9%
♦♦♦Korean spoken at home (male) as % of population Max:3%
♦♦♦Arabic spoken at home (male) as % of population Max:11%
♦♦♦Greek spoken at home (male) as % of population Max:5%
Star Express Routes in Sydney
Suburbs in which Asian/Chinese populations congregate; for example: Hurstville, Chatswood, Carlingford, Ashfield, Strathfield, and Maroubra have visibily more bus stops.
Suburbs that have relatively lower proportions of non-English speaking residents (usually of a higher income) are seemingly ignored by the Star Express. Notably, the eastern suburbs (eg: Coogee, Bondi, Vaucluse), inner west (eg: Balmain, Glebe), South Sydney, Sutherland Shire, and North Shore (eg: Mosman, Manly).