Plan to install poker machines at Euroa Hotel draws plenty of people to last night's No Pokies for Euroa meeting.JARROD WHITTAKER March 18, 2014 4:55am
A public information session in Euroa last night organised by opponents of introducing poker machines into the town was so well-attended some people were unable to enter the venue.
Extra chairs were deployed and some were forced to stand after more than 160 attended the information night the No Pokies for Euroa group organised at the town’s Wesley Hall.
The group is attempting to overturn Strathbogie Shire Council’s decision to introduce 30 poker machines at the Euroa Hotel in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
No Pokies for Euroa member Mal Alston said the poker machines would take $2.5 million from Euroa’s economy in the next year.
‘‘I’ve been a doctor in the community for 30 years and I’ve seen the impact of gambling,’’ Dr Alston said.
‘‘We know the population we have here are the people who are most vulnerable to poker machines. The people who are most vulnerable tend to be elderly, they tend to be pensioners .
He told the meeting poker machines were designed to win for one group of people — ‘‘that’s the owners and the state government’’, he said to applause.
Letters of support from Tasmanian independent MP and anti-pokies campaigner Andrew Wilkie and World Vision’s Reverend Tim Costello were also read out.
During the meeting pokies researcher Professor John McDonald told the meeting problem gambling had wide-ranging impacts, with each problem gambler affecting a further six to seven people.
‘‘There is very strong evidence accumulated now across the world that gambling has adverse health, social, psychological and financial impacts on many more people than those we would categorise as problem gamblers,’’ Prof McDonald said.
In November last year Euroa Hotel won approval to install gaming machines to fund the $1.5
At the time, Shire of Strathbogie Mayor Deb Swan said the decision to approve had been a difficult one for the council.
The redevelopment will include a range of improvements, including a new kitchen and coolrooms, bistro and beer garden redevelopment and car park upgrade.
A second stage of the development would involve the renovation of existing accommodation facilities.
It will also result in the creation of a ‘‘Euroa Hotel Community Chest’’ with council, to contribute to the community.
Coca-Cola Amatil has confirmed it will be pressing on with its $100 million redevelopment of SPC Ardmona.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
A snake was spotted this afternoon.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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