We Don't Want More Pokies in Berwick
Dear Mr Wilson,
Zagame's Berwick Springs Hotel is the 10th highest pokies spending venue in the state, the highest in Casey and they’re on track to make $18 million (in 2016/17) with the machines that they’ve got. The hotel plans to expand their 95 pokies to 105 and we cannot allow this.
The City of Casey is ranked second in Victoria in poker machine losses; residents lost almost $125 million last financial year. That's money that could have been spent in our local community to develop it further. Poker machines hurt people; there is a proven link between poker machines and family violence, depression, divorce and crime. Pokie-related harm is a problem that needs to be taken seriously and the community needs protection from further exposure to poker machines.
I ask that you do not allow the additional ten poker machines and take a stand to protect the community.