Say No to More Pokies at the Torquay Hotel - Alliance for Gambling Reform

Say No to More Pokies at the Torquay Hotel

We have pre-written a submission for you to send to the Commission. However, unique submissions will have greater impact. We have added tips on things you can write about if you wish to individualise your submission. 

If this application is successful, it is estimated the Torquay Hotel will take $2.4 million from the community every year! We know that when there are more poker machines in an area, there is a higher density of domestic violence, mental illness, family breakdown and crime. 

Will you take action to ensure this doesn't happen?

Here are some things you can talk about:

  • The Torquay Hotel has applied for an additional 15 poker machines to add to their existing 30! If approved, it would make this venue the owner of over 50% of the poker machines in the Surf Coast Shire!
    • This is extraordinarily greedy: there is no shared economic benefit. One family will be responsible for half the pokie-harm in Surf Coast Shire and all the pokie-harm in Torquay. Don't let them get away with it!
  • The new owners of Torquay Hotel already own several high loss venues. The Grovedale takes over $11 million from the Geelong community every year, that’s around $140,000 on each machine!!
    • Do we want an owner that encourages that kind of loss to be running more than half of the poker machines in Surf Coast Shire?
  • Does it make you feel unsafe knowing that more pokies in your area means a higher chance of crime, mental health issues and domestic violence?

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