No Pokies for the Grandview
Dear Mayor and Councillors of the City of Darebin
We the undersigned call on you each to categorically reject the application to extend the planning permit that would enable to Grandview Hotel to install 50 poker machines. Residents of Darebin already lose more than $84 million a year on pokies. Our community can’t afford additional losses.
What’s more, significant new evidence has emerged since VCAT overturned Council’s sound rejection of the planning permit in 2013. We now know that gambling causes a health burden on our community nearly as great as that caused by alcohol, and that there is a direct relationship between poker machine density in an area and family violence rates.
Please protect our community by refusing to extend the planning permit.