On Wednesday the 4th of April, the Officer Hotel's application for 80 machines is being heard at the Victorian Commission of Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR). The community have fought tirelessly against this application, and this is the last opportunity to have your say against this destructive venue in the heart of Officer.
We've made it super easy to write to the VCGLR. You can send our pre-prepared message or you can write a few sentences highlighting why 80 more pokies in Officer will have a detriment effect on the health and wellbeing of your community.
It's important to note the VCGLR already know that the majority of Victorian's don't like poker machines, so the commissioners will put low weight to submissions that talk about how bad pokies are generally. Instead, they need submissions that highlight how your specific community will be impacted.
A few ideas:
- The location of the proposed premise is on the corner of Station Street and Princes Highway, a prominent position in the heart of town that is passed daily by families, children and vulnerable people.
- It is estimated that $12 million will be lost on pokies in this venue each year.* That is $12 million dollars diverted from local trade and development.
- Cardinia Shire is booming with young families with mortgage stress. This community is particularly vulnerable to the harms of gambling.
*Estimate based on other venues of similar size in similar municipalities.