Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation

  • Greyhound Promotions Pty Ltd (Greyhounds Entertainment)
  • Bakers Arms Hotel Pty Ltd (Braybook Hotel)
  • Collingwood Football Club (The Coach and Horses)
  • Maryborough Highland Society Inc. (Maryborough Highland Society)
  • Royal Hotel Benalla (Royal Hotel)

Greyhounds Entertainment

13 May 2014

Facts

  • Greyhound Promotions Pty Ltd applied for an amendment to its venue operator's license to increase the number of electronic gaming machines (EGMs) operating at Greyhounds Entertainment from 93 to 102.
  • The Greater Dandenong City Council did not make a submission in respect of the application.

Decision

  •  The commission refused the application, finding that:
    • the commission could not be satisfied there would be no net social and economic detriment to the immediately surrounding area or the wider community of Greater Dandenong.
  • In making its decision, the commission placed greater weight on the likely social costs of this application as Greater Dandenong is characterised by below average household income and above average unemployment and gaming statistics including:
    • a density of 8.42 EGMs per 1,000 adults (52 per cent greater than the metroploitan average and 45 per cent greater than the state average) and
    • an annual expenditure per adult of $987 (70 per cent greater than the metroploitan average and 79 per cent greater than the state average).
  • The commission noted these, 'factors are warning signs and suggestive of a municipality where problem gambling may be prevalent and the impacts of problem gambling greatly felt, which leads to other disbenefits such as lost productivity, increased health and social service requirements and other social costs.'

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Braybrook Hotel

31 October 2013

Facts

  • Bakers Arms Hotel Pty Ltd applied for an amendment to its venue operator's license to increase the number of electronic gaming machines (EGMs) operating at the Braybrook Hotel from 31 to 50.
  • The Maribyrnong Council opposed the application.

Decision

  • The commission refused the application, finding that:
    • The likelihood of significant social detriment outweighed the likely moderate economic benefit to the Braybrook community and the wider community of Maribyrnong.
  • The commission found the likely creation of jobs would result in the short term, limited to the construction phase, and would not create any ongoing benefit to the community.
  • Although the applicant contended the proposed $6.2 million in renovations would result in employment, social, community and economic benefits, the commission found this renovation could only be considered as a single benefit concluding there would be some moderate positive economic impact on the community.
  • In making this determination, the commission relied on the Council's submission that the prevalence of problem gambling is highest in North and West metro regions of Victoria.
  • The commission also considered the proximity of the Braybrook Hotel to two other disadvantaged municipalities.
  • The commission found there would be significant detrimental social impact on the community due to the overwhelming disadvantage in the area.

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Collingwood Football Club

13 March 2013

Facts

  • Collingwood Football Club applied for an amendment to its license to add 8 electronic gaming machines (EGMs), increasing its EGMs from 80 to 88.
  • The City of Maroondah opposed the application.

Decision

  • Applying the net-detriment test, the commission weighed the likely negative and positive social and economic impacts, finding that the likely detriment to the well-being of the community outweighed the likely benefits.
  • Therefore, the commission refused the application as the net impact of the application would be detrimental.

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Maryborough Highland Society Inc.

27 June 2012

Facts

  • Maryborough Highland Society applied for an amendment to their license to increase their electronic gaming machines (EGMs) from 56 to 59.
  • The Central Goldfields Shire Council did not make a submission to this application.
  • The shire council has a rural cap of 99 EGMs and currently operates 96.
  • Therefore granting this application would result in an increase to the from 96 EGMs to 99.

Decision

  • The commission refused the application finding that:
    • due to the high level of disadvantage, high EGM density and expenditure, the application would result in a negative impact on community wellbeing.

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Royal Hotel Benalla

11 November 2011

Facts

  • Royal Hotel Benalla applied for an amendment to their license to increase their electronic gaming machines (EGMs) from 20 to 30.
  • If approved, the hotel said it would increase its financial contributions to the community.

Decision

  • The commission refused the application, finding that:
    • The net economic and social impact of approval will be detrimental to the well-being of the community.
  • Although the hotel planned to donate approximately $20,000 per year to various community organizations this pledge was dependent on the business of the Hotel.
  • Therefore, the commission felt the donation lacked future surety and could not be considered in the 'net detriment' test.

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