VCAT hearing – appeal against VCGLR decision to refuse 40 pokies at Commercial Hotel in South Morang

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) will determine an appeal against the recent decision by the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) to refuse an application to introduce 40 pokies at the Commercial Hotel in South Morang.

The appeal was lodged by the applicant, Australian Leisure and Hospitality Group Pty Ltd (ALH).


In November 2016, the VCGLR heard an application from ALH to install 40 pokies at the Commercial Hotel in the City of Whittlesea.

The City of Whittlesea opposed the application and appeared at the VCGLR hearing.

On 8 December 2016, the VCGLR refused the application, providing its written reasons for decision on 12 September 2016. The VCGLR determined there would be a net negative social and economic impact on the well-being of the Whittlesea community if the application was approved.

ALH has sought a review of this VCGLR decision.

On 21 March 2017, the City of Whittlesea refused ALH's planning permit application for the installation of 40 pokies at the Commercial Hotel.

ALH has also sought a review to the planning permit application, and both matters will be heard together in a hearing open to the public. The hearing is scheduled for six days.

Where: Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, 55 King St, Melbourne


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More information

  • Read the VCGLR Gaming decision – EGMs – Australian Leisure and Hospitality Group Pty Ltd.
  • Read the VCAT witness statements and reports.
  • See our infographic on City of Whittlesea.

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