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Hogan's Hotel, Poker Machine Application

Hogan's Hotel, Poker Machine Application

Hogan’s Hotel in Wallan has applied to the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) for an additional 20 poker machines, on top of their existing 45.

The Commission oversees the conduct of gambling in Victoria. It is the statutory authority which will determine whether an application for a gambling license should be granted or not.

Have your say

Community members can view the application and make a submission to the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR).

The Victorian Local Governance Association is funded to assist community members who wish to make submissions.

If you want assistance in writing a submission or have any questions about the process contact Rose O’Leary via email rose@vlga.org.au or call 03 9349 7999.

Council can be contacted about this matter, contact Rebecca Sirianni via email Rebecca.Sirianni@mitchellshire.vic.gov.au or call 0447 262 803

Special Council Meeting

At a Special Council Meeting on 12 March, Council voted unanimously to oppose the application by Hogan's Hotel, Wallan for a further 20 electronic gaming machines. The decision follows an independent Social and Economic Impact Assessment (SEIA).

Council will now make a submission to the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR), and we encourage community members to view the application and make a submission as well.

VCGLR is the statutory authority which will determine whether an application for a gambling license should be granted or not.

Poker Machine Gambling In Mitchell Shire Council

  • In 2017/18, more than $18.77 million - or $51,429 per day - was lost on poker machines in Mitchell Shire.
  • Mitchell Shire has 228 poker machines operating across five venues.
  • The maximum number of machines allowed in Mitchell Shire is 299. This is set by the Victorian State Government.
  • The average loss per adult in Mitchell Shire is $574. This is higher than the Victorian average.

The Electronic Gaming Machine (EGM) Policy (revised 2016) sets out Council’s position on EGMs

The Mitchell Shire Electronic Gaming Machine Policy adopts a public health approach to responding to and mitigating gambling harm of poker machines for individuals, families and communities.

This approach is consistent with Council’s regulatory responsibilities under the Local Government Act 1989 and the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008.

Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR)

In Victoria, regulation of the gambling industry and activities is the responsibility of the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR).

The Gambling Regulation Act 2003 is a key piece of legislation designed to govern the conduct and licensing of gaming. Another important piece of legislation is the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

Alliance For Gambling Reform

As a support to the National Alliance for Gambling Reform, Mitchell Shire Council is part of a collaboration of organisations with a shared concern about the harmful impacts of gambling. The Alliance calls for legislation reforms of the gambling industry that reduce the harm it causes.

Reducing gambling harm is one of Councils advocacy priorities identity, In partnership with our community, a range of providers and industry representatives.

Support

If you or someone you know is experiencing harm from gambling, free confidential advice information, advice and support is available 24/7.

There are many ways to get assistance – choose the support that suits you.