Thursday 24. March, 2016

South Geelong Hotel Redevelopment to Go Ahead After Pokies Approved

The Valley Inn Hotel in South Geelong will go ahead with a $3 million redevelopment after it was approved to run 29 poker machines on their premises. The machines will be moved by the Fyan’s Road pub owner, APD Group Pty Ltd, from the Barwon Heads Hotel where their lease of the premises is coming to an end.

The bid for the machines, which are expected to bring in around $663,000 per annum from punters, was opposed by the City of Greater Geelong; however, they were not present at a hearing of the application by the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation.

The Commission granted the approval on the basis that they deem the wider area to not be particularly vulnerable to problem gambling and do not feel there is much risk of problem gambling to increase in the area. The Commission also found that there would not be a proliferation of pokies in the area due to the fact that the Geelong Cats gaming venue at Kardinia Park closed.

The redevelopment of the Valley Inn Hotel is now set to begin with the aim of bringing the venue up to a more modern standard.

According to company director, Anthony Eastmure, the venue has not been renovated for many years and “is in serious need of an update, with the facade and interior in some areas in a very sorry state.” The project will include renovation of the bistro, sports bar and outdoor courtyard and an entirely new gaming room, lounge and courtyard.

APD Group has promised to open a Community Support Fund which will contribute $30,000 per year to local welfare agencies, sports groups and problem gaming support.


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