Monday 18. January, 2016

Victorian Pub Will Reduce Kids’ Play Area if Not Granted More Pokies

Langwarrin Hotel in Victorian is using a planned children’s play area as a bargaining chip as it pushes for approval to install ten additional poker machines in its pub. The hotel has turned to the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR), applying for the extra machines.

Langwarrin Hotel currently holds a license for 52 gaming machines and is requesting an additional ten machines, bringing the number up to 62. The application for the extra machines was first debated behind closed doors by Frankston councillors after December’s public council meeting.

The hotel has advised the commission that the their planned children’s play area will be at jeopardy if they are not granted the additional machines. The indoor play area was approved by Frankston Council in late 2014 and will cost $1.5 million to build.

Langwarrin Hotel stated in an expenditure report submitted to the VCGLR on their behalf by gaming venue management company Progressive Venue Services that their annual expenditure would increase by $465,879 if they could operate the additional ten machines.

“If approval is not obtained in relation to these additional electronic gaming machines, our financial position will be such that we need to significantly reduce the scope of the proposed playground works so that the overall cost of the same is approximately $450,000,” stated hotel owner and general manager Peter Beretta.

The hotel plans for five of the additional machines to be installed in the Cranbourne-Frankston Road premises, with the entitlement for the remaining five machines transferred to the Riviera Hotel in Seaford which is also owned by the Beretta family.

In the 2014-15 financial year, punters lost $7.6 million at the hotel with more than $62 million lost on pokies across the Frankston area in the same period.


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