Altona RSL EGM Application
Altona RSL seeks 22 additional poker machines
The Altona RSL has made an application to the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) for an additional 22 poker machines.
At its Ordinary Council Meeting on Tuesday 9 October 2018, Council resolved to object to the application.
Altona RSL currently has 58 poker machines. A total of $3.58 million was lost there in 2017-18, with annual losses expected to increase to $7.04 million with the extra 22 machines (see Social and Economic Impact Assessment prepared for the Altona RSL (PDF, 2MB)).
As part of its proposal, the Altona RSL will undertake an extensive renovation to the venue, create 4.5 new jobs, and increase (where possible) its cash and in-kind community contributions. The licence application and supporting documentation may be accessed via the VCGLR website .
In forming its position, Council commissioned an independent Social and Economic Impact Assessment (PDF, 5MB), which concluded that the application would result in a net detriment to the Hobsons Bay community. The Assessment found the impact of the increase in poker machines will lead to social and economic harm due to increased incidences of problem gambling, and diversion of trade from local businesses and gaming venues, potentially impacting the latter’s ongoing viability and capacity to maintain current levels of community contributions.
The VCGLR will hold a hearing on 7-8 November to consider the social and economic impact of the application and make a decision to approve or reject the application. Any person or organisation who believes they may be affected by the proposed increase in the number of poker machines at the Altona RSL may make a written submission to the VCGLR by Monday 5 November 2018 by either:
- Visiting the VCGLR website and completing the online form
- Writing or emailing the VCGLR at the following address:
Victorian Commission of Gambling and Liquor Regulation
PO Box 1988
MELBOURNE VIC 3001
For further information on the Altona RSL’s poker machine licence application, please contact the VCGLR on 1300 182 457.
To find out more about Council’s policy on poker machines, please refer to the Problem Gambling (Electronic Gaming Machines) Policy Statement 2015.