Fight lost at VCAT

 11 September 2013

Council is disappointed that the number of poker machines in Monash will be increased, following a decision made by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

On 11 September 2013, VCAT upheld a decision by the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation in which the Commission approved an application by Clayton's L'unico Hotel for seven more poker machines.
The hotel will now be able to increase its number of poker machines from 28 to 35.

Council had put forward a strong case to VCAT that is should overturn the Commission's approval of the extra machines.

Council believes there are already enough poker machines in Monash and the extra machines will only increase the harm caused by problem gambling.

Monash has about 950 poker machines, one of the highest numbers of machines in any metropolitan Melbourne municipality. In the 2012-13 financial year, more than $112M was spent on poker machines in Monash.

Recent research commissioned by Council indicated there may be higher levels of "at risk" gambling in some Monash suburbs than in Victoria overall. The research found there was still a stigma associated with admitting to having a gambling problem.

Here is the VCAT decision:

VCAT decision (pdf, 2MB)

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