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At last week’s council meeting, councillors approved an amended motion which will see no objections made to the application.
Drouin ward councillor Terry Williamson said the expansion was within regulations.
“They’re well within the current regulations to ask for another eight, it’s still within the cap,” Cr Williamson said.
Fellow Drouin ward councillor Tricia Jones said it would be a waste of resources to attempt to stop the pokies.
“It would serve no purpose to contest this is VCAT – a fruitless, expensive, time-wasting exercise,” Cr Jones said.
“We can only hope that the machines are used for light entertainment.”
The recommendation to councillors had been to not make a submission to the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation only if the hotel operators signed an agreement that they would make community contributions using gambling revenue.
Warragul ward councillor Mikaela Power voted against the motion, while other councillors said the decision was difficult.
“Damned if you do, damned if you don’t,” Warragul ward councillor Gerard Murphy said.
Mayor Murray Cook said his personal objection to gambling was outweighed by financial concerns.
“I’ll be voting for the motion with some reluctance,” Cr Cook said.
“There’s no point sending community money after [this].”
Making a quip at Cr Murphy’s refusal to wear formal shirts at council meetings, Cr Cook added: “you can see gambling is no good, as Cr Murphy lost his shirt.”
Councillors praised the Family Hotel’s plans to invest some money from the pokies in community projects.