Australia

Council buys RSL venue to keep poker machines out

“Once the state branch gets the place, they might fill it all up and put a slot machine there. I’m very opposed to it,” Twinning said. “”[They] We have a disastrous record of selling these places to the highest bidders. “

Manningham Mayor Andrew Conlon said poker machines at seven municipal venues have already robbed the community of $ 58 million a year.

“Both parties were able to keep poker machines from coming to the vibrant Templestowe Village Activity Center, which is popular with dineers in the eastern suburbs,” he said.

“”[We] Rather than better supporting traditional RSLs, it has promoted the slot machine industry over the last decade, sold failed venues to developers, and distributed sales to support other RSL slot machine venues. I was familiar with the records of RSL Victoria. “

The council also wrote to an estimated 30 Victorian councils, where Cr Conlon hosts RSL-branded poker machine venues, including Whittlesea, Brimbank, Monash, Geelong, and Dandenong in problem gambling addiction areas. We unanimously voted to talk about the model.

Councilor Michel Kleinart, who moved the motion, said the council would be a credible, credible landlord. The council spends about $ 155,000 on building upgrades.

“The beauty of this is that it remains in the hands of our community,” she said.

He supported the move, but Cr Geoff Gough opposed the ban on poker machines in the club, arguing that it was unnecessary.

The move was also strategic to the council, as it was the only privately owned land in Templesto village.

According to the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation, Victorian people lost $ 2.7 billion in pub and club poker machines in 2019.

Instead of hosting a poker machine that caused social harm, Twinning recalls those who died in battle for their own country and assists returning soldiers, including lowering suicide rates. Said that it should be.

Three World War I veterans purchased land on Parker Street in 1920 and built a memorial with the help of the council. Later, part of the site was donated to Templestor RSL in 1954.

“Now it’s gone completely and the buildings and land are back in the community,” Twinning said. “That’s the right end.”

We asked the Victorian RSL for comment.

Let’s start the day informed

The Morning Edition newsletter is a carefully selected guide to the most important and interesting stories, analyzes and insights.Sign up here..

Chloe Booker is a city reporter for The Age.

Most viewed in the whole country

Loading

Place of originCouncil buys RSL venue to keep poker machines out

Back to top button