VCAT rules in favour of Shamrock
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Hotel Shamrock owner Jim Hogan has won his bid for 20 extra pokie machines. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHY
The Victorian Civil and Administrative Appeal Tribunal has ruled in favour of the Hotel Shamrock’s bid for 20 extra poker machines.
City of Greater Bendigo planning director Prue Mansfield, who led the council’s VCAT challenge, said she was disappointed with the ruling but would not appeal it.
“The City will abide by the umpire’s decision and now encourages the Shamrock Hotel to continue with its planned redevelopment,” she said.
The ruling ends Mr Hogan’s 18-month push for extra machines, during which time he threatened to subdivide the historic building into private apartments if his bid was rejected.
The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation approved Mr Hogan’s request in April last year but the City of Greater Bendigo appealed the decision based on laws prohibiting poker machines in strip shopping centres.
The council argued the hotel required a planning permit to increase its poker machines from 45 to 65, but VCAT ruled it did not.
Mr Hogan said the extra machines would save him $300,000 per year on tax breaks, enabling him to pursue his renovation plans to install five-star apartments and a swimming pool in the hotel.”You’ll see some scaffolding erected in Pall Mall within two weeks,” he said, adding that the new accommodation would attract “a different class of travellers” to Bendigo.
Anglicare Victoria chief executive officer Paul McDonald said he was “flabbergasted” by VCAT’s ruling, andthe hotel was “not being very community-minded”.
The decision comes after the Victorian government announced all of the state’s pokies must offer punters the option of using precommitment,a card-based system where players set limits on their spending, from December.
Mr Hogan said he welcomed the precommitment policy.”We don’t want people to spend too much … we want them to have a good time,” he said.
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