Shamrock Hotel wants more gaming machines

THE Shamrock Hotel wants to increase its number of electronic gaming machines.

The City of Greater Bendigo has received an application from the hotel and is asking residents to complete a survey on the proposal.

The survey is designed to gather the community’s views on the Pall Mall hotel acquiring an additional 20 machines, bringing the venue’s total number to 65.

Under the Gambling Regulation Act 2003, the City has until January 31 to make a social and economic impact submission to the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation.

Planning and development director Prue Mansfield encouraged residents to complete the survey and use it as an opportunity to have their say.

“It is important for the City to provide accurate information to gambling’s regulating body that fairly summarises the community’s attitude to the proposal,” she said.

“The hotel is one of Bendigo’s most iconic buildings located on a prominent shopping and dining strip, so residents may have personal views about an application for more gaming machines at the historic hotel.”

Residents over the age of 18 have until January 24 to complete the survey.

The City’s municipal cap for the number of electronic gaming machines set by the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor regulation is 756.

There are currently 11 venues across Greater Bendigo with a combined 614 electronic gaming machines.

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