WORLD Vision chief executive Tim Costello last night threw his support behind a Castlemaine lobby group’s fight to stop a poker machine development in the town.
Local anti-poker machine group Enough Pokies in Castlemaine (EPIC) held a community meeting to discuss the next step against the Maryborough Highland Society’s licence approval to install 65 new poker machines in the town.
Mr Costello, a high profile and vocal anti-pokies campaigner, said EPIC was giving hope to communities around Victoria that they could make a difference.
“I think what EPIC is doing could potentially set a precedent for the state and even the nation,” he said.
“I congratulate the community and the local mayor for what they are doing, it gives me great hope.”
EPIC and the Mt Alexander Shire Council took their fight to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal last month. A hearing has been set for December 10.
EPIC committee member Jess Howard said it was good to meet members last night at the Theatre Royal and discuss what they were going to do.
“There are a lot of things happening between now and December,” she said.