Claims emergency exit at Kyneton lures people to pokies

A GROUP of protesters will meet at the Kyneton Bowling Club at 2pm today to rally against the venue's emergency exit door.The group says the door is being used to give easier access to the poker machines inside.Protest organiser Mary Reid said the door is luring people from the street to gamble.Mrs Read wants the Maryborough Highland Society to make the door strictly an emergency exit."It's encouraging more people in off the street to use the poker machines," she said."We are concerned people are entering from the nearby libraries, playgrounds and supermarkets."

View Larger MapMaryborough Highland Society General Manager Malcolm Blandphorn said the entrance was not being used to draw people toward its poker machines."The door is being used as our main public entrance, which is easier for a lot of the elderly patrons," he said."And when you look from the outside all you can see is the hallway and not the pokie machines."Mr Blandphorn said the venue had taken a responsible approach to looking after its members. "I understand they're worried about kids going in there unattended, but we're a very responsible organisation. We would not let that happen."The rally begins at 2pm outside the bowling club.

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