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The City of Greater Geelong has endorsed the submission of a Social and Economic Impact assessment (SEIA) to the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation opposing an increase in the number of electronic gaming machines at the Portarlington Golf Club.
The club has applied to the commission to increase its number of gaming machines from 55 to 65, submitting that there will be a net benefit to the community from the increase.
The City carried out a Social and Economic Impact assessment of the club’s application and reached the conclusion that there would be a net detriment to the community if the club’s application was approved.
If the club’s application for additional machines was successful, the pokies concentration would be nine machines per 1000 adults – well above the city-wide average of 6.94 per 1000 adults and the Victorian average of 5.65 per 1000 adults.
“There are pockets of high disadvantage in the club’s catchment area,“ administrator chair Dr Kathy Alexander said.
“These communities are the least able to deal with the negative effects of gambling.
“While the club’s application points out that the current number of EGMs at the club are under-utilised during non-peak tourist times, an increase in the number of EGMs has the potential to increase problem gambling in the community.“

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