On 6 and 7 April 2020, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation heard an application by Clifton Springs Golf Club Inc to increase the number of pokies at the Clifton Springs Golf Club (City of Greater Geelong) from 40 to 50.
The City of Greater Geelong opposed the application and appeared at the hearing.
On 14 April 2020, the commission approved the application with conditions.
The commission found the social and economic impact to the wellbeing of the City of Greater Geelong community, if the application was approved, will not be detrimental. Hence the 'no net detriment' test was met.
The commission's approval is subject to the following conditions:
- renovations works to the gaming room must be completed before the additional 10 pokies can be installed
- these renovation works include:
- closure of the foyer entry which currently provides direct access to the gaming room from the main entry point of the premises
- closure of the car park entry to the gaming room via the rear deck of the premises
- installation of a frosted glass sliding door, with push button access, at the only entrance to the gaming room
- installation of visibility screens within the gaming room
- the remaining renovation works at the premises (expansion of the outdoor deck area and refurbishment of the kitchen) must be completed within 24 months of the additional 10 pokies being installed
- the club must make additional annual cash contributions of $10,000 (indexed to CPI) to not-for-profit community groups and sporting organisations which provide services and facilities to residents in the City of Greater Geelong
- the club must continue to make existing annual cash contributions of $4,127.27 to not-for-profit community groups and sporting organisations which provide services and facilities to residents in the City of Greater Geelong.