EUROA’S COMMUNITY WON
VCAT has agreed with ‘No Pokies for Euroa’ that the Euroa Hotel is not a suitable location for poker machines and has overturned the permit approval that the Shire of Strathbogie gave to the hotel.
THERE WILL BE NO POKIES IN EUROA!
What a victory for ordinary people of Euroa. We took on the gaming industry, we took on the ‘system’ and, disappointingly, we had to take on our own elected representatives who put the interests of the gaming industry before the well-being of their own ratepayers.
A true victory for ‘people power’. We have shown that a local population galvanised to make sure that the ‘right’ thing happens is a powerful force.
A former mayor of a regional Victorian council called to tell us that this is a monumental decision that will give heart to other towns in Victoria. He added that this decision should be a reminder to councils that they are there to support their community, not to fight their own ratepayers in court on behalf of pokies operators.
So many people contributed to this effort. You know who you are. A really huge THANK YOU to you all.