Local Greens MP Michael Berkman has responded to news that the Mantle Group is planning to sell the Indooroopilly Pig n Whistle where 45 pokies have been approved, after financial difficulties and underpayment scandals.
“I was really proud to lead a grassroots campaign against the plan for 45 pokies inside Indooroopilly shopping centre at the Pig.
“We didn’t manage to stop the State government from approving the pokies, but they aren’t installed yet, so we might still have a chance to stop them.
“I'm calling on the State government to refuse approval for any transfer or new application from the new owners.
“In any case, whoever buys the Pig should ditch the pokies as a sign of goodwill.
“In fact I’ll sweeten the deal. If the new owner ditches the pokies and pays their staff fairly, I’ll hold my office Christmas party at the Pig n Whistle.