More than 50 residents gathered in Indooroopilly on Tuesday night to plan a boycott of the the Indooroopilly Shopping Centre pub after the state government regulator approved its application to extend trading hours until 4am and install poker machines.
Now the application has been approved, there is no way for the community to appeal to the the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal - only to the Supreme Court.
Indooroopilly local Robyn Pacey said residents were at their wits’ end.
“I support the boycott because going through the proper process has had no impact whatsoever,” Dr Pacey said.
“There was no community consultation, and this is the only way to make the Pig ‘N’ Whistle, the shopping centre and the government know that the community does not want this.”
Lorraine Cherney, who has worked in gambling regulation for the past 15 years, delivered a 10-page submission to the regulator earlier this year.
She said the licensee's community impact statement was “littered with mistakes” - yet was still approved.
"It is located at the rear of the premises. The machines would not be visible to persons outside of the hotel, including from inside the shopping centre, "she said.
"Further, as a condition of their licence, the licensee is required to ensure the gaming machine area is under constant supervision to ensure that minors do not enter the area."
“The location is so grossly inappropriate that the regulator rejected an almost identical application back in 1998," Mr Berkman said.
"Nothing will be achieved unless we fight for it."