The Pig n Whistle Indooroopilly's application for a license for 45 pokies is out of line with what our community wants and needs. I'm calling for this application to be withdrawn, or failing that, to be rejected by the OLGR.
Anyone concerned about this should make a written submission to the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation. Submissions formally closed on 13 June 2018 but the OLGR may still accept submissions. See below for some tips on writing.
We all know the devastating effect pokies have on communities in general, but a successful submission needs to be specific. Gambling regulation expert Lorraine Cherney has prepared a useful guide for submissions which is available here.
1. Be about why the Pig N Whistle in particular should not have any pokies.
For example, children may be left unsupervised in the shopping centre car park while parents gamble, and it is near impossible to check such an enormous parking area.
2. Speak about the proposed location for the pokies.
For example, the Pig N Whistle is close to four out of seven “gaming sensitive sites” as outlined in the Community Impact Statement guidelines, increasing the likelihood of “convenience gambling”.
3. Mention the impact the new pokies would have on you specifically.
For example, do you live or work nearby? Do you or someone you know have a problem with gambling, which you think could be made worse by pokies at the Pig N Whistle?
It's important we ask OLGR to reject the application entirely. Experts say that even if only a few machines are approved, it's likely the Pig N Whistle will be able to increase this number over time.
View the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation's Community Impact Statement Guidelines here and the Pig N Whistle's Community Impact Statement here.
PETITION to the Pig n Whistle Indooroopilly, the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation and the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland:.
The Pig n Whistle at Indooroopilly has applied for 45 dangerous, addictive pokies. Many locals in Indooroopilly and across the Maiwar electorate have expressed strong opposition to this application, reflecting widespread concern across Queensland over gambling.
The Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation is the body responsible for assessing these applications, but it’s clear that the laws in Queensland are stacked against local communities and in favour of the pokies lobby.
Pokies are an addictive, dangerous goldmine for the super wealthy which rip money away from some of most vulnerable in our community. This application from Pig n Whistle ignores the welfare of our community.
Your petitioners request that the Pig n Whistle withdraw the application for poker machines, that the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation reject any such application, and that the Legislative Assembly of Queensland put the interests of the community before those of the gambling industry.