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Project Update - May 2022

Thank you again to everyone who provided a response to the application by A.P.D. Group Pty Ltd to increase the number of Electronic gaming machines (EGM) at the Valley Inn Hotel.

The hearing date with the Victorian Gaming and Casino Control Commission was held on 16 and 17 March 2022, with a decision handed down on 26 April 2022.

The Commission has refused the application.

For more information on the Commission’s decision and reason, please refer to the VGCCC official documentation on the matter.

Project Update - April 2022

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the Valley Inn Hotel EGM application.

A hearing with the Victorian Gaming and Casino Control Commission was held on 15 and 16 March 2022. The final decision is still pending and is expected to be handed down in the coming weeks.

An update will be posted when a decision is made public.


An application has been submitted by the A.P.D. Group Pty Ltd to increase the number of electronic gaming machines (EGMs) from 29 to 39 at its Valley Inn Hotel venue - located at 120 Fyans Street, South Geelong.

The application

The application proposes that revenue flowing to the venue from an additional 10 EGMs will strengthen their financial position to support proposed redevelopment works estimated at $2.1 million. It will also allow the venue to ensure it can make both outstanding and future cash community contributions. In addition, the applicant estimates that 9.5 full-time equivalent jobs (1.6 in the gaming room) will be created.

You can review the application here or in the Document Library on this page.

At the Council Meeting held on 1 February, Council adopted a recommendation to prepare a social and economic impact assessment of the A.P.D Group Pty Ltd application to increase the number of EGMs at its Valley Inn Hotel venue.

The City's social and economic impact assessment will take the municipal district profile (including demographics, economic data, crime and tourism), location and proximity to sensitive uses, vulnerability of the district (including SEIFA index of disadvantage, unemployment rates, housing stress, labour force participation, social housing) and community attitudes and feedback into account. The assessment will inform Council's position on the application.

Community attitudes regarding the application are very important to us.

Next steps as determined by Council's decision to respond

Council will provide a submission outlining its position regarding this application to the Victorian Gaming and Casino Control Commission by 22 February 2022.

To help us determine community sentiment about the Valley Inn Hotel application, please complete the survey via the link below.

We would like to hear from you

Submissions closed Wednesday 16 February 2022.

The personal information requested on this form is being collected by City of Greater Geelong for the purpose of gathering feedback regarding the A.P.D Group Pty Ltd application or any other directly related purpose. If the personal information is not collected, we may not be able to contact you for further questions or solutions. Your personal information will not be disclosed, except as required to do so by law. Our privacy policy is available on our website. If you wish to alter any of the personal information you have supplied to City of Greater Geelong, please contact us by sending an email to privacy@geelongcity.vic.gov.au.