Bendigo City Council Rejects All Seasons Hotel’s Request to Extend Trading Hours | Bendigo Advertiser

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Bendigo city councilors have rejected a request by the All Seasons hotel to extend its liquor license opening hours to 4 a.m. on weekends, with the deputy mayor suggesting that hours longer could facilitate the “game of chance”. The management of the McIvor Road hotel wanted to push back the closing time on weekends from 3 a.m. to 4 a.m. and on weekdays from 1 to 3 a.m., in order, according to them, to remain competitive with other sites. However, when discussing the scheduling request in the council chamber on Wednesday evening, Deputy Mayor Jennifer Alden said the new schedules could increase incidents of antisocial behavior. “It can help facilitate convenience gambling and the increase in problem gambling,” she said. Read more: Council urged to decline hotel offer for longer hours “There is potential for negative social impacts on the community. Cr Alden said he calculated the site was only closed 32 hours a week. Lockwood Ward city councilor opposed the planning request last year. VIDEO: Bendigo board meeting May 16 “In my opinion, we should put public health and safety ahead of site needs to generate additional sales,” Cr Alden said at the time. “What is in their business model that is not sufficient right now? All Seasons director Jeanine Cooke said Ms Alden’s claims were “a bit of an exaggeration.” Read more: The Bendigo All Seasons Hotel sells for $ 24 million a family hotel, ”she said last year.

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