‘Ideal’ for a casino


VICTORIA’S second casino would sit at the front of Pakenham Racing Club’s new Tynong track if former club chairman Michael Moore gets his way.
Mr Moore, also a former Pakenham Shire President, urged committee members at last Wednesday’s annual meeting to consider his bold plan.
He said Victoria was well behind the other states when it came to casinos, having only one, and that the new Pakenham racecourse site was the ideal site for the state’s second.
A regular traveller, Mr Moore said the United States had 1500 casinos across 39 states, so a second casino should be on the cards.
“We really do need another one in Victoria, and I think this is the ideal place for it,” he said. “I would like the committee to put it on the agenda for discussion.”
Club chairman Don Duffy, although not completely rejecting the notion, said it would not be on the club’s agenda, at least in the short term.
“Michael is always thinking outside the square and looking for new opportunities,” Mr Duffy said.
“It could be something we could look at down the track, but we have enough on our plate at the moment improving the facilities at our new racecourse.”
Mr Moore also congratulated the committee and management on the “brilliant” work it had done to transfer to the new Tynong racecourse and continue to operate in such a sound position.
“It is also great to see young people joining the committee,” he said, referring to the appointment of Evan Broadbent and Michelle Webster.