Romsey Hotel pokies bid reignites debate

Romsey Football Netball Club’s application for 50 electronic gaming machines to re-open the Romsey Hotel has reignited passionate community debate from more than a decade ago. 

The owner underwent a lengthy legal battle after applying for for 30 EGMs at the hotel in 2005, which raised significant opposition in the community and landed in the Supreme Court. The pub lost its battle and has been closed since 2017. 

Last week Macedon Ranges Shire Council advised it had received significant interest in the application and developed a FAQs and information page to assist residents. 

RFNC lodged an application with the Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission and advertised its intention publicly on October 24. 

This application is not directly with the council and the council has signalled its intention to make a submission to the VGCCC in response. 

Members of the public can provide their own submissions directly to the VGCCC via a portal link on the council’s website and can also request to attend and speak at the hearing through the VGCCC. 

Members of the public can provide feedback to the council to inform council’s submission. For those who do not have email, this can be done in-person at the council’s customer service centres or by sending a written submission to PO Box 151, Kyneton, VIC, 3444, or email: 

For more information and MRSC FAQs, visit the website: and follow the links through the ‘Have Your Say’ page.