New machines for Geelong


Victoria officials approved plans for the Waurn Ponds Hotel and The Sphinx hotel in Geelong to add more electronic gambling machines. The Waurn is to add 14 machines to its 56 and The Sphinx will add four to its 63. The Waurn is required to meet a September 30 deadline to complete related construction and will establish a new A$10,000 community grants program. It expects to generate A$1.1 million from the new machines in their first year of use. The Sphinx is to use its new machines to add rooms and it will set aside A$7,500 a year for gambling support services and other community programs. Spending on machines was down 7 percent in Geelong over the last seven months from a year earlier.