Sunday, 15 March 2009


Maybe I missed something the first time I visited the Ferntree Gully Hotel. That's always possible. To my view, the Ferntree Gully has changed. And not in a good way. Have a look at this photo I took on Friday the 13th at the Ferntree:
The comments I wrote upon my first inspection of this hotel back in March 2008 indicated that this pokie pub was adult orientated with its main bar being quite separate from its pokie area. This remains the case with its Flanagans Irish Bar on Burwood Highway and the large area used for staging rock music upstairs called The Middle.

It is no longer the case with the eating area and bar next to the pokies area. External advertising on busy Burwood Highway now encourages children inside this venue with Face Painting and a Kids Eat Free offer.

In this eating area, children are constantly exposed to the sights and sounds of the pokies on the other side of the open bar. Other than the bar there is no solid partition separating the pokies from the eating area.

On April 11, the Ferntree Gully is hosting two stars of the classic teen music television show Countdown. Darryl Braithwaite of Sherbet and Ross Wilson of Daddy Cool and Mondo Rock will be performing. If you wanted to take your kids to experience what you listened to as a kid, forget it. No one under 18 is admitted. Not even if they are accompanied by an adult!

Check out the 28 second video below by clicking on it.

How can Woolworths reconcile excluding children from a dinner and music show yet, at the same time and in the same venue encouraging their parents to bring them to eat where they will be exposed to pokie sights and sounds?

This is irresponsible management of pokie gambling at its worst.


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