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Mayor and deputy change places IT was a case of role reversal when Cr Graham Pittock, left, was last week elected mayor of Mornington Peninsula Shire. His deputy is Cr Bev Colomb, who was appointed mayor this time last year with Cr Pittock as her deputy. So the leadership of the council - mayor and deputy - will have remained in the same hands for two years when council elections are held next year. In neighbouring Frankston, it was also a case of history nearly being repeated when councillors elected Cr James Dooley mayor. For the second year running councillors broke with tradition in a split five-three vote instead of deciding the winner behind closed doors. Mornington Peninsula’s vote was a bit more public, with Cr Pittock handing a bottle of wine to Cr Andrew Dixon, who came second in the mayoral race. See “Pittock leads way in top jobs swap”, Page 7

$79m lost on peninsula pokies Mike Hast mike@mpnews.com.au IT took gamblers just one year to lose more than $79 million on the Mornington Peninsula's 858 poker machines at 17 venues. Figures for the past financial year released by the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation in its 2014-15 annual report, tabled in state

Parliament last Tuesday show Victorians gambled away $5.8 billion, 7.7 per cent up from the previous year, including almost $2.6 billion on pokies. The state government pocketed $1.6 billion from gambling revenue in 2014-15, $400 million more than predicted by gambling opponents two years ago. Victorians lost more money on every form of gambling including poker machines, sports betting, lotter-

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ies, Keno and at the casino. Pokies accounted for the biggest losses, with $2.57 billion going into the slots of the state's 27,000 gaming machines, an increase of 2.7 per cent on the previous year. More than $25 billion has been lost on pokies in Victoria in the past decade. The Grand Hotel in Mornington pipped Rosebud Hotel as the leading venue on the peninsula for pok-

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Martha $2.88m, Hastings Cricket and Football Social Club $2.8m, Mornington On Tanti Hotel $2.15m, Kirkpatricks Hotel in Mornington $1.9m, Rosebud Country Club $1.44m, and Peninsula Club in Dromana $1.4m. Pokies players on the peninsula lost more than $20 million in the first three months of the 2015-16 financial year, $545,000 more than the same time last year. Continued Page 14



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ies losses – $11.09 million compared to $11.06 million. No 3 was Steeples, also in Mornington, with $9.18 million. They were followed by Somerville Hotel $5.7 million, Rye RSL $5.6m, Rosebud RSL $4.98m, Stella's Dromana Hotel $4.9m, Westernport Hotel in Hastings $4.5m, Baxter Tavern $3.4m, Rye Hotel $3.1m, Kings Creek Hotel in Hastings $3.1m, Dava Hotel in Mt

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