Saga over proposed pub in Casula continues

THE saga over a proposed pub at Casula is set to carry on after council again deferred a decision over its approval last week.

During the last council meeting, councillor Peter Harle called for more research into possible social impacts of the premises.

He also asked that council's Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel suspend its consideration of approval until the research had been completed.

The proposed pub, to be located on the Hume Highway site of the Fontainebleau motel-restaurant, would be a "late trading" premises with 30 poker machines.

The applicant is the De Angelis hotel group.

Cr Harle said he feared the pub could have serious impacts on the local community.

He urged the council to take note of the negative social impact the introduction and operation of poker and other gambling machines could have on the community, especially the socially disadvantaged, migrant and people with English as a second language.

Cr Harle claimed that pub poker machines in Liverpool had the highest rate of return, or losses to the community, before tax in NSW.

"They should take into consideration what impact liquor and gambling affect the community," he said.

"I believe we should be able to do something about this."

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