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Lynbrook Hotel Community Contributions Fund

Important information

  • Name: Lynbrook Hotel Community Contributions Fund
  • Status: Closed
  • Amount: $1,000 to $10,000, however we may not approve the full amount you request


As a condition of its gaming licence, the Lynbrook Hotel has been directed by the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) to make an annual cash contribution to the City of Casey. This contribution is for distribution to the community as a positive social benefit to residents in Casey. 

Council has accepted to distribute these funds for the benefit of the residents of Lynbrook, Lyndhurst and Hampton Park, as the primary patron catchment of the venue, and for the wider Casey community. The City of Casey does not endorse gambling, gaming providers, products and services.

Local community groups and organisations seeking to reduce the harm from Electronic Gaming Machines (EGM) gambling or encourage and support non-gambling activities may apply to receive a portion of these funds. 

The Lynbrook Hotel Community Contributions Fund “will be used for the provision of services and facilities to residents of Lynbrook or donated to individuals, not-for-profit community groups and sporting organisations providing services and facilities to residents in the City of Casey.” (Lynbrook Hotel gaming licence condition).

It has been identified that half of the patrons to the Hotel come from the adjoining suburb of Hampton Park and that Hampton Park and Lynbrook residents experience higher levels of social and economic hardship across a variety of livability indicators.  This will be considered in the context of any funding requests for services that assist communities experiencing harms.

Purpose of this grant

The Lynbrook Hotel Community Contributions Fund will support applications that:

  • Support residents of Lynbrook, Lyndhurst, Hampton Park and the wider Casey community.
  • Provide social support for the community to assist residents and their families with issues associated with gambling-related harm and problem gambling. Problem gambling is characterised by difficulties in limiting money and/or time spent on gambling which leads to adverse consequences for the gambler, others, or for the community.
  • Support mental wellbeing through activities that promote resilience, social inclusion and social connection
  • Promote alternative recreational activities in the City of Casey to achieve a balance of lifestyle choices for the community

Who can apply for this grant?

To apply for this grant, your group must:

  • be a school or a registered (incorporated) not-for-profit club or community group or have the support of one (an auspice)
  • be based (meet or hold activities) in Casey
  • have public liability insurance of $10 million
  • submit your application and documentation online
  • have acquitted any previous grants you have received from us
  • have no outstanding funds owing to council

Applicants may submit more than one application, provided that the total amount of funding sought from all applications does not exceed $10,000.

Auspice organisations

  • For groups with an auspice, funds are usually paid directly to the auspice organisation. This organisation is responsible for ensuring the funds are spent following the application and any special conditions s Council may require. Auspice organisations must know about your application before you apply.

Successful organisations and Auspicing organisations will be required to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) confirming their mutual agreement and respective roles in relation to the funded program and provide a copy to Council Grant Officers before payment of the grant will be made.

What we can fund

  • Applications from community groups/organisations to support individuals who are experiencing hardship as a result of problem gambling
  • Activities and services that will benefit residents of Lynbrook, Hampton Park, or the wider Casey community such as community education, training, workshops, programs, and events
  • Operational costs of running a specific program or service
  • Enhancements to facilities that will improve community participation and access to services or programs
  • Social support services

What we cannot fund

  • Events held outside the City of Casey
  • Activities that happen outside of the funding period (April 2022 - April 2023)
  • Capital works at Council-owned facilities

How are successful grants decided?

Lynbrook Hotel Community Contributions fund applications will be administered in line with Council’s Grants Policy which supports good governance in grantmaking.

Applications will be assessed on how well it meets one or more of the following criteria:

  • How well the application meets the objectives of the Lynbrook Hotel Community Contributions Fund (stated above).
  • Evidence of need for the project within the targeted communities.
  • How the application will deliver outcomes that primarily benefit the residents of Lynbrook, Lyndhurst and Hampton Park.
  • The ability of the applicant to deliver the activities described in the application, including the financial position of the organisation and their need for funds to deliver the program/project.
  • Proposed budget and value for money for the grant.

Applications will be assessed by a Community Panel and recommendations of this Panel will be presented to Council for endorsement.

How grants work

  • We will notify you by email.
  • In the email, we will include the Information for the Lynbrook Hotel Community Contributions Fund Recipients document which will outline the conditions for your grant.
  • On-going funding is dependent on the Lynbrook Hotel meeting the conditions of its gaming licence.
  • You will need to review Council’s Grants Policy. All successful applicants must adhere to the conditions as outlined in the letter of offer and City of Casey's Grants Policy.
  • If you have any outstanding payments to Council, you will need to clear these before we can pay the grant.

Gambling and problem gambling in Casey

Council acknowledges the economic and recreational benefits of gambling for the local community. Council also recognises there's a small yet significant number of people who have issues with gambling. They experience personal, family and financial problems as a result of excessive gambling.

Casey’s Electronic Gaming Machines Strategy 2015-2020 outlines its position on electronic gaming machine gambling. It includes a long-term commitment to reduce the negative impacts of gambling in Casey.

Australians lose more money to gambling than any other country in the world. We spend $23 billion on gambling every year, from Australians who can least afford it.

It causes twice as much harm to Australians as diabetes, bipolar disorder and cannabis dependence combined. This includes betting, online betting, casino-style card games and electronic gaming machines (pokies).

  City of Casey Cardinia Shire council City of Greater Dandenong Victoria
Number of poker machines 911 345 927 26,321
Poker machines per 1000 adults 3.4 3.8 6.9 5
2019/2020 combined loss from pokies $98 million $21.28 million $87.43 million $1,988 million

Harm from problem gambling

Most gambling problems relate to the loss of more money than a person, or their household, can afford.

People with gambling problems can experience financial hardship with detrimental effects like:

  • personal disturbances and a diminished social life
  • family and marital discord
  • decreased attendance and productivity at work
  • engaging in deceptive or criminal actions to get money
  • possible homelessness.

Australian research shows that 2 - 4 per cent of adults have a serious gambling problem. Many gamblers experience sustained betting losses. While not an immediate crisis, this causes a poorer standard of living and quality of life over time.

Help for people with gambling-related problems

Gambler's Help is available for people experiencing problem gambling and their families:

  • It helps provide counselling, financial advice and community education throughout Victoria.
  • For 24/7 support and information, call Gambler’s Help Telephone Counselling Services. The call is free on 1800 858 858
  • Residents can contact Gambler’s Help Southern on 9575 5353. They're available Monday to Friday, from 9.30am to 4.30pm.
  • Visit the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation for help and advice about services. These include self-help resources and materials for families and friends. They also have personal stories, newsletters, statistics, research and information in different languages.

Electronic gaming machines and the City of Casey

Casey’s Electronic Gaming Machines Strategy 2015-2020 outlines Council’s position on EMG gambling in the municipality including an overall goal and long-term commitment to reduce the negative impacts of gambling from the operation of electronic gaming machines on the Casey community.

Council acknowledges the economic and recreational functions of all forms of gambling in the local community but also recognises that a comparatively small but significant number of people gamble excessively and as a result experience personal, family and financial problems.

Council is committed to minimising risk and harm from problem gambling through its strategic and community planning processes, through community capacity building, long-term advocacy for gambling industry reform, increased accountability and through the support of services for those who experience gambling-related harm.

The City of Casey does not profit from poker machines and advocates for stronger public health measures to prevent the harm that they cause.

Legal limitations of the fund (Disclaimer)

The fund has been established under an order which was made by the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) on 1 February 2018 which amended an existing gaming venue operators’ licence (Lynbrook Tavern Pty Ltd V06095943). The City of Casey is not the regulating body in determining the duration or conditions of this arrangement and the fund including any amounts provided to Council may be subject to change based on the requirements outlined in the Gambling Regulation Act 2003 and any orders made from time to time by the VCGLR. Further information on the roles and functions of the VCGLR can be found on their website.

Tell us how your grant was used

After you have completed your project, you must tell us how you spent the grant money and what the outcomes of the project were. This is known as an acquittal process. You must complete the acquittal process online within 60 days of spending the money or by the 30 June, whichever is earliest.

Find out more about the acquittal process.