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A Beer And A Bet Will Keep The Olympic Spirit Alive

26 October 2000

AUSTRALIA – Oct. 26, 2000 – As reported by The Sydney Morning Herald: "Revenue from gambling and alcohol is emerging as a favoured way to subsidise Olympic sporting venues, with plans for a tavern with poker machines to pay for the upkeep of the Dunc Gray velodrome in Bankstown.

"Bankstown Sports Club, which has an agreement to run the velodrome for the next decade, has bought a licence from a hotel in Junee in country NSW. It plans to build a tavern next to the velodrome with 15 poker machines.

"… [Roger Perkins, the president of the Sydney Olympic Park Business Association] said there was `certainly a need for more liquor licences' at Olympic Park and some of these should be in restaurants that venue operators would like built after a State Cabinet debate on the future of Olympic sites in the next month.

"…The director of the NSW Council of Social Service, Mr Gary Moore, said the plans for the velodrome were `scandalous'.

"`Obviously this deal has been done for months if not years. It's just not on to use poker machine revenue to run a so-called community sporting facility which is supposed to be an Olympic legacy,' he said."

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